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Robot Valet To Park Cars At Airport In Germany

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app.                         

China Factory Gauge Shows Economy Stabilizing

June 23, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Factory activity in China expanded in June for the first time this year, according to an HSBC report Monday, adding to signs that the slowdown in the No. 2 economy is stabilizing as recent micro boosting measures take hold.      

UN Assembly Links Environment, Economics

June 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Jason Straziuso, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly is underway in Nairobi, Kenya, where more than 150 high-level delegations are addressing environmental sustainability challenges.                   

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Shire Rejects $46.2B Offer From AbbVie

June 23, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.             

China Expands Investment In U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 8:17 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year, according to the Rhodium Group research firm. Collectively, they employ more than 70,000 Americans, up from virtually none a decade ago.

Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 7:44 am | News | Comments

Alstom's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.         

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

GE Makes Revised Offer For Alstom

June 19, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

General Electric submitted a revised offer to buy the power generation business of France's Alstom that the American company hopes will be enough to win approval from the French government and see off a rival bid by Siemens.                  

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Japan Logs 23rd Month Of Trade Deficit

June 19, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Japan logged its 23rd successive month of trade deficits in May, as exports and imports both declined despite signs of recovering demand in the U.S. and Europe.                

Chinese Paper Maker Opening Plant In Virginia

June 18, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese paper maker is planning to invest $2 billion over five years to open a facility in Chesterfield County, creating 2,000 jobs, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday.             

Va. Resumes Chicken Exports To China

June 18, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

China blocked Virginia chicken exports in 2007 after a case of pathogenic avian influenza was reported on a single farm in Virginia.                     

Texas Has Beef With Chipotle Buying Australian Meat

June 18, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The Texas agriculture commissioner aired a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill and wants to talk with its founder after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia.              

Russia: New Pipeline Will Go Ahead Despite Setback

June 17, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

Russia's foreign minister insists the EU's order to halt construction work on the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria is only a brief delay in the project planned to bypass Ukraine as a transit country and consolidate Russia's energy grip in Europe. 

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China Blocks Alliance Of World's Biggest Shippers

June 17, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plan by the world's three biggest container shipping operators to create an alliance has been scrapped after Chinese authorities blocked it.                     

Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                 

China, UK Sign Business Deals

June 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese premier Li Keqiang oversaw Tuesday the signing of trade deals with Britain worth billions during an official visit that kicked off with a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.            

Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping By U.S.

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.             

Oilfield Company Leaves Switzerland Over Pay Rules

June 16, 2014 3:44 pm | News | Comments

Weatherford's move comes after Swiss voters approved a proposal last year to give shareholders the right to hold a binding vote on all payments for company executives and directors.            

Energy Giant Starts Work On $12M Morocco Factory

June 16, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Multinational energy company Eaton has broken ground on a new $12 million electronics plant in Morocco that could signal increased foreign investment for this North African country.             

Dutch Gov't Encourages Self-Driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019.             

Siemens, Mitsubishi Make Offer For Alstom

June 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Engineering giants Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan on Monday jointly offered to buy parts of France's Alstom and start a long-term partnership, a move that could derail a competing bid by General Electric.   

Regulators OK New Version Of Boeing 787

June 16, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying.                 

Korean Tire Maker To Invest In Czech Plant

June 16, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

The Czech government says South Korean tire maker Nexen Tire will invest $1.1 billion in a new plant in the country.                       

Police: Indian Factory Workers Kill CEO

June 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Prasanta Paul, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.           

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 8:01 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.                  

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