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The wood-products industry is undergoing root-and-branch change

IN THE BUCOLIC low-rise surroundings of Norway’s biggest lake, Mjostarnet stands out. At 85 metres tall, this building of flats, offices and a hotel, completed in 2019, is Norway’s third-tallest. It is...

Bernd Osterloh, labour nemesis of Volkswagen’s boss, abdicates

“THE MOST powerful man at Volkswagen.” Ferdinand Dudenhöffer of the Centre for Automotive Research, an influential think-tank, was not referring to Herbert Diess, the German company’s boss. Rather, he reserved that title...

Abolishing executive offices

IT IS A tradition of corporate architecture. A company’s top executives get offices on the top floor, often dubbed the C-suite after the “chiefs” who occupy it. The CEO resides in the...

A new type of ad is heading for your iPhone

ONLINE SHOPPERS often feel they are being watched. Put an item in your basket but fail to buy it, and it may follow you plaintively around the internet for days. Announce your...

How TSMC has mastered the geopolitics of chipmaking

CHIPMAKERS’ CRAFT can seem magical. They use light to stamp complex patterns on a dinner-plate-sized disc of crystal silicon, forming arrays of electric circuits. Once cut out of the disc, each array...

A ransomware attack on Apple shows the future of cybercrime

THE ANNOUNCEMENT was timed to spoil the party. On April 20th, at its “Spring Loaded” event, Apple unveiled a clutch of new iGizmos, from purple smartphones and a new set-top TV box...

The magical realism of Tesla

YOU HAVE to hand it to the “technoking”. For all his impish self-aggrandisement, mockery of deadlines, baiting of regulators and soon-to-be sideline as a “Saturday Night Live” comedy host, Elon Musk is...

Can Merck’s new boss maintain the drugmaker’s winning streak?

FEW COMPANIES have a history as long and interesting as Merck. Founded in 1668 by Friedrich Jacob Merck as a pharmacy in Darmstadt, the world’s oldest apothecary has survived several European wars,...

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