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Severe Floods Across Western Europe Disrupt Manufacturing Operations in Key Industrial Areas

Figure 1: Districts (red) and cities (black) with most severe impact on industrial areas and manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. Source: Everstream Analytics Severe flooding caused by violent storms have resulted in widespread disruption to logistics and manufacturing operations over the past few days in Western Europe, including in Belgium, Luxembourg, parts of...

Civil Unrest Causes Widespread Disruptions to the Movement of Goods and Business Operations in South Africa

Executive Summary Protests broke out in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, South Africa’s economic power houses, shortly after the country’s former President Jacob Zuma was taken into custody on July 7.The unrest quickly escalated into the worst violence since the end of Apartheid in the early 1990s, and severely...

Indefinite Lockdown Disrupts Key Manufacturing Sectors Across Malaysia

Executive Summary To deal with a growing number of COVID-19 cases, authorities in Malaysia implemented a nationwide movement control order, known as MCO 3.0, in mid-May which was further upgraded to a nationwide “total lockdown” in early June.Several areas that host key manufacturing industries in the country have been subject...

Strike Negotiations in Colombia Creates Uncertainty for Supply Chain Operations

Executive Summary Since April 28, Colombia’s nationwide protests have paralyzed the country’s supply chain networks by disrupting port operations at the ports of Cartagena and Buenaventura, blocking major thoroughfares, impacting air freight shipments, and significantly interrupting Colombia’s oil industry. On June 15, the National Strike Committee announced that worker’s unions,...

Global Syringe Shortage Jeopardizes Mass Vaccination Campaigns

Executive Summary Global vaccination campaigns have been stymied by a syringe shortage as disposable syringes, made out of plastics, are being widely used by healthcare workers worldwide to inoculate people. The world needs around 8-10 billion syringes to administer the COVID-19 vaccine doses alone.    The syringe shortage is likely to persist in...

Manufacturing Supply Chains Brace for Impact Amid Looming Shortage of Natural Rubber

Executive Summary As supply chain managers continue to face the ripple effects from a global semiconductor shortage, medical equipment and car makers are now on high alert due to the growing threat of scarce natural rubber supplies that has intensified over the past 12 months amid the global outbreak of...

Unprecedented COVID-19 Crisis in India Disrupts Supply Chains

Executive Summary  As of May 5, India has recorded more than 20.6 million COVID-19 cases, making it the country with the second highest number of reported cases after the United States. In response, the government has banned the use of oxygen in industrial applications, with the exception of nine industries. Automotive...

Growing congestion, container shortages, and high spot rates: Suez Canal closure continues to wreak havoc on global shipping

Executive Summary A month after maritime traffic in the Suez Canal was suspended unexpectedly for almost a week, its effects continue to ripple through global supply chains in multiple forms.Growing congestion levels have started to affect container gateways in Europe and Southeast Asia, such as Rotterdam and Singapore, due to...