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Ukraine War Impact Reverberates Through World’s Factory Floor

  • Prices for metals, energy and other commodities are surging
  • Asian manufacturers say they’re being squeezed by rising costs
Kizui Packaging Machinery Co.’s plant in Guangdong province, China.
Kizui Packaging Machinery Co.’s plant in Guangdong province, China.Photographer: Zheng Yong Hua/Kizui Packaging Machinery Co.

The cost of manufacturing household goods in Asia is being driven even higher by surging energy and commodities prices triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, adding fuel to the fastest global inflation breakout in decades.

The warnings from Asia, the world’s biggest manufacturing region, underscore how the war in Ukraine is piling pressure on factory managers that were already grappling with supply snarls from the pandemic. The United Nations estimates around 41% of global exports are sourced from the region.