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Chipmaker SMIC plans China's biggest IPO in a decade

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Details of the planned offers are released in a statement on Monday, July 6, on the website of the Shanghai exchange, sending the company's Hong Kong-listed stock soaring more than 20% to a record high

U.S. private hiring, manufacturing recover in June 2020 after virus plunge

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Data from payroll services firm ADP show private firms in the United States hired 2.4 million workers, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index jumps to 52.6%

JOBS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a 'Now Hiring' sign in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia, on May 14, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

UK car sector warns 1 in 6 jobs in virus danger

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Britain's carmakers are ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, with the sector already shedding more than 6,000 jobs in June 2020

New Jaguar cars are pictured on the forecourt of a Jaguar Land Rover new car show room in Tonbridge, south east England, on May 24, 2020. - Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), owned by India's Tata Motors, was on Sunday said to be in talks with Britain's government in the hope of to securing a loan following a drop in sales due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Europe 2020 auto sales to plunge record 25% – industry group

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association calls on governments to help the car industry recover and safeguard jobs

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

U.S. layoffs exceed 40 million but some returning to work

May 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

New data also show the United States' gross domestic product fell 5% in the 1st quarter of 2020, slightly worse than the 4.8% drop originally reported

DESERTED. People take a photo in an empty Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwan chip giant TSMC to build $12 billion U.S. plant

May 15, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Construction for the TSMC facility in Arizona is set to start in 2021, with production of 5-nanometer chips beginning in 2024

Coronavirus crisis 'devastating' jobs, output – ILO

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Tourism and car manufacturing are especially hard-hit, says the International Labour Organization

A group of visitors, wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing on April 18, 2020. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

U.S. Fed warns of worsening economy as virus savages retail, factories

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic causes contractions in United States retail sales and manufacturing not seen in decades

A homeless man walks past closed stores in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, California on April 2, 2020. - The United States recorded 1,169 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker showed on April 2, the highest one-day death toll recorded in any country since the global pandemic began. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)

Coronavirus calls into question PSA-Fiat Chrysler merger

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Preparations continue on the planned merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler, but the financial terms reportedly need to be reevaluated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) This combination of file pictures created on October 31, 2019 shows the logo of Italian auto maker Fiat (L) in a cars dealer on January 12, 2017 in Saluzzo, near Turin, and the Peugeot logo pictured at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 3, 2014 in Paris. - Will they or won't they? On top of massive economic damage, the coronavirus pandemic now is casting doubt over the pending merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler (FCA), financial sources told AFP. The tie-up, announced at the end of October 2020 and due to be finalized in early 2021 at the latest, would create the world's fourth-largest automaker, bringing under one roof brands like Peugeot, Citroen, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. (Photos by MARCO BERTORELLO and Joël SAGET / AFP)

PSA, Fiat Chrysler join to create world's 4th largest carmaker

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The combined PSA-Fiat Chrysler group will have total revenues of nearly 170 billion euros ($190 million) and annual unit sales of some 8.7 million vehicles

Arms sales worldwide up nearly 5%, says new report

Dec 09, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers comes to $420 billion, thanks in large part to the US market, says the report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

PSA, Fiat Chrysler unveil merger of equals

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The PSA-Fiat Chrysler merger will be achieved via the creation of a parent company in the Netherlands, which would be the world's 4th largest automaker in terms of sales

Giant Taiwan Apple supplier TSMC faces infringement claims

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:47 PM

GlobalFoundries says it filed multiple lawsuits in the United States and Germany, alleging infringement of 16 of its patents by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Fearing no-deal Brexit, UK carmakers slam brakes on investment

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:15 PM

New investment in the United Kingdom's automotive industry plummets by 70% in the 1st half of 2019

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 06, 2017 Opel cars are prepared for distribution at Vauxhall's production plant in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire, north-west England. - French carmaker PSA warned it could shut down a plant in northwest England if the factory becomes unprofitable because of Brexit, the Financial Times reported on July 29, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Skills shortages, labor curbs may hit Singapore manufacturing

May 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

As more firms in Singapore shift into fields such as robotics and 3D printing, what are the possible challenges ahead?

