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August 27, 2019
Increased Uncertainty Causes Export-Investment Slump To Continue
In the August edition of
the Economic Trend Report (Green Book), the Korean Ministry of Planning
and Finance defined the recent Korean economy this way: “production has
increased moderately but exports and investments continue to be sluggish”.
Thailand May Become New Car Sales Leader in 2019
New car sales from
January to June in six major countries in Southeast Asia were 1.7 million,
unchanged from the same period of the previous year.
Thailand and Indonesia are
the two major markets. Thailand, where consumption is strong, increased by 7%
year-on-year, while Indonesia, which faces a decline in resource prices,
decreased by 13%. Thailand could be ranked first this year for the first time
in six years.
Mitsubishi Manufactures Wind Turbines
Industries has begun manufacturing the basic structure of wind turbines at the
Nagasaki Shipyard, where excess capacity exists. This is because MHI’s
specialty LNG carriers are monopolized by Korean manufacturers and MHI is not
receiving orders. Now, they take on non-shipbuilding jobs and help maintain the
employment of the shipyard. Their Nagasaki Shipyard started manufacturing the
basic structure that supports large wind turbines. Since the shipyard has a
space for handling large parts of the ship, it can also be used to manufacture
President and Founder, Japan Electrification Research Institute, Ltd.
SUMMARY. The global
auto industry is bubbling with changes and dramatic new ideas, but the current
declining financial performances of Japanese auto OEMs may force them to drop
out of the race temporarily before they can take advantage of the growing
demand for autonomous vehicles.