Content about Asia

March 9, 2012

Annette Verschuren, the former president of Home Depot Canada and Asia, has joined a Toronto-based start-up that will commercialize energy storage technologies. Verschuren will serve as executive chair of NRStor Inc., a new company backed by Northwater Capital Management.

February 15, 2012

President Obama traveled to Milwaukee on Feb. 15 to visit a Master Lock factory where the company brought back approximately 100 jobs from China. The visit also included a discussion of the economy and American manufacturing. 

Obama gave a callout to Master Lock in his State of the Union address for moving jobs back to the United States, and company president and CEO John Heppner participated in the January “Insourcing American Jobs” forum at the White House. 

February 6, 2012

Fastener maker Simpson Manufacturing Co. reported net sales of $130.7 million for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, a 9.3% increase over sales of $119.6 million for the same quarter of 2010. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based  company had income, net of tax, of $4.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to a loss, net of tax, of $4.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.

September 28, 2011

Formica will be building a new laminates plant in Jiujiang, China, in the Jiangxi Province, to satisfy the demand for its products in Asia. The 500,000-sq.-ft. facility, Formica’s second laminates plant in China, will double the company's capacity in China and allow for additional market growth. Its completion is slated for 2013. 

August 22, 2011

Organizers of the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse -- or, International Hardware Fair -- are seeing growing industry demand in worldwide hand-held power tools.

According to Koelnmesse, the 2010 growth rates in Europe matched the ones in Asia with 8%. Europe is currently the world’s largest market for handheld power tools (EUR 3.2 billion) followed by North America (EUR 1.9 billion) and the Asia Pacific region (EUR 1.5 billion).

August 10, 2011

More than 35,000 trade visitors from 85 countries are expected to fill out the China International Hardware Show 2011 in Shanghai. Some 2,400 exhibitors from around 20 countries and regions are also expected.

The Sept. 21 to 23 event, organized by Koelnmesse and the China National Hardware Association, is described as Asia's leading trade fair for tools, DIY and building hardware, security systems and locks.

July 20, 2011

Tool manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker reported net sales of $2.62 billion for its second quarter, an increase from $2.37 billion in the same period a year ago.

Net income for the New Britain, Conn., company was $197.3 million, up from $45.8 million in the second period last year. 

March 18, 2011

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for March 18, 2011

October 25, 2010

Present for the Oct. 17 ribbon cutting at the Mecca Mall was Secretary General of...

October 19, 2008

A study released this month by research firm Freedonia Group pointed to some interesting trends...

September 21, 2008

When RONA, Canada’s largest hardware and gardening retailer, with $6.3 billion in annual sales, announced...

July 30, 2008

Sherwin-Williams has acquired other international properties in the past year, including India’s Nitco, Pinturas Industriales...

May 18, 2008

The game allows users to take charge of virtual people, and in the new version...

February 12, 2008

The Singapore-based company produces coatings applied to wood and plastic products in Asia....

January 14, 2008

Wal-Mart Brazil president and CEO Vicente Trius has been promoted to executive vp, president and...

January 14, 2008

Wal-Mart Brazil president and CEO Vicente Trius has been promoted to executive vp, president and...

January 13, 2008

At the close of 2007, it was almost hard to see through the blizzard of...

January 13, 2008

At the close of 2007, it was almost hard to see through the blizzard of...

November 29, 2007

Sales are up 0.8 percent at B&Q stores in the U.K. and up 5.6 percent...

October 15, 2007

Retail giant Wal-Mart has applied to open stores in Malaysia....

July 8, 2007

Jay Brown formerly served as vp-merchandising....