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First-Ever Energy Star Specification Issued for Smart Thermostats
The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for smart thermostats, which are Wi-Fi enabled devices that automatically adjust heating and cooling temperature settings for optimal performance.
Economists' Pick 28 April 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
VIETNAM: New Industrial Park in Thai Nguyen Province Gets Official Greenlight
The government has approved the setting up of infrastructure facilities for the Song Cong 2 Industrial Park (IP) in the city of Song Cong in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, some 80km from Hanoi.
Economists' Pick 30 March 2017
India’s Changing Retail Landscape
India’s retail sector is projected to be worth US$1 trillion by 2020, with the country’s 13 million outlets being the largest number for any country.
Economists' Pick 28 March 2017
AQSIQ Cancels Designation of Pre-shipment Inspection Agencies for Imported Used Mechanical and Electrical Products
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released the Decision on Amending the Administrative Measures for the Supervision and Inspection of Imported Used Mechanical and Electrical Products on 17 March 2017 (AQSIQ Decree No. 187 [2017]), clearly stating its decision to amend the Administrative Measures for the Supervision and Inspection of Imported Used Mechanical and Electrical Products promulgated in 2015.
Economists' Pick 27 March 2017
Banned Chemicals Found in Consumer Electronics Pursuant to Swedish Survey
In a survey of last year that culminated in the release of a revelatory report, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) released a finding that nearly four out of ten low-priced electronic products contained restricted chemicals. KEMI is a supervisory authority under the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy.
Economists' Pick 24 March 2017
Developments in Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels
New developments have arisen in the longstanding solar panels case. While SolarWorld, a European solar producer, continues its legal challenge against the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar cells and solar panels imported from mainland China, the European Commission initiated a partial interim review on 3 March 2017.
Economists' Pick 24 March 2017
Future’s Hong Kong Sourcing Connection Multimedia
Rakesh Biyani, Joint Managing Director of Future Retail Ltd, says Indian companies look to Hong Kong for sourcing value-added products, which will see greater demand from India’s growing aspirational consumers.
Multimedia 24 March 2017
Vietnam’s Supply-chain Opportunities Spurred by Foreign Investment
Vietnam has number of favourable attributes, including a youthful labour force and relatively low production costs. FDI in Vietnam is not just geared towards the production of labour-intensive goods, but also more sophisticated products like IT equipment and other electronic items. But such production is largely processing activities by nature. As Vietnam still lacks supporting industries, expansion in processing production has elicited vast demand for a variety of production inputs.
Economists' Pick 23 March 2017
Lighting Industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong exports a wide range of lighting products, including table, bedside, floor-standing and portable lamps. Other major products include wall and ceiling lighting, chandeliers and lighting fittings, as well as decorative items like Christmas tree lighting sets and lamp shades. Hong Kong’s total exports of lighting products decreased 8% in 2016.
HK Economy 22 March 2017
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