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Report: China Manufacturing At Lowest In Nearly A Year

March 24, 2015 12:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The numbers signaled a "slight deterioration" in Chinese manufacturing, said the report, which found decreases in sub-indexes for new orders, new export orders and employment.

In Portuguese Factory, Echoes Of Europe's Fight For Jobs

March 18, 2015 10:10 am | by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares recovery project showcases two actions that European governments are betting on to...

This Japanese Company Built A “Disaster-Proof” Factory

March 18, 2015 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

“Even when you factor in investment support from government entities, disaster preparedness is...

Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring...

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China Lowers Growth Target, Promises To Open Industries

March 5, 2015 9:38 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create...

Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

You Don’t Have To Trade Accuracy For Speed In A Manufacturing Translation Project

February 26, 2015 3:11 pm | by Francoise Henderson, CEO of Rubric | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers shouldn't have to sacrifice content accuracy to meet hard deadlines. What follows is a comprehensive how-to-guide for manufacturers to implement translation projects from the CEO of Rubric.      

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

Global Watchdog Warns Advanced Economies Slowing Reforms

February 9, 2015 5:19 pm | by Desmond Butler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global growth is threatened by developed countries' flagging efforts to reform their economies, a major international organization warned on Monday. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a think tank dealing with the world's developed countries, says in a report that the lagging attention to reform...

MAPI: Is Cuba Open For Business?

February 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The announcement by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 that the icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba may begin to thaw was met with surprise and mixed reactions. What, many asked, will the future hold for tourism, a potential new economic paradigm, and...

Obama Plan Would Merge 6 U.S. Trade, Development Agencies

February 4, 2015 2:21 pm | by Ronnie Greene, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-noticed proposal in President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which has been the subject of an Associated Press investigation into its overseas loans, and merge it for efficiency with five other federal business and trade...

Report: Offshoring, Federal Policy Haven Taken Toll On U.S. Industry

February 3, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new report says the U.S. has the most productive advanced industrial sector in the world, but warns the country is losing ground relative to other nations. The analysis by the Brookings Institution said the sector's share of total U.S. employment and output has declined since 2000, blaming "20 years of offshoring and inconsistent federal...

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Lost Steam In January

February 1, 2015 10:24 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Two reports show that Chinese manufacturing was anemic in January, adding to pressure on the government to roll out measures to boost the world's No. 2 economy. The final version of HSBC's purchasing managers' index released Monday edged up to 49.7 last month from 49.6 in December. It was the...

Tips On Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

January 29, 2015 5:19 pm | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

If you are a small or medium size enterprise (SME) planning on purchasing products from China, this brief summary based on the experiences of a client of ours will help you understand what you need to know. Since 1990, global Tier 1 companies have led a Buy from China movement for components and finished products, which has...

Obama Announces More "Made In America" Exports To India

January 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

During his trip to India, President Barack Obama announced a series of initiatives designed to generate $4B in trade and investments and create jobs in both the U.S. and India. He announced that over the next two years, the Export Import Bank will commit up to $1B in financing to support "Made in America" exports...

Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit In 2014

January 26, 2015 10:32 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports. Preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Monday showed Japan's exports rose 4.8 percent to 73.1 trillion...

Hazy Skies The Backdrop For Obama's Climate Talks In India

January 23, 2015 2:21 am | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air. Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's...

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The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses China's rising labor costs, global shipping...

Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:38 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. They're not happening. Last month, employers added a healthy 252,000 jobs — ending the best year of hiring since...

Report Forecasts Tepid Recovery For Europe's Industrial Economy

January 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

On the heels of the strongest domestic economic performance in years, experts largely see good things for the U.S. economy in 2015. The country recently wrapped up its best year for hiring since 1999, and rising wholesale inventories suggest an increase in the fourth quarter gross domestic product...

MAPI Foundation: Asian Manufacturing Outlook For 2015

January 7, 2015 5:18 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Articles | Comments

Amidst a weak and uneven global economic rebound, a general malaise pervades the Asian economic outlook, according to a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The Asian Manufacturing Outlook provides forecasts for...

Japan's Top 3 Carmakers Cut Domestic Production In Nov

December 24, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's top three carmakers Wednesday reported weaker domestic production for November, as the lingering impact of the consumption tax hike in April dented sales and their strategy to build more vehicles overseas led to reduced exports in the month. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest...

Global Oil Impact: Who's Hurting, Happy, Hopeful

December 19, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe. The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the economies of some major exporters. Russia's currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its...

Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming A Global Threat

December 17, 2014 11:08 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. With economies in Europe, Japan, China and Latin America already ailing, fresh threats have emerged from Russia's shriveled currency, its move to dramatically boost interest rates, the...

U.S., European Industries Urge Stronger Trade, Investment Ties With India

December 16, 2014 2:37 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Washington, D.C., December 16, 2014 – On behalf of businesses across Europe and in all 50 U.S. states, the heads of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and more than a dozen other organizations today sent a joint letter to Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urging action on...

Manufacturing In NY Contracts In December

December 15, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to negative-3.6 in December from 10.2 the previous month. Any figure...

AAM: Growing Trade Deficit With China Costs U.S. Jobs

December 12, 2014 2:43 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs – the overwhelming majority of them in manufacturing – according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). “I am outraged that 3.2 million U.S. jobs have been lost due to the growing trade deficit with...

Stocks Slip After Retail Sales Weaken, China Slows

December 1, 2014 5:09 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mounting signs of weakness in the global economy and a poor start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday. Earlier sales, a shift to online shopping and stagnant wages meant fewer Americans showed up to stores over the Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail...

China Manufacturing Gauge Falls To 6 Month Low

November 30, 2014 10:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A gauge of China's manufacturing activity fell to a six-month low in November in a new sign an economic slowdown is deepening. HSBC Corp. said Monday its monthly purchasing managers' index fell to 50.0 from the previous month's 50.4. The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 show...

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