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China Threatens WTO's Manufacturing Compromise

November 8, 2007 4:41 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Beijing says it deserves a longer grace period for cutting tariffs and opening up its manufacturing markets than the two years proposed.

Magna Workers First To OK 'Framework Of Fairness'

November 8, 2007 4:34 am | News | Comments

Landmark Magna-CAW agreement includes a skilled trades program, layoff and job security protections, a women's advocate, paid education leave and inter-plant transfer language.

Toys Tested For 'Date Rape Chemical'

November 8, 2007 4:32 am | by Dikky Sinn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

At least five children — two in the U.S. and three in Australia — have been hospitalized after swallowing toy beads containing a chemical that morphs into a 'date rape drug' when ingested.

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Bush Outlines Import Safety Plans

November 7, 2007 6:59 am | by Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President unveils two broad initiatives designed to improve the safety of the $2 trillion in food, toys and other consumer goods imported each year.

NAM Leads Trade Delegation For Doha Round

November 7, 2007 6:03 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers stresses the importance of cuts in industrial tariff barriers for success in trade negotiations.

China Warns 16 Pharmaceutical Makers

November 7, 2007 5:56 am | News | Comments

Drug regulators say advertisements for companies exaggerated product benefits; warnings are part of country's crackdown amid widespread recalls.

ArcelorMittal To Buy Stake In Chinese Steel Company

November 7, 2007 5:34 am | News | Comments

ArcelorMittal has been expanding its investments in China, seeking to build its position in the world's biggest steel-making and consuming market.

Microsoft, Chinese PC Maker Sign Anti-Piracy Deal

November 7, 2007 5:16 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Software giant's agreement with Founder Technology allows Microsoft to pre-install Windows operating system on Chinese PCs; Founder also will sell Microsoft hardware in stores.

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ArvinMeritor Shuttering N.C. Axle Operation

November 7, 2007 4:32 am | News | Comments

Closure is part of restructuring that the company expects to affect 13 plants and 2,800 employees.

TomTom Raises Tele Atlas Bid To $4.2 Billion

November 7, 2007 4:29 am | by Toby Sterling, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Dutch maker of personal navigation devices increases offer for digital mapmaker Tele Atlas — the latest move in a bidding war with larger rival Garmin PLC.

German Economy Likely Will Slow In 2008

November 7, 2007 4:25 am | News | Comments

Growth in Europe's biggest economy will slow due to decreased demand for German goods, including appliances, automobiles, steel and other products, according to government.

Disney Investigating Chinese Labor Abuse Claims

November 7, 2007 4:18 am | News | Comments

Hong Kong-based labor activists say that in the peak season before Christmas, employees at a stuffed toy factory work up to 16 hours a day with only two days off a month.

Russian Ford Workers Hold One-Day Strike

November 7, 2007 4:13 am | News | Comments

About 1,500 workers at a factory outside St. Petersburg held a strike to demand wage increases and a shorter night shift; union says second strike will begin Nov. 20 if demands aren't met.

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Mattel Recalls Mexican-Made Toys

November 6, 2007 6:47 am | by Natasha T. Metzler, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Company says 172,000 Fisher-Price toys sold in the U.S. and Europe contain small parts that pose choking hazards.

PepsiCo Buys Remaining 20 Percent Stake In Sandora

November 6, 2007 5:30 am | News | Comments

Soft drink maker and its bottler, PepsiAmericas Inc., bought the remaining interest in a Ukraine-based juice company for $136.7 million.

Ford Workers To Vote On Tentative Deal

November 6, 2007 5:05 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Vote comes after UAW leaders recommend its approval; some analysts question whether four-year deal would be enough to help the ailing automaker.

Australian Toys Recalled For 'Date Rape Chemical'

November 6, 2007 5:04 am | News | Comments

Popular children's toy pulled from shelves after scientists found it contains a chemical that converts into a powerful 'date rape drug' when ingested.

Toyota Cars Running On Lithium-Ion Batteries In Japan

November 6, 2007 4:54 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries, already widely used in laptops and other gadgets, are considered critical in developing future electric, hybrid and other ecological vehicles.

ICL Performance Acquires Fire Safety Manufacturer

November 6, 2007 4:45 am | News | Comments

France-based Biogema S.A. will be integrated with ICL Performance Products' existing fire safety division.

Germany's IG Metall Union Elects New Leader

November 6, 2007 4:14 am | News | Comments

Berthold Huber received more than 92 percent of the vote — the best showing for a new leader in the past 35 years.

Chinese Watchdog May Urge Mattel Lawsuits

November 5, 2007 11:40 am | News | Comments

Guangdong's fair trade bureau looking into helping affected manufacturers sue the U.S. toy giant for compensation after toy recalls damaged reputations.

CAT Acquisitions Strengthen Forestry Position

November 5, 2007 11:30 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

In separate transactions, CAT acquires Blount International's forestry division as well as the transition of Pioneer Machinery assets to six CAT dealers.

Portuguese Company Getting New Digs In Georgia

November 5, 2007 10:30 am | News | Comments

New EFACEC Group, a power substation manufacturer, plant will create 600 jobs and $100 million in invesetments.

EU Trade Chief Urges Manufactured Goods Trading

November 5, 2007 10:20 am | News | Comments

Peter Mandleson says India, Brazil, South Africa and other emerging economic powers are risking a failure of ongoing negotiations at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

European, Chinese Execs Creating More Opportunities

November 5, 2007 10:20 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European companies can help China develop global and sustainable brands and create ties that help their own businesses, China-Europe conference organizers say.

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