This photograph taken on March 18, 2019 shows a general view of Rolls-Royce engine rotor assembly facility in Singapore. - Singapore has attracted high-tech manufacturers with incentives and a well-educated workforce but growing demands for highly skilled labour and government moves to curb numbers of foreign workers may mean a tougher path ahead. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY Singapore-manufacturing-economy

Duterte orders Board of Investments to streamline steel industry projects

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Board of Investments will have to ensure that permits for critical steel projects will be issued within 20 days of filing

Construction workers keep their balance while crossing on the steel beam at the 10th floor of the ongoing building construction in Barangay Pagasa Quezon City on Monday, November 5, 2018. The Department of Labor and Employment announce the approval of the P25 wage increase and it will be valid 15 days after the publication of the wage order on a newspaper. Minimum wage in Metro Manila now ranges to P537. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Volkswagen to cut up to 7,000 jobs at VW brand

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:03 PM

The job cuts announced Wednesday, March 13, come on top of an existing restructuring program slashing 21,000 positions worldwide

JOB CUTS. The company logo of German car maker Volkswagen (VW) is pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany on March 12, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings since Ghosn arrest

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Japanese car manufacturer downgrades its net profit forecast for the fiscal year from 500 billion yen to 410 billion yen

Nissan president and CEO Hiroto Saikawa speaks during the company's financial results press conference at its headquarters in Yokohama on February 12, 2019. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP)

Japanese firm launches new line of robotic parts in Subic Freeport

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The Subic-made products of Nidec-Shimpo Corporation will be exported to Spain, the United States, and Germany

SUBIC-MADE. Senator Richard Gordon and SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma and other guests, views precision products manufactured by Nidec-Shimpo during the opening of the company'€™s manufacturing plant at the Subic Freeport in Zambales on January 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of SBMA

Philippines joins Electronica, looks beyond manufacturing

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The country showcases its electronics industry to potential investors and buyers, and eyes going beyond semiconductor manufacturing

The Philippine Pavilion at the 2018 Edition of Electronica. This is the first time the country is joining the fair after 20 years. Photo by Carol Ramoran.

Chip giant TSMC says WannaCry behind production halt

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

TSMC says some of its computer systems and equipment in its Taiwan plants were infected on August 3 during software installation. The incident is expected to cause shipment delays and cut third-quarter revenue by 2%.

Toyota investing $1 billion in Grab

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Japanese automaker plans to expand beyond its core business into the 'mobility' sector

Next-generation chips for upcoming iPhones now in production – report

May 23, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The new chip could be the first to use a 7-nanometer design, smaller than the 10-nanometer chips in today's flagships

APPLE. A customer touches the screen of the last year's iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in California, USA. The next Apple flagship may be using a 7-nanometer chip, which would make it the first commercial device to sport one. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi returns to Philippines

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

With Xiaomi already dominating the Indian market, it makes a comeback to the Philippines

COMEBACK. Xiaomi Southeast Asia director John Chen officially announces return of the phone maker in the Philippines with new offerings and market expansion plan. Photo from Virtusio PR International

Ayala-led IMI's net income rises by 21% in acquisition-filled 2017

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The global manufacturer's revenue is also up $1.09 billion for 2017, with two major European acquisitions bringing in a combined $193.9 million

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Dec 27, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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'Heads must roll over Davao mall fire deaths' – labor groups

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network calls the incident a 'massacre of working people who strive hard to earn a living'

MALL FIRE. At least 36 call center employees were killed inside Davao City's NCCC Mall on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

IMI hits net income of $24.1M for first 9 months of 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:42 PM

The manufacturing arm of the Ayala group sees its two recent acquisitions contribute a combined $136.2 million in revenues

Trump says Tim Cook promised 3 new U.S. plants – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Analysts say however that moving manufacturing back to US is unlikely for Apple which relies on a dense ecosystem of companies in Asia

BIG CHIEFS. Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) listens to US President Donald Trump during an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 19, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP


San Miguel's latest venture: BMW vehicles

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

San Miguel Corporation sets up a new unit called SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation marking its entry into the motoring business

MOTORING BUSINESS. The diversified conglomerate led by Ramon Ang says SMC Asia Car will be 65% owned by San Miguel, while the remaining will be owned by Jose Alvarez. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Without efficient public transport, higher auto taxes 'unfair'

Jun 08, 2017 - 5:15 PM

It s not going to be fair to the commuting public that we don t have that efficient transport system and yet we are shelling out big amounts in order to buy private vehicles says the Automobile Association of the Philippines

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Ayala acquires German auto parts manufacturer

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The P1 49 billion investment is part of AC Industrials expansion spree

INFOGRAPHIC: How tax reform hits your favorite drinks

Jun 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers says the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the proposed tax reform package is the highest in the world

Apple starting US tech manufacturing fund with $1B

May 04, 2017 - 4:23 PM

The tech giant creates a fund to get more people in the US to do advanced manufacturing

3D printing as a means to generate income

Apr 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The nascent technology has the potential to democratize the manufacturing industry giving rise to independent home based and potentially profitable enterprises

SteelAsia offers to revive defunct National Steel

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

Local steel bar maker SteelAsia wants to ride the infrastructure boom and offers to revive the thrice privatized National Steel in Iligan City

NEXT CHAPTER. SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation has offered to buy long defunct National Steel Corporation in Iligan City.

