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Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and is welcoming public monitoring of companies that pollute.     

Roll-Royce Opening Luxury Car Showroom In Cambodia

June 9, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Fabled luxury car maker Rolls-Royce will soon be marketing its goods in one of the world's poorest countries.                          

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Indictment For Glock; Incompetence At GM

June 6, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the GM recall report that blames incompetence and negligence for the recall that led to 13 deaths to an indictment for a gun dealer and Glock executives over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks.

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German Spy Agency Comes Clean

June 6, 2014 8:26 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets Friday, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out.

Blast Rocks Kosovo Power Plant

June 6, 2014 8:15 am | by Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen, a government official told The Associated Press Friday.                    

Former Japanese Exec Indicted For Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.         

German Factory Orders Rebound Strongly

June 5, 2014 11:29 am | News | Comments

German factory orders rebounded in April, rising by a stronger-than-expected 3.1 percent compared with the previous month with help from a surge in demand from other countries in the eurozone.            

Siemens Donates $2B In Software To Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Siemens, based in Germany, is donating the same software the company and its clients use in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical device, electronics, shipbuilding and apparel industries.            

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Henkel To Buy Spotless For $1.28B

June 5, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Henkel, the German-based maker of Persil laundry detergent and Dial soap, says it is buying French laundry products company Spotless Group in a deal valued at $1.28 billion.               

Emotional Robot Set For Sale In Japan

June 5, 2014 7:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.              

First Solar Shares Rise After Commerce Dept. Decision

June 4, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Shares of First Solar rose Wednesday as the Commerce Department clamped down on Chinese solar equipment companies by imposing preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs.                

Nidec To Set Up 1st Factory In India

June 4, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Nidec Corp. said Wednesday it will set up a factory in Rajasthan Province in western India to make motors for vehicles and consumer electronics from next April.                    

Players Helped Develop World Cup Ball

June 4, 2014 12:09 pm | by Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

German manufacturer Adidas says the "Brazuca" was tested by more than 600 of the world's top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.                  

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22 Killed In Mine Accident In China

June 4, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

A coal mine accident killed 22 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, the city's news office said in an online statement Wednesday.                  

U.S. Trade Deficit At 2-Year High

June 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the deficit rose to $47.2 billion in April, up 6.9 percent from an upwardly revised March deficit of $44.2 billion.                   

Regulator: Making Embryos From 3 People Doesn't Look Unsafe

June 4, 2014 8:26 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe" even though no one has ever received the treatment, according to a new report.           

U.S.: China Tensions Bad For Business

June 4, 2014 8:23 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official said Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.      

Airline Group Says No Timetable For Airplane Tracking

June 3, 2014 3:21 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior official at an organization representing the majority of airlines worldwide said there is no specific timetable for implementing new tracking recommendations following the disappearance of a Malaysian aircraft with 239 people aboard.  

Museum Shows Live Replica Of Van Gogh's Ear

June 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material.                     

Little Public Action In China Cyberspying Case

June 3, 2014 12:32 pm | by Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

They have yet to be placed on Interpol's public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them.           

Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.

Construction Work Begins For Ice Wall At Fukushima

June 3, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began construction of a huge underground ice wall around four reactor buildings, a key measure to tackle the toxic water buildup at the complex.       

U.S. Steel To Idle 2 Tubular Steel Plants

June 2, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Steel said Monday that it will stop work at two tubular steel manufacturing facilities, and said it filed a complaint about unfair competition from foreign companies.              

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.                    

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