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Toyota Tops Domestic Auto Production Rankings

June 29, 2015 1:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report ranks two Toyota models as the most "American-made" vehicles in the U.S.

How Mexico Is Winning The Car Manufacturing War

June 24, 2015 2:50 pm | by The National | Videos | Comments

Mexico's auto sector is booming, while Canada's is dwindling. Amanda Lang finds out why.

Report: China Factory Activity Stabilizing But Still Weak

June 23, 2015 2:06 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese factory activity contracted for a fourth straight month in June.

House Vote Puts Trade Authority Legislation In Jeopardy

June 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance is needed before the House can consider TPA.
 

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Bearing Down On Counterfeit Motion Control Components

June 12, 2015 10:09 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Counterfeiting is a major issue that affects many manufacturers across the globe.

Dow Chemical Looks For Growing Sales Opportunities In Africa

June 8, 2015 2:54 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The company has opened offices in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Morocco and is currently setting one up in Angola.

Surveys Show Chinese Manufacturing Remained Weak In May

June 1, 2015 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The findings add to pressure on Beijing for more economic stimulus.

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Survey Shows China Manufacturing Down For Third Month In A Row

May 21, 2015 9:59 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Factory production fell to its lowest in 13 months, after holding steady last month.

China's Imports Plunge In New Sign Of Economic Weakness

May 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's imports and exports contracted again in April in a new sign of economic weakness, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders to reverse a politically dangerous slump.

China Factory Index Shows Fastest Deterioration In A Year

May 4, 2015 10:33 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out new stimulus to keep growth in the world's No. 2 economy from slipping below the official target, a report said Monday.

China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 6:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

Volvo Prepares To Send 'Made In China' Cars To U.S.

April 23, 2015 8:09 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Americans are comfortable enough buying Chinese-made products that the location of Volvo's factory is unlikely to matter so long as the company maintains its quality standards, said industry analyst Yale Zhang of Auto Foresight, a Shanghai research firm.

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Automakers Debut New Car Models At Shanghai Auto Show

April 20, 2015 10:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Competition in China is intensifying as economic growth slows and more manufacturers pile into the world's biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold.

Obama Administration: Global Economy Needs More Support

April 10, 2015 10:28 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

American manufacturers contend that the progress to date has been small and the Chinese currency remains undervalued by as much as 40 percent against the dollar. That makes American products more expensive in China and Chinese goods cheaper for American consumers.

Report: China Manufacturing At Lowest In Nearly A Year

March 24, 2015 12:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The numbers signaled a "slight deterioration" in Chinese manufacturing, said the report, which found decreases in sub-indexes for new orders, new export orders and employment.

In Portuguese Factory, Echoes Of Europe's Fight For Jobs

March 18, 2015 10:10 am | by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares recovery project showcases two actions that European governments are betting on to help the recovery: simplifying business rules and increasing confidence to encourage private investment.       

This Japanese Company Built A “Disaster-Proof” Factory

March 18, 2015 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

“Even when you factor in investment support from government entities, disaster preparedness is definitely not inexpensive. However, the prospect of enhancing both our readiness for disasters and our energy efficiency acted as an incentive.” 

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Institute: China Now World's Third-Biggest Arms Exporter

March 15, 2015 10:06 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China had long been a major importer of weapons, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but its soaring economy and the copying of foreign technology has largely reversed the trend.

China Lowers Growth Target, Promises To Open Industries

March 5, 2015 9:38 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create...

Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

You Don’t Have To Trade Accuracy For Speed In A Manufacturing Translation Project

February 26, 2015 3:11 pm | by Francoise Henderson, CEO of Rubric | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers shouldn't have to sacrifice content accuracy to meet hard deadlines. What follows is a comprehensive how-to-guide for manufacturers to implement translation projects from the CEO of Rubric.      

Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

Global Watchdog Warns Advanced Economies Slowing Reforms

February 9, 2015 5:19 pm | by Desmond Butler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global growth is threatened by developed countries' flagging efforts to reform their economies, a major international organization warned on Monday. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a think tank dealing with the world's developed countries, says in a report that the lagging attention to reform...

MAPI: Is Cuba Open For Business?

February 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The announcement by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 that the icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba may begin to thaw was met with surprise and mixed reactions. What, many asked, will the future hold for tourism, a potential new economic paradigm, and...

Obama Plan Would Merge 6 U.S. Trade, Development Agencies

February 4, 2015 2:21 pm | by Ronnie Greene, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-noticed proposal in President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which has been the subject of an Associated Press investigation into its overseas loans, and merge it for efficiency with five other federal business and trade...

Report: Offshoring, Federal Policy Haven Taken Toll On U.S. Industry

February 3, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new report says the U.S. has the most productive advanced industrial sector in the world, but warns the country is losing ground relative to other nations. The analysis by the Brookings Institution said the sector's share of total U.S. employment and output has declined since 2000, blaming "20 years of offshoring and inconsistent federal...

Surveys: China Manufacturing Lost Steam In January

February 1, 2015 10:24 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Two reports show that Chinese manufacturing was anemic in January, adding to pressure on the government to roll out measures to boost the world's No. 2 economy. The final version of HSBC's purchasing managers' index released Monday edged up to 49.7 last month from 49.6 in December. It was the...

Tips On Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

January 29, 2015 5:19 pm | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

If you are a small or medium size enterprise (SME) planning on purchasing products from China, this brief summary based on the experiences of a client of ours will help you understand what you need to know. Since 1990, global Tier 1 companies have led a Buy from China movement for components and finished products, which has...

Obama Announces More "Made In America" Exports To India

January 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

During his trip to India, President Barack Obama announced a series of initiatives designed to generate $4B in trade and investments and create jobs in both the U.S. and India. He announced that over the next two years, the Export Import Bank will commit up to $1B in financing to support "Made in America" exports...

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