Alstom shares jump on $13bn GE bid report

France warns it is ready to fight to protect national interests

Alstom shares surge on GE bid report

French group ‘not informed’ of any potential offer

New GM struggles to shake off the past

Court to rule on what carmaker knew about safety problems

GM recall sparks battle over liability

Carmaker says nearly all problems predate bankruptcy

China’s car lobby warns foreign brands

Local joint ventures need to develop own technology

BMW apprentice

Carmakers: shock absorbers

A tricky play on environmental regulation

crankshaft

Darcast finds new strength in castings

The Smethwick-based crankshaft producer gains an Innovation award

JLR’s China factory to rival UK quality

Head of operations says company will add new Chinese brand

Bleak future for Australian manufacturing

Industry woes pose risk to record of 22 years of economic growth

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GE earnings narrowly beat estimates

Oil and gas division stands out as total earnings drop

Toyota launches restyled Camry at NY show

Carmakers burnish brands as they battle for market share

Corporate knights less likely to cut jobs

Fear of drawing the ire of politicians and the public a factor

Metso rejects Weir’s merger approach

Engineering groups decide not to pursue £8.5bn combination

GM crisis a ‘catalyst for change’, says chief

Barra wants renewed focus on customers

A French mix of exotic high-tech

Raphaël Gorgé is updating his family’s industrial knowhow

Diamond’s adventure with BancABC

Precious Ramotswe cautions Diamond in his African adventure

Europe no longer slow lane for carmakers

Peugeot launches plan to restore profits

Carmaker will cut model numbers and develop standalone DS brand

Investors cool on latest London listings

Exova and Cambian both trade below offer prices

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