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Auto suppliers struggling to find qualified engineers


December 27, 2013 8:47 am ET

As North American vehicle production rises, suppliers are scrambling to find many types of engineers: mechanical, software, electrical, manufacturing -- you name it.

Visteon workers take pension fight to Parliament


December 10, 2013 2:43 pm ET

LONDON — The House of Commons Backbench Business Committee is to hold a debate on Ford Motor Co.’s duty of care to its former Visteon employees after 66 members of parliament from across all parties signed a letter in support of former employees’ pension fight.

State grants make plant safer for Ohio molder


December 4, 2013 5:28 pm ET

TALLMADGE, OHIO — Plastic processor Steere Enterprises is a safer place to work because of a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). Other companies in that state now can do the same, thanks to $15 million in government funding.

KraussMaffei agrees to keep German plant open


November 28, 2013 7:04 pm ET

KraussMaffei Group has reached an agreement with unions and workers that allows the company to keep open its plant in Treuchtlingen, Germany.

Future of KraussMaffei's Treuchtlingen plant still in the balance


November 25, 2013 4:55 pm ET

Although KraussMaffei Group has announced plans to close its injection molding machine components plant in Treuchtlingen, Germany, the company is still negotiating with the IG Metall union and the works council with a view to finding a mutually satisfactory solution as early as Nov. 29.

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Asian companies step up innovation efforts


November 8, 2013 2:47 pm ET

The growth of Chinese and other Asian companies at major shows is not news, but after spending eight days reporting on K's Asian participants, I think there is something different this time around — the Chinese and other emerging-market Asians ...

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Tasus joins automotive suppliers' shift to Dixie


November 8, 2013 2:33 pm ET

Tasus Corp. knew that its newest plant in the U.S. would go in the Southeast. The auto supplier is part of a rapidly expanding trend for the U.S. auto market. Southern states have become the focus of future growth, both bringing in new plants and...

Ineos/union pact saves plant in Scotland


October 25, 2013 1:50 pm ET

ROLLE, SWITZERLAND — The Unite union and Ineos Group AG management have signed an agreement that will save the Grangemouth, Scotland, petrochemicals plant. The deal includes a three-year no-strike clause.

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MRC, Spectrum help each other succeed


October 10, 2013 11:48 am ET

CHICAGO — The folks at MRC Polymers Inc. need the folks at Spectrum Vocational Training Agency. And the folks at Spectrum need the folks at MRC. And at the end of the workday, hard-to-recycle plastics get diverted from landfills.

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Toolmakers need skilled workforce


October 4, 2013 2:51 pm ET

The North American tooling sector is looking both strong and lean these days. That's good news. Mold makers were rocked during the Great Recession, especially those that relied on the automotive industry. And that's a huge market for North American...

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