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African selfies and Chinese adaptation


Transsion, a little known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, outsells Samsung and Huawei in Africa by grapping 40 percent of the market with its two brands — Tecno and itel, here. There are two reasons: “Everyone in the world loves selfie, and African customers are no exception. But it is quite difficult for them to have good … Continue reading

Is China still the global manufacturing hub?


Activity in China’s manufacturing industry has been shrinking at a quick pace in the last four years, missing also the market expectations in the last news reported on January. The official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) registered a weak level of 49.4 in January, compared with the previous month’s 49.7 and below the 50-point mark that … Continue reading

A massive Chinese industry is flashing warning signs that the world cannot ignore


China’s steel industry, the world’s biggest, is in crisis. The disaster is the result of a combination of factors, including a slowing Chinese economy, falling commodity prices, and an industry loaded with debt. Earlier this month, state-owned enterprise (SOE) Sinosteel defaulted on a debt-interest payment of $315 million on bond notes maturing in 2017. It’s … Continue reading

“Made in China” really doesn’t mean what it used to


Among shoppers in the West, the notion persists that “Made in China” indicates—to put it bluntly—junk. Many still prize labels boasting a product was made in, say, Italy—even if a growing number of Italian products come from factories that are Chinese-owned and staffed. But the quality of Chinese-made clothes is rising fast. China’s garment industry … Continue reading

Asia’s dominance in manufacturing will endure – that will make development harder for others


By making things and selling them to foreigners, China has transformed itself—and the world economy with it. In 1990 it produced less than 3% of global manufacturing output by value; its share now is nearly a quarter. China produces about 80% of the world’s air-conditioners, 70% of its mobile phones and 60% of its shoes. … Continue reading

‘Made in China’ tops the EU’s most unsafe list


Every parent assumes the plush doll they bought for their child at the mall is safe, but if it has a “Made in China” label, you should think twice. A European Watchdog agency issued 2,435 notifications of unsafe products in 2014, which range from children’s toys, clothing, and even appliances. Sixty-four percent of the unsafe products were … Continue reading

Microsoft closing two China factories and relocating to Vietnam; another 9,000 jobs lost


Microsoft will close two Chinese factories that it acquired when it bought Nokia’s handset business in April 2014, cutting 9,000 jobs.. The report by MarketWatch said the two factories were in Beijing and Dongguan, and that some equipment and production would be shifted to Vietnam. The two factories were picked up by Microsoft when it … Continue reading

China factories kept open to give illusion of prosperity


In the shadow of a group of giant smokestacks and deserted foundries, a peeling sign welcomes visitors to the Wenxi Steel Industrial Park. But in the nearby village, the working-age men and many of the women have gone, leaving only the elderly and the very young. “If you cut down the big tree, all the … Continue reading

China’s new 3-D printed houses


Additive manufacturing (aka. 3-D printing) has triggered a revolution in fabrication, with applications ranging from consumer goods to artificial bones and organs. However, it is in the field of construction that the technology is making what may prove to be some of its greatest contributions. In addition to being much more safe and cost-effective than … Continue reading

Final China HSBC PMI dips to six-month low in January as new orders weaken


Business conditions for China’s manufacturers worsened in January as output and new order growth weakened, a private survey showed on Thursday, pointing to a weak start for the economy in 2014. The Markit/HSBC final manufacturing PMI for January dipped to 49.5 from December’s 50.5, the first deterioration in six months. The figure was in line … Continue reading

China surpasses US as world’s largest trading nation


China became the world’s largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as “a landmark milestone” for the country. China’s annual trade in goods passed the $4tn (£2.4tn) mark for the first time last year according to official data, after exports from the world’s second largest economy rose 7.9% to $2.21tn and … Continue reading

China’s commodity subsidising problems are only getting worse


Bloomberg recently reported that China, in order to aid its own cotton farmers by supporting cotton prices, has been buying up excess production into government stockpiles. The world’s biggest producer and user of cotton will have 12.7 million metric tons in inventory by July 31, 2014, 62% of the global total and enough to make … Continue reading

