Consumers in Asia-Pacific are the most socially conscious shoppers in the world, according to a new Nielsen report.
The Nielsen Global Survey of Corporate Social Responsibility polled more than 30,000 consumers in 60 countries around the world in February and March this year in order to understand which consumers are the most supportive of socially responsible actions, which social issues are concerning these consumers the most and how sustainable practices influence consumers regarding purchasing decisions. Continue reading
Singapore is the best shipping hub in the world, with Hong Kong and Shanghai also in the top 10, according to a new report on international shipping centers released last week.
The 2014 Xinhua-Baltic Exchange International Shipping Center Development Index Report, which is the first report of its kind, was a joint project by the Baltic Exchange and the China Finance Corporation.Asian ports took six places in the top 10, which comprised of Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Dubai, Shanghai, Tokyo, New York and Busan.
The index assessed 46 shipping hubs around the world against three fixed criteria, namely maritime services such as insurance, engineering and brokerage (50 percent), overall environment (30 percent) and port facilities (20 percent). Continue reading
by Etienne Charlier
I am not the first one to mention that pre-shipment inspections are important to securing quality from China. As they say:
You get what you Inspect, not what you Expect!
But pre-shipment inspections are not enough. The inspector you send to your supplier will stop defective products from being shipped to you, and this is good. But after all, not receiving defective goods is not the same as receiving what you order, according to specification and on the time agreed upon. Continue reading
Export capacity building up throughout South-East Asia
Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis
As global manufacturing starts to spread its tentacles across Asia, Export Processing Zones – once the sole preserve of China – are springing up all over. Conceived as ideal for emerging markets as they help develop worker skill sets and begin the development of supply chain infrastructure, they are also popular with foreign investors as they negate the need to import directly into the host country (avoiding import duties) and assist with being able to deliver a cost-effective product by offering VAT rebates on any locally sourced components. Continue reading
Case Study: U.S.-based Mylan Pharmaceuticals
Aug. 21 – Right on the heels of Ford Motor’s announcement that their global auto sales manufacturing hub would be in India, U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Mylan said that the company has additional plans to invest in India. With half its global work force of 20,000 persons located in the country, about one-seventh of its global income is from its India operations – but this is also expected to jump significantly.
Mylan plans to acquire Agila Specialties through its Indian subsidiary for US$1.6 billion. If the proposal is accepted, Mylan expects to increase its domestic sales 12-fold by 2018. The deal would also help Agila increase its capacity to 600 million units by 2017, up from its current production of 180 million units. The news comes as Mylan made their latest submission concerning the Agila acquisition to the Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Continue reading
Aug. 17 – Seventeen new airports are to be constructed during India’s current 12th Five-Year Plan period, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, K. C. Venugopal, has informed the Central Government. The 12th Five-Year Plan period runs until 2017.
Included are four airports in Karnataka, three in Maharashtra, two in Kerala and one each in Arunchal Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. All 17 airports are listed out below, and an accompanying map can be found to the right. Continue reading
May 10 – The new issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, titled An Introduction to Development Zones Across Asia, is out now and will be temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore throughout the months of May and June.
The use of development zones in their different guises has been an effective model essentially brought to prominence by China over the past 25 years to help both foreign investors and domestic companies meet in a relationship that provides tax advantages to both. Development zones typically permit the foreign investor to bring component parts into a country for assembly without having to pay import duties. Investors may then add in locally-sourced components, assemble the final product, and warehouse it all duty free before then having the option of exporting the finished product (collecting some VAT rebates on the locally sourced portion) or entering the domestic market with a product assembled at local labor costs. Continue reading