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Ricoh Buys CM Printer Maker

Tokyo-based Ricoh Co. has acquired an industrial printer maker in Costa Mesa.

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Billabong Exec to Retire

Billabong International Ltd.’s top executive for retail operations in the U.S., will retire effective Jan. 31.

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NextVR NBA Broadcast Tonight

Laguna Beach startup NextVR Inc. will broadcast the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics game tonight in virtual reality at a private event at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Kia Plans Self-Driving Car

Kia Motors Corp. aims to bring an autonomous vehicle to market by 2030 built on its newly launched Drive Wise technology that includes advanced driver assistance systems and intelligent safety features.

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Kaiser Aluminum Adds COO

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch appointed Keith Harvey chief operating officer—a newly created position.

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Device Maker Ellipse in $410M Sale

Aliso Viejo-based medical device maker Ellipse Technologies Inc. will be sold to San Diego-based NuVasive Inc. in a deal worth up to $410 million.

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Carmakers’ Year-End Numbers Mixed

Orange County-based automakers were split on sales performance in December, even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Greenwave Raises $45M

Irvine-based smart technology provider Greenwave Systems Inc. raised $45 million in a Series C round led by the investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Singapore Technologies Telemedia.

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Incipio Sells Stake

Irvine-based Incipio Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell a minority stake to New York-based private equity investor Goode Partners LLC on undisclosed terms.

OC to Show Range of Emerging Tech at CES

TECHNOLOGY: Startups leverage convention to gain notice in industry

A startup backed by Tech Coast Angels, a clandestine chipmaker, and a spinoff from one of Orange County’s largest publicly traded companies will be among the locals to debut this week at CES, the world’s biggest technology trade show.

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Apparel Maker Takes Equity Stake

La Jolla Group LLC in Irvine acquired an equity stake in Laguna Beach-based apparel maker Roark Revival for an undisclosed amount.

Kaiser Aluminum Puts $150M to CapEx

Kaiser Aluminum Corp in Foothill Ranch said it will spend $150 million on equipment upgrades at its Spokane, Wash. facility over the next five years.

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Retiring Longtime Mazda Exec Replaced

Mazda North American Operations in Irvine appointed Masahiro Moro its new president and chief executive to replace Jim O’Sullivan, who will retire from the company on Jan. 1.

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CoreLogic to Pay $475M for Appraisal Tech Co.

CoreLogic Inc. will buy FNC Inc. for $475 million.

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Shoemaker Buys Eyewear Brand

Footwear manufacturer OluKai Inc. in Aliso Viejo acquired Newport Beach-based eyewear brand Kaenon for an undisclosed sum.