How the Coronavirus is infecting China’s activity
Humans often take their cues from the news and their assessment of risk often coincides with the subject’s prominence in the media. However, to be a successful investor you need to see through the noise.
Here are the facts as recently reported in the Weekly survey by China’s Chamber of Commerce [and presumably propaganda] in Shanghai, which covers companies in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and the Yangtze River Delta.
Additionally, cumulative pollution levels are 20-25 per cent lower than at this time in 2019, so a substantial decline in industrial activity is evident.
- 48 per cent of companies report their global operations are already impacted by the shutdown
- 78 per cent of companies do not have sufficient staff to run a full production line
- 41 per cent of companies say a lack of staff is their biggest challenge in the next 2-4 weeks; 30 per cent of companies say logistics issues will be their biggest concern
- Over the next few months, 58 per cent of companies expect demand for their output to be lower than normal
- 38 per cent of companies do not have sufficient masks/other supplies to protect their staff from coronavirus infection
- 35 per cent of companies ranked a clearer explanation of requirements as the most important thing government officials could do to speed up factory opening approvals.