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Fighting For American Jobs

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Steelmakers have called for new import penalties and have filed the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, there are 40 anti-dumping and injury cases pending on steel products.    

Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops — the most popular footwear in the rural areas — are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers.          

China: It's Up To U.S. To Drive Global Economy

July 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lou pointed out that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate from January to March — largely because of a brutal winter — and said China hopes the U.S. "can take measures to ensure the momentum of growth."           

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Chinese Auto Sales Cool In June

July 9, 2014 8:50 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Car sales in China cooled in June, with domestic brands falling further behind their foreign rivals in the world's biggest auto market, an industry group reported.                

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

Boeing Gets $56B Emirates Airline Order

July 9, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a $56 billion agreement to build 150 777X aircraft for Dubai's Emirates Airline.                         

EU Fines Drug Makers $580M

July 9, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of $580 million on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.            

N.H. Companies Learn About Risks Of Corporate Espionage

July 8, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

New Hampshire companies are learning about the dangers of corporate espionage and how to protect and maintain a competitive edge.                       

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Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

July 8, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Growth was strongest in Europe, up over 60 percent, with Asia Pacific sales up almost 40 percent, the company said in a statement. Middle East sales were also strong, up 30 percent, with the United States and China also seeing double-digit growth. 

U.S. Presses China On Liberalizing High-Tech Trade

July 8, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products.                     

Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake In UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.           

5 Factors That Helped The U.S. Economy

July 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Five full years after a devastating recession officially ended, the economy is finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited.                        

U.S. Won't Say If German Spying Claim Is True

July 7, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday.                  

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WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling In U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.         

Scientists Criticize $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 12:03 pm | by Frank Jordans and John-Thor Dahlburg | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.             

China Premier: Country's Economy Improving

July 7, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

China's economy improved in the latest quarter but faces "downward pressure," and Beijing will increase the strength of targeted policy measures to shore up growth, the country's premier said Monday.           

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 8:26 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs At Risk

July 7, 2014 8:20 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute.                

Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Chinese enterprises and Chinese-born employees of companies abroad have been implicated in a growing number of attempts to steal technology and other commercial secrets.               

Chinese Woman Charged In U.S. Trade Secrets Case

July 2, 2014 2:40 pm | News | Comments

U.S. agents have charged a Chinese woman in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.                        

Suspected Mad Cow Disease Found In Romanian Beef

July 2, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The officials only revealed the case after Russia decided to ban imports of Romanian beef, citing fears of BSE. It wasn't clear how the Russians learned about it.                

World's Largest Plant Factory With LED Lighting Built In Quake-Hit City

July 2, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

The world's largest plant factory using light-emitting diode lighting has been built in a northeastern Japanese city devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the factory operator said.          

Philippines To Get First New Fighter Jets Next Year

July 2, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

The Philippine president said his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory.              

Thousands Evacuated After Chinese Oil Pipeline Burns

July 2, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, a government oil company said.                  

Chinese Manufacturing Grows For 1st Time In 6 Months

July 2, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Weakness in manufacturing has posed a challenge to Chinese leaders' efforts to nurture growth based on domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.                

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