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  • China critic NAM urges senators to rebuff Schumer-Graham bill Sep 22, 2006

    Despite being a critic of China’s pegged currency, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on Friday urged senators to oppose the China currency legislation proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) that would impose a 27.5-percent tariff on all Chinese imports if the Chinese government refuses to revalue the yuan.

  • Global bus demand to rise study Sep 22, 2006

    A new study from Freedonia Group Inc., Cleveland, has concluded that worldwide bus demand will advance 4.2 percent annually to top 350,000 vehicles by 2010.

  • Talley latest to boost nickel factor Sep 22, 2006

    Talley Metals Technology Inc., Hartsville, S.C., is changing its surcharge mechanism for nickel because, the company said, strong market demand for nickel-based stainless bar products has contributed to nickel premiums rising to exceptional levels.

  • So little time, so many bills to review Sep 22, 2006

    As the clock ticks down on the 109th Congress, lawmakers are cramming months of work into a few short weeks so they’ll have something to brag about when they return home to campaign for re-election.

  • North American auto production rebounds Sep 22, 2006

    Plant restarts following seasonal shutdowns boosted North American output of family vehicles to 1,411,942 in August, up 85 percent from 763,318 units the previous month but down 6.3 percent from 1,506,679 vehicles in August 2005, according to data from Ward's Automotive Group.

  • Trafigura execs arrested in Ivory Coast for alleged waste dumping Sep 21, 2006

    Trafigura AG director Claude Dauphin and the company’s manager for west Africa, Jean-Pierre Valentini, have been arrested in the Ivory Coast, accused of illegally dumping toxic waste.

  • British p/m exec arrested for alleged hacking Sep 21, 2006

    Police in Manchester, England, have confirmed that a British executive of a German powder metal (p/m) company was arrested in connection with what the executive’s former powder metal industry employer described as hacking its e-mail system for confidential information.

  • Tower to shut plant, nix 135 jobs Sep 20, 2006

    Automotive parts supplier Tower Automotive Inc. plans to close its plant in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and consolidate production at other Tower facilities, eliminating 135 jobs.

  • Great Lakes shipments off 4.2% in Aug. Sep 19, 2006

    Lower water levels on the Great Lakes are amplifying the impact of light loading of vessels carrying raw materials for the steel industry, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association.

  • Chrysler cuts shipment plan by 135,000 vehicles in 2d half Sep 19, 2006

    The Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler AG expects to reduce shipments by 90,000 vehicles in the third quarter and another 45,000 in the fourth quarter.

  • Steel Parts files for Chapter 11; cites auto woes Sep 19, 2006

    Steel Parts Corp., Livonia, Mich., has filed a petition seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming worsening conditions in the automotive supplier marketplace and unsustainable debt.

  • European Union begins consultation to make metals mart more competitive Sep 19, 2006

    The European Commission is starting to consult the metals industry in the European Union on future policy in the region in the face of increasing competition from countries like China in the world market for raw materials.

  • Universal implements nickel hike Sep 19, 2006

    Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc., Bridgeville, Pa., has increased its surcharge mechanism for nickel.

  • Kennametal buys one business, divests another in core strategy Sep 19, 2006

    Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., has acquired one company but divested another as part of its strategy to focus on its core business and grow in the advanced materials sector.

  • Superior slates Tennessee site closure, layoffs Sep 18, 2006

    Aluminum wheel manufacturer Superior Industries International Inc., Van Nuys, Calif., is shutting its manufacturing plant in Johnson City, Tenn., and laying off 500 workers.

  • Canadian companies asked to join trade delegation headed to Havana Sep 18, 2006

    Export Assistance Canada is accepting applications for Canadian companies that want to join its Oct. 29 trade mission to Havana. The visit will coincide with the International Trade Fair of Havana.

  • Trading partners challenge China, calling tariffs on auto parts illegal Sep 15, 2006

    The United States, European Union and Canada said Friday they will take China before the World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging the country is illegally preventing foreign auto parts from getting access to China’s rapidly growing automobile market.

  • Ford accelerating new plan with more job, factory cuts Sep 15, 2006

    Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., confirmed Friday that it will accelerate its planned restructuring program with additional manufacturing capacity reductions and faster work force cuts that will add 10,000 salaried workers to the 30,000 hourly workers being shed.

  • Compromise on offshore drilling appears elusive Sep 15, 2006

    Negotiations to reach a compromise between competing House and Senate offshore drilling legislation have yet to begin, greatly reducing the chance of a bill reaching President Bush’s desk before congressional leaders leave Washington later this month to campaign.

  • Delphi court hearing delayed as talks continue Sep 15, 2006

    A federal bankruptcy court has again delayed a hearing on automotive parts supplier Delphi Corp.’s request to reject collective bargaining agreements as part of its Chapter 11 restructuring.

  • Manufacturing may pause, but growth will continue Sep 15, 2006

    When it comes to manufacturing, there are still some solid times ahead despite a slowing economy.

  • Carpenter increases nickel factor Sep 15, 2006

    The Specialty Alloys Operations unit of Carpenter Technology Corp., Wyomissing, Pa., is changing its surcharge mechanism for nickel.

  • Machine tool orders expected to increase Sep 15, 2006

    U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $278.47 million in July, down 14.6 percent from a revised $326.03 million the previous month but up 26.5 percent from $220.21 million in July last year, according to a joint report by the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, Rockville, Md., and the Association for Manufacturing Technology, McLean. Va.

  • Tied tight to the future of manufacturing Sep 15, 2006

    A group of 40 young people from family owned manufacturing companies across the country visited the Capitol last week to promote an agenda they say is necessary to keep U.S. industry healthy.

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