Article: Chinese Factories Delay New Orders as Costs Rise, Risking Global Supply Shortages

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Chinese Factories Delay New Orders as Costs Rise, Risking Global Supply Shortages

Stella Yifan Xie, 01 June 2021

HONG KONG—Buffeted by rising costs, some Chinese manufacturers are refusing to accept new orders or are even considering shutting down operations temporarily—moves that could put more strain on global supply chains and cause more inflation.

Surging raw-material prices and a shortage of workers have pinched smaller Chinese manufacturers, including many that sell their products to the U.S. and other Western markets. While many have passed their higher costs on to overseas buyers, the pain is so severe at some manufacturers that they are finding it hard to raise prices enough to make up the difference. Others don’t want to risk losing business to competitors. Many are now looking for other solutions to avoid losing money. Continue reading “Article: Chinese Factories Delay New Orders as Costs Rise, Risking Global Supply Shortages”