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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
Mightiest of the Mighty Five Manufacturers
Amid a global shift in the manufacturing hierarchy, the Mighty Five cluster – Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Vietnam – is expected to assume an increasingly significant role.
Economists' Pick 22 March 2017
Electronics Industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s electronics industry is the largest merchandise export earner of the territory, accounting for 65.5% of Hong Kong’s total exports in 2016. A substantial portion of such exports, largely re-export business, are regarded as high-tech products, especially those related to telecommunications equipment, semiconductors and computer items.
HK Economy 21 March 2017
BRUNEI: Duty Falls on ‘Essential’ Imports While Rising on Luxury Goods
A range of amendments to import duty and excise tax rates across a variety of products are to be introduced from 1 April, including the replacement of the 20% import duty payable on automotive spare parts with a 5% excise duty.
Economists' Pick 21 March 2017
Canada Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for 17 Products
The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop more stringent energy efficiency requirements for seven categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industrial products and adopt brand new standards for two categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industrial products.
Economists' Pick 17 March 2017
Unmasking Opportunities in Clean-air Wear
Chronic air pollution in many Chinese mainland cities has led to rising demand for anti-smog products.
Economists' Pick 16 March 2017
Light in the Export Tunnel
In its latest findings, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s (HKTDC) Export Index for the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), rose to 47.1, an increase of 13.4 from the fourth quarter of 2016, marking the biggest jump in recent years, although it remains below the watershed mark of 50.
Economists' Pick 14 March 2017
Realignment of Russia's Electronics Retailers Spurs OEM Opportunities
With Russia's three largest electronics retailers now under common ownership, Southeast Asian suppliers need to reappraise this changed landscape and consider the opportunities for OEM/ODM manufacturers in this marketplace.
Economists' Pick 10 March 2017
Mobile Phone Recycling Goes Mainstream
Thanks to widespread Internet access and increased efficiency in the logistics sector, recycling mobile phones and other consumer-electronic items in the Chinese mainland has grown into a considerable market sector in its own right.
Economists' Pick 9 March 2017
Power to Empower
For urban dwellers, a temporary power outage is little more than an inconvenience.
Economists' Pick 8 March 2017
Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)
The 14th edition of the region’s largest electronics event will highlight the latest products in the industry.
Economists' Pick 7 March 2017
VIETNAM: 20% Cap on Lending Rates Set to be Abolished
The 20% cap on lending rates for banks and other credit agencies in Vietnam is to be abolished as of 15 March. In line with a directive from the country’s central bank, lenders will now be free to agree on rates with borrowers on an ad hoc basis.
Economists' Pick 6 March 2017
4K Video and a New Generation of Drones Take Flight at US A/V Expo
The rise of 4K video, the growing use of 360-degree VR systems and the liberation of drones from restrictive legal requirements were the dominant topics at the NAB Show New York, one of the US' leading audio-visual showcases.
Economists' Pick 1 March 2017
Addressing Vietnam’s Supply Chain Shortfall
Vietnam's status as one of the fastest-growing Asian economies has largely been driven by the expansion of its manufacturing industries and, more specifically, by its burgeoning electronics sector.
Economists' Pick 1 March 2017
Commission Adopts Guidelines for Self-regulation Measures Concluded by Industry
The European Commission has issued guidelines for self-regulation measures concluded by industry (the Guidelines), under Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (the Ecodesign Directive).
Economists' Pick 24 Feb 2017
Commission Proposes to Exclude Used Electronics from Restrictions
On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The proposed amendments are aimed at further facilitating the reselling and repair of EEE, in an effort to reduce hazardous waste, prolong the lifetime of products and contribute to the EU’s circular economy objectives.
Economists' Pick 24 Feb 2017
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