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Derailment of BHP Iron Ore Train Exposes Australia’s Reliance on Private Railways

A network of private railroads more than three times the length of the New York subway system is the key lifeline for Australia’s A$61.3 billion ($44.5 billion) iron ore export industry. So when there’s a derailment in the biggest shipper …

BHP Expects Interruption to Australia Iron Ore Exports After Train Derailment

Mining giant BHP Billiton expects some interruption to its Australian iron ore exports after a nearly 3-km-long train loaded with the commodity was forcibly derailed this week after running away en route to a key shipping hub. BHP said in …

BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore Train Derailment Will Take Week to Recover

BHP Billiton Ltd. expects to take about a week to recover from the derailment of one of its iron ore trains that’s halted its rail operations in Western Australia, potentially bolstering prices of the steelmaking raw material. The company was …

Italy Bridge Operator’s Shares Drop After Disaster; Supply Chain Impact Expected

Italy’s biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticized it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct’s safety. An 80-meter-long section …

Taiwan iPhone Chipmaker Scrambles to Recover After Debilitating Computer Virus

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), which makes chips for the iPhone and other devices, is recovering from a debilitating computer virus but warned of delayed shipments and reduced revenue because of the impact on its factories. TSMC said that 80 …

Tokyo Prosecutors Have Indicted Kobe Steel Over Data Falsification Scandal

Tokyo prosecutors indicted Kobe Steel Ltd. over the faked data crisis that rocked Japan’s manufacturing industry last year. The company was indicted on suspicion of breaching Japan’s unfair competition law in connection with falsified inspection reports for the year through …

Kobe Steel CEO to Resign Over Data Fraud Scandal as Report Finds More Cases

Kobe Steel Ltd said on Tuesday its CEO will step down to take responsibility for a widespread data fraud scandal, although doubts remain over a corporate culture mired in malfeasance and the possibility of future fines. Japan’s third-largest steelmaker, which …

Cyber Risk Ranks as Most Feared BI Trigger for Global Firms: Allianz

Business interruption (BI) and cyber incidents interlink as the major threat facing companies, according to a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). Allianz revealed that BI — including supply chain disruption — ranks as the most important …

Cyber Incidents Most Feared BI Trigger for Global Companies: Allianz Risk Report

Business interruption and cyber incidents interlink as the major threat facing companies over the coming year, according to a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). Allianz revealed that business interruption – including supply chain disruption – ranks …

Japan Data-Tampering Scandals Show Dangers of ‘Sacrificing Quality’ to Save Costs

A string of data-tampering scandals at Japanese manufacturers has not tarnished Japan’s image, though it has been a powerful reminder to avoid sacrificing quality when under cost or delivery pressure, a senior economic official said on Wednesday [Dec. 27]. Since …