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China: Toy Makers, Buyers Need Safety Focus

January 9, 2008 5:16 am | News | Comments

Safety standards of toys made in China have been closely watched after a series of recalls ordered by U.S. and European authorities since June last year.

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MDA Sells Canadarm Business For $1.3 Billion

January 9, 2008 5:03 am | by Craig Wong | News | Comments

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. selling its space and satellite business to U.S. defense contractor Alliant Techsystems.

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LG Electronics Checking Report Of Laptop Explosion

January 9, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

South Korean media reported that a laptop belonging to a South Korean journalist caught fire and blew up Tuesday.

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Swiss Chocolate Maker Opens Factory In China

January 9, 2008 4:53 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Barry Callebaut opened a $20 million factory in Suzhou, a move aimed at capturing the growing regional taste for chocolate and other sweets.

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Volkswagen To Expand Presence In India

January 9, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

German automaker aiming to produce 110,000 cars a year in India starting in 2009, when a new plant begins operations.

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Ontario Premier: Government Must Help Manufacturers

January 9, 2008 4:46 am | by Chinta Puxley | News | Comments

Premier Dalton McGuinty says federal government has to invest in manufacturing to help Canadian companies compete in the global economy.

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Fuji Halts Greenwood X-Ray Film Production

January 9, 2008 4:34 am | News | Comments

Company says up to 45 employees could be affected when Fuji moves all of its X-ray film production to Japan at the end of March.

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Ford China Sales Rise 30 Percent

January 9, 2008 4:31 am | News | Comments

Automaker's overall sales boosted by the popularity of Focus model, the fastest growing mid-sized car in China last year.

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Railroad Tie Plant Faces First Cancer Lawsuit

January 9, 2008 4:23 am | by David Koenig, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

First of a flurry of lawsuits says owners were grossly negligent in failing to provide safety equipment for workers handling toxic chemicals.

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ArcelorMittal Buys Venezuelan Steel Pipe Maker

January 9, 2008 4:15 am | News | Comments

World's largest steelmaker purchases Unicon, a maker of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, adding to a string of recent South American acquisitions.

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Avon To Cut 2,400 Jobs As Part Of Restructuring

January 8, 2008 6:40 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beauty products maker says restructuring will cut about 4,000 jobs globally, but new jobs will be created, resulting in a net reduction of 2,400 jobs.

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Northrop Grumman, Oshkosh Partner For Military Deal

January 8, 2008 5:56 am | by Dan Caterinicchia, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duo joins a field of industry heavyweights competing for a contract worth up to $20 billion to produce Pentagon's next-generation family of lightweight vehicles.

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Illinois Tool Works Buys Peerless Machinery

January 8, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

ITW purchases baking equipment maker and supplier Peerless Machinery Corp. to enhance its food-equipment offerings.

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Reckitt Benckiser Closer To Adams Respiratory Buyout

January 8, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

U.K. household cleaning and personal care products maker clears a U.S. regulatory waiting period necessary to complete its $2.3 billion buyout.

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Credence Names Kevin C. Eichler CFO

January 8, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Chip testing equipment maker names Eichler senior vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Joy E. Leo.

HDTV Makers Face Fierce Competition

January 8, 2008 4:58 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers add exotic features and strive for zero thickness to keep HDTVs from becoming a commodity product.

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CPSC Increasing Port Inspectors

January 8, 2008 4:55 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to boost port inspection of toys, fireworks, electrical products and other goods considered potentially high-risk.

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Georgia-Pacific Shutting Down Springhill Operations

January 8, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

Plywood and sawmill operations in Louisiana will shut down indefinitely this month, putting about 400 people out of work, at least temporarily.

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Peugeot Citroen 2007 Sales Rise 3.8 Percent

January 8, 2008 4:48 am | News | Comments

Europe's second-largest car manufacturer predicts faster growth this year thanks to the launch of new models.

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Survey: Global Auto Executives Optimistic

January 8, 2008 4:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Leaders say they are more optimistic because their mission has become clear — produce quality, fuel efficient vehicles — according KPMG’s annual survey.

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