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TECH 20 Mar 2019 | 8:09 AM

Cyberattack puts a spotlight on fragile global supply chains

The ransomware attack crippling one of the world’s top aluminium makers is exposing how crucial sophisticated digital systems have become in the centuries-old industry of turning mined rock into metal products.

TECH 17 Nov 2017 | 1:30 AM

Big businesses from Apple to Walmart say train suppliers to stamp out slavery

Businesses striving to stamp out slavery from their supply chains should not dismiss struggling suppliers but train them to improve the lives of workers, and technology can play a part, leading companies including Apple and Walmart said on Nov 15.

TECH 24 Jun 2016 | 1:48 AM

HP, Apple top list of tech companies fighting forced labour risk

HP Inc and Apple Inc topped a list ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labour in their supply chains.

TECH 28 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

Apple supplier sets up shop in Indonesia as island of Batam profits from US-China trade war

Pegatron Corporation is one of many diversifying their manufacturing away from China, with a US$40mil project to make wireless chips and semiconductors. Global supply chains have been disrupted by the ongoing tensions, which could ease this week as Xi Jinping and Donald Trump meet at the G20 summit in Japan.

TECH 03 Feb 2016 | 1:00 AM

Contest picks brains of technologists to fight forced labour

A cellphone tool to survey working conditions of Ghanaian fishermen and a mobile system to collect forced labour data are among the finalists in a global competition to harness technology to identify enslaved workers in supply chains, organisers said.

TECH 23 Oct 2018 | 7:31 PM

Dyson chooses Singapore over Britain to build electric car

James Dyson, the billionaire British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has chosen to build his electric car in Singapore to be close to Asian customers, supply chains and a highly skilled workforce.

TECH 17 Nov 2015 | 2:30 PM

Fairphone answers call for more ethical electronics

Few brands would risk showing the reality of the complex supply chains behind their products, but Fairphone has staked its reputation on being transparent in an industry often accused of prolonging wars, harming the environment and using child labour.

TECH 01 Jul 2014 | 3:11 PM

Food makers feel their way towards online future

Grocery manufacturers are struggling to adapt to the online world and need to invest in smarter packaging, presentation and supply chains to reap the long term benefits.

TECH 22 Aug 2017 | 1:12 PM

Nestle, Unilever, Tyson and others team with IBM on blockchain

Nestle SA, Unilever Plc, Tyson Foods Inc and other large food and retail companies have joined IBM's project to explore how blockchain technology can help track food supply chains and improve safety.