Malaysia this week warned of a potential shortage of reagents, a chemical used in diagnostic tests to detect the presence of the coronavirus.The ministry said on Tuesday it had only one week’s supply of reagents and it was optimising the use of the substance while it tries to secure supplies.CC Cheah, vice president of the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association, said several of its member companies will be modifying production lines to make protective and testing gear to reduce dependence on imports.A company that usually makes materials for diapers will shift its production lines to provide products used in protective gear, while a manufacturer of extrusion products will make swabs used to take samples for coronavirus testing, he said.Topics : Top Glove Corp Bhd , the world’s biggest maker of medical gloves, plans to start producing face masks to meet rising demand from the coronavirus outbreak, a top executive told Reuters.The Malaysian company, which makes one out of every five gloves in the world, will have a facility ready in two months with a production capacity of 110 million masks a year.”The masks… will also be available for sale to our existing healthcare customers, in order to help the market cope with the surge in demand on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Executive Chairman Lim Wee Chai. Top Glove’s move comes as Malaysian companies modify production to meet a shortage of protective and testing equipment in the country, which has the most number of reported infections in Southeast Asia with 4,228 cases.Another Malaysian company Karex Bhd, the world’s top condom maker, said it has converted two of its lubricant lines to make hand sanitisers after requests from medical customers.”Its not a very large quantity to begin with but we found we were able to begin production within a month following medical trials as we are a certified medical product manufacturer,” Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat said.Unprecedented demand for medical and testing materials has made it harder and longer for countries to source essential equipment.
Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has taken delivery of Milano Bridge, a 14,000 TEU containership newbuilding.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was handed over to the company by Hiroshima Shipyard, part of Imabari Shipbuilding, on January 18.Featuring a length of 365.9 meters and a width of 51.2 meters, the boxship flies the flag of Panama. The 146,931 dwt vessel currently has a market value of USD 92.6 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.As explained by the company, Milano Bridge is same as the series of containerships delivered in 2015 and the first vessel belonging to the second generation. It will be deployed in the Asia-Mediterranean service (MED2) under THE Alliance.K Line has five ULCVs scheduled for delivery this year, bringing the total number to ten units. Additionally, its total container fleet comprises more than 60 vessels.Earlier this month, K Line and its two compatriot shipping companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) said that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express, received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities.The three companies are integrating their container shipping businesses, including terminal operation businesses outside Japan. The JV would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs, placing it as sixth in the market with approximately 7 percent of global share.
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is undergoing further assessment on an ankle injury that could jeopardise his World Cup spot. The 22-year-old exploded on to the international stage in October, netting on his England debut against Montenegro before helping overcome Poland as Roy Hodgson’s men secured a place in Brazil. However, Townsend has not enjoyed the best end to the campaign and last started a Premier League match in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on March 16. That lack of game time has seen his World Cup hopes weaken and, worse still, the winger sustained an ankle injury after coming on 12 minutes from time in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stoke. Townsend left the Britannia Stadium in a protective boot and underwent an MRI scan on Monday, with further assessments set for Tuesday. The Spurs academy graduate has made 33 appearances in all this term, having impressed on loan at QPR at the back end of last season. Press Association
PARIS, June 7: Defending champions Germany will have the psychological advantage of going to the Russian World Cup finals sitting atop the FIFA rankings.The Germans are in good shape heading to Russia after their talismanic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, a key player in their 2014 victory, returned to action after a long absence through injury.Neymar’s on-form five-time World Cup winners Brazil are second, multi-talented Belgium are third, Cristiano Ronaldo’s European champions Portugal fourth and Lionel Messi’s Argentina are fifth.British bookmakers would agree with the top two as they make Germany and Brazil joint World Cup favourites at odds of five to one followed by Spain, France and Argentina.World Cup host nation Russia meanwhile slide to 70th position after a seven-game winless streak. They kick off the tournament against Saudi Arabia on June 14. IANS