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Honda Of S.C. To Halt Production For 3 Months

January 13, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

Maker of all-terrain vehicles and personal watercrafts will stop production during the months of March, April and May but said it will not lay off employees during that time.

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British Retailers Post Dismal December Results

January 13, 2009 4:11 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Britain's retailers suffered their worst December in at least 14 years, as like-for-like retail sales slumped 3.3 percent from the previous year.

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Peugeot Citroen Sales Fall In 2008

January 13, 2009 4:04 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

France's largest automaker sold 3.26 million vehicles last year, down 4.9 percent from 3.43 million in 2007.

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Airbus, Boeing Facing Tough 2009

January 12, 2009 12:18 pm | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Both plane makers face production challenges in getting their delayed flagship jets to airline customers who are eager to put newer, less fuel-hungry jets into service.

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Elma Electronic Acquires ACT/Technico

January 12, 2009 10:50 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Global manufacturer of electronic packaging products announced Monday that it had acquired ACT/Technico of Warminster, Penn.

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Mexican Auto Production Up 4 Percent

January 12, 2009 9:54 am | News | Comments

Mexico's auto industry association says production rose 4 percent in 2008 as a rise in exports to Canada, Europe and other Latin American countries helped offset plummeting U.S. sales.

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VW Planning Hybrid, Diesel Cars

January 12, 2009 9:50 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen AG said it plans to build hybrid and diesel versions of a future successor to the Jetta sedan, an unnamed midsize sedan and two other vehicles under development.

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Cessna Cutting 2,000 Jobs

January 12, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

Plane maker said work force reductions will be implemented across the Wichita-based company's facilities and affect all pay categories.

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New Toyota Prius To Get 50 MPG

January 12, 2009 9:40 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Highly anticipated 2010 Prius unveiled at the North American International Auto Show gets an average of 50 miles to the gallon -- a 4 mpg improvement over the current model.

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Campbell Named New NAM Chairman

January 12, 2009 9:33 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Michael Campbell, president and CEO of Arch Chemicals, became chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers on January 1, 2009.

GM Picks LG Chem For Chevy Volt Batteries

January 12, 2009 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Lithium-ion battery cells will be made in Korea, but they will be assembled into battery modules and packs at a factory in Michigan.

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VW Chattanooga Plant On Schedule

January 12, 2009 9:30 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CEO of Volkswagen's planned assembly plant in Chattanooga said the $1 billion project is on schedule and 2011 remains the target for the start of production.

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Britain's PM Brown Talks Jobs With Unions

January 12, 2009 9:29 am | by David Stringer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Anticipating hundreds of thousands of job losses, Prime Minister offered employers new incentives to hire and pledged new funds to train those who lose their posts.

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GE, China Firm Enter Wind Power Deal

January 12, 2009 9:25 am | News | Comments

General Electric subsidiary and A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd. sign two letters of intent: one for a supply deal and a second for a joint venture partnership.

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Federal Reserve: Weak Economy Ahead

January 12, 2009 9:21 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Country's economic health is 'very weak' and is likely to stay that way at least through the first six months of this year, a Federal Reserve official said Monday.

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Chinese Automakers Face Road Blocks To U.S. Sales

January 12, 2009 9:16 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automakers looking to make the jump to the U.S. market face a global financial crisis that has slowed growth and sapped the potential for partnerships to ease their expansion.

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Don Laux New Colson Caster President

January 12, 2009 7:30 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Laux takes over immediately for Chuck Bub who announced in November that he would be retiring after more than 5 years as company president.

GM Says It May Need More Government Money

January 12, 2009 7:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors’ COO said Monday that the automaker presented a worst-case scenario to Congress in which it would need more money than the $13.4 billion allocated.

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Ford Aims For Electric Car By 2011

January 12, 2009 7:28 am | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker planning to put a fully electric car in showrooms by 2011 that will get up to 100 miles on a single charge as part of a plan to bring more hybrids and electric cars to market.

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Rio Tinto Alcan Chief To Retire

January 12, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

Chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan Dick Evans will retire on April 20 after the company's annual general meetings.

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