China’s factories creep back to life as Covid curbs ease
The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) – a key gauge of manufacturing activity – edged up to 49.6, officials said, from April's 47.4, which was the worst reading since early 2020.
Shanghai factories struggle with restarts as city aims to ease lockdown
Shanghai's lockdown and wider China curbs are taking a toll on the world's number 2 economy during a key year for President Xi Jinping, who is expected to secure a third leadership term in the autumn.
Chinese cities and factories lock down as outbreak spreads
Health officials have warned tighter measures could be on their way, as concerns mount over the resilience of China's 'zero-Covid' approach in the face of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.
Chip crunch in Malaysia triggers new era in supply deals
Shortages – exacerbated by years of under-investment in basic chip production, while high-end semiconductors were favoured – are expected to last at least two years.
Asian factories stagnate as China’s slowdown, supply constraints hit
Countries where large outbreaks of the Delta variant receded saw an improvement in activity, such as Indonesia and India but factory activity shrank in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Let corporate offices reopen alongside factories, bosses urge govt
The Malaysian Employers Federation says operations become ineffective when factory offices are allowed to reopen but corporate offices must remain closed.
Asia’s factories hit by pandemic-related supply disruptions
Southeast Asia was hit particularly hard with factory activity shrinking in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia because of virus outbreaks and output suspensions, surveys show.
Covid surges in Thai factories risking vital exports
The government has been trying to contain outbreaks with a 'bubble and seal' policy.
Alcohol factories told to close throughout lockdown period
Senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says they are not included in the category of essential needs.