We at WTD, added a new news source, Global Sources, to our batch of important folks to keep tabs on. A few noteworthy items we ran across included:
- Larger, widescreen LCD monitors top trends. Suppliers of LCD monitors in China are highlighting larger, widescreen models. More than half of many makers’ output now constitutes 19 inch and bigger screens. Such units represent approximately 70 percent of Weihai Daewoo Electronics yield, while they are 50 percent at Maxpac Guangzhou and Viewg Sci-Tech.
- Lighter, more powerful units keep laptop line dynamic. The rising popularity of tablet PCs is driving China suppliers of laptops to enhance their selections with emphasis on high performance in a compact and lightweight form factor. The first trend applies particularly to gaming or multimedia variants.
- Cognitive learning drives R&D for infant toys. Many companies are now tapping into cognitive learning because most releases already develop hand-and-eye coordination, grip, crawling and walking, and stimulate the sense of sight, hearing and smell.
- For the last 15 years, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been the world’s busiest airport for international cargo. In 2010, HKIA handled 4.1 million tons of cargo, enabling Hong Kong to overtake Memphis USA to become the world’s largest cargo airport.
- Ranking number 3 in container ports worldwide, Hong Kong’s nine container terminals are all privately owned and operated with a total of 24 berths. Being served by 80 international shipping lines, providing 450 container-liner services per week to more than 500 destinations worldwide, Hong Kong is a major trans-shipment hub.
- Firmly reinforcing its position as a leading regional centre of excellence for logistics industry skills and talent development, Hong Kong is home to 60 educational and vocational training institutions, offering more than 1,000 programs and courses related to logistics and shipping.