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Tomotherapy To Acquire Chinese Equipment Maker

April 18, 2008 6:20 am | News | Comments

Radiation therapy device maker plans to buy Chengdu Twin Peak Accelerator Technology, manufacturer of equipment used to produce radiation systems.

Crocs Closes Section Of Quebec Factory

April 18, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Footwear maker has shut down part of its Quebec City plant earlier than expected, giving 350 employees the boot.

Volkswagen Opens New China Plant

April 18, 2008 5:41 am | News | Comments

German automaker opened an auto plant in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing with an initial capacity of 60,000 vehicles a year.

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Unions, State Lawmakers Protest EADS Tanker Deal

April 18, 2008 5:40 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Lawmakers from Washington state and Kansas joined labor leaders to protest the Air Force contract Boeing lost to a European rival, and vowed to stymie the deal in Congress.

Samsung Pledges Reform After Scandal

April 18, 2008 5:33 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Scandal-plagued Samsung Group vowed to reform the way it does business after its powerful chairman was indicted on criminal charges.

South Korea To Resume U.S. Beef Imports

April 18, 2008 5:24 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Seoul agreed to resume imports that had been halted over mad cow disease, clearing a key hurdle to a broader trade deal with Washington.

Chrysler: Alliances Key To Our Future

April 18, 2008 5:15 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's CEO said he's open to more partnerships like Nissan and such deals are key in Chrysler's plans to sell vehicles in growing markets worldwide.

China Accounts For Half Of EU's Dangerous Goods

April 17, 2008 11:35 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Confidence in Chinese goods has fallen dramatically and the European Union says 'much work will need to be done if China is to regain the trust of European citizens in its products.'

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No Increase In Euro-Zone Exports To U.S. For January

April 17, 2008 10:20 am | News | Comments

Exports to the U.S. from euro countries were flat in January, as the weak dollar made German cars and French champagne more expensive for American shoppers.

Report: U.S. Manufacturing Feeling Economic Strain

April 17, 2008 6:40 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI says that while manufacturing in the U.S. is clearly slowing, global growth will help offset it.

German Think Tank Lowers '08 Growth Forecast

April 17, 2008 6:08 am | News | Comments

Forecast for growth in Europe's biggest economy cut to 1.8 percent due to fallout from the U.S. subprime lending crisis and turbulence in global financial markets.

Bush's Call To Curb Emissions Gets Mixed Reviews

April 17, 2008 5:41 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

While some welcomed the President's proposal to halt growth in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, others dubbed it a step backward because it doesn't call for mandatory cuts.

Global Automakers See Chinese Market As Lifeboat

April 17, 2008 5:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With auto sales forecast to rise by 15 percent this year, global automakers hope that booming China will drive sales as demand elsewhere slumps.

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Dutch Chemicals Maker Expanding U.S. Production

April 17, 2008 5:22 am | News | Comments

DSM NV will invest $450 million over three years to expand production capacity for a fiber used to strengthen body armor and military vehicle plating.

EU Approves British GM Training Grant

April 16, 2008 11:40 am | News | Comments

European Commission approved the British government's plan to give a $17.4 million training grant to General Motors' Vauxhall unit.

Honda Recalling Over 350,000 Accords

April 16, 2008 11:20 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is recalling 353,000 Accord sedans from the 2003 model year to address corrosion in the windshield wiper motor.

Japanese Airline To Pay $110 Million For Cargo Price-Fixing

April 16, 2008 11:12 am | News | Comments

Japan Airlines International Co. has agreed to pay $110 million in fine for its role in fixing rates for international cargo shipments, the U.S. Justice Department said.

German Chemical Workers Win Pay Increases

April 16, 2008 7:21 am | News | Comments

Some 550,000 workers in Germany's chemical industry have won pay increases of nearly 5 percent this year and another 3.3 percent in 2009, negotiators said.

Lobbyists: Doha Would Fare Better Than Colombia Deal

April 16, 2008 6:14 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Group says a substantial global trade deal would stand a better chance of passing through the U.S. Congress than the Colombia FTA that was all but killed this week.

South Korean Cosmetics Maker Recalls Nazi Ad

April 16, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

Coreana Cosmetics halting an ad campaign with Nazi references following complaints from a leading anti-Semitism group and the Israeli Embassy in Seoul.

China Sees Strong Growth, Inflation Still An Issue

April 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Economy grew 10.6 percent in the first quarter, slowing slightly amid gloom about the global economy, but inflation stayed above 8 percent.

Auto Sales Boost Canada’s Manufactured Goods

April 16, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Sales of manufactured goods rose 1.6 percent to $50.1 billion in February, due in part to a gradual bounce-back by Canada's motor-vehicle industry.

Nokia Closure Prompts DHL Shutdown

April 16, 2008 5:23 am | News | Comments

Express delivery company shutting down a branch that depends on a Nokia plant in Germany which is closing in June, a move that will affect some 230 employees.

Euro Inflation Hits New High

April 16, 2008 5:16 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Airbus | News | Comments

Yearly inflation in countries using the euro jumped to a new high of 3.6 percent, pushing the euro to an all-time record against the dollar.

Chrysler, Nissan Form Vehicle Partnership

April 15, 2008 9:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan will make a new small car designed by Chrysler, and Chrysler will make a full-size pickup truck designed by Nissan.

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