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A Chinese steel mill.
The Economy

China Factory Gauge Posts Surprise Gain as Slowdown Held at Bay

Nov. 30, 2017
Over in China, the factory numbers unexpectedly increased to near a five-year high as both overseas and domestic consumers are snapping up products from China’s factories and ...
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LG washing machines on display at a trade show.

Samsung, LG Investors Unfazed by US Trade Move on Washers

Nov. 22, 2017
Whirlpool has accused Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics of selling washing machines in the U.S. at below fair-market value while shifting production around to avoid anti-...
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Workers in a maquila in Mexico.

NAFTA Talks Are Sputtering as Parties Reject US Hard Line

Nov. 21, 2017
The fifth round of talks, which wraps up Tuesday, has largely avoided the most divisive U.S. proposals on dairy, automotive content, dispute panels, government procurement, and...
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The Subaru logo and wordmark

Subaru Recalls 400,000 Cars in Japan

Nov. 16, 2017
The recall concerns nine models, including a sports car that Subaru manufactures for Toyota, but vehicles sold overseas reportedly were not affected.
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German chancellor Angela Merkel, right, visits a production facility for sterile glass vials at the Sanofi pharmaceuticals plants in Frankfurt.
The Economy

German Factory Orders Rise Unexpectedly as Economy Powers Ahead

Nov. 6, 2017
Europe’s largest economy is on track for continued robust growth in the third quarter, with manufacturing set to remain a “pillar” of the upswing thanks to “vigorous” export demand...
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A wall of shipping containers.
A Dassault Falcon 2000.
Supply Chain

Dassault Mulls Manufacturing in India on Modi Push

Oct. 10, 2017
Building the Falcon 2000 planes in India would cut costs while ensuring quality and execution that meets standards, according to CEO Eric Trappier.
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ABB Electrification Products division president Tarak Mehta.
Manufacturing Leader of the Week

Big Picture and Best Practices with ABB

Oct. 4, 2017
ABB has its gaze set on the North American market after its aggressive $2.6 billion acquisition of GE's Industrial Solutions business. ABB Electrification Products division president...
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Six-packs of bottled water run along the lines at an Evian plant in France.
Labor / Employment Policy

Euro Factories Add Jobs in Struggle to Keep Up With Orders

Oct. 2, 2017
A Purchasing Managers Index for the European manufacturing industry rose to 58.1 in September from 57.4 in August — the highest level in more than six and a half years.
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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and the GE logo.

India Talking to GE to Tweak $2.5 Billion Locomotive Deal

Sept. 28, 2017
Remember when India and GE signed a 2015 deal to build a factory and 1,000 diesel locomotives? Now India wants to go electric and GE says that would “undermine a promising infrastructur...