Ford’s production of its Focus compact for the U.S. market is now headed for China—not Mexico—as the car maker seeks cost savings globally even as the Trump administration works to keep automotive jobs at home. Last year, Ford said it would move its once-hot Focus to Mexico in 2018.
.. The auto maker, which already makes Focuses in China, said building the next-generation Focus there rather than in an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, would save the company $500 million. Ford said relocating the Focus wouldn’t result in any job losses at the Michigan plant.
A Dog’s Purpose” wasn’t even going to be released in China, where few American dramas without special effects or A-list stars are successful. But Amblin last fall, seeking a Chinese investor to give its movies better play in China, sold a minority stake in the studio to Alibaba. Shortly after, Ms. Wei, of Alibaba Pictures, saw “A Dog’s Purpose” and its potential.
.. Alibaba promoted the movie alongside pet adoption agencies and held special screenings for people and their dogs, Ms. Wei said. It plumbed its online movie-ticket service to target pet owners, families, women and others it believed would like the movie. Alibaba representatives traveled to theaters to persuade exhibitors to allocate screens, bringing the e-commerce data to support their pitch... Alibaba lobbied the state-run distributor to extend the movie’s run to eight weeks, twice as long as most imported films... A combination of Chinese regulations and the unpopularity of state-run television don’t allow the kind of large-scale TV ad campaigns used in U.S. marketing... China requires a few million dollars in digital advertising and a local, hands-on touch as simple as lobby displays... “It really is an enormous market in terms of how much you need to do to reach beyond the biggest cities,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros.’ head of international distribution. “Having a local partnership is really helpful in maximizing the scale and scope of your campaign.”
Global coal production saw its largest decrease on record in 2016, as China and the U.S. dug up less of the commodity and burned less of it for electricity.. U.S. output declined 19% and Chinese production fell almost 8%... Renewables such as wind and solar power were the fastest-growing energy sources in 2016, BP said, increasing output by 12%. Renewables now provide just under 4% of the world’s energy, up from 2.8% of global energy consumption in 2015..BP said oil consumption continued to rise at a strong pace in 2016, up 1.6% in 2016, which was above the 10-year average. The company sees a peak in oil demand around 2040, when consumption will begin to fall globally.