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Former Soviet Union Snapping Up U.S. Farm Equipment

January 18, 2008 4:16 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Russia imported $281 million in American farm machinery products through June 2007, a 112 percent increase from the previous year.

Europe's Trade Deficit With China Swells

January 17, 2008 5:50 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Trade gap with China ballooned by 25 percent in the first 10 months of 2007 from the year-earlier period, making China Europe's biggest source of imported goods.

Report: Exports Cushion Weakness In Manufacturing

January 17, 2008 5:06 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI suggests that exports and multinational interests are helping companies weather the U.S. economic storm.

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PC Shipments Stronger Than Forecast

January 17, 2008 5:05 am | by Mark Jewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. growth rate beat predictions, countering recent forecasts that spending growth in the broader U.S. technology sector would slow this year.

ArcelorMittal To Cut Jobs At French Plant

January 17, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

World's largest steelmaker will shed jobs from a loss-making plant in eastern France that makes wire rod.

Nordic Paper Maker’s Workers Walk Out

January 17, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

About 2,500 personnel walked out at Stora Enso plants in Finland to protest layoffs and mill closures, union officials said.

Korean Countertop Maker Opening Facility In Ontario

January 17, 2008 4:31 am | News | Comments

LEDC will build a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility in London, Ont., creating at least 200 jobs.

Mexico Expects Growth In 2008 Manufacturing Exports

January 17, 2008 4:30 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing exports will grow by at least 5 percent, according to a group that represents the majority of the country's manufacture-for-export plants.

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Kellogg Acquires Russian Food Company

January 17, 2008 4:26 am | News | Comments

World's leading maker of breakfast cereals bought the United Bakers Group, a leading Russian maker of crackers, biscuits and breakfast cereals for an undisclosed price.

Ottawa: Ford Won't Get Aid For Windsor Plant

January 17, 2008 4:21 am | News | Comments

Finance Minister says Ford of Canada won't get direct financial help to reopen the engine plant because the government doesn't believe in targeted subsidies to specific firms.

Japan May Use Tax Breaks To Promote Clean Diesels

January 17, 2008 4:15 am | News | Comments

Japan may introduce subsidies and tax breaks for buyers of passenger cars equipped with clean diesel engines as early as in fiscal 2009 in an attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Boeing, Airbus Struggle To Meet Demand

January 16, 2008 11:15 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

The problem for Airbus and Boeing isn't too few customers — it's getting planes off their production lines fast enough to meet demand.

Ex-Mitsubishi Head Guilty Of Professional Negligence

January 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Katsuhiko Kawasoe quit in disgrace in 2000 after acknowledging that the automaker had hidden defects for decades, despite reports of dozens of accidents.

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New Ford Canada Chief Has 'Big Boots To Fill'

January 16, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Ford’s new head of its Canadian operations has a big task ahead of him in dealing with a declining industry, says Buzz Hargrove, head of the Canadian Auto Workers.

Airbus-Boeing Legal Battle Faces Setback

January 16, 2008 5:10 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Verdicts have been further delayed in the U.S.-EU dispute over government support for rival plane makers Boeing Co. and Airbus.

Automakers Using Design As Competitive Edge

January 16, 2008 4:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Differences between brands sold in the U.S. are generally small, so it comes down to design — the way cars look inside and out — as the way manufacturers can set themselves apart.

Collins & Aikman Canada Plant To Close

January 16, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

Struggling Canadian automotive parts manufacturer has recently seen a steep decline in its contracts with major automakers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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