Environmental group claims nearly 4.85 million USD in China

An environmental group claims nearly 30 million yuan (4.85 million US dollars) to a glass factory in the first trial public interest of the country on pollution since laws giving NGOs the right to sue polluters took effect.

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The All-China Federation environment took its case against Zhenhua Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Shandong Jinghua Goup, the Intermediate People’s Court Thursday Dezhou, Beijing News reported yesterday.

The federation wants the plant, based in Dezhou, Shandong Province in eastern China, to stop issuing excessive pollutants, install air cleaning equipment and make a public apology.

The federation also asks 30 million yuan for environmental damage, with the money to be used in local cleanup projects.

The court will decide whether to accept the case within seven days.

Zhenhua was put on the blacklist of environmental authorities on several occasions.

Last October, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has criticized in a public statement, saying its glass factory gave high levels of harmful nitrogen oxides because of the lack of exhaust gas treatment facilities gas.

The plant has also been ordered to suspend one of its production lines and a fine of 150,000 yuan by the provincial department of environmental protection.

However, in January, the department tested yet excessive nitrogen oxides from the plant. “We punished three times, but it has not yet taken any measures to reduce emissions,” said a ministry statement.

Ma Yong, deputy director of the center of the legal department of the federation, said he began receiving complaints of residents earlier this year.

“They said they did not dare open the windows because of the smell,” said Ma. “And they say that their cars were covered in dust when parked outside.”

investigators from the Federation went to Dezhou and found justified complaints. They decided a lawsuit to defend the local residents, Ma said.

An unnamed official told the newspaper that the plant had taken remedial measures.

“Last year, we spent about 30 million yuan to install desulfurization devices. But we still need another 20 million yuan to buy denitration devices. And we have to borrow money, “he said.

“We do not want pollution” he added.

  Changes to environmental legislation, the first in 25 years, have been adopted in April 2014 and took effect on January 1. They said tougher penalties and allowed green groups to sue polluters. Chinese courts had previously rejected many trials because there was no framework to clarify who was eligible to pursue. The first case to be accepted under the new law was lodged by the Federation and Friends of the China Environment Nature on January 1st. They sued four Chinese mining executives, demanding they fund the restoration of a forest in its natural state, the Intermediate People’s Court of Nanping, Fujian Province southeast China. The four cleared about two hectares of forest on Hulu Mountain in 2008 to extract the granite. source   

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Automotive Market in China in 2015

1. China to encourage Internet companies to build electric cars
China will encourage Internet companies such as Leshi Corp. to develop electric vehicles as part of an effort to create a new manufacturing model for the auto industry. China is promoting the use of electric vehicles to reduce the reliance on imported oil and to cut tailpipe pollution. It is experimenting with allowing companies outside the manufacturing industries to develop EVs as a way to inject innovation and spur competition.
“We’ll encourage them because they can totally outsource their production,” China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology Mr. Miao Wei said last week in Beijing as he left a National People’s Congress session at the Great Hall of the People. “To cite one example, Foxconn, they don’t have their own mobile phone but they produce Apple’s mobile phones.” The initiative is taking place at a time when Silicon Valley companies from Apple Inc. to Uber Technologies Inc. are getting into transportation from cars to drones to spaceships and pioneering new business models.
Miao’s comments are the clearest indication to date that technology companies will be allowed to develop electric vehicles. His ministry jointly regulates the auto industry with the National Development and Reform Commission.

2. Changan to invest US$2.87 billion in EVs and Plug-in. Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. unveiled ambitious plans to market electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles. According to the plan, Changan expects to sell a cumulative 400,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids by 2020 and increase cumulative sales to 2 million of the vehicles by 2025. Changan plans to invest RMB18 billion (US$ 2.87 billion) within the next 10 years, mainly to develop EVs, while also develop plug-in, release 34 new models by 2025.

 

3. Tianneng to double battery production in China for EVs Tianneng Power International, the biggest supplier of batteries for low-speed electric vehicles in China, is expanding production capacity this year to meet surging demand. The battery maker will produce up to 1 million lithium batteries a day by year end — double its current capacity, Chairman Zhang Tianren said in an interview last week in Beijing, where he attended the National People’s Congress.  

 

4. Geely to sell it’s transmission business Chinese automaker Geely has released a statement indicating plans to sell its transmission assets, including 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions production lines of the Group, together with the related testing equipment, tools, technologies and know-how and inventories relating thereto to Zhejiang Wanliyang Transmission Co for CNY300 million (USD47.9 million). The deal will involve Wanliyang supplying transmissions to Geely vehicles up to 31 December 2018. Geely disposed of all of its automatic transmission production facilities during the year ended 31 December 2014.

