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Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing To The Next Level

July 1, 2014 10:19 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing continues tread cautiously on the wider spectrum of possibility of outsourcing of engineering services. This appears counter intuitive for an industry which is highly polarized by aging workforce, massive dependence on contract labor in design functions and sub-optimal consumption of shared services.

Cuban Car Buyers Have Sticker Shock

July 1, 2014 2:11 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Peugeot family car that listed for $262,000 in Havana would cost $53,000 in the United Kingdom, while a compact Kia Rio hatchback that starts at $13,600 in the United States was on offer for $42,000 in Cuba.             

EU Court Upholds Green Energy Subsidies

July 1, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union's top court is confirming countries have the right to limit subsidies for renewable energy to plants based on their territory, as opposed to companies' operations abroad.                

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

Court: Wal-Mart Must Compensate Workers

June 30, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.            

Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

Germany Mulls Axing Foreign Tech

June 27, 2014 3:30 pm | News | Comments

First Verizon got the boot, now the German government is considering pulling the plug on foreign companies that provide hardware for official communication networks.                

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Building $1.4B Plant In Mexico

June 27, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Automakers Daimler and Renault-Nissan say they will build a $1.36 billion plant that is expected to employ 5,700 people to manufacture Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brand compact vehicles.                   

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

New Center In Tennessee To Help In Case Of Nuclear Disaster

June 27, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Officials in the U.S. nuclear energy industry are holding a ribbon-cutting for a facility that will hold emergency equipment that could be delivered to nuclear plants struck by a disaster or other extreme event.       

More Countries Adding Graphic Warnings To Cigarettes

June 27, 2014 11:10 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research suggests these images have prompted people to quit, but the World Health Organization estimates nearly 6 million people continue to die globally each year from smoking-related causes.          

U.S. Wants To Resume Cyber Talks With China

June 27, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Next month, the U.S. will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, officials said.    

Court: Czech Brewer Gets Budweiser Trademark In Portugal

June 27, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country.           

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Pipeline Blast Kills 15 In India

June 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Omer Farooq, Associated Press | News | Comments

Company officials said it was too early to say what caused the explosion. Nagaram residents said they had complained that the gas pipelines had not been properly maintained, but were ignored.          

NSA Fears Prompt Germany To End Verizon Contract

June 26, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.             

Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 8:24 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.               

U.S.: China's Behavior Hurts International Standing

June 26, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official says China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing.              

CEO Says Malaysia Airlines Needs Radical Change

June 25, 2014 12:21 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia Airlines' CEO said Wednesday that business has improved four months after one of its jets went missing, but the beleaguered flag carrier needs a radical overhaul to survive.                

Boeing 777-300ER Expected To Become New Japanese Gov't Planes

June 25, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Japan is likely to adopt the Boeing 777-300ER as its new government aircraft to be used for overseas trips by the prime minister and imperial family members, government sources said Wednesday.          

HanesBrands To Buy DBApparel For About $550M

June 25, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

HanesBrands is buying DBApparel from Sun Capital Partners Inc. for about $550 million, giving the underwear and T-shirt company entry to the European market.                

OPEC: Iraq Violence Not Causing Oil Output Drop

June 25, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The head of OPEC, the group of major oil exporters, says recent crude price increases are to blame on market fears caused by the crisis in Iraq but not on a drop in output.                 

Ghosn Still Highest-Paid Exec In Japan

June 25, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Nissan said that CEO Carlos Ghosn earned 995 million yen in the 2013 business year ended in March, up from 988 million yen the previous year, adding to the view he will remain the highest-paid executive among listed companies in Japan.     

Japan Aims To Restore Cutting Edge

June 24, 2014 10:18 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan includes dozens of proposed changes to labor regulations, government pension fund investments, corporate governance and tax policies that Abe says are needed to spur corporate investment and innovation.             

Panel: 'Serious Faults' In Novartis Clinical Study

June 24, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

Novartis Pharma K.K. violated Japan's personal information protection law and ethical guidelines in a clinical study, led by the University of Tokyo, of a leukemia drug, the university's investigation panel said Tuesday.            

Businesses Join White House In Backing Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014 8:17 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The government agency provides direct loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to help foreign buyers purchase American-made products.                    

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