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Factory workers making goods for the west bear brunt of virus surge in south-east Asia

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It was around mid-May when workers at the Cal-Comp factory in Phetchaburi, central Thailand, heard a small group of their colleagues had tested positive for Covid-19. It soon became clear the virus had ripped through ...

Britishvolt secures £40m investment for electric vehicle battery factory

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The UK startup Britishvolt has gained new investment worth £40m from Glencore in the latest stage in its ambitious plan to build one of the UK’s only large-scale battery factories. It is aiming to treble its funding w...

‘We’re peons to them’: Nabisco factory workers on why they’re striking

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The pandemic drove many people to the cookie jar and helped Nabisco, maker of Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, Fig Newtons and other sweet treats weather the worst of the outbreak. But as the company’s profits continue to recover,...

Factory farming is turning this beautiful British river into an open sewer

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The longer this goes on, the deeper the mystery becomes. It’s as if the public authorities had set out to destroy an entire region’s economy. Last year, a group of us tried to raise the profile of an astonishing scand...

UK factory production slows amid Brexit and Covid disruption

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Britain’s manufacturers suffered from mounting supply chain disruption in February as Brexit and the third Covid lockdown weighed down growth in factory production, according to a survey. In a reflection of continuing...

How a Paris designer built a family home in an old mirror factory

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The interior designer Dorothée Delaye spent two years searching for what she calls “a village life in Paris”. She and her family – husband François and children Faustine, 11, and Jules, nine – had outgrown their apart...

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 50: a clunky film that Roald Dahl rightfully hated

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When confirmation landed last month that Warner Bros’ planned prequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was officially a go – with Paddington’s Paul King directing and Timothée Chalamet to star as the younger i...

Ukrainian town told to shelter after shelling causes ammonia leak at chemical factory

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Residents of the northern Ukrainian town of Novoselytsya should seek shelter after shelling caused an ammonia leak at a nearby chemical factory, an official said, as intense fighting with Russian forces in the area co...

‘They fear the factory can’t last’: Pandemic takes local fashion from boom to bust in Sydney

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When coronavirus hit international fashion manufacturing centres last year, many Australian designers pivoted to making clothes onshore. But as Sydney’s lockdown extends into the second half of 2021, garment factories...

Workers rescued after tumbling into vat of chocolate at Mars Wrigley factory

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Two people were rescued after they fell into a partially filled chocolate tank while doing maintenance work at a candy factory in Pennsylvania. The sticky situation unfolded on Thursday at the Mars Wrigley plant in El...

Famed garment factory paying a living wage struggles to stay afloat

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When Alta Gracia launched in 2010 it was hailed as an experiment to show the world that garment factory workers in the developing world could aspire to a living wage and that their labor rights could be respected. But...

Teesside factory making Covid vaccine gets £400m injection

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A Teesside factory that makes Covid-19 vaccines has received a £400m injection from its Japanese owners, the largest single investment in UK pharmaceutical manufacturing in decades. The biotechnology arm of the Japane...

Rising factory costs fuel fears that price of British-made goods will soar

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Factory costs jumped at a record rate in June, fuelling concerns that goods made in Britain will soar in price in the second half of the year. Manufacturers paid higher prices for essential components and raw material...

Blast food: chip factory calls bomb squad after muddy spud turns out to be grenade

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New Zealand’s bomb squad has been called into a chip factory after a suspicious-looking potato trundling down the production line turned out to be a grenade. Grenades frequently pop up in potato fields in Europe, but ...

Keir Starmer recalls father’s life as factory worker in TUC speech

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Keir Starmer has told how his father worked 13-hour days on a factory floor to support his family and still felt “looked down on”, as he pledged to overhaul workers’ rights including a £10 minimum wage and an end to z...

Salmonella halts production at world’s biggest chocolate factory

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Production has been halted in the world’s biggest chocolate plant, run by the Swiss group Barry Callebaut in Wieze, Belgium, after salmonella contaminations were found. A company spokesman said production had been pro...

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