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U.K. Widens Price-Fixing Probe

April 28, 2008 10:29 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Britain's consumer watchdog has widened an investigation into alleged price-fixing by supermarkets to target some of the world's biggest consumer goods makers.


Laird Technologies Opens Factory In India

April 28, 2008 10:20 am | by Edited By Staff | News | Comments

Company opens first manufacturing operation in Chennai that will employ between 1,000 to 1,200 people in the 160,000 sq. ft. facility when in full operation.


Finnish Stainless Steel Maker Sells Copper Assets

April 28, 2008 7:14 am | News | Comments

World's second-largest stainless steel maker, Outokumpu Oyj, has sold its last copper assets, in a move to further concentrate on core stainless production.


CommScope Closing Brazil Facility

April 28, 2008 7:05 am | by Edited By Staff | News | Comments

Infrastructure solutions maker for communication networks to close its Jaguariuna, Brazil, broadband facility to eliminate duplicate manufacturing and distribution centers.


Survey: German Consumer Confidence Soars

April 28, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Consumer confidence reached its highest level since October, bolstered by a strong labor market and new wage agreements, according to a closely watched survey.


Honda Canada Names President And CEO

April 28, 2008 6:51 am | News | Comments

Manabu Nishimae selected as president and CEO, replacing Hiroshi Kobayashi; Kobayashi will become the automaker's deputy chief operating officer and manager of regional sales for Japan.

Chinese Demand Bolsters Hyundai Heavy Profits

April 28, 2008 6:46 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's biggest shipbuilder said Monday that first-quarter net profit rose 19 percent from the same period last year amid record sales.


Austal Completes Production Of Navy Warship

April 28, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

The Independence, a Navy warship designed for near shore operations, rolled off the production line at Austal's shipyard in Mobile.


Governor Touts Economic Benefits Of Green Energy

April 28, 2008 6:30 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Jennifer Granholm says Michigan has the manufacturing capacity, skilled workers and the right location to attract companies that make components for wind turbines.


French Winemakers Put A Cork In Tradition

April 28, 2008 6:00 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Screw tops, boxed wines, colorful easy-to-understand labels and sophisticated marketing are making inroads in tradition-bound France, even if many still sneer.


CEO Sharpens Procter & Gamble's Customer Focus

April 28, 2008 5:52 am | by Dan Sewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Going beyond traditional methods like focus groups and one-way glass, employees visit homes, shop with consumers and work in stores to see how they choose and use products.

EU Expecting Full Point Jump In Inflation

April 28, 2008 5:42 am | News | Comments

Record prices for food, oil and metals risk driving cost increases beyond last year's inflation of 2.1 percent, and now threaten to increase production costs for other goods as well.


Southern Sites Compete For Volkswagen Plant

April 28, 2008 5:38 am | News | Comments

Automotive analysts expect Volkswagen to consider two sites in Tennessee and one in northern Alabama for a possible new assembly plant.


Ford Turnaround Draws Billionaire’s Interest

April 28, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian plans an offer that would expand his stake in Ford Motor to 5.6 percent, saying he sees signs the turnaround plan is working.


Report: Sanyo, Matsushita Considering Tie-Up

April 28, 2008 5:26 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Shares in Matsushita and troubled electronics maker Sanyo rose after a report that the two companies were considering a major capital tie-up.


Samsung Boosts Investment To $27.9 Billion

April 28, 2008 5:20 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korean conglomerate announces its largest ever investment plan and said it would increase hiring a week after the long-serving chief announced his resignation.


A Passion for Manufacturing: 2008 SME Annual Meeting

April 25, 2008 12:39 pm | Events

A Passion for Manufacturing will convene industry leaders, innovators, and educators from throughout the U.S. and Canada to share their ideas and best...

Homeland Security's Illegal Worker Proposal Questioned

April 25, 2008 12:25 pm | by Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government's plan to crack down on illegal workers could cost employers more than $1 billion a year and legal workers billions in lost wages, a study says.


Demand For Small Cars, Crossovers On The Rise

April 25, 2008 12:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

As gas prices marched higher and now top $3.50 per gallon across the nation, car buyers increasingly are abandoning SUVs and pickups in favor of smaller crossovers and cars.


Weyerhaeuser Shutting Down Canadian Plant

April 25, 2008 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Forest products company will permanently close its oriented strand board plant in New Brunswick effective June 6, blaming the slowdown in the U.S. housing market.



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