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July 7, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. has won approval from the Chinese government to proceed with plans for an $80-million car plant, its first in China. Ford is to form a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Group to build the vehicles, said a senior Changan official. The official, who asked not to be named, said production could begin in two years. The joint venture would be split 50-50 between Changan and Ford, the Changan official said.
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AUTOS
May 7, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The Chinese appetite for luxury automotive brands, including Cadillac, has become so great that General Motors has won government permission to build a $1.3-billion factory near Shanghai, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission signed off on the plant, which will be located in Shanghai's Jinqiao district, GM said in a statement. Construction is to begin in June. GM said the planned production capacity for the factory is 150,000 vehicles.
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BUSINESS
January 29, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Advanced Micro Devices to Spend $108 Million on Plant: The Sunnyvale-based company said it broke ground for the integrated circuit assembly-and-testing facility near Shanghai. The company's Advanced Micro Devices (Suzhou) Ltd. unit is building the plant in the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park. AMD (Suzhou) said it plans to start assembling and testing flash memories, programmable logic devices and communication devices there by late 1997.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Security teams wearing riot helmets and wielding plastic shields marched around a Foxconn Technology Group factory that had been the scene of a fight involving 2,000 workers. The campus used by 79,000 workers in Taiyuan in northern Shanxi province showed the damage caused by the Sunday clash among laborers that left more than 40 people hospitalized. Windows in a bathhouse, supermarket, arcade and parked cars were shattered. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou has moved in recent years to improve conditions at his factories after a spate of suicides.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China to Declare Factories Bankrupt: The government said it will soon declare bankrupt an unspecified number of state-owned factories that have been soaking up state subsidies with no hope of reversing their losses. The State Council, or Cabinet, will identify the firms in an imminent decree that will also specify how their debts and workers will be managed, the China Daily newspaper reported.
WORLD
May 27, 2010 | By Barbara Demick and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Psychologists and Buddhist monks have come to console workers. There is a suicide hotline, piped-in music and a stress-release center where workers are invited to hit a punching bag with a picture of their supervisor. But so far, nothing and nobody have been able to stop the suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures Apple's iPhones as well as Dell and Hewlett-Packard components in Shenzhen in southern China. The latest worker to commit suicide jumped to his death Tuesday.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
A sweeping investigation into three Chinese factories that produce Apple Inc. products found "significant issues" with working conditions, including excessive overtime and health and safety risks. An industry-funded labor watchdog group, the Fair Labor Assn., said Thursday that it had conducted a thorough inspection of the factories operated by Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple and other tech companies. The group said it had secured "groundbreaking commitments" that will reduce working hours, improve conditions and establish a voice for workers.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
An investigation into the Chinese factories that produce Apple products found “significant issues with working conditions," according to a report released by a labor watchdog group. The Fair Labor Assn. said Thursday that it had conducted a thorough inspection of three factories in China operated by Foxconn, a major supplier, and had secured “groundbreaking commitments” that will reduce working hours, improve health and safety conditions and “establish a genuine voice for workers.” The group said it would continue to monitor the factories.
AUTOS
May 7, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The Chinese appetite for luxury automotive brands, including Cadillac, has become so great that General Motors has won government permission to build a $1.3-billion factory near Shanghai, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission signed off on the plant, which will be located in Shanghai's Jinqiao district, GM said in a statement. Construction is to begin in June. GM said the planned production capacity for the factory is 150,000 vehicles.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Security teams wearing riot helmets and wielding plastic shields marched around a Foxconn Technology Group factory that had been the scene of a fight involving 2,000 workers. The campus used by 79,000 workers in Taiyuan in northern Shanxi province showed the damage caused by the Sunday clash among laborers that left more than 40 people hospitalized. Windows in a bathhouse, supermarket, arcade and parked cars were shattered. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou has moved in recent years to improve conditions at his factories after a spate of suicides.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
A sweeping investigation into three Chinese factories that produce Apple Inc. products found "significant issues" with working conditions, including excessive overtime and health and safety risks. An industry-funded labor watchdog group, the Fair Labor Assn., said Thursday that it had conducted a thorough inspection of the factories operated by Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple and other tech companies. The group said it had secured "groundbreaking commitments" that will reduce working hours, improve conditions and establish a voice for workers.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
An investigation into the Chinese factories that produce Apple products found “significant issues with working conditions," according to a report released by a labor watchdog group. The Fair Labor Assn. said Thursday that it had conducted a thorough inspection of three factories in China operated by Foxconn, a major supplier, and had secured “groundbreaking commitments” that will reduce working hours, improve health and safety conditions and “establish a genuine voice for workers.” The group said it would continue to monitor the factories.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw more of a decline in cargo traffic in February than other ports around the nation, perhaps proving there is one month out of the year in which there's little advantage in having China as a primary trading partner. That's because of the annual Chinese New Year celebration. Chinese factories traditionally close for the celebration for a week or more. This year, the factory slowdown hit trade traffic in February. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest U.S. seaport complex, move 40% of the nation's Asian imports, and most of that comes from China.
WORLD
May 27, 2010 | By Barbara Demick and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Psychologists and Buddhist monks have come to console workers. There is a suicide hotline, piped-in music and a stress-release center where workers are invited to hit a punching bag with a picture of their supervisor. But so far, nothing and nobody have been able to stop the suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures Apple's iPhones as well as Dell and Hewlett-Packard components in Shenzhen in southern China. The latest worker to commit suicide jumped to his death Tuesday.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2007 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
En Li left China in 1986, convinced that was the best way to become a world-class biologist. The alternative was getting trained at poorly equipped Chinese labs or universities hollowed by the Cultural Revolution. So the graduate of Peking University went to Boston and obtained a doctorate in biology from MIT. He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, teaching and doing cutting-edge research in genetics.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
MGA Entertainment Inc.'s Bratz dolls are made at a factory in southern China where workers are obliged to toil as many as 94 hours a week, labor rights advocates alleged in a report. The report by U.S.-based China Labor Watch and the National Labor Committee details allegations of harsh working conditions, especially during peak delivery months, and of violations of Chinese laws that give workers the right to work-injury and health insurance.
NEWS
November 20, 1993 | Associated Press
More than 80 workers, mostly women, died and dozens more were severely burned Friday in a fire that swept through a plastic-toy factory in southern China. Many of the casualties were blamed on locked or sealed windows and doors that prevented workers from escaping, Hong Kong newspapers said today. The fire raced through the first two stories of the three-story Zhili Handicraft Factory in Kuiyong, near the southern Chinese boom town of Shenzhen.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Apple Computer Inc.'s investigation into claims of poor conditions at a Chinese iPod factory found no forced labor but discovered that workers were exceeding the company's limits on hours and days to be worked per week, the company said Friday. Apple said it was taking immediate steps to resolve that and other issues. The probe by the Cupertino, Calif.
NEWS
September 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
China allowed U.S. Customs agents to inspect a factory suspected of using prisoners to make goods for export, the first such visit permitted in three years, diplomats said Tuesday. The U.S. Embassy declined comment on Friday's inspection, but a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity said inspectors who visited the Dezhou Machine Works factory in eastern Shandong province found no sign that U.S.-bound exports were being made there. U.S.
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