Apple’s grip on China tablet market loosens


Apple’s grip on China’s tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier. … Continue reading

China’s anti-Japan stance causes Toyota to reconsider the country’s merits


Toyota and its dealers are quietly manoeuvring to allay risks from periodic eruptions of anti-Japan sentiment in China, even as recent sales data suggest a slow but steady recovery for Japanese automakers since the latest flare-up last year. China sales for Toyota Motor Corp and other Japanese car makers tumbled after a territorial dispute between … Continue reading

Did China steal Japan’s high-speed train?


The company that makes Japan’s legendary Shinkansen bullet trains certainly regrets working in China. One China defender recently claimed his countryman’s “bandit innovators” could be good for the world. That was small consolation for the Japanese, who say that China pirated their world-famous bullet train technology. “Don’t worry too much about Chinese companies imitating you, … Continue reading

Surging wages threaten Chinese competitiveness


China’s surging wages and costs are showing signs of undermining the competitiveness of the nation’s economy, threatening its growth potential, the Asian Development Bank said. Average inflation-adjusted wages have more than tripled in a decade and non-wage costs for procedures such as hiring and firing have risen since the introduction of a 2008 labor law, … Continue reading

Growing opportunities in China for Italian design


Italy decided to boost its export of design and furniture products towards the Chinese market, with an official trade promotion programme “La Cina Arreda Italiano” organised by the Italian Trade Commission and the main industrial associations (Federlegno/Arredo – COSMIT, Confartigianato, CNA). The programme focuses on interior design products, one of the traditional Made in Italy … Continue reading

China invests heavily in Malaysia


Chinese and Malaysian companies agreed to invest 10.5 billion Ringgit ($3.4 billion) on an industrial park in the Southeast Asian nation, which will include steel and aluminum plants as well as a palm oil refinery. This comes just a few days after the Chinese Xiamen University announced to open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian … Continue reading

Cambodia’s low wages lure manufacturers away from China, other countries


Inside a gleaming white-and-blue garment factory in Cambodia stand rows of second-hand Singers — weathered sewing machines transported from a plant in China that closed last year. The Hong Kong-headquartered Top Form, which has 700 workers at the plant, is one of many businesses that have moved to Cambodia, mostly from China, in the past … Continue reading

China fines flat-screen manufacturers for price-fixing


One of Beijing’s economic planning agencies, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said Friday that the aforementioned South Korean firms plus Taiwanese companies Chimei, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, AU Optronics and HannStar were being fined for their actions between 2001 and 2006.China joined an international crackdown on price-fixing in the flat-screen electronics industry by fining … Continue reading

China: Diggers pile up unsold after Caterpillar adds capacity


Caterpillar Inc, Komatsu Ltd and other construction-equipment makers have built enough capacity in China to satisfy global demand twice over while sales in the country are falling, according to a research company. Manufacturing capacity in China is almost 600,000 excavators a year while the worldwide market is about 300,000, according to London-based Off-Highway Research. Inventories of crawler … Continue reading

China’s toy industry is in serious trouble


It’s a very difficult winter for the toy industry in Guangdong province. You could say it is an extremely harsh winter, if such occurred in the southern province of China. But more than 50% of all Chinese toy factories are there. And here, ends the jokes. Toy manufacturers in China are fighting with all their … Continue reading

Suzhou Studio (Chris H Lynn)


Suzhou Studio is a video featuring the traditional Chinese art of weaving, filmed by Chris H. Lynn. Set in Suzhou.

