Fuji Electric Holdings Co. (TYO:6504) said that it and General Electric Co.(NYSE:GE) have agreed to establish a joint venture to design, make and sell smart power meters.
Most Asian markets ended lower yesterday on fears of a possible downgrade of Greek debt. Japan's Nikkei lost 1.0 per cent while a rising yen weighed on exporters. Taiwan market fell 1.4 per cent and South Korean's Kospi declined 1.6 per cent. But China's Shanghai Composite rose 1.3 per cent, as investors were expecting an annual parliament session in March may reaffirm China's relatively loose monetary policy.
China Eastern Airlines Corp.(SHA:600115) (HKG:0670) said it is in talks with three major industry alliances, including Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam, about possibly joining. Airlines worldwide are seeking more alliances and figuring out ways to cut costs. China Eastern is the only one of the top three Chinese airlines not to belong to an alliance. But the China Eastern executive said the carrier did not have a preferred partner so far.
Three Japanese carmakers announced recalls on Thursday, mostly in their home market. Nissan Motor Co (TYO:7201) would recall 76,415 cars across 10 models in Japan and 2,281 cars overseas due to a possible defect that may cause engine failure. Suzuki Motor (TYO:7269) said it would recall 432,366 units of two minicar models in Japan due to faulty parts related to air conditioning, while Daihatsu Motor (TYO:7262) will recall 60,774 units of four minicar models in Japan due to wiring problems that could trigger airbags to inflate accidentally. This week, South Korea's Hyundai Motor (SEO:005380) is also recalling its new Sonata sedan in Korea and the U.S. due to faulty latches on the vehicle's front doors.
Fuji Electric Holdings Co. (TYO:6504) said that it and General Electric Co.(NYSE:GE) have agreed to establish a joint venture to design, make and sell smart power meters that deliver electricity consumption data at households to power utilities online. The two companies plan to establish a joint firm in Japan in October for operations in both Japanese and U.S. markets.
Hong Kong based air carrier Cathay Pacific (HKG:0293) it is to take a 49 percent interest in the cargo joint venture with Air China (SHA:601111) (HKG:0753), as part of a plan by Cathay to expand into the mainland. Cathay Pacific Airways agreed to provide 1.67 billion yuan, including aircraft and engines, to its joint-venture cargo operation with Air China. The transaction will boost Air China Cargo's registered capital to 3.24 billion yuan from 2.2 billion yuan.
The European Commission has cleared the three-way merger between Taiwanese liquid crystal display makers InnoLux Display Corp. (TPE:3481), Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. (TPE:3009) and TPO Displays Corp. (TPO:3195). The combined company will become Taiwan's biggest LCD panel maufacturer and the third largest in the world.
TPO Displays Corportaion
Suzuki Motor Corporation
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd
Innolux Display Corporation
Hyundai Motor Company Limited
General Electric Company
Fuji Electric Holdings Co., Ltd.
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited
Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation
Cathay Pacific Airways
Air China Limited