toy industry

Rats! Taobao Censors Toys, Vendors Cry Fowl

Toys riffing on China’s hottest online idiom, “calling a rat a duck,” were yanked from online shelves this past week, a sign of the idiom’s continued political sensitivity.  The tongue-in-cheek saying “calling a rat a duck”...

Lego to Build Plant in China

Danish toymaker Lego is to start work on its first Chinese factory in Zhejiang next year. The plant will help satisfy demand in Asian markets where sales have been growing at over 50% per year, boosted by rising middle classes...

Disney, Walmart Toy Supplier Faces Sweatshop Accusations

Corporate responsibility organisation Sacom has accused a Shenzhen toy factory, whose customers include Disney, Mattel and Walmart, of labour abuses such as forced, excessive overtime and employment of underage workers. It also...

India Says Ban on Chinese Toys for Public Safety

In January, the Indian government banned the import of Chinese toys into India. In response, China threatened to challenge the ban at the WTO.  Currently, India is arguing that the ban is necessary for public safety:...

China to Challenge India’s Toy Ban at the WTO

China may take action against India’s decision to temporarily ban Chinese toy imports. The Times of India reports: China plans to move the World Trade Organisation challenging India’s decision to ban Chinese toy...

India Ban Worsens China’s Toy Woes

The government of India has placed a six-month ban on toys manufactured in China.  The Indian government did not say why it placed the ban, but it is thought to be in response to what the government perceives as Chinese...

Chinese Toy Makers’ Struggles Dim Christmas Joy

Barbara Demick reports for the LA Times, from Dongguan, China: Growing up in the Chinese countryside with only an elementary school education, Yang Yanjun had never heard of Christmas until she landed a job painting pink-cheeked...

A Blue Christmas at China’s Own North Pole

Toy manufacturing companies have received huge hits since the 2008 economic crisis, with the most recent example being the November 25th closure of the Guangdong Kai Da Manufacturing factory. Once key factors in China’s...



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