Interview: Big data suggests there’s a trade war looming

Port of Los Angeles, in the US
Port of Los Angeles, in the US

One of the wonders of the modern, computerised world is the emergence of data science. Data science is, arguably, at the heart of most successful businesses today, and its favourite food is big data. 

For Panjiva, data science and big data enables it to keep track of virtually all goods moving from one country to another, with a particular emphasis on the US market.

But while it might sound straightforward to some, the actual collation and preparation of the data, and then the presentation of it, is not a simple process.  Continue reading Interview: Big data suggests there’s a trade war looming

Trump policy on China: Playing hardball

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By Edward Tse, Gao Feng Advisory

Donald Trump’s recent appointment of Peter Navarro to head his newly formed White House National Trade Council has sparked controversy.

Navarro is known for his hawkish views on China and many believe that, by appointing him, the US president-elect is signalling that he will play hardball with China on trade when he takes office.

Navarro has written a number of books and filmed a documentary in which he criticised China for unfair trade practices, especially with the US. He has called China “a cheat”, “brutal” and “amoral”.

Instead of launching a trade war, collaboration is the way to go.  Continue reading Trump policy on China: Playing hardball

Hannover Messe: Strengthening integrated industry

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CeMat 2018 has been integrated with Hannover Messe in what the organisers describe as a “strong partnership” 

CeMat is the world’s largest trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, and next year’s event will benefit from the partnership with the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, Hannover Messe. 

CeMat 2018 will  will take place at the Hannover Exhibition Center, in conjunction with Hannover Messe, which is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.

Dr Jochen Köckler, managing board member at Deutsche Messe, parent company of Hannover Messe, says: “Teaming CeMat up with Hannover Messe forms a strong partnership which will benefit CeMat by allowing them to reach even greater numbers of top industry decision-makers from around the world.  Continue reading Hannover Messe: Strengthening integrated industry

Four reasons why Trump will learn a Chinese Lesson on how isolationism never works

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By Edward Tse, Gao Feng Advisory

Donald Trump’s election as the next US president is generating a lot of speculation about US-China relations, especially in investment and trade. People are wondering what the implications will be for both Chinese and US companies.

We can look at this situation in several ways.

First, isolationism can never generate sustainable growth for any country. History has proven this over and over again. Continue reading Four reasons why Trump will learn a Chinese Lesson on how isolationism never works

Huge reboot: What Trump’s aversion to trade blocs could mean for the US robotics, automation and manufacturing industries

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US President-elect Donald Trump reacts to a crowd gathered in the lobby of the New York Times building after a meeting in New York, US, November 22, 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

The US automotive manufacturing industry is probably going through some angsty times right now, what with president-elect Donald Trump reiterating his campaign pledge to repeal or at least renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and any other free-trade deal previous administrations have signed up to. 

For a highly globalised industry like the automotive sector, which sources parts from all over the world and may assemble its vehicles in any number of countries simultaneously based on a common platform, this is perhaps one election promise which it would rather not be kept.

However, Trump has already produced a presidential address style video in which he says: “I am going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country.

“Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.”  Continue reading Huge reboot: What Trump’s aversion to trade blocs could mean for the US robotics, automation and manufacturing industries

Commercial vehicles ‘on the road to digital transformation’

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Lorries and other commercial vehicles are on the way toward “digital transformation”, according to the organisers of the IAA event.

Now in its 66th year, the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is regarded as one of the the most important trade fairs for mobility, transport and logistics.

Some 2,000 exhibitors are expected to showcase their products at the event, due to be held in Hannover, Germany.  Continue reading Commercial vehicles ‘on the road to digital transformation’