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Updated List of EU Harmonised Toy Safety Standards Published, Showing Two ‘First Publications’ Which will be of Interest to Hong Kong’s Toy Sellers
The toy safety Directive sets out the essential safety requirements with regard to toys. These include the particular safety requirements regarding physical and mechanical properties, flammability, chemical properties, electrical properties and hygiene.
Economists' Pick 17 Aug 2018
Argentina Extends Deadline to Fully Comply with Certification Requirements for Safety Components for Lifts
Argentina has extended from 5 August 2018 to 5 August 2019 the deadline to comply with the certification requirements for safety components for lifts.
Economists' Pick 16 Aug 2018
Houseware Industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a world-renowned sourcing centre for houseware products, including tableware, kitchenware, non-electric domestic cooking/heating appliances and sanitary ware made of a vast variety of materials.
HK Economy 15 Aug 2018
Certain Energy Test Procedures for Central ACs and Heat Pumps Implemented
The DOE has lifted an administrative stay issued on 3 July 2017 that postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a January 2017 final rule that amended the energy test procedure and certain certification, compliance and enforcement provisions for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Economists' Pick 14 Aug 2018
Judgment in EU Energy Labelling Case Could Have Ramifications for Hong Kong Suppliers of Home Appliance Products
On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) handed down a ruling on energy labelling, in a case that had been initiated by well-known electronics manufacturer Dyson against BSH Home Appliances, a company which owns (among others) rival company Borsch. While Dyson asked for clarifying information to appear on the energy label, so that consumers are not confused or misled by the ratings provided, the CJEU refuted this argument.
Economists' Pick 10 Aug 2018
ECHA Calls for Evidence on Hazardous Substance Used in Food Contact Materials and Electronics, Among Other Products
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a call for information on uses of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and related substances. Norway is currently preparing an EU-wide restriction proposal for PFHxS, which would restrict the substance in articles.
Economists' Pick 10 Aug 2018
Sweden Calls on EU to Restrict Additional Substances in Electronics Under RoHS
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has released a report proposing that the European Commission restrict the use of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) under the RoHS Directive. MCCPs are mostly used as flame retardants and plasticisers in PVC cables, and are common in network and television cables. The substances are already classified as hazardous.
Economists' Pick 10 Aug 2018
EU Fines Well-known Electronics Manufacturers for Imposing Fixed or Minimum Resale Prices on Online Sales of Consumer Goods
Hong Kong’s electronic goods sellers may like to know that the Commission’s investigation into the four electronics manufacturers took place in the broader context of concerns over commercial practices in the online retail sector.
Economists' Pick 10 Aug 2018
Made in Hong Kong - Sophia the Robot Multimedia
In November 2017, Sophia became the world's first robot to be granted citizenship. Sophia's creator Dr David Hanson of Hanson Robotics Limited believes Hong Kong is the best location to develop robots, thanks to its level of innovation, vigorous investment community and access to affordable manufacturing. The wider Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area will also be a key arena for the transition towards the fifth industrial revolution, explains Dr Hanson.
Multimedia 10 Aug 2018
European Union Renews Focus for a Common Mobile Phone Charger
The Commission has been driving its agenda for a common charger for nearly a decade. Traditionally, mobile phones were only compatible with specific mobile phone chargers which varied according to the manufacturer and, in some instances, the model. The Commission cites that, at one stage, there were more than 30 different types of charger on the market.
Economists' Pick 9 Aug 2018
China’s Lighting Market
In the last 20 years, China’s lighting industry has been developing rapidly and the country has become a leading world lighting producer and consumer. Light emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), electrodeless discharge lamps (EDLs) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) are major products in the mainland lighting market. Some lighting manufacturers have introduced integrated cove lighting designs that may incorporate audio systems.
China Trade 7 Aug 2018
Fourth Industrial Revolutionaries Plot Future Form of Factories
The Fourth Industrial Revolution visited the heartlands of the First earlier this year when the Factories of the Future Expo came to Manchester, the 18th century site of the world’s initial steps towards automation and mass manufacturing.
Economists' Pick 7 Aug 2018
Slime and Punishment: Why it's Time for a More Accountable Amazon
With two major toy scandals under its belt before the year was half-over, how long can the mighty Amazon, the world's number-one online store, emerge unscathed from the kind of furore that would surely sink any conventional retailer?
Economists' Pick 6 Aug 2018
electronicAsia Opens in October
Now in its 22nd year, electronicAsia is the region’s top showcase for accessories, parts and components for the global electronics industry.
Economists' Pick 6 Aug 2018
MYANMAR: Overseas Investors Cleared to Trade Across 24 Product Categories
FDI-backed businesses have been approved to trade in 24 different product categories on both a retail and a wholesale basis.
Economists' Pick 6 Aug 2018
Brazil Lowers Duties on Three Products
Brazil has temporarily lowered its import duties for certain lithium-ion cells, fire-fighting vehicles and high tenacity polyester staple yarn.
Economists' Pick 2 Aug 2018
Lawmakers Urge USTR to Reconsider Proposed Additional Tariffs on Mainland Chinese Semiconductors
A group of more than 45 U.S. lawmakers recently urged USTR Lighthizer to reconsider a proposal to impose an additional tariff of 25 percent on US$6.3 billion worth of imports of semiconductor devices, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and related products from mainland China.
Economists' Pick 2 Aug 2018
China Okays Certification Compliance Self-Declaration in Restricted Product Categories
As part of ongoing moves to streamline access to the mainland consumer market, the State Administration for Market Regulation and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China have jointly announced a number of changes to the country’s product certification procedures.
Economists' Pick 1 Aug 2018
New Energy Test Procedures for Certain ACs and Heat Pumps under Consideration
The DOE has initiated a data collection process to consider whether to amend the current energy test procedures for single package vertical units.
Economists' Pick 24 July 2018
38th Hong Kong Electronics Fair Opens in October
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair is the world’s leading showcase of electronics products.
Economists' Pick 23 July 2018
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