February 20, 2015

Japanese Customer News February 20th 2015

Japanese Customer News February 20th 2015

Japanese Customer News February 20th 2015


“Japan Display Inc is considering building a plant to supply smartphone screens for Apple Inc and is negotiating with the U.S. company for investment in the project, a person familiar with the situation said on Friday.The Japanese screen maker aims to be the primary supplier of high-tech screens for Apple's wildly popular iPhones, the person told Reuters. Global iPhone sales, notably in China, have surged to make Apple the most profitable company in history.”
Source: Japan Display in talks with Apple to build iPhone screen plant: by Reiji Murai, Reuters, Friday February 20th, 2015


“Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at the slowest pace in seven months in February as domestic order growth slowed, but orders from overseas picked up … The Markit/JMMA flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell to a seasonally adjusted 51.5 in February from a final 52.2 in January. The index remained above the 50 threshold that separates contraction from expansion for the ninth consecutive month but fell to the lowest since July last year.”
Source: Japan February flash manufacturing PMI falls to 51.5 from 52.2 in January, by Stanley White, Reuters, Thursday February 19th, 2015.


“Japan's annual exports in January jumped the most since late 2013… …Honda Motor Co, which has virtually no exports from Japan now, aims to ship abroad about 10-20 percent of its cars built at home…Exports to the United States rose 16.5 percent on-year in January, while those to Asia…grew 22.7 percent, driven by a rush in demand before the Chinese New Year holidays”

Source: Japan's annual exports jump most since late 2013 in boost to economy, by Tetsushi Kajimoto and Mari Saito, Reuters, Wednesday February 18th, 2015


“Japanese freight carrier Kintetsu World Express Inc is buying Singapore's APL Logistics for $1.2 billion, paying a higher than anticipated price for an overseas deal at a time of slow domestic growth. .. Kintetsu Express said it was attracted by APL Logistics' international reach, and expertise in offering logistics services for the automobile and retail industries.”

Source: Japan's Kintetsu Express to buy Singapore's APL Logistics for $1.2 billion, By Ritsuko Ando and Saeed Azhar , Reuters, Tuesday February 17th, 2015.


“Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers' tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models… flip-phone shipments rose 5.7 percent to 10.58 million in 2014….Smartphone shipments fell 5.3 percent to 27.70 million, down for a second year..(according to) ... data from market researcher MM Research Institute Ltd”

Source: Japan's old flip-phones soldier on while smartphones shrink, by Teppei Kasai, Reuters, Monday 16th February 2015

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