Importing from China?  …Quality or just Quantity?

Importing from China? …Quality or just Quantity?

 According to the WTO (World Trade Organisation), which China became a member of in 2001, China is now not only- The largest manufacturing economy in the world The largest exporter of goods in the world The largest economy by GDP (PPP) in the world From 1978 up until 2013 China was the world’s fastest growing economy at an average rate of almost 10%. They now also have the capability to not only produce high volumes of all types of goods but they also have the expertise to produce them to very high standards of quality. This was not always the case: Brief history: If you have seen as many Christmases as I have, you will be aware of the words ‘Made in China’. In the early 1970’s these words were often the butt of many jokes in relation to mass produced rubbish, especially at Christmas time, when you pulled the cracker what came out was something like this:  So, China became known as the...
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EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached but exemptions are added

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached but exemptions are added

The European Union has taken a positive, step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. The new agreement on so-called ‘conflict minerals’; minerals that are mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, notably in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These minerals are known as the 3 T’s Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten & Gold. Unfortunately other valuable resources like diamonds and other precious stones won’t be checked. The new law only requires those companies importing raw minerals into the EU to carry out checks on their supply chains to see if they are funding armed groups or human rights abuses, meaning companies that bring the very same minerals into the EU as part of components and products, like mobile phones or cars, are let entirely off the hook. The proposal is a welcome step forward, the regulations will send a strong message to a limited range of companies, and it will trust many more companies to self-regulate. It is now up...
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The divide – campaigning and debate…

The divide – campaigning and debate…

As the debate and campaigning surrounding Brexit gets exceedingly nasty over which statistic/fact or forecast is right or wrong, I have been thinking about the cost to UK from the schism’s that are appearing between party members. Until now we generally saw a great respect by party members for each other’s contribution to the economy and social wellbeing of our country.  Yet what we are seeing is a divide in opinions through this debate that will have a profound effect on the future of this country, whatever the result of the poll. There are countless examples of peoples living in unity and then being torn apart by strong beliefs, a continuing theme of present day conflicts.  We in the UK though have always prided ourselves on our pragmatism, our ‘Englishness’ and our rule of law - a solidity broken only by the occasional scandal or emotive social issues. So how will the scars of strongly opposing views affect our future governance?  I do...
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