Austrian elections, celebrity gifts and India’s defence spend feature in this round up of the supply chain and procurement sector...
The cost of a swagbag of gifts prepared by GBK Productions for celebrities attending the Emmy awards for the TV industry. This idiosyncratic collection of presents includes the use of a service that makes wrapping paper out of your face, a $1,000 plastic surgery gift certificate and $600 of dental work although, as Seija Rankin noted on ENews: “Something tells us stars prefer not to use coupons for their teeth.”
26 January 2017
The date when Austria’s next president will be sworn in. The country has been without a head of state since July when the first presidential election – between centre-left Alexander van der Bellen and right-wing Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer, was annulled over procedural irregularities. The rerun, scheduled for this October, was cancelled after it emerged that envelopes for postal votes, produced by the state-owned printer, were not sticky enough and could easily be reopened. The election will now be held on 4 December. Thirty European print companies may sue the Austrian government because the ballot paper contract was not put out to competitive tender.
The age of Viktoria Wulff, the Panama boxship which is the youngest vessel of its kind to be sold for scrap this year. The 4,546teu-capacity ship, owned by Germany’s Erste RHW Schiffahrts, is one of many boxships to be scrapped this year. Clarkson Research suggests that the company was paid $303 per light displacement ton by the scrapyard.
The amount India needs to invest in its armed forces in the next 11 years, according to a leaked report from the country’s ministry of defence. This would represent an annual increase of 10% in India’s defence spend. Some analysts question whether the money will become available but the plan calls for the purchase of 500 helicopters, 12 submarines, almost 100 single-engine aircraft, more than 120 twin-engined aircraft and one aircraft carrier.
The proportion of the Azerbaijani’s government revenues that derived from oil. The fall in the oil price – and flat oil production – is the main reason why the country’s economy will shrink by 2.4% this year, according to a new IMF report.
The number of homes that could be powered by the Maygen marine energy project at Nigg on the Cromarty Firth, in the Scottish Highlands, when plans for the installation of 269 turbines are completed. The Scottish government has invested £23m in what is said to be the world’s first largescale tidal energy farm. The plant is on track to deliver its first power to the grid by the end of this year.
The percentage of orders that Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, now takes electronically. The French multinational has moved up five places in Gartner’s ranking of the best supply chains in Europe in 2016 to fifth, behind Nestlé (4th), Inditex (3rd), H&M (2nd) and Unilever (1st).
The number of categories that residents of Kamikatsu, Japan, have to sort their waste into. This small town, with a population of just 1,700, aims to become the country’s first ‘zero waste’ community by 2020. Households have separate bins for different paper products, kinds of cans, plastic bottles and caps. The programme started in 2003 and Kamikatsu now recycles 80% of its waste, with only 20% going to landfill.