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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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