Special Reports

Low vaccination rates in Southeast Asia to jeopardize manufacturing productivity well into 2022

October 18, 2021 Although daily COVID-19 cases remain at high levels across many countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia, there has been a growing shift from containing the virus to mitigating the economic fallout from the lockdowns. That means a bigger focus on opening up the economy...

Looming Energy Crisis Could Jeopardize Industrial Production This Winter

October 13, 2021 Across the Northern Hemisphere, from China and India to Europe and North America, rising energy costs have been an increasingly common theme during the past month. Regional authorities in China, for example, have rationed power supply, requiring hundreds of chemical factories and electronics plants to halt operations. This evolving...

Protests in Michoacán, Mexico, Continue to Disrupt Rail and Road Traffic

October 8th, 2021 For more than two months, teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers union have been halting rail traffic in the municipality of Uruapan, in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. The blockade began on July 18 in Caltzontzin, between the Port of Lazaro Cardenas and Morelia, when...

Power shortages across China force dozens of suppliers to halt production

Dozens of energy-intensive industries were forced to either reduce or shut down plant operations in multiple provinces across China over the past few days as authorities started to enforce dual-control policies to limit energy consumption in the country. Among the affected sectors — since the beginning of the nationwide...

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Power shortages disrupt production across Europe’s food processing, energy-intensive industries

As energy prices in the UK and other parts of Europe have soared in recent weeks amid a confluence of factors, energy-intensive manufacturing facilities have started to reduce or even shut down operations, potentially causing shortages of certain key industrial gases used in a variety of industries from medical,...

Coup Attempt in Guinea Highlights Risks to Global Bauxite Supply

On September 5, a unit of military special forces under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya announced on national television that it had toppled Guinea’s President Alpha Conde and dissolved the country’s government and constitution. The coup was reportedly staged in response to the government’s violations of human rights,...

Emerging Severe Wind Patterns on Transpacific Routes Highlight Shipping Risk

From October 2020 to April 2021, several high-impact container losses occurred on transpacific shipping routes. Over 2,733 containers were lost during that time; a 97.7 percent increase compared to the previous annual average for global container losses. These losses have brought to light emerging trends in maritime supply chain...