Bid for Rexam sparks fears over loss of UK expertise

Takeover by Ball would create US-based drinks can powerhouse

Activist fund targets Kyocera and Canon

Oasis helped prod Nintendo out of consoles-only strategy

Peugeot and Mitsubishi halt Russia output

Some models will not be made for three months as 100 jobs are cut

Fanuc parts curtains on secretive culture

Japanese robot maker has ‘sense of crisis’ about how it is viewed

Wood chips that will be processed are displayed for a photo at the Fibria Celulose SA plant in Aracruz, Espirito Santo, Brazil on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Falling currency clears path for efficiency gains

Industry and government urged to use opportunity to remove trade barriers and boost productivity

Tata Motors confirms $1bn rights issue

Fundraising aims to jump-start lossmaking Indian car business

Polish companies warned about R&D neglect

Mining chief says lack of investment threatens growth decade

Europe’s premium carmakers face EU fines

Auto groups losing race to cut carbon emissions and avoid penalties

Cranes move containers at the London Gateway dock in Stanford Le Hope, Essex.
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Ports in dogfight for container traffic

London Gateway and other ports are competing amid slow growth

Small-cap Week, March 21

Imagination Technologies, PV Crystalox, JKX Oil & Gas, and VirtTrade featured

Robots rub shoulders with human buddies

Manufacturers turn to co-bots amid rising wages and labour shortages

LG Chem tips bright future for OLED lighting

Japanese and S Korean groups bet on next-generation technology

Company cash piles escape Osborne’s gaze

At the start of March, FTSE 350 non-financials held £139.5bn cash

BMW warns of slower earnings growth

German luxury carmaker says sales growth in China to moderate

Energy ideas too crazy for US private cash

Arpa-E has rare bipartisan backing to use government funds

Advent to buy 35% of Crompton Greaves

Sale suggests large Indian groups are repairing balance sheets

Ford uses Microsoft for connected cars

Azure system to provide WiFi software upgrades

Seiko Epson turns page on losses

Japanese printer maker switches focus to non-consumer businesses

Dyson makes $15m battery bet

Sakti3 investment signals push into next generation technology

European carmakers fight off rivals

Premium brands have been poaching customers

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