 

5. GM February sales in China grow 1.3 percent Auto sales of General Motors Co. (GM) and its joint ventures in China reached record 261,072 units in February, up 1.3 percent year on year. Buick brand sales fell 0.1 percent on an annual to 59,088 units in February; Chevrolet sales climbed 2.5 percent to 47,521 units; Cadillac sales hit a record of 5,959, up 36.1 percent; and Baojun sales rose 391.6 percent to 27,542 units, the Detroit-based automaker said in a statement. In February, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales were up 2.4 percent year on year to 112,568 units and SAIC-GM-Wuling’s sales were up 3. 9 percent, it said. Wuling brand sales dropped 11.9 percent to 120,685 units, and GM attributed it to the shift of the market demand from mini- commercial vehicles to passenger vehicles in China, according to the statement.

6. Ford’s China sales rise 15% in first 2 months
Ford Motor Co. and its joint ventures sold 191,983 vehicles in the first two months of this year, an increase of 15 percent from a year earlier. The growth was propelled by Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ford’s passenger vehicle partnership. Through February this year, Changan Ford delivered 144,069 vehicles, up 17 percent year on year.

7. Geely’s rebound gains momentum with 55% surge in global deliveries in February
Geely Automobile Holdings’ rebound continued in February as global deliveries surged 55 percent year on year to 33,138 vehicles. For the first two months, the company’s worldwide sales jumped 67 percent from a year earlier to 92,022 vehicles. Geely’s sales got a lift from robust demand in Geely’s home market. In the first two months, sales in China rose 77 percent to 85,177 vehicles.

8. Great Wall to reintroduce flagship Haval H8 SUV
Great Wall Motor Co. plans to resume sales of its most expensive SUV in April, after twice halting sales last year to fix quality issues. China’s biggest SUV maker will start test drives of its 200,000 yuan ($32,000) Haval H8 model this month. The company aims to restart sales around the time of the Shanghai auto show, the source said.

Textile news from China

Expo Spring 2015 presents a wide range of fiber and products son returns to Shanghai from March 18-20, 2015 Hall 7.2 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Son Expo will present Natural and Mixed son, including cotton, wool, flax / linseed regenerated and synthetic fibers and son as well as specialty products under elastic son, fantasy and mixed.

The 2015 edition of spring will also see the return of the Chinese Pavilion fiber with a highlighted area to promote the use of biochemical fiber, “Bio Fibre Zone ‘.

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Unlike traditional synthetic fibers that are produced from crude oil, biochemical fiber is made from renewable organic materials.

Wendy Wen, Senior Managing Director at Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said: “Biochemical fiber will be the next hot product in China as the development of renewable materials is a big focus of the 13th Five Year Plan of the country.”

In addition to the Fibre Bio Zone, renewable fiber nine exhibitors will be exposed to renewable and recycled zone.

Different products presented in the Bio Fibre Zone, there are those made in a production process with low energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Technology news

The Cottony Polyester Fibre Advanced Zone will feature the newly developed super fiber cotton imitation that can be used in sportswear and denim fabrics.source

Visitors can feel and visualize how these new products are better than others in terms of moisture absorption, softness and pilling resistance by a series of live demonstrations.

Two other areas, namely the specialized area fiber and functional fiber area, will be located in the pavilion as well.

In these areas, visitors find carbon fibers, para-aramid fibers resistant to heat, the fibers of UHMWPE with high strength and polyimide fibers and functional fibers which are self-timer and the odor eliminating flame.

Other than synthetic fibers, foreign exhibitors bring new collections natural son at the fair. Mundifios Portugal, will bring their new collection of son compact mixing and wool / linen blend son.

Shahid Textile Hong Kong will present 100 percent cotton gray son of renowned Pakistani spinners.

Exhibitors Indian Pavilion and the Pakistani area will also display their high-count cotton yarn with advanced technologies, “said Messe Frankfurt.

The fair will be held in conjunction with three other textile trade events, namely Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, PH Value 2015 China International Fashion Fair 2015 (CHIC). (AR)

Acelon Chemicals & Fiber Corporation of Taiwan in line with international standards on the carbon footprint of five products earlier this month

Founded in 1988, Acelon Chemicals & Fiber Corporation manufactures and sells various textile products including son of filaments of nylon and polyester in Changhua County Fangyuan Township.

Earlier in February, five textile products gained ISO / TS 14067 audit by the third British Standards Institution (BSI) in Taiwan.

ISO / TS 14067 is a set of international guidelines for the greenhouse effect, or the carbon footprint of products.

According to a company statement, Acelon Chemicals & Fiber Corporation is the “first CFP (carbon footprint of products) verified spinning of synthetic son and texturing plant in the world.”