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M-Flex to Consolidate in China, Close UK R&D

Irvine-based printed circuit board maker Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. will consolidate its factories in China and close a research and development center in the U.K. as part of a restructuring plan intended to return the company to profitability.

Vans Taps Deeper Into Creative Roots for SXSW

In Music Festival Again, Releases Documentary

Cypress-based Vans Inc. is returning to this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Allergan Ups Retinal Disease R&D With Collaboration

Will Work With Voyant on Possible New Drugs

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. is adding to its programs for potentially treating age-related macular degeneration.

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New Details Out on Stokehouse Women's Brand

More details, including a name, on the women’s start-up that’s part of Paul Naude’s Stokehouse Unlimited have been released.

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Sanuk Sales Continue Rise in Q4

Irvine-based footwear company Sanuk USA LLC saw fourth-quarter net sales rise 45.2% from a year earlier to $22.2 million.

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Spectrum Gets Shares From Stakeholders in Spain

Irvine-based commodities trader Spectrum Group International Inc. reached an agreement to purchase all shares of its stock owned by Afinsa Bienes Tangibles S.A. En Liquidacion and Auctentia S.L., from based in Spain, for $6.36 million in cash.

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Kaiser, Boeing Launch Recycling Plan

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch and Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced they have started a scrap aluminum recycling program, the largest of its kind to date according to company officials.

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Costa Mesa Shops Win Yamaha Motor Account

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA selected two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.

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OC Auto Sales Up 6.6% in January

Sales at Orange County auto dealers increased 6.6% in January to 15,062 vehicles, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

New Hands on OC Brands

New Yorker Approaches Pair of Labels Pragmatically

J Fin Group believes in the little guy: smallish brands with solid designs and loyal followings that just need some help on the backend.

Names New President for Kawasaki Motors

Irvine-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA named Masafumi Nakagawa president, effective April 1.

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A bankruptcy judge approved Wanxiang America Corp.’s $149.2 million bid for the sale of Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive Inc. The offer by Wanxiang, part of China-based auto parts company Wanxiang Group Corp., beat Fisker’s senior secured lender, Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC, in the auction. Hybrid Tech is affiliated with Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li.

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M-Flex to Close China Factory, R&D in U.K.

Irvine-based printed circuit board maker Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. will consolidate its factories in China and close a research and development center in the U.K. as part of a restructuring plan intended to return the company to profitability.

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Volcom, Electric Improvements in Second Half of 2013

The parent of Costa Mesa-based apparel maker Volcom Inc. and San Clemente accessories company Electric said Friday that both brands have shown signs of improvement in the second half of last year as new strategic initiatives took hold.

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Billabong Narrows Loss, Updates Market on Turnaround

The parent of Irvine-based Billabong USA saw its fourth consecutive half-year loss.