Tokyo, Japan: Japanese’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso believes that Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks would offer greater advantages to Japan than bilateral negotiations with the US.

With 2017 looking to be a year of steady manufacturing growth for Southeast Asia, machine tool makers that form the backbone of most industry development would do well to take notice. By Jonathan Chou

Industry players give their expert opinions as we look forward to the new year.

Zhangzhou, China: China Zenix Auto, the largest commercial vehicle wheel manufacturer in China in both the aftermarket and OEM market by sales volume, announced its unaudited financial results for the first nine months of 2016.

Mark Johnston speaks to Alexander Tjioe and Harald Dickertmann on the opening of their new technology centre in Jarkata, Indonesia. Mr Tjioe is the president (automation), Schunk (Indonesia) while Mr Dickertmann is the head of sales and business development Asia, based out of Germany.

Pilz has opened its regional headquarters for Southeast Asia in Singapore. Located at the German Centre Singapore, Pilz South East Asia will offer a range of products and services around industrial automation and safety including sensor technology, sensor devices, relays and control systems to the industry in the region.

Manufacturing in major Southeast Asian economies took a turn for the worse in July as activity at Indonesian factories contracted and growth in Vietnamese factories slowed, reported The Financial Times.

With more autonomy to the Southeast Asian operations, Schaeffler hopes to get a further foothold in the region with its offerings. Syed Shah speaks to Mark Gabel, VP industrial and aerospace, Schaeffler Southeast Asia, to get his inputs on the company’s plans and directions for the region in 2016 and beyond.

AirAsia, one of the biggest budget carriers in Southeast Asia, is looking to add five aircrafts this year and as many as 10 more in 2017. The airline plans to tap demand in a region that is projected to surpass the US as the world’s biggest air-travel market in two decades, a demand that is led by China.

The Bangkok office of Schaeffler Asia Pacific has just attained the Schaeffler Technology Centre (STC) certification, joining 26 other company offices around the world.




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