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Malaysia Looks to Digital Sector as Electronics Demand Declines
With its electronics sector suffering from falling investment and growing competition, Malaysia sees digital infrastructure as the likely key its future economic success, with plans in place to launch the world's first Digital Free Trade Zone.
Economists' Pick 25 April 2017
Tea Money and Skimming: The Current Blights of the UK Toy Industry
Are suppliers having to bribe testing houses to clear goods for shipping? Are retailers falsifying claims for undelivered goods? Scams both old and new are bedevilling the toy sector, but is that just a sign of a wider retail malaise?
Economists' Pick 24 April 2017
Home for Asian Brands Multimedia
The HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair and HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair 2017 featured a host of new ideas and products with multiple materials. The Houseware Fair included innovative designs in the new World of Building and Hardware zone, while the Fair was seen as a home for Asian brands.
Multimedia 24 April 2017
Future Eco-rules for Servers Move Forward, While Initiatives for More Efficient Electric Kettles Lose Steam
The European Commission has tabled ecodesign provisions to improve the resource efficiency of servers and other data storage products as of 2019. Separately, Commission officials also commented on the likely timeline for the development of new ecodesign measures for electric kettles, indicating that the implementation of such measures remains some years away.
Economists' Pick 21 April 2017
Personalised Promotions Rule in the Resurgent Corporate Gift Sector
Digital technology has seen the promotional sector go bespoke with a vengeance, with everything from footwear to electronics set to be individualised, according to exhibitors at The Promotional Products Association International Expo.
Economists' Pick 18 April 2017
Germany Modifies EN 60335-2-14 Standard on Table Blenders
On January 25 2017, the German National Technology Safety Center (ZLS) published Decision EK1 646-16, modifying parts of clause 20.2 in the EN 60335-2-14 standard on January 25, 2017, and is classified as type B. Ongoing GS-certification and test projects already have to consider this resolution. Existing GS-certificates will be cancelled by end of July, 2017, if no design changes are made to fulfill the new requirements.
Product Industries 13 April 2017
MYANMAR: Government Issues List of Approved and Proscribed FDI Sectors
An official list of business sectors suitable for foreign investment, as well as a list of those sectors where such investment is proscribed, has just been issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
Economists' Pick 12 April 2017
THAILAND: 50% Cut in Corporate Tax Added to Incentives for Coastal Corridor Investors
A 50% reduction in corporate income tax (CIT) over a five-year period is now on offer to investors in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), which straddles three coastal provinces ̶̶ Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong.
Economists' Pick 10 April 2017
VR Becomes a Lucrative Reality for the Gaming and Education Sectors
The 2017 Asia VR & AR Fair was dominated by virtual reality, across both the gaming and educational sectors, with its immersive, multi-sensory appeal seeming to trump augmented reality at almost every turn, according to exhibitors.
Economists' Pick 7 April 2017
EU Council Adopts Directive Imposing Tight Restrictions on Concentration of Lead in Toys
On 27 March 2017, the EU Council adopted a new Council Directive reducing the permitted concentration of lead in toys. The text is identical to the Commission’s Proposal on the same matter tabled on 9 September 2016. The future law, which is soon to be published in the EU’s Official Journal and implemented EU-wide, will impact on Hong Kong traders which export any type of toy to the EU market.
Economists' Pick 7 April 2017
Energy Efficiency Labels to be Revised after Hard Fought Negotiations
On 21 March 2017, the EU Council and Parliament finally brokered a deal on the text of a Commission proposal to reform energy efficiency labels placed on household products such as refrigerators, cooking appliances and televisions.
Economists' Pick 7 April 2017
HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair
In its 32nd year, the fair brings together top-quality suppliers and buyers from around the world. More than 4,300 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions are expected at this year’s event.
Economists' Pick 5 April 2017
Energy Labeling in EU Updated by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/254
EU 2017/254 updates guidance for manufacturers on the use of verification tolerances, as laid down in delegated acts, and intended for use only by market surveillance authorities. Energy labeling in the EU has been updated by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/254, with regard to the use of tolerances in verification procedures, was published on February 15, 2017.
Product Industries 5 April 2017
Sweden Introduces Tax on Certain Chemicals in Electronics Law, 2016:1067
Sweden has introduced a new law (2016:1067) levying tax on certain chemicals in electronics. In order to reduce exposure to hazardous substances contained in electronics to the general public, the Swedish Ministry of Finance is going to enact a law to tax certain chemicals in electrical and electronic products. This new law will enter into force on April 1, 2017 and, in the case of liability, is applicable from July 1, 2017.
Product Industries 5 April 2017
Garden in a Bottle
With residents of Beijing and other cities in the Chinese mainland living under the constant threat of environmental pollution, any oasis of greenery has come to be especially prized.
Economists' Pick 3 April 2017
Mexico Adopts New Standards for Systems to Measure Electricity
The Mexican government has established new mandatory standards for domestically-produced and imported systems to measure electricity.
Economists' Pick 31 March 2017
Argentina Amends Certification Requirements for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment, Makes Other Regulatory Changes
Argentina has amended in various ways a July 2016 regulation requiring low-voltage electrical equipment that is sold in the country to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements.
Economists' Pick 31 March 2017
DOE Delays Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Test Procedures for Other Products
The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed from 21 March to 30 September the effective date of a final rule imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.
Economists' Pick 31 March 2017
Compact, Disposable Items and Foodstuffs Top Japan's Gift-giving List
With space ever at a premium, exhibitors at the recent Tokyo International Gift Show were finding success with space-saving products, Korean style, retro designs, overly cute animal-themed dolls and somewhat garishly packaged green tea.
Economists' Pick 30 March 2017
Design for Life
Founded by Hong Kong native Eric Tong, multidisciplinary design studio Eravolution produces innovative designs inspired by nature, or driven by a social conscience, such as the recyclable UpHold cup, which is formed from a particular set of geometries that enable it to collapse vertically with a twist.
Economists' Pick 30 March 2017
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