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New Certified Reference Materials Released to Analyse Toxic Trace Elements in Plastics Used in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
The European Commission has recently reported that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released two new certified reference materials (CRMs) that will be used to test for toxic trace elements in plastics which are used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
Economists' Pick 29 April 2016
Ban on Lithium Ion Batteries Shipped as Cargo on Passenger Planes Enters into Force
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory notice to inform those engaged in the transport of lithium batteries in commerce of recent actions taken by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to enhance the safe transport of these goods by air.
Economists' Pick 22 April 2016
Vietnam Smartphone Sector in Battle for Mid-market Supremacy
While the bigger brands dominate Vietnam's smartphone market, it is many of the more modestly priced models that are now driving growth in the sector. Many companies, however, are falling short when it comes to after-sales service.
Economists' Pick 22 April 2016
Brazil - Anatel Passes Resolution 662 Modifications to Labeling Requirements
By passing of Resolution 662 slight changes to labeling requirements for wireless/telecom products have been implemented. Resolution 662/2016 updates the previous Resolution 242 which was originally passed on 30 of November 2000.
Product Industries 19 April 2016
Hong Kong’s “Inter-Connector” Tech Role Multimedia
Hong Kong is the region’s “inter-connector” for technology innovation, as the Internet of Things becomes a multi-trillion US dollar market, said Constantin Stahlknecht of Microsoft Hong Kong, after speaking on trends at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2016. The fair featured the world’s first dual arm collaborative robot and Hong Kong exhibitor Stanley Ho saw China’s Belt and Road Initiative encouraging the sector.
Multimedia 18 April 2016
Over 40% of Electrical and Electronic Goods Have Wrong or Missing Energy Labels, Study Finds
On 9 March 2016, a study into the compliance of energy labels on electrical and electronic goods reported that more than 40% of labels were either incorrect or missing. Hong Kong companies familiar with the energy labelling of electrical appliances for the EU market will recall that most electrical and electronic equipment sold in shops are required, under the relevant EU laws, to display energy labels on the outside of their packaging.
Economists' Pick 15 April 2016
Thailand Slashes Export Duty on 500 Electronics Goods Categories
More than 500 categories of electronics goods are to have their import duties slashed in a move announced by Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA). The tariff reductions have been triggered by the expansion of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and will reduce import duty to zero on 94% of such items.
Economists' Pick 15 April 2016
Augmented Reality Said to Offer Unique Brand-Consumer Interaction
There was almost consensus at the London Technology Expo that Augmented Reality is now far from a gimmick. Used properly, it is seen as providing an on-going dialogue with consumers in a way that was previously never possible.
Economists' Pick 13 April 2016
Securing China Retail Success
Sam's Club is one of the most popular retail outlets in the Chinese mainland city of Dalian.
Economists' Pick 13 April 2016
Opportunities Arising from China's 13th Five-Year Plan: An Overview
Given the 13th Five-Year Plan, China is set to take promotion of innovation as the driving force for development. It also stresses the needs to form a new pattern of opening up and promote cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road. As Hong Kong is the bridgehead of mainland’s foreign trade and the first port of call for mainland enterprises seeking professional services, businesses here should pay attention to the changes brought about by the Plan in order to seize opportunities.
Economists' Pick 8 April 2016
Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)
The 13th edition of the region’s largest electronics event will highlight the latest products in the industry.
Economists' Pick 5 April 2016
New Applications Lodged for Further Lead Exemptions Under Rohs for Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Hong Kong traders may like to know that two new applications for exemptions for the use of lead were lodged with the European Commission, under Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (more commonly known as the RoHS Directive).
Economists' Pick 1 April 2016
EU Court Rules that Tax Incentive Benefits are not Sufficient Grounds for Denying MET to Mainland Chinese Producers
In an important judgment of 16 March 2016, the EU’s General Court has denounced the European Commission’s practice in anti-dumping investigations of denying market economy treatment to mainland Chinese producers that have benefited from certain tax incentives.
Economists' Pick 1 April 2016
DOE Announces Actions on General Service Lamps, Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products, Ceiling Fans
The Department of Energy will hold a meeting 20 April and will accept public comments through 16 May on a proposal to amend the energy conservation standards for general service lamps. The agency believes that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in a significant conservation of energy.
Economists' Pick 25 March 2016
Ecodesign Working Plan Setting out List of Priority Products is Delayed Due to Fears over “Brexit”
Hong Kong manufacturers may be keen to learn that the anticipated final report of the Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017 is likely to be further delayed due to the European Commission’s fears over “Brexit” (the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union).
Economists' Pick 18 March 2016
Yet Another Attempt to Challenge Solar Panel Minimum Import Price Dismissed
Traders will be interested to hear that the EU General Court has yet again dismissed a legal action lodged by European solar panel producers, including German SolarWorld, against the undertaking agreement and minimum import price in place for imports of mainland Chinese photovoltaic modules and cells.
Economists' Pick 18 March 2016
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.
HK Economy 16 March 2016
Switched on to Green Manufacturing
Chinese mainland manufacturers are developing an increasingly efficient range of household appliances after the government designated energy-efficient household appliances as a priority development sector.
Economists' Pick 16 March 2016
Technopreneurship in China (4): Hangzhou’s Big Data Success Story
While setting out to be an entrepreneur is a high risk venture, stories of successful entrepreneurs abound across China. This has led to the development of flourishing technopreneurship sector across the country. Notably, many of these technology start-ups are keen to establish ties with Hong Kong to enhance their technological capabilities, while expanding both their domestic and overseas markets.
Economists' Pick 11 March 2016
Canada Issues Updated Requirements for Imports of Energy-Using Products
The Canada Border Services Agency has issued a revised guidance document outlining the requirements that govern the importation into Canada of energy-using products.
Economists' Pick 11 March 2016
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