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France Predicts Zero Growth In 2009

January 22, 2009 4:15 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French economic growth will be 'close to zero' this year the top official for France's economic recovery plan said Thursday; economists said even that was too optimistic.

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Fiat Denies Peugeot Merger Rumors

January 22, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Automaker has denied a report that it is considering raising $2.58 billion to fund a merger with France's PSA Peugeot-Citroen.

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UK Vehicle Production Tumbles In December

January 22, 2009 4:07 am | News | Comments

Vehicle production in the United Kingdom slumped 48 Percent from the same month the year before as the credit crisis continued to hit demand hard, a trade group said.

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N.D. Considers Dropping Vehicle Rebate Tax

January 22, 2009 4:05 am | by Dale Wetzel, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

North Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation to eliminate the state's motor vehicle excise tax on manufacturers' rebates.

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Fiat Looking For U.S. Comeback

January 21, 2009 12:25 pm | by Ariel David, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

An alliance with Chrysler and a new generation of safe and stylish cars have positioned the Italian automaker for a comeback in the U.S. after an absence of more than two decades.

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2009 International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show

January 21, 2009 11:45 am | Events

The International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show is North America’s only event focused on robotics, machine vision and motion control technology....

Sensors Expo & Conference 2009

January 21, 2009 11:37 am | Events

Sensors Expo & Conference is the leading event on sensing technologies and solutions. Our in-depth 18-track conference program features the world's...

Hawker Beechcraft Warns Of Far-Reaching Job Cuts

January 21, 2009 10:15 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Airplane maker warned its workers Wednesday to prepare for job cuts that could touch all areas and levels of the company.

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Genentech Announces Discovery Research VP

January 21, 2009 10:05 am | News | Comments

Biotechnology company named Jennifer Doudna to the newly created position of vice president of discovery research.

Speedway Motors Buying Street Rods

January 21, 2009 10:00 am | News | Comments

Lincoln-based manufacturer and retailer of racing products has announced that it's buying the street rod-related assets of Wallingford, Conn.-based Total Performance, Inc.

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Textron Gives COO Additional Role As President

January 21, 2009 9:45 am | News | Comments

Maker of Cessna jets, helicopters and golf carts said Wednesday that Chief Operating Officer Scott C. Donnelly has been appointed president in addition to his COO post.

Poor Auto Sales Push Metal Prices Lower

January 21, 2009 9:35 am | by Kristine Owram, CP Writer | News | Comments

Slumping demand for new vehicles is an important factor in the prices for base metals, many of which have declined by 60 percent or more in recent months.

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Design & Manufacturing New England

January 21, 2009 8:26 am | Events

At Electronics New England -- including NEPCON East, Design & Manufacturing New England, Assembly New England, and Medical Design & Manufacturing...

Ford Bringing 6-Speed Transmissions To Small Cars

January 21, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

Automaker said the new fuel-efficient transmissions are part of its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its fleet by 30 percent by 2020.

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North Dakota Wants Tax Breaks For Detroit Three

January 21, 2009 8:00 am | News | Comments

Group of six North Dakota lawmakers introduced legislation to exempt new Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles from North Dakota's sales tax and motor vehicle excise tax.

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Toyota Tops GM For Global Sales Title

January 21, 2009 8:00 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors sold 616,000 fewer cars globally than Toyota last year, as the Japanese automaker passed the Detroit company for the first time.

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GM Cutting 340 Jobs At New York Plant

January 21, 2009 7:25 am | News | Comments

General Motors is placing nearly a third of workers at its western New York engine plant on an indefinite layoff beginning Jan. 26.

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IBM’s Upbeat 2009 Outlook Shocks Analysts

January 21, 2009 7:10 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

While the company has seen some sales vaporize, IBM’s 2009 profit guidance was so far ahead of Wall Street’s forecast that it was initially met with disbelief.

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Celanese May Halt Production At 2 Plants

January 21, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

Chemical maker said Wednesday it is considering halting the production of key products at plants in France and Mexico in anticipation of lower customer demand.

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Abraxis Bioscience Names R & D Exec

January 21, 2009 6:35 am | News | Comments

Company named Lex H.T. Van der Ploeg senior vice president of integrative medicine and translational science as part of its plan to spin off Abraxis Health.

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