Your morning coffee briefing from TFG. Global supply chains have been hit by a surge in Covid cases in southern Vietnam, aluminium prices are at a 10 year high as global demand surges, Spain urges EU to limit electricity prices, UKEF supports children’s clothing company through Wales’ first General Export Facility and the UK forms new partnerships with ASEAN.

Covid surge in Vietnam hits global supply chains

Manufacturers for Nike and Adidas forced to close factories as infections rise in southern Vietnam. Read more →

Aluminium prices melt up on booming recovery in global economy

Aluminium prices are closing in on their highest levels in 10 years, as global demand for everything from beer cans to packaging rebounds from the pandemic. Read more →

Spain urges EU to act on soaring energy prices

Spain has called on the EU to back measures to limit surging electricity prices as controversy deepens over the cost to ordinary citizens of the bloc’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions. Read more →

UKEF and Barclays support children’s clothing company through Wales’ first General Export Facility

UK Export Finance supports Swansea based exporter of iconic children’s character-themed clothing with a General Export Facility. sells a range of character-themed clothing worldwide including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Peppa Pig and their own brand Harry Bear. Read more →

UK Export Finance backs hospital construction in West Africa

UK Export Finance backs its largest-ever facility in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa to back exports of UK medical equipment. Read more →

UK forms new partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

This partnership will lead to closer cooperation between the UK and the region on a wide range of issues such as trade, investment, climate change, the environment, science and technology, and education. Read more →