Japan carmakers to cut China production by half


Japan‘s Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co plan to slash production in China by roughly half, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday, as a territorial row between Asia’s two largest economies cuts sales of Japanese cars in the world’s biggest auto market. Sales have plunged at Japanese car makers since violent … Continue reading

As China’s wages climb, Mexico stands to win new manufacturing business


Not long ago, Mexican factories couldn’t compete with the “China price,” the ridiculously low cost of production in the Asian nation. But sometime this year, with rock-bottom wages soaring in China, the average cost of factory labour in the two nations will be roughly the same. This is a boon to Mexico, and its industrial … Continue reading

China flooding globe with cheap steel


China is ramping up its global exports of cheap steel, sometimes at a loss, as bulging stocks of the alloy give way to a worsening domestic demand picture for the commodity consuming giant. Slowing construction and industrial activity has hit Chinese steel demand and prices hard in the past few weeks, prompting market participants to … Continue reading

More US firms may shift some business from China to ASEAN


A growing number of U.S. companies plan to shift some operations from China to Southeast Asia in the next two years as confidence in countries such as the Philippines improves, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore showed. AmCham Singapore said on Thursday its survey of 356 senior executives working for U.S. … Continue reading

Made in China, Created in Shanghai


Forbidden opulent, provocative yet elegant. With that as their motto, Mary Ching, a Shanghai based shoes and accessories brand show case a blend of their owner’s, Alison Yeung, Chinese and British heritage. Mary Ching is proud to be “made in china: and created in Shanghai.” Mary Ching’s products are a result of harmonising Asian aesthetics … Continue reading

adidas closes its factory in China; move to Myanmar


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports today, “World sports clothing leader adidas confirms that it has decided to close the only factory directly under it in China and may move it to Myanmar. The company explains that the closure is its strategy to rearrange its resources all over the world. However, analysts guess that as wages … Continue reading

Suzhou Silk Factory (Chris H Lynn)


A video of production at the Suzhou Silk Factory

Tainted children’s clothes scandal in China


A finding of cancer-causing chemicals on children’s clothes sparked public fear yesterday, after a report aired on national state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). The station’s Weekly Quality Report investigative programme carried the report, claiming that a recent Beijing Consumer Association test of 63 samples of children’s clothes sold on the mainland revealed that nearly … Continue reading

Chinese Companies Becoming “Foreign” Brand Names


Since last July, the Italian Trade Commission has gone to China three times to protest against Chinese companies counterfeiting and infringing on Italian trademarks. The complaints presented 30 separate examples of Chinese companies marketing their products as “made in Italy”, using Italian names for their brands and using the Italian flag to mislead consumers. Unsurprisingly, … Continue reading

China rail ministry lost $1.1 billion in first-quarter: report


China‘s heavily-indebted Ministry of Railways suffered a loss of 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) in the first quarter, local media reported on Thursday, after steep debt repayments of more than 28 billion yuan depleted its cash holdings. The Beijing Times reported that although the ministry recorded revenue of 210.9 billion yuan for January-March, high operating … Continue reading

China’s shipyards flounder as building boom ends


Welder Zhang fires up his blow torch and looks up at the towering, 8,800-tonnes oil tanker that is likely to be his last job at China‘s privately owned Qiligang Shipbuilding Co. Barring a miracle, the 50-year-old will soon join the thousands of unemployed shipbuilders who have fallen victim to the end of China’s maritime boom … Continue reading

China factories bottoming out, HSBC PMI signals


China‘s manufacturing sector showed fresh signs of bottoming out in April, with export orders ticking up, but activity still contracted for a sixth consecutive month, according to a private sector survey on Wednesday. “The seasonal rebound this year was much weaker than that in the past, suggesting growth momentum remains soft,” Barclay’s Capital analyst Yiping … Continue reading

Big manufacturers more likely to embrace “Made in USA”


Large U.S. manufacturers are much more likely than their smaller peers to move production to the United States from China, according to a survey. Continue reading

China’s Hebei to invest $195 million in Canada iron ore miner


Hebei Iron & Steel Group Co, China’s largest steel producer, is investing about C$194 million ($195 million) for a stake in Canada iron ore developer Alderon Iron Ore Corp., as Chinese steel makers look for cheaper ore to cut their production costs. Hebei said it was the ideal time to invest in upstream assets as … Continue reading

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