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New smoke detectors, alarms highlight optimal detection

Many of the latest releases adopt photoelectric sensors that can pick up slow smoldering flames in every direction. Most send alarm signals at least 85dB. Several products adhere to EN 14604, GB4715 and UL 217.


Easy organization top R&D trend in diaper bags line

The latest releases boast numerous sections for holding different baby items. Several designs are marketed in sets, consisting of small and large bags, bottle holders and changing mats.


Watch-type GPS trackers ride wearable device trend

Makers are also developing slim designs and incorporating two-way audio, several alerts, camera, pedometer and MP3 playback to add value.


Increasing labor productivity will be key to China success

by Renaud Anjoran

The conference organized last week by the European Chamber of Commerce in China was extremely interesting.

I took notes during the other speakers’ presentations, and a theme came back again and again: if China doesn’t increase its labor productivity, times are going to get tough:

  • Tough for China because its potential growth will be seriously capped.
  • And tough for the importers, because costs will have to rise a lot.


China's November exports speed up, beat growth projections

China’s exports in November jumped 12.7 percent YoY to $202.2 billion, more than doubling October’s 5.6 percent gain and topping easily general growth projections. Many analysts forecast an increase of 7.1 percent for the moth.


DisplayPort interconnect makers broaden 1.2 output, focus on mDP

Manufacturers continue to advance the line, shifting steadily from the 1.1 standard to enhance market reach.

Production of DisplayPort 1.2 connectors and cable assemblies remains on the upswing as mainland China suppliers accelerate efforts to upgrade the line. They expect the standard to account for 50 percent of turnout, joining 1.1 units in the mainstream by 2015. At present, the former has a 30 to 40 percent share. Makers are boosting the Mini DisplayPort subcategory, in particular, which makes up half of their 1.2 yield. They are taking advantage of the gathering adoption in smartphones, and tablet and notebook PCs, anticipating this will contribute to overall demand upswing of 30 to 40 percent for such interconnects in coming months.


Top 20 home products (November 2013): Ceramic knives a cut above the rest

November 2013 buyer inquiries rose YoY for 15 categories in's top 20 home products, with ceramic knives the most popular, generating 1,034 percent more requests for information.


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