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    1. July 7, 2016

      Worker strike deepens gloom at Samsung Heavy

      Workers at Samsung Heavy Industries have gone on partial strike in protest against tough restructuring plans that...

    2. June 21, 2016

      Robots may cut off the path to prosperity in the developing world

      There is a gloomy view you hear in the developed world that goes something like this: first the factories went...

    1. June 6, 2016

      China’s robot revolution

      The Ying Ao sink foundry in southern China’s Guangdong province does not look like a factory of the future. The sign...

    2. May 29, 2016

      Thirsty work for THP’s Tran Qui Thanh

      When Tran Qui Thanh launched his first business in 1977, he ac­cept­ed only gold in ex­change for the yeast he...

    3. April 3, 2016

      Modi fails to exploit India’s great opportunity

      Narendra Modi has been prime minister of India for almost two years. The good news is that the Asian giant is now the...

    4. March 30, 2016

      ADB forecasts 6.5% China growth for 2016

      China’s economic growth will only reach the lower end of its own projections and its slowdown risks weighing on the...

    5. March 16, 2016

      Free Lunch: Manufacturing didn’t leave; it left workers behind

      Devil take the hindmost America’s blue-collar aristocracy fell on hard times long ago, but its ghost remains...

    6. February 23, 2016

      India: If they can make it there . . .

      The stage was set for a triumphant relaunch of Make In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big push to transform the...

    7. February 17, 2016

      Asia rig builders reel from oil price rout

      At the yards on Singapore’s west coast, workers are busy making towering oil rigs and ships that will be used as giant...

    8. February 4, 2016

      Hon Hai ahead in race to acquire Sharp

      Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry has emerged as a surprise frontrunner in the takeover battle over Sharp that has...

    9. February 3, 2016

      Asia struggles with poor margin discipline

      This week, the world’s biggest container ship begins its maiden voyage from Asia to the US, after picking up cargo in...

    10. December 10, 2015

      Champagne inspires a revival of Japanese towel-making

      Less than a decade ago, the secluded port of Imabari, on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, was facing...

    11. December 10, 2015

      ADB approves $300m China anti-pollution loan

      The Asian Development Bank approved a $300m loan on Thursday to help clean Beijing’s notoriously polluted air, as it...

    12. December 8, 2015

      China import decline reflects manufacturing weakness

      Weak demand at home and overseas dented Chinese imports and exports alike last month, reflecting ongoing weakness in...

    13. December 6, 2015

      Taiwan’s chipmakers push for China thaw

      As they work quietly in their cubicles, Sitronix’s casually dressed engineers do not appear obvious national security...

    14. November 3, 2015

      China manufacturing: Adapt or die

      Hyde Xu, sales manager at GKO, a Chinese maker of aluminium products, has come to the Canton Fair — the country’s...

    15. November 3, 2015

      Myanmar vies to retain investor allure as Golden Land glow fades

      Foreign investment flows to Myanmar have tailed off since a mini-boom just before the military junta stood aside, as...

    16. October 22, 2015

      Apple manufacturer Pegatron accused of unsafe practices

      Taiwanese manufacturing company Pegatron has been accused of unsafe and illegal practices at a factory producing...

    17. October 20, 2015

      Spectre of automation hangs over Indian manufacturing

      The spectre of automation hangs uneasily over the world economy. Industrial nations fear armies of robots will wipe out...

    18. October 18, 2015

      Dwindling demand forces China’s manufacturing price cuts

      Waning demand at home and abroad is forcing Chinese manufacturers to cut prices and reduce minimum order sizes, further...

    19. October 6, 2015

      Vietnam looks for reform and investment boost from TPP deal

      Vietnam is hoping for a double boost from the newly struck Trans-Pacific Partnership as better access to the US market...

    20. October 1, 2015

      China manufacturing contracts for second consecutive month

      Chinese manufacturing activity contracted for the second consecutive month in September, adding to gloom over the state...

    21. October 1, 2015

      Japan’s Tankan shows dwindling business sentiment

      Business conditions in Japan stagnated during the third quarter as the quarterly Tankan survey of corporate sentiment...

    22. September 24, 2015

      Chinese factories struggle to fill production lines

      While global investors fret about China’s slowing economy, factory owners in Dongguan, the heart of global...

    23. September 22, 2015

      Vietnam defies emerging market slowdown

      With the clouds hanging ominously over emerging markets darkening by the week, there are not many bright spots to lift...

    24. September 17, 2015

      ‘Made in Japan’ is back in vogue

      After decades of pursuing cheaper manufacturing overseas, “made in Japan” products — from Honda scooters, Panasonic...

    25. September 10, 2015

      India looks at raising duty on steel imports to 20%

      India is considering imposing a 20 per cent anti-dumping duty on imported steel after its steelmakers complained they...

    26. September 9, 2015

      Indian drugs: not what the doctor ordered

      Last year, Israeli generics company Teva recalled 40,000 bottles of medicine manufactured for it by India’s Emcure...

    27. August 20, 2015

      Tech start-ups flock to Hong Kong

      As he scoured Europe to find parts last year, German entrepreneur Florian Simmendinger was only able to locate a...

    28. August 17, 2015

      Sri Lanka’s prime minister pledges continued China ties

      Sri Lanka’s controversial investment ties with China are set to continue amid a broader push to attract foreign capital...

    29. July 31, 2015

      Emerging market rapids v calm US waters

      What is more alarming: drama, or the absence of it? Or put more relevantly to current circumstances: should we spy...

    30. July 30, 2015

      Corporate giants sound profits alarm over China slowdown

      Some of the world’s largest companies have sounded the alarm about the slowdown in the Chinese economy, warning that...

    31. July 2, 2015

      A veteran of the first smartwatch boom eyes the exit at Casio

      “I’ve never been satisfied with our business, not even once,” says Kazuo Kashio, one of the four brothers who founded...

    32. June 23, 2015

      Asian inflation gap bodes well for manufacturers, says Barings

      The gap between consumer and producer price inflation across emerging Asia has risen to its highest level since 2009....

    33. May 17, 2015

      Asian component makers take slice of Apple’s iPhone spoils

      As Apple basks in the unprecedented demand for its latest iPhones, suppliers from Tokyo to Taipei are sharing in the...

    34. April 20, 2015

      How Benetton faced up to the aftermath of Rana Plaza

      Benetton is renowned for visually striking and provocative ad­verts focusing on social causes such as HIV/Aids or race...

    35. April 20, 2015

      Jaguar Land Rover says it cannot act on ‘copycat’ claim

      Jaguar Land Rover cannot take any legal action in its dispute with an alleged Chinese “copycat”, the UK carmaker’s...

    36. March 27, 2015

      Fanuc parts the curtains on its secretive culture

      Yoshiharu Inaba, Fanuc’s chief executive, does not have enough hours in his day. Most of his time as head of the...

    37. March 12, 2015

      The contradiction at the heart of China’s new growth target

      China set a lower growth target of “about 7 per cent” at last week’s session of the National People’s Congress. It was...

    38. March 3, 2015

      Paper Boat bases future on India’s drinks nostalgia

      It was during a daily tussle with his three business partners over a flask of home-made aam panna — a traditional...

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