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Chinese Vice Premier Inspects Product Quality

November 30, 2007 4:39 am | News | Comments

After a spat with an EU commissioner, Wu Yi is said to have deployed some 320 officials to spot-check manufacturers in at least 12 cities in the southern Guangdong Province.

Tainted Pet Food May Have Killed 350 Animals

November 30, 2007 4:32 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Michigan State University study documents number of dogs and cats that may have died earlier this year as a result of eating contaminated pet food imported from China.

ArcelorMittal Doubling Brazil Plant's Capacity

November 30, 2007 4:28 am | News | Comments

New blast furnace for world's largest steel company will add 1 million tons in capacity — part of a five-year, $5 billion plan to increase shipments 20 percent.

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EU Clears Continental To Buy Siemens Unit

November 30, 2007 4:21 am | News | Comments

Regulators approve car parts maker's bid for Siemens' auto electronics unit, saying an investigation removed doubts the deal could hurt rivals.

China Agrees To Eliminate Trade Subsidies

November 29, 2007 8:24 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Bush administration’s breakthrough deal ‘represents a victory for U.S. manufacturers, producers and their workers,’ U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said.

AMD Opening India R & D Center

November 29, 2007 8:21 am | News | Comments

New 52,000-sq.-ft. silicon research and design center in Bangalore opens as chip maker revs up development of its new 'Shanghai' microprocessor.

Ineos, Nova To Close Ohio Polystyrene Plant

November 29, 2007 8:20 am | News | Comments

Combined joint venture company plans to shut down its Belpre plant by end of January.

Report: Canada's Paper Products To Lose $400 Million

November 29, 2007 8:15 am | News | Comments

Conference Board of Canada's report cites the rapid appreciation of the Canadian dollar as a key factor for the industry's continuing woes.

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GM Opens First Design Studio In India

November 29, 2007 8:05 am | News | Comments

Studio’s opening comes at a time when General Motors is having some success after struggling for years to penetrate the Indian car market.

Mattel Mexico Destroys Lead-Tainted Toys

November 29, 2007 5:15 am | News | Comments

Local arm of the world's largest toy maker destroyed 175,000 lead-tainted toys taken from store shelves and factories throughout the country.

Workers Strike At Nike Shoe Plant In Vietnam

November 29, 2007 5:05 am | News | Comments

More than 10,000 workers walked off the job demanding higher pay; current average monthly salary is $62.

Toyota Recalling 264,000 Lexus Models

November 29, 2007 4:54 am | News | Comments

Faulty fuel pipe design that could lead to a fuel leak is the latest quality control problem the automaker has had since it ramped up production.

Carrier Building R & D Center In India

November 29, 2007 4:44 am | United Technologies Corp. | News | Comments

The $50 million center will be used to develop new products and technology for local markets and expand the company's manufacturing operations.

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Japanese Auto Exports Climb 18 Percent

November 29, 2007 4:40 am | News | Comments

The 27th straight monthly gain was due to brisk demand mainly in Europe and North America.

Japan's Industrial Output Reaches Record High

November 29, 2007 4:35 am | News | Comments

Industrial production rose 1.6 percent in October from the previous month, buoyed by brisk output of general machinery makers and car manufacturers.

Hershey, Cadbury Suspected Of Price Fixing

November 28, 2007 11:32 am | News | Comments

Canada's Competition Bureau investigating Nestle, Cadbury, Hershey, and Mars for a possible price-fixing scheme in the country's multibillion-dollar chocolate market.

Siemens Cutting Management Board

November 28, 2007 10:23 am | News | Comments

German industrial conglomerate says plans to slim down its management board is part of an effort to make its corporate structure leaner and more transparent.

EU Investigating TomTom's Bid For Tele Atlas

November 28, 2007 10:19 am | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators say preliminary investigation raised 'serious doubts' about whether the $4.2 billion takeover would preserve competition in the European market for navigation devices.

WTO Rules Against Japanese Chip Duties

November 28, 2007 10:00 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan is violating international trade rules by issuing fees on imported DRAM chips made by South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc.

Canada's Ainsworth Lumber Indefinitely Closing Mill

November 28, 2007 5:40 am | by Craig Wong, The Canada Press | News | Comments

Company halting production at its Footner Forest Products Ltd. plant due to operating losses and reduced customer demand; move will affect 150 workers.

Samsung 'Unfazed' By Corruption Probe

November 28, 2007 5:18 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Head of investor relations said bribery, slush fund scandal engulfing the electronics conglomerate is no cause for concern as he outlined ambitious growth plans.

Toymaker Apologizes For Aqua Dots Recall

November 28, 2007 4:47 am | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturer of toy coated with a chemical that can turn into a 'date-rape drug' if ingested apologized for damaging the 'Made in China' label.

Top EU Trade Official: China Must Open Markets

November 28, 2007 4:39 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

China's rise as a global trading power and status as the EU's top trading partner obligates it to drop barriers preventing foreign competition, according to Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

EU Fines Four Companies In Price Fixing Scheme

November 28, 2007 4:25 am | News | Comments

Regulators fined the companies a total of about $724 million for colluding to fix prices of flat glass and other commercial conditions in the European market.

Microsoft, Nintendo Rank Low On Greenpeace List

November 27, 2007 7:55 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The companies are taking too long to phase out toxic chemicals from their game consoles, Greenpeace said in its latest environmental ranking of leading electronics makers.

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