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Boeing Outsells Airbus For 2007

January 16, 2008 4:39 am | by Emma Vandore, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Airbus said it trailed Boeing Co. in logging new orders last year by a total of 72 civilian jets, but beat its U.S. rival on deliveries.

Beijing Says Quality Campaign Successful

January 16, 2008 4:26 am | News | Comments

Four-month campaign to improve the quality of Chinese products has been successful and has helped boost the credibility of the 'Made in China' label, an official said Wednesday.

Germans Angry Over Nokia Plant Closure

January 16, 2008 4:20 am | News | Comments

Influential German state governor voiced anger over decision to shut a manufacturing plant, dismissing the argument that costs are too high.

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Airbus Expected To Beat Boeing In 2007

January 15, 2008 8:30 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

European plane maker is expected to announce Wednesday that 2007 was a record year for passenger jet orders and deliveries, allowing it to steal the lead back from U.S. rival Boeing Co.

U.S. Productivity Growth Expected To Rise In ‘08

January 15, 2008 6:09 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Conference Board forecasts growth will accelerate to 1.7 percent this year, despite recession worries and credit concerns.

Study Shows No Pesticides In Indian Coca-Cola

January 15, 2008 5:59 am | by Ashok Sharma, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Water used in India's Coca-Cola is free of pesticides, a research center said following long-standing allegations that Coca-Cola and Pepsi soft drinks were tainted.

EU Workers Want Imports From Carbon Polluters Taxed

January 15, 2008 4:40 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European trade unions called for a tax on imports from countries that refuse to fight the carbon emissions that cause global warming.

Nokia To Close Bochum, Germany Plant

January 15, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Finnish phone maker will close production site later this year as part of its bid to shift manufacturing to cheaper, more competitive locations in Europe.

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German Economy Up 2.5 Percent In 2007

January 15, 2008 4:25 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Economy saw solid growth last year, helped by strong exports, but a downbeat survey of investor confidence pointed to clouds on the horizon for Europe's biggest economy.

Day When Chinese Cars Jam U.S. Roads Is Nearing

January 14, 2008 11:23 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chinese automakers are showing increasing interest in cracking the lucrative U.S. market.

Alenia Buying Stake In Russian Aircraft Maker Sukhoi

January 14, 2008 8:20 am | News | Comments

Russian President Putin signed a decree under which Italian airplane maker Alenia would be able to acquire a 25-percent share in Sukhoi's civil aircraft division, the Kremlin said.

Toyota To Test Hundreds Of Plug-In Hybrids By 2010

January 14, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker working on the necessary lithium-ion battery technology and partnering with Panasonic to mass produce the batteries.

Weyerhaeuser Selling European Wood Products Unit

January 14, 2008 5:08 am | News | Comments

Forest products company to sell its iLevel European engineered wood products unit to Finnish timber products company Finnforest.

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Automakers Push ‘Green’ Theme At Detroit Auto Show

January 14, 2008 4:55 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Hybrids, advanced diesels and green alternatives are pushing aside the traditional displays of speed and chrome at this week's Detroit auto show.

BMW Displays First U.S. Diesel Vehicles

January 14, 2008 4:35 am | News | Comments

German automaker said its 335d coupe and X5 xDrive35d sport utility vehicle will be available this fall.

Samsung Group Chairman's Office Raided In Probe

January 14, 2008 4:23 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Special prosecutors investigating alleged corruption at the massive Samsung conglomerate raided an office of Chairman Lee Kun-hee.

Gulf Air Orders 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

January 14, 2008 4:07 am | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Bahrain-based airline ordered the new 787 Dreamliners valued at around $4 billion, with an option for eight more.

China's Safety Problems Don't Scare Foreign Buyers

January 11, 2008 11:01 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Safety scares, copyright rip-offs and outright thuggery are endemic to Chinese capitalism, but foreign buyers keep snapping up a myriad of products.

Automakers Strut Their Stuff At Detroit's Auto Show

January 11, 2008 10:59 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Despite the difficulties among Detroit's automakers and Michigan’s struggling economy, the North American International Auto Show goes on.

Japan Lifts Ban On Cargill Plant

January 11, 2008 5:05 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan's agricultural ministry lifted a ban on beef imports from the U.S. meatpacker after concluding it remedied problems that forced the suspension last year.

No Manufacturing Rescue Plan Coming From Ottawa

January 11, 2008 4:52 am | by Julian Beltrame | News | Comments

Federal officials are pouring cold water over expectations of any blockbuster announcement of new aid for Canada's battered manufacturing and forestry sectors.

Japan Could See Economic Slowdown - Or Not

January 11, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Central bank chief of the world's second-largest economy predicts a slowdown in Japan, while the economy minister said she saw no sign of one.

Chrysler, Nissan Sign South America Agreement

January 11, 2008 4:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automakers form OEM agreement for Nissan to produce cars based on its Versa model, to be sold by Chrysler in South America.

Rolls-Royce Cutting 6 Percent Of Workforce

January 11, 2008 4:26 am | News | Comments

Aircraft engine maker aims to cut up to 2,300 managerial, professional and clerical staff to mitigate increasing raw material costs and the weak U.S. dollar.

Ford Wants $60 Million To Reopen Windsor Plant

January 11, 2008 4:20 am | News | Comments

The Globe and Mail reports the automaker wants the federal and Ontario governments to kick in $60 million to help reopen a shuttered engine plant in Windsor, Ontario.

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