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Robots weld Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles at the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany.
GLOBAL ROUNDUP: German Industrial Output Points to Weak Quarterly Growth
China trade performance disappoints for July. ... Taiwanese exports demand get an unexpected early boost for Apple iPhone 7 rumors.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel studies a Kuka industrial robot at an inveiling.
Chinese Midea Increases Stake in German Kuka Robotics to $96 Million
The Chinese appliance maker continues to gobble up shares of Kuka — announcing close to another 10% ownership share completed in less than three weeks.
Ford, Jose Cuervo Join to Create Bioplastic
Ford, Jose Cuervo Join to Create Bioplastic
The two companies have joined forces to explore the possibility of transforming fibers from agave, the plant used to make tequila, to create bioplastic that could replace fiberglass or caulk.
Canada Death Widens Probe into Defective ARC Airbags
Canada Death Widens Probe into Defective ARC Airbags
The fatality in Newfoundland province was blamed on the failure of a driver's side airbag manufactured by ARC Automotive Inc.
US Company Gets Historic Nod to Send Lander to Moon
US Company Gets Historic Nod to Send Lander to Moon
Until now, only the governments of the United States, the Soviet Union and China have sent spacecraft to the moon.
Ford Recalls 830,000 Vehicles to Fix Faulty Door Latches
Ford Recalls 830,000 Vehicles to Fix Faulty Door Latches
"In certain situations where the door is able to be closed, the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury," Ford said.
Deutsch Post runs a drone delivery test in front of employees.
Alphabet Joins Drone Tests as US Considers New Rules
The FAA is reportedly launching an Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team “that will include a wide variety of stakeholders from the drone and aviation industries” and is establishing a Drone Advisory Committee chaired by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.
Manufacturing Contracts in China, Government Blames Rainstorms
Manufacturing Contracts in China, Government Blames Rainstorms
Lower growth was due to the rains, which impacted production and transportation, as well as slowing expansion and overcapacity.
A GM vehicle on the robotic assembly line in Lansing, Michigan.
AUTO ROUNDUP: GM, Ford, Toyota Sales Slide in July
AutoTrader analyst: “It’s been six years of unprecedented growth and it had to come to an end. The big question now is: How deep does it dip and how long does it dip?”
The Microsoft Surface Book, the Apple iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Global Tablet Market Continues to Shrink 3
Nearly 39 million tablets were shipped out in April, May and June, but that figure represents a 12.3% drop from a year ago.
GSK Forms Bioelectronics Venture with Alphabet
GSK Forms Bioelectronics Venture with Alphabet
"Bioelectronic medicine is a relatively new scientific field that aims to tackle a wide range of chronic diseases using miniaturized, implantable devices that can modify electrical signals that pass along nerves in the body, including irregular or altered impulses that occur in many illnesses," GSK said.
Workers assemble Mini automobiles at the company's Cowlet factory, near Oxford.
GLOBAL ROUNDUP: Brexit Hits UK Factories Harder Than Estimated
Manufacturing slumps and contracts in July in the U.K. (48.2 PMI), Russia (49.5) and China (49.9), though for different reasons.
The Daimler Sprinter van.
Will Daimler Dodge Import Tariffs, Unions With New US Factory?
The South Carolina plant, which is scheduled to open in 2020, would significantly decrease the company’s worker compensation costs and should increase its American profile for European vans.
TECH ROUNDUP: Google Shows Signs of Cloud Progress
Amazon ramps up profit with cloud, too. ... Microsoft trims more smartphone jobs. ... Sony reports quarterly profit, warns of falling sales.
Renault Cuts CEO Ghosn's Pay after Shareholder Revolt
Renault Cuts CEO Ghosn's Pay after Shareholder Revolt
The company will cut the variable part of Ghosn's salary by 20%, change how it is calculated and cap it at 180% of his fixed salary.
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