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China Manufacturing Weakens In February

March 3, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing weakened in February and employers cut staff at the fastest rate in nearly five years, a survey showed Monday.                       

Automakers Pack Small Models With Premium Features

March 3, 2014 8:37 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

European automakers are putting their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, shifting from survival to revival as they head into the Geneva Auto Show.                

Germany: No Spy Deal With U.S.

February 28, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

The German government is conceding that it doesn't expect to reach agreement with Washington in the foreseeable future on a hoped-for "no-spy" deal.                 

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Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Sharp is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources said.             

Coal Crunch Leads To India's Solar Switch

February 28, 2014 10:04 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports.              

Sony To Sell Former Headquarters

February 28, 2014 8:58 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker is planning to sell some of its properties in Tokyo including its former headquarters building as part of its restructuring efforts.                 

Mazda Opens Mexican Plant

February 28, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Mazda held a ceremony to fully open its first Mexican plant as a base for exports to the United States, Latin America and Europe.                     

VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Germany's Volkswagen AG says it's recalling some 600,000 Caddy delivery vehicles worldwide to repair a problem with their rear doors.                     

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Theft Forces Shell Nigeria To Close Major Pipeline

February 27, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Shell recently threatened to close the Nembe Creek Trunk Line because of repeated sabotage. It carries about 60,000 barrels daily for Africa's biggest oil producer.                

Honda Recalls Over 40,000 Motorcycles

February 27, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Honda will recall 40,672 units of two motorcycle models commonly used for mail delivery in Japan over concerns about potential brake malfunction.                  

Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.                    

NASA Could Have Prevented Astronaut's Close Call

February 26, 2014 2:20 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA could have prevented last summer's near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut. That's the conclusion of an investigation board created by NASA in the wake of last July's close call outside the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned when his helmet filled with water on July 16. He barely made it back inside alive.

MAPI: China’s Economic Reforms Offer Both Challenges And Opportunities

February 26, 2014 2:10 pm | News | Comments

Despite being comprehensive and ambitious, China’s new economic reform agenda is criticized for being vague and not overwhelmingly innovative. According to a new report, however, what is encouraging this time is that China’s leaders have demonstrated a stronger will to ensure successful implementation.

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Israel Completes Tests On Airline Defense System

February 26, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Israel's defense ministry says it successfully completed final testing on a system that protects commercial planes from missile attacks. Eitan Eshel, head of research and development at the ministry, said Wednesday that testing of the "Sky Shield" system was "100 percent successful."

EU Lawmakers Back Tough New Anti-Smoking Rules

February 26, 2014 11:14 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament has voted in favor of tough new anti-smoking rules governing the multibillion-dollar tobacco market including the introduction of mandatory picture and text health warnings covering about two-thirds of cigarette packs.   

China Would Use Coal Plant To Power Jamaica Port

February 26, 2014 10:48 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company wants to build its own coal-fired plant in southern Jamaica to generate the power needed for a hoped-for $1.5 billion port that the Caribbean island envisions as helping transform its chronically sluggish economy.   

Airbus Posts Higher 2013 Profit

February 26, 2014 7:46 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

European jetmaker Airbus Group said Wednesday record demand for its civilian jetliners from airlines around the world drove higher sales and profits last year. The Boeing Co. rival, known until this year as EADS, said net profit rose 22 percent to 1.47 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2013, up from 1.2 billion euros the previous year.

Japan Plan Keeps Nuclear As Key Energy Source

February 25, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan's nuclear energy dependency will be reduced as much as possible, but that reactors meeting new safety standards set after the 2011 nuclear crisis should be restarted.

EIA: U.S. Oil Imports Have Declined Since 2011

February 25, 2014 11:29 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Since early 2011, a falling volume of crude oil imports as domestic production has risen sharply and the emergence of net product exports have driven the volume and value of net oil imports lower. These reductions occurred even though the annual average oil prices in 2012 and 2013 were at their highest historical levels.

Pollution Hides Beijing Skyline; Statues Get Masks

February 25, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Beijing remained cloaked in hazardous white pollution, despite the announced closures or production cuts at 147 of the city's industrial plants. Readings of PM2.5, a key measure of pollution, reached 444 micrograms per cubic meter in central Beijing. The World Health Organization considers 25 micrograms a safe level.

Phone Makers Look To Emerging Markets For Growth

February 25, 2014 7:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most of the world can't afford the hundreds of dollars they cost, so there's been a push to get mobile devices cheap enough to reach emerging markets without sacrificing so much performance that first-time smartphone owners will give up on the Internet and forgo a second smartphone down the road.

French Automakers Seek To Catch Up In China

February 25, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

French automakers Renault and Peugeot are looking belatedly to China to revive their flagging fortunes but picked a tough time to try to expand. Three decades after Volkswagen became the first global automaker to produce cars in China in 1984, Renault SA announced plans in December for a Chinese factory.

FDA To Boost India Staff Overseeing Drug Imports

February 24, 2014 8:42 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Friday that her agency will add more inspectors in India to better monitor drugs from the country's burgeoning pharmaceutical industry, even as her agency also seeks closer cooperation from Indian regulators.

Black Hawk Helicopter Maker To Eliminate 600 Jobs

February 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lydall Acquires Industrial Filtration Business Of Andrew Industries Limited

February 21, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), today announced that it has acquired the industrial filtration businesses of Andrew Industries Limited, an Altham, United Kingdom-based corporation, for $83 million in cash. The acquired business consists of operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, and approximately 500 employees.

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