Transport and logistics

Transport and logistics

News about the global transport & logistics industry with a focus on developments in shipping, aviation and rail particularly in relation to Hong Kong and China.

A Chinese city’s subways hit a roadblock: history
Even as China has leapfrogged other countries in building the world’s most extensive subway networks, one city has stood out as something of a laggard. Subway builders in the northwestern city of Xian, have run into the most insurmountable obstacle of all: history, in the form of old clay pots and bronze mirrors. The city’s struggle to keep up with China’s national building frenzy underscores the country’s changing approach to balancing development with preserving the past. Nowadays it’s the capital city of the northwestern province of Shaanxi. But Xian was the center of power in China for 13 dynasties of imperial rule, spanning more than 3,000 years. On top of avoiding water pipes and geo
A Chinese city’s subways hit a roadblock: history
China teams up with an LA firm to build a Hyperloop
China wants in on the Hyperloop. Coined and popularized in 2013 by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, Hyperloop describes a transportation system consisting of a tube and capsules within that are capable of moving people and cargo at high speeds. The concept has since been adopted by Musk’s own tunnel boring company, and outsiders as well. On Thursday, Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), unaffiliated with Musk, said it had struck a deal in China to help build what it claims to be first such system in the country. The partnership could be a boon to China, which has identified railway equipment as one of the 10 advanced technological sectors it seeks to do
China teams up with an LA firm to build a Hyperloop
High-speed rail, high-speed work
More than 500 workers in Zhangjiajie, central China’s Hunan province, took just three and a half hours to combine three separate railway lines. Working late at night, they combined the existing tracks to a new 210-mile high-speed rail line. When complete in 2019, the high-speed rail line will link the cities of Chongqing, Zhangjiajie and Changsha, cutting travel time along the route from 10 hours to just three. Infrastructure for high-speed trains, which are designed to travel at speeds of at least 155mph, have spread rapidly across China in the past decade. The network is set to cover 24,000 miles of track by 2025.
High-speed rail, high-speed work
Tesla’s opening a gigafactory in China
The US-China trade war is hurting America's biggest electric car maker – but maybe not for long. Tesla has had to raise its China prices by 20%, in response to retaliatory tariffs on US imports to China. But now Tesla has announced that it is about to set up its first overseas assembly plant in Shanghai, establishing a beachhead in the world’s largest vehicle market. The California-based carmaker will establish its Gigafactory 3 on the outskirts of Shanghai, with an annual capacity to produce 500,000 vehicles, according to an announcement. The wholly foreign-owned plant – the first in China to operate without a local partner – will also be the largest overseas manufacturing investment in the
Tesla’s opening a gigafactory in China