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Report: Japan's Nippon In Talks With India's Tata

November 14, 2007 4:51 am | News | Comments

Steel companies considering joint production of steel sheets for cars as automakers eye aggressive expansion in India, according to a media report.

Thai Business, China's Chery May Form Joint Venture

November 14, 2007 4:45 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group's proposed joint venture to assemble Chinese cars in Thailand would have an initial plant capacity of 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles.

Boeing: Airbus, EU Blocking Subsidy Settlement

November 14, 2007 4:11 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Chicago-based airplane maker accusing rival of taking advantage of up to $205 billion in European subsidies to win long-standing Boeing customers and become the world airplane leader.

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Dutch Airline Orders Seven Boeing 737s

November 13, 2007 10:30 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Deal between the airplane maker and the low-cost airline transavia.com is listed as worth $523 million and includes the option for three more planes.

EU Probing French Aid To Develop Hybrid Car

November 13, 2007 5:47 am | News | Comments

European Commission wants to make sure France's $140 million grant to PSA Peugeot-Citroen to develop a hybrid diesel car doesn't break EU rules on state subsidies.

Analyst: Mapmakers' Bidding War Isn't Over

November 13, 2007 5:23 am | News | Comments

Garmin Ltd. will make another bid for digital map maker Tele Atlas and could offer more than $60 per share as it tries to wrangle the company away from rival TomTom.

Japanese Chemical Plant Blast Kills Two, Injures Six

November 13, 2007 5:11 am | News | Comments

Explosion at factory east of Tokyo is being investigated by police for suspicion it may have involved professional negligence resulting in the deaths and injuries.

Oil Down On Possible OPEC Increase, IEA Forecast

November 13, 2007 4:58 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil prices dropped about $1 per barrel after a key OPEC member left open the possibility of an output increase to curb rising prices and an energy agency lowered its forecast for demand.

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Foreign Investment In China Rises 14 Percent

November 13, 2007 4:28 am | News | Comments

Investments reach $67.8 billion in October; figure has been climbing steadily despite recent government curbs on industries such as auto manufacturing and textiles.

EU Regulators Extend Probe Into Continental's VDO Bid

November 13, 2007 4:20 am | News | Comments

European Commission likely to consider commitments that could be offered by the German manufacturer to allay fears its $16.6 billion purchase of Siemens' VDO could hinder competition.

German Train Drivers Plan Three-Day Strike

November 13, 2007 4:12 am | News | Comments

GDL union striking at both passenger and freight services as they try to increase the pressure on the national railway in a bitter pay dispute.

16th Annual Automation Fair Kicks Off

November 13, 2007 4:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net staff | News | Comments

World’s largest free educational forum dedicated to manufacturing gets underway.

Gulf Air Carriers Order $40 Billion In Planes

November 12, 2007 11:17 am | by Bargara Surk, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Order for 140 planes from Airbus and Boeing considered a boost for the global airline industry and a sign of the Middle Eastern airlines' rapid expansion.

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Saudi Prince Buying Airbus A380 'Flying Palace' Jet

November 12, 2007 11:00 am | by Barbara Surk, Associated Press writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Private bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym with a jacuzzi: luxury's the name of the game for Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's more-than-$300 million super-sized airplane.

China Confirms 'Date Rape Drug' In Toys

November 12, 2007 5:30 am | by Scott McDonald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Safety watchdog General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine said production of Australian toy was outsourced to Wangqi Product Factory in Shenzhen, China.

Boeing Gets Order For Six Dreamliners

November 12, 2007 5:09 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Dubai-based aircraft leasing company LCAL expands its fleet of Dreamliners to 21 with the deal listed at $972 million.

Airbus CEO Predicts Record Year

November 12, 2007 5:02 am | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Head of the world's largest commercial airplane maker says company will have a strong year for orders despite weak dollar, A380 'superjumbo' delays.

Chinese Paper Products Company Signs Supply Deal

November 12, 2007 5:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Under the agreement, Lipu Paper would supply up to 20 percent of the 60,000 tons of pure wood pulp Dabu Paper requires to maintain its current production levels.

Pennsylvania Shop Helping Fight IEDs

November 12, 2007 4:53 am | by Dan Miller, The Associated Press | BAE Systems | News | Comments

Machine shop making up to 200 parts for the U.S. military's fleet of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles designed to give military personnel more protection from improvised explosive devices.

Hyundai Planning Factory In Russia

November 12, 2007 4:29 am | News | Comments

South Korea-based automaker said the factory would have an annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles; Hyundai is Russia’s biggest seller of foreign vehicles.

Romania Facing Shortage Of Industrial Workers

November 12, 2007 4:17 am | News | Comments

Many left the country on Jan. 1 when it joined the European Union, leaving Romania short about 500,000 laborers — especially in construction, heavy industry and car manufacturing.

Michigan, Illinois UAW Locals Voting On Ford Contract

November 9, 2007 6:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Local union presidents say voters are overwhelmingly approving deal that lowers wages for new hires and transfers retiree health care obligations to a union-run trust.

EU Clears Kraft's Danone Acquisition

November 9, 2007 6:04 am | News | Comments

The U.S. food and beverage maker's bid for Danone's cookie and cereal snack division was OK'd on condition some units in Spain and Hungary are sold off.

U.S. Trade Deficit At Lowest Since May 2005

November 9, 2007 5:39 am | News | Comments

Commerce Department report shows September's level dipped 0.6 percent while overall U.S. imports of goods and services rose 0.6 percent.

Tax Credit Expires For Toyota Hybrid Buyers

November 9, 2007 5:31 am | News | Comments

Hybrid vehicles purchased after Oct. 1 aren't eligible for tax break because the company hit a legal cap on the credit, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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