Ford Motor Co shutters Kansas City assembly plant citing chip shortage

In a statement Ford Motor Co said, it will temporarily close its Kansas City assembly plant which builds its best-selling F-150 pickup truck because of a shortage of semiconductor-related parts. The shortage is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. Production is slated to resume in August 23, said the U.S. automaker while adding, it…

Carro is Singapore’s latest unicorn following latest funding round

On Tuesday, Southeast Asian online automotive marketplace Carro said, it has raised $360 million in its latest funding round that was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, becoming the region’s latest unicorn. “The valuation for the company is well over a billion dollars,” said Carro, Aaron Tan, the CEO and founder of Singapore-headquartered Carro. Carro…

Indonesia’s ride hailing service Gojek to commence operations in Malaysia from Jan. 2020

Gojek’s proof-of-concept service will be used to measure the demand for ride-hailing sector in Malaysia for a period of 6 months. On Tuesday, in a statement, Anthony Loke Siew Fook Malaysia’s minister of Transportation stated, Kuala Lumpur will allow ride-hailing firms such as Indonesia’s Gojek to start operations in the country from January 2020. Gojek’s…

Cyber attack on Asian ports could cost $110 billion: Lloyd’s of London

A report prepared by University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, on behalf of the Cyber Risk Management (CyRiM) project, in partnership with Lloyd’s, a cyber insurer. On Wednesday, a report backed by Lloyd’s of London stated, a cyber attack on Asian ports could cost a whopping $110 billion equivalent to half of the total…

Huawei gains foothold in Malaysia with early-2020 5G rollout

Huawei has partnered with not only Malaysia’s Maxis Bhd, the country’s second largest mobile network operator by subscriber, but has also signed preliminary 5G agreements with Maxis rivals such as Axiata Group Bhd’s Celcom, as an added pressure. In a significant development, Malaysia’s Maxis Bhd stated, it has signed an agreement with China’s Huawei Technologies…

Malaysia Competition Commission imposes $20 million fine on Grab for violating competition law

MyCC has imposed a daily penalty of 15,000 ringgit starting from today for as long as Grab fails “to take remedial actions as directed by the commission in addressing the competition concerns”. On Thursday, Malaysia’s competition regulator proposed to levy a fine of $20.53 million (86 million ringgit) on ride-hailing firm Grab for violating the…

Alibaba aiming to make Belgium e-commerce trade hub

The strategic move will see the Chinese giant increase its footprint in the lucrative EU market. On Wednesday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd stated it has signed an agreement with the Belgium government to launch an e-commerce trade hub. The move will include investments in logistics infrastructure. The strategic move is part of Alibaba’s Electronic World…