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What To Look For When Considering Mexico

April 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

For companies whose processes are labor-intensive, cost reduction is often paramount, and the Bajio delivers.                               

U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more...

Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 8:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon...

U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 7:55 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international...

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 7:40 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.        

We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. They are not moral, patriotic, loyal, or immoral, and we cannot and should not depend on them to devote anything more then lip service to the plight of the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

Why Are Americans Obsessed With Missing Malaysia Plane?

April 21, 2014 10:12 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the beginning, the story has bubbled with enough drama to rival a good Hollywood whodunit. And even though it unfolded on the other side of the world with only three Americans on board, many were sucked in anyway.        

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Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the U.S., as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.      

GM To Boost China Production Capacity To 5M

April 21, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million.                 

Brewers Aim To Rekindle Belgium's Love Of Beer

April 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.      

Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.          

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Chinese Auto Brands Are Underdogs At Beijing Show

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Facing intense competition from General Motors, Volkswagen and other global rivals, local brands such as Chery, Geely and SUV maker Great Wall have suffered shrinking sales and market share this year while China's overall auto market has grown.  

Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.

Robot Sub Makes 1st Complete Search For Missing Plane

April 17, 2014 8:25 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water.      

Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June.              

Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                    

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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.      

Toxic Water Overflows Waste Container At Fukushima Plant

April 16, 2014 3:52 pm | News | Comments

Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.      

Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 11:00 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The redesigned 2015 Camry is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                    

If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some lawyers have argued that the families could still sue in America if they alleged the plane's U.S. manufacturer, the Boeing Co., was somehow responsible for the disaster.              

U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced.       

U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                  

Sharp Completes Refrigerator Manufacturing Plant In Egypt

April 15, 2014 1:57 pm | News | Comments

Sharp, which was exporting refrigerators to the Middle East and Africa from a plant in Thailand, has built the Egyptian plant to be close to those markets and increase its share.              

Robotic Sub Aborts First Mission

April 15, 2014 7:58 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean.        

Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.               

Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The British drug company faces corruption probes in China and Iraq. It said in a statement it is cooperating with investigators and that one employee had been disciplined in 2011 for inappropriate actions.              

World Trade Expected To Improve Next Year

April 14, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization predicts global commerce will grow 5.3 percent next year, an improvement that would bring it back in line with its 1993-2013 historic average.               

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