Top 10 ‘Most Read’ News Stories Of 2007

By StaffWhat news stories did manufacturing managers find the most interesting in 2007? The results just may surprise you. We can tell you this much — death, airplanes and China were recurring themes. Click through to see the complete list.

1.China Executes Former Food Safety Head
Ex-director of China’s food and drug safety agency is put to death for taking 6.49 million yuan in bribes and dereliction of duty.
2. Airbus Flies By Boeing With 600 Orders
Airbus' 600 firm orders beats Boeings 510, proving a much-needed morale boost for the ailing aircraft producer.
3. Paris Air Show Smackdown: Boeing vs. Airbus
Both aircraft makers look to make a splash from the get-go, with billions worth of orders announced; Airbus lands the first blows.
4. Chrysler To Export First Chinese-Made Cars To U.S.
Chery, China's biggest automaker, inks production venture deal with Chrysler; first export will be sold as a Dodge.
5. Death Sentences In Chinese Slave Labor Scandal
Life in prison and death sentences for brick kiln foremen in slave labor scandal; crimes included beating death of mentally handicapped man.
6. 27,000 Hourly Ford Workers Take Buyout Offers
Ford set a goal last September to shed 30,000 hourly workers by end of 2008; now appears that goal will be met a year early.
7. Feds List Chemicals Terrorists Can Use
Homeland Security Department releasing final list of chemicals that businesses must report to keep dangerous materials out of the hands of terrorists.
8. Boeing Officially Raises Curtain On 787 Dreamliner
Made mostly from carbon-fiber composites, 787 Dreamliner touted as more efficient, profitable and environmentally-friendly than the competition.
9. Chinese Spying No. 1 Threat To U.S. Manufacturing
Congressional advisory panel says Chinese spying in America threatens US technology; recommends lawmakers consider financing counterintelligence efforts.
10. Survey: China Losing Competitive Advantage
Companies surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai say China's rising costs and rampant product piracy are problems.