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Car industry: What’s behind recent closures?

Image copyright Getty Images Honda UK is closing its Swindon plant by 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan are also cutting production and jobs. So what’s going on? Honda is a big loss Honda’s Swindon plant is the UK’s fourth-largest car factory. Honda Civic hatchbacks are made there. The model was the third most widely produced car in the UK in 2017, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The Swindon plant was established in 1985. But in recent years,…

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Germany consults industry about blockchain potential

FILE PHOTO: Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has opened a consultation process on how to tap into the potential of blockchain technology ahead of presenting a strategy by the summer, government sources said on Monday. Berlin is a hub for startup companies of which around 170 in one way or another look at blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins the bitcoin currency.…

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Telecoms industry calls for Europe-wide network testing regime

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The telecoms industry has called on European governments to join mobile operators in establishing a testing regime to protect network security without having to resort to the disruptive step of excluding vendors from the market. FILE PHOTO: GSMA flags fly at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo The initiative by the GSMA, which represents 800 operators worldwide, comes as the United States steps up pressure on its allies to ban China‚Äôs Huawei on national security grounds. Operators warn that such a…

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Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. They said it looked “ever more the likeliest outcome” that the UK would leave the EU without an agreement. They added that it was a “moment of potential crisis” for their industry. Those signing the letter included the heads of the…

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Sweets industry stands firm against sugar backlash

Image caption The fair is the same size as 15 Wembley Stadium football pitches The world’s biggest trade fair for sweets is a Willy Wonka-esque display of tempting indulgences, but how is the industry adapting to a growing backlash against sugar? Suddenly the nougat-covered pretzel I had for breakfast doesn’t seem like such a good idea. It’s 10:00 and I’m standing in the middle of a Technicolor palace of sugar. A human-sized fizzy bottle wiggles past, proffering a bottomless bucket of sweets but before I can take one, a man…

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Lauren Jauregui: ‘The music industry clouds your soul’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ‘I was trying to make my music sound like something else’ Last year, Lauren Jauregui had to rediscover her love of music. As a member of the US girl group Fifth Harmony, she’d sold millions of records and scored global hits with the slinky R&B of Worth It and Work From Home. But the band were burned out, forced into a punishing work schedule and recording songs they didn’t believe in. “It’s overwhelming to have your whole, entire life planned for something you don’t…

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Industry must rein in spend on electric, self-driving cars: Magna CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) – Global automobile and auto parts makers which want to capitalize on electric and autonomous vehicles need to cut back investments and forge more partnerships instead, the chief executive of global parts supplier Magna International said Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Magna CEO Don Walker speaks during the company’s Annual Shareholder Meeting in Toronto, May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris Over the next decade, vehicle and parts suppliers plan to spend $300 billion to bring electric cars to the mass market, Magna CEO Don Walker said, a huge jump from last…

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Glassblowing: The young artist setting a traditional industry on fire

They say it’s hard for a young woman to break the glass ceiling, but artist Beth Gates has decided to smash right through it instead. The 20-year-old, from Farnham in Surrey, is one of a very few young, female glassblowers in the UK. Beth works at a studio in Child Okeford, Dorset, and says peoples’ faces light up when she tells them what she does for a living, especially when she reveals she works with a furnace burning at over 1,000C (1,832F) and burns are just part of the job.…

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Fishing: New EU rules could have ‘grave’ impact on UK industry

Image copyright Getty Images New EU rules on fishing quotas could have a “grave” impact on the UK’s fishing industry, a House of Lords committee has said – just a day before the new policy is introduced. Under the previous rules, crews often discarded into the sea any fish that took them over their quota for that species. But under the new policy, fishers must bring the full haul back to shore. This change is to stop fish being wasted. The legislation has been called “badly designed” by UK industry…

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