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China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.           

Delta Orders 15 Planes From Airbus

June 2, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy 15 new Airbus A321 planes to replace older, less-efficient jets in its domestic fleet.                    

Unilever Banners Used Extremist Symbol In Myanmar

June 2, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

Consumer products giant Unilever was scrambling to remove advertising banners from shops in Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims.   

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Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.             

Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.               

Malaysia: Cadbury Chocolate Free From Pork

June 2, 2014 7:56 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork, the country's top Islamic body said in a statement that should lessen calls for a boycott of the company after earlier tests suggested two types of chocolate bar contained pig DNA.

U.S. Deploys Advanced Drones To Japan

June 2, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Northrop-Grumman-built Global Hawk drone is considered particularly valuable because it can conduct long-range missions without the limitations of pilot fatigue, is able to fly at a maximum 60,000 feet and can "loiter" around any particular site of interest for 24 hours or more.

Searcher 'Cautiously Optimistic' Flight 370 Will Be Found

May 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the origin of the underwater pings now in doubt and the search stalled, what do the officials heading up the hunt for Flight 370 have to say?                  

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Cambodia Convicts Then Frees Labor Activists

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gave them suspended sentences.     

China Fines Eye-Care Companies For Price Fixing

May 30, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices.          

Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.          

GE Chief Woos French Leader, Seeks Alstom Deal

May 29, 2014 3:37 pm | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of General Electric is promising to create jobs in France and trying to charm the French president into backing a $17 billion GE buyout of manufacturer Alstom's energy operations.            

Italy Wants $1.6B In Damages From Novartis And Roche

May 29, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Italy's health ministry is seeking $1.63 billion in damages from Swiss pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Roche after an anti-trust court ruled the two companies colluded to prevent the distribution of an eye medication.       

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Science Prizes Given Out For Findings In Brain, Cosmos

May 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Nine scientists won awards Thursday for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things.             

Mexico Arrests 4 Pemex Employees For Fuel Theft

May 28, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

The Pemex oil company has had an increasing problem of thefts from illegally perforated pipelines, but the employees were stealing fuel by opening valves.                

Bridgestone To Become Top Tier IOC Sponsor

May 28, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corp. is reportedly set to become a top-tier sponsor of the International Olympic Committee in a 10-year deal that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Games.             

Malaysia Releasing Satellite Data On Missing Jet

May 27, 2014 10:58 am | by Eileen Ng and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Malaysian government released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency by relatives of some of the 239 people on board.

Singapore Fines 3 Firms For Price-Fixing

May 27, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

Singapore's antitrust authority on Tuesday fined three Japanese companies a total of $7.2 million for price-fixing of ball and roller bearing products in the Singapore market.                 

India's Oldest Auto Factory Shelves Elite Sedan

May 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's oldest car factory has abruptly suspended production of the hulking Ambassador sedan that has a nearly seven-decade history as the car of the Indian elite.               

China To Take 6M Vehicles Off Roads

May 27, 2014 7:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.                

Russian CEOs Glimpse Relief From Uncertainty

May 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by Laura Mills, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the Russian economy and stock market in the doldrums, CEOs gathered at a business forum here on Friday were eager for some sign of a let-up in their country's high-stakes standoff with the West over Ukraine.       

U.S. Claims Win In Car Dispute With China

May 23, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

The United States claimed victory in a trade dispute Friday after a key panel ruled that China's anti-dumping duties on imports of American-made cars and sport-utility vehicles violate international trade rules.        

Doctors Design Dialysis Machine For Babies

May 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Doctors in Italy have designed a miniature dialysis machine for babies, used for the first time last year to save a newborn girl, according to a new report.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: China's First Jet; A Drug Company Suicide

May 23, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from China getting ready to deliver its first homegrown airliner to a French engineering mistake that will cost $68 million to fix.        

Biden: Cyprus Will Turn Region Into Global Gas Hub

May 23, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Cyprus's newly found offshore natural gas reserves can transform the eastern Mediterranean into a "global hub" for the fossil fuel.                

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