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  • Bangladesh Factory Banned by Wal-Mart Still Working Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 6:05 PM ET

    A Bangladesh factory where Wal-Mart Stores and Inditex inspectors spotted cracks in the wall this month is still making Wrangler shirts for the world's largest apparel maker, U.S.-based VF Corp.

  • Europe's Car Market Breaks 18 Month Losing Streak Friday, 17 May 2013 | 4:00 AM ET

    New car registrations increased by 1.8 percent to 1.08 million vehicles last month, marking the first rise since September 2011.

  • A Foxconn Work Week Still Too Long, Audit Finds Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:12 PM ET
    A Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen

    Foxconn has made substantial progress toward improving safety at its three Chinese plants, but it has not yet reduced the average workweek to the maximum allowed by Chinese law. The New York Times reports.

  • Why Is Samsung Chasing Apple's Suppliers? Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 7:16 PM ET

    Overtaking Apple as the world's leading maker of smartphones has stretched Samsung's in-house supply lines, and the South Korean firm is now courting some of its rival's main parts suppliers.

  • Japan Core Machinery Orders Surge in March Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 11:28 PM ET

    Japanese core machinery orders jumped a bigger-than-expected 14.2 percent in March in a sign a weaker yen are making companies more confident about investing in equipment.

  • US Defense Companies Go On Overseas Offensive Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 1:59 PM ET
    A United States Army missile defense system.

    As American defense companies prepare to feel the ill effects of the sequester on their bottom lines, the companies are increasingly looking to court new customers abroad.

  • Manufacturing Outside the Confines of Factories     Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

    The 5 companies named as a CNBC Disruptors: 3D Robotics, Makerbot, Quirky, Shapeways, and Rethink Robotics are redefining the business of manufacturing.

  • Mercedes S-Class: Now With Night Vision & Massage! Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:42 AM ET
    Mercedes-Benz launches their new S-Class series

    Mercedes-Benz is digging in and putting more features into its redesigned flagship S-Class sedan. This is not just another ultra-luxury sedan.

  • Pandora's Printer: a Disruptive Manufacturing Era Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 11:20 AM ET

    From 3-D printing to drones you can buy for less than a computer, the disruptions to the traditional manufacturing model have opened up a Pandora's box of possibility.

  • Industrial Production Drops as Weather Takes Toll Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 9:15 AM ET
    A welder builds parts for finished petroleum tanks at Southern Tank and Manufacturing Inc. in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

    U.S. industrial production fell by more than expected in April, reflecting a broad decline in factory output and a weather-related decrease in demand for utilities.

  • How 'Quirky' Is Disrupting Manufacturing     Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Open-source technology and low-cost tools are bringing product development out of the confines of factories, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin. And, Ben Kaufman, Quirky CEO & founder, explains how his company's innovative initiatives are changing the way things are made.

  • The Future of Manufacturing Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:41 AM ET

    The 5 companies named as a CNBC Disruptor: 3D Robotics, Makerbot, Quirky, Shapeways, Rethink Robotics are redefining the business of manufacturing.

  • East-West Reversal     Monday, 20 May 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Chinese-owned firm plans manufacturing in U.S. and selling to China

  • Philly Fed Index Down 5.2 in May     Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:03 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the latest data on factory orders.

  • China Industrial Output Up 9.3%, Misses Forecast Monday, 13 May 2013 | 1:42 AM ET

    China's annual industrial output growth quickened to 9.3 percent in April, recovering from a seven-month low hit in March but still missing market expectations, data showed on Monday.

  • Tesla Roars Back to Life, Defies the Skeptics Monday, 13 May 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Tesla Motors S Model

    The California EV manufacturer is promising even better numbers for the rest of the coming year as it ramps up production at its assembly plant near San Francisco.

  • Industrial Production Down 0.5% in April     Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 9:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the numbers on last month's production in mining, manufacturing and public utilities.

  • Dreamliners Coming Back After 4-Month Grounding Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 6:39 PM ET

    Following the Dreamliner's grounding on safety issues, the delivery of the first jet with a new battery system marks a turning point in Boeing's 787 crisis.

  • After Tragedy, Wal-Mart Enhances Safety Standards Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 5:58 PM ET
    Rescuers at the scene after the Bangladesh building collapse in April.

    Wal-Mart said that it will conduct inspections at its factories in Bangladesh and make the findings public, as pressure mounts on retailers after a deadly building collapse.

  • Retailers Sign Bangladesh Factory Safety Agreement Monday, 13 May 2013 | 10:23 AM ET

    The world's two biggest fashion retailers backed an accord aimed at preventing a repeat of last month's collapse of a Bangladesh factory building.