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China Regrets WTO Movie, Music Imports Ruling

December 22, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Beijing expressed disappointment Tuesday at a WTO ruling that it is illegally restricting imports of movies, music and books.

EU Nations Extend Duties On Chinese Shoes

December 22, 2009 4:45 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Union nations voted Tuesday to extend trade charges on Chinese and Vietnamese leather shoes by 15 months to protect European shoemakers.

BorgWarner To Supply Engines For Hyundai

December 16, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

Auto powertrain manufacturer said Wednesday that it will supply the engine and drivetrain for the Hyundai 2010 Tucson and ix35 models.


WABCO To Supply China’s Chery Cars

November 24, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belgium-based commercial vehicle supplier signed a deal to supply vacuum pumps for the brakes on Chery Automobile’s diesel and gasoline cars.

Weather May Cause Pumpkin Pie Shortage

November 19, 2009 9:20 am | by Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Nestle, which sells nearly all the canned pumpkin in the U.S., says poor weather hurt its harvest, creating a potential shortage of its Libby's pumpkin pie products.

Kellogg Says Floods Caused Eggo Waffle Shortage

November 18, 2009 11:41 am | by Dorie Turner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Michigan-based Kellogg says it temporarily halted production of its Eggo brand frozen waffles in September at its plant in Atlanta, Georgia because of flooding there.

Genzyme Drug Faces Delay Over Facility Woes

November 16, 2009 9:20 am | News | Comments

Drug maker said FDA will not approve potential Pompe disease treatment Lumizyme until the company fixes manufacturing problems at its Boston-area facility.

China Wants Carmakers To Merge Assets

November 10, 2009 4:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing is attempting to orchestrate mergers among China's dozens of small automakers to create big, efficient producers that can compete globally.


Wonder Auto Signs Electric Motor Pact

October 30, 2009 9:34 am | News | Comments

China-based auto supplier said two subsidiaries will supply electric motors to Jinzhou Wonder Alternative Energy Vehicle Technology for electric and alternative energy vehicles.

GM Idles Plant Due To Parts Shortage

October 30, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

Automaker to shutdown plant that builds two crossover vehicles and reduce production at a transmission plant due to parts shortage resulting from a strike at an Indian supplier.

Ford Canada Plant Idled By Parts Shortage

October 23, 2009 10:46 am | by Kristine Owram, AP | News | Comments

Violent strikes and protests at a parts supplier in India are forcing a one-week shutdown of Ford Canada's plant in Oakville, Ont., the automaker said Friday.

Mexico Auto Output Rises In September

October 13, 2009 5:15 am | by Catherine E. Shoichet, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Mexican Auto Industry Association said the country increased vehicle production 9 percent from August to September -- the largest monthly amount this year.

Purell Struggles To Stay Ahead Of Flu Season

October 8, 2009 5:35 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of Purell hand sanitizer has boosted production and is quickly hiring more workers but says it's still struggling to stay ahead of flu season demand.


Sanofi Pasteur: Seasonal Flu Vaccine Delayed In U.S.

October 1, 2009 8:35 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Largest U.S. supplier of seasonal flu vaccines says it's running behind on orders -- partly because of the crunch to produce millions of doses of the swine flu vaccine.

WHO: Swine Flu Vaccine Output Less Than Expected

September 24, 2009 11:45 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical companies will be able to produce about 3 billion doses of swine flu vaccine a year, much less than the 5 billion previously expected, World Health Organization said.

Survey Finds Distribution Center Costs Decline

September 22, 2009 11:35 am | News | Comments

Supply Chain Consortium’s Core Benchmarks Report notes that distribution center costs as a percentage of revenue are trending downward as compared to last year.

Volvo Picks Supplier For Electric Car Batteries

September 17, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Automotive battery maker Ener1 Inc. says it is providing lithium-ion batteries for Volvo's C30 battery electric vehicle prototype.

Car Dealers Fight ‘Clunkers’ Hangover

September 14, 2009 5:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

While most dealers are grateful for the boost from the government ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program, they're paying for it now with fewer customers.

Rio Tinto Halts Chinese Iron Ore Talks

September 4, 2009 5:01 am | News | Comments

Talks on contracts for supply year that began July 1 are deadlocked over how deeply to cut prices following two years of sharp increases.

China Works To Calm Rare Earths Fears

September 3, 2009 5:16 am | News | Comments

Chinese official tried to calm unease about curbs on rare earths exports, saying sales will continue but must be limited to reduce damage to China's environment.

China To Limit Rare Earths Exports

September 1, 2009 5:23 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing to curb exports of rare earths, exotic metals used in computers and clean-energy products and of which China is only major supplier, Chinese news reports say.

Japan’s Crude Steel Output Continues Decline

August 19, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

Crude steel output in Japan dropped 24.9 percent in July from a year earlier to 7.66 million tons, down from year-before levels for the 10th straight month.

China Inks Iron Ore Deal With Australian Miner

August 17, 2009 5:15 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing announced iron ore supply deal with Fortescue Metals Group Monday in an apparent effort to prod global suppliers to cut prices in deadlocked contract talks.

Carmakers Race To Replenish Depleted Dealer Stocks

August 7, 2009 5:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

With customers across the country clamoring to trade in old gas guzzlers under the ‘cash for clunkers’ program, Ford and other automakers are struggling to keep up with demand.

GM Gets OK To Drop Montana Mine Contract

July 22, 2009 9:45 am | News | Comments

Bankruptcy judge granted General Motors' request to drop its precious metals contract with a Montana mining company so it can use foreign suppliers instead.

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