Typhoons. A term dreaded by both producers and customers alike, due to its ability to cause huge production delays. At the time of writing, a huge typhoon, Typhoon Mangkhut, is approaching Hong Kong and China. This would certainly have a severe impact on production in the region.
In Hong Kong, there is an official five-level definition warning signal, to help detect typhoons. These include:
- Standby (Signal 1): Used to signal any tropical cyclone within 800km of Hong Kong. Necessary precautions must be taken.
- Strong Wind (Signal 3): Definite warning given – Tropical cyclone expected to come near enough to Hong Kong to cause strong winds in Hong Kong.
- Gale or Storm (Signal 8): A warning of a gale or storm in one of the four quadrants (NW, SW, NE, SE).
- Increasing Gale or Storm (Signal 9): Indication given – Gale/storm expected to increase significantly in strength.
- Hurricane (Signal 10): Warning given – of hurricane force winds.
From a production standpoint, typhoons will have severe consequences on production in the region, causing production delays. These consequences include:
- Factory Closures: There are massive inconveniences to factories whenever a typhoon approaches or hits. Factory work is limited, as precautions have to be taken before the hurricane hits. Furthermore, everyone will have to stay indoors when the hurricane hits, which would halt all factory work.
- Transportation issues: Disruptions to transport usually occurs when hurricanes hit. Disruptions to land transportation can occur. Cancellations to domestic and international flights can occur, and closure of ports may happen. This halts or slows transportation of products.
As such, based on the analysis above, typhoons have the potential to severely affect factory productivity and transport. This, in turn, could cause severe production delays. In particular, for this case, there could be a severe impact on production times in Hong Kong and Southern China. This would therefore affect projects concentrated within Hong Kong and Guangdong.
In the past, there have also been several typhoons that have affected manufacturing in China and Hong Kong, such as Super Typhoon Hato and Typhoon Nesat. These typhoons have affected factories and offices in Zhuhai, Hong Kong, Macau, and South China.
Here is a picture of the impact of the typhoon in Zhuhai.
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