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Made in China

Online retailer hopes to change how the world perceives 'Made in China'

Kettle Lamp by Jonas' Design.

There's just a small note of irony in the tag line for new Shanghai-based e-tailer Bundshop.com, which proudly states: "Made in China is dead, designed in China killed it".

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 4:42am

The Chinese consumer takes centre stage

The Chinese consumer takes centre stage

For the past three decades, China has been known as the "world's factory" for its low labour costs and manufacturing capabilities. The "Made in China" label can be seen on different products, in particular toys, clothing and footwear. This has been a major driving force of economic growth in China.

11 Oct 2012 - 1:51am 1 comment

French knife-making village Laguiole renounces name in brand row

Laguiole is the brand name of France's most famous knives.

Residents of Laguiole, a village synonymous with the manufacture of France's most famous knives, have symbolically "unnamed" the place in protest at losing control of the name.

The villagers are furious that the name Laguiole has passed into the hands of an entrepreneur who allows it to be used to sell made-in-China knives and barbecues.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:27am

Death of 'Made in China' is greatly exaggerated

Chinese workers labouring on a television set assembly line in a factory in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, 27 August 2012. EPA

HONG KONG, Aug 30 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Manufacturing in China is alive and well. Sneaker maker Adidas’ decision to close its last factory in the country last July raised concerns about whether “Made in China” still made economic sense.

30 Aug 2012 - 8:53pm

Chinese goods give us a bad name

There have been a number of product safety scandals in China. In a recent case, dodgy companies sold medicine capsules made with industrial gelatine, which contains far more chromium than the edible gelatine they should have used. Exposure to chromium can cause serious organ damage.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Venturing capitalists

'Business is good in Dubai,' says Fei Zhen Xu, in the back of her Porsche Cayenne, as it roars through the streets of the emirate, weaving around the bases of skyscrapers.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Don't let the new term catch you out

How can we be motivated to go back to school without feeling dispirited and tired? Here are some suggestions.

Don't let the new term creep up on you and surprise you. Keep a countdown of the days left until the start of term so you are mentally prepared.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ministry denies funding 'Made in China' TV advertising campaign

The Ministry of Commerce has denied funding a worldwide television commercial campaign to promote products made in China.

Shen Danyang, a deputy director of the ministry's general office, told the People's Daily website that the 30-second advertisement had been financed by four business associations.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Ad campaign a small step in building China brand

The recent execution of two men for their role in the tainted milk scandal did nothing to improve the sullied image of the 'Made in China' brand; nor did that two years ago of the mainland's top drug regulator for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Remember, you have a choice

After reading a newspaper article, I have found that many Chinese-made products are unsafe.

For example, pet food has been found to contain contaminated ingredients.

As a result, many foreign companies have recalled these products. I agree with this action. Otherwise, customers would have received shoddy products.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Exports ride out toy safety crisis, with surge in orders

Official says pre-Christmas rush pushes sales up 27pc

The recent friction over China's product safety standards has not affected the export industry, with orders for mainland toys rising in the run-up to Christmas, the mainland's product safety head said yesterday.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Cutting corners costly for world's workshop

Globalisation of supply chains is partly to blame for the spate of tainted products, writes Neil Gough

17 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Family tries to make do without China

The mainland may be dazzling the world by posting consecutive double-digit growth, but beyond the headline-grabbing news, just how much has the west really come to rely on mainland goods and how does the manufacturing prowess of the world's fastest-growing economy play out in the home of the average American consumer?

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Food inspections are to be welcomed

A plan by the mainland authorities to inspect every food export shipment for quality and affix a government seal is a radical measure. But it is a welcome sign that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to restore confidence in the 'Made in China' label amid a new surge of safety concerns about a range of products.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Winning the fight for freshness

390 days to go

Imagine scores of athletes laid low by a mystery virus, reducing the Beijing Olympics to a hollow shell of the great sporting event for which everyone is gearing up. It's a nightmare scenario and one that organisers are taking very seriously.

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am