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Change is in the air

Cracks in the Chinese textile and clothing export machine have started showing with shipments to the US in the first quarter of this year declining by nearly 10% from the same period in 2007. A new report from Textiles Intelligence states that the country is losing its competitive edge in this industry on the back […]

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Phosphorus chems in a pickle

Indian chemical companies relying on China for phosphorus are a worried lot. Supplies from China have been erratic for over a year but the Chinese government’s decision to raise export tax for phosphorus from 20% to 120% promises to compound the problem. The revised tax is applicable for exports 20 May 2008 to 31 December […]

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Will Gujarat gain from Beijing clean up?

China’s move to clean up Beijing ahead of the Olympics is likely to have far reaching repercussions for the Indian chemicals industry. ICIS news reported today that the Chinese government was regulating the production and sale of more than 257 chemicals around Beijing – a move that could result in the closure of a number […]

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R&D: India needs to do more

India is seeing a rapid growth in the outsourced R&D business but the country still trails behind China and much of the developed world in this sector. This was evident in the numbers presented by the science and technology minister to the parliament yesterday. India has 150,000 researchers compared with China’s 800,000-1m. The number of […]

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Anyone for plastics paradise?

In its quest for value addition, Saudi Arabia is aggressively marketing itself as an investment destination for the plastics industry. And processors from India are being wooed to set up shop in the Kingdom. A delegation of Indian processors, just back from a visit, appeared impressed at what was on offer. The opportunities were discussed […]

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China’s loss could be India’s gain

A few days back I had referred to China’s quality-related problems and whether this would turn out to be an opportunity for Indian exporters. I believed at that time that it would take a few more months for the opportunity to emerge and that Indian manufacturers would have to work hard to be recognised as […]

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Toying with trouble

India these days is not too slow to catch up with the rest of the world. The toy recall by US-based Mattel has prompted a Mumbai-based Consumer Welfare Association to file a public interest litigation asking for the ban on the manufacture, import and sale of all kinds of toxic toys. The petitioner has also […]

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Can exports drive chemicals demand?

It is encouraging to read that Samsung Electronics is setting up a major export hub in India. A new plant, its second in India, is being built to produce 1.5m colour TV sets, 200 000 LCD Tvs and 300 000 LCD monitors with output targeted at Europe, the US and the Middle East. Currently, China […]

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China and India call for new strategies

The India vs. China debate has become so boring. China is miles ahead of India when it comes to manufacturing while India leads in services. Companies such as IBM have smartly taken advantage of this situation by shifting manufacturing operations to China and services to India. Strategies such as these are increasingly getting popular. And […]

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