PH exports fall by 7.5% in November 2016

Jan 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expects a better year for exports in 2017 in anticipation of stronger trade ties with China and Russia

DAMPENING DEMAND. Demand for electronics exports decline from key markets. File photo Romeo Gacad/AFP.

Century Pacific to buy Chinese distribution firms for $2.56M

Dec 23, 2016 - 6:10 PM

The acquisition is expected to support the expansion of Century Pacific s international branded segment which is still a small part of its business

CHINA EXPANSION. Since Century Tuna's entry into China during the early 1990s, it has grown its presence to become the country's leading canned tuna brand. Rappler file photo

Dozens of Bangladesh factories close as workers strike

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Siddikur Rahman says at least 55 factories will remain close until the Bangladesh government says it is safe to reopen them

Coca-Cola PH plans to invest $1B more in PH

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The investment – over a period of 5 years – will help expand its supply chain and commercial footprint in the Philippines

Valenzuela execs, BFP officials, charged over Kentex fire

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Investigators say Kentex should have been shut down because of its delinquent status General manager Ong King Guan is also among those charged

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Japan big manufacturers' confidence at multi-year low

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:40 PM

Sentiment among big manufacturers drops to its lowest levels since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kicked off Abenomics in 2013

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda answers questions during a press conference at the headquarters in Tokyo on September 21, 2016. Japan's central bank on September 21 unveiled a surprise overhaul of monetary policy, promising to redouble attempts to fuel inflation and kickstart the torpid economy. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

Ramon Ang to build $300M cement plant in Davao

Sep 28, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The manufacturing facility will be able to produce two million tons or 50 million bags of cement per year

SUNNY OUTLOOK. Ramon Ang identifies Davao – hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte – as a key growth area for the Philippines

Auto, aerospace industries warm up to 3D printing

Aug 25, 2016 - 7:20 PM

The technology has not always lived up to sky high hype but leading manufacturers remain bullish over its potential to shake up the factory floor

FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING? In this file photo, 3D printers and some of the items that are manufactured from them sit on display at 'New Lab', an advanced manufacturing hub in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on May 9, 2013 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

PH exports fall for 15th straight month in June

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

All the major commodity groups register declines for the month although exports of petroleum products do see a bump in volume

Nestle to invest P2 billion in new plant for MILO

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The new plant is expected to begin production in November 2017

Factory space could boom in next 5 years – real estate expert

Jul 31, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Growth rates could double by 2021 but this hinges on whether the government can lower electricity and water costs says the founder of Prime Philippines

Photo by Rappler/John Javellana

Boeing reports $234M loss after unexpected costs

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:50 AM

These costs include higher expenses for the KC 46 tanker program and for building the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

epa05363313 A man walks past a logo of multinational Aircraft manufacturing company Boeing at Taoyuan airport, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, 14 June 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Airbus profit lifted by exceptionals

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Orders slide by 27 but the plane manufacturer cites brisk sales at this month s Farnborough Airshow

epa05422053 An Airbus A380 is seen at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, 12 July 2016. The Farnborough International Air Show runs from11-17 July. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

UK drugs giant GSK to invest $361M despite Brexit

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The move will boost production and support delivery of its latest innovative respiratory and large molecule biological medicines

epa05155722 (FILE) A file picture showing the logo of the British multinational pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK, bottom) outside the GSK factory in Shanghai, China, 17 July 2013. According to news reports on 12 February 2016 the British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has fined a number of pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline PLC, (GSK) for anti-competitive conduct and agreements in relation to the supply of paroxetine. GSK?s total fine is 37,6 million GBP or 48.2 million euros. Generics (UK) Limited (GUK) was fined 5,8 million GBP or 7.4 million euros have been imposed on Merck KGaA (GUK?s former parent) and GUK and Alpharma?s infringement, total fines of 1,5 million GBP or 1.9 million euros have been imposed on Actavis UK Limited (formerly Alpharma Limited), Xellia Pharmaceuticals ApS (formerly Alpharma ApS) and Alpharma LLC (formerly Zoetis Products LLC, Alpharma LLC and Alpharma Inc). EPA/STR CHINA OUT