LEGO’s biggest foreign-invested factory built in Binh Duong

Thursday, 03/11/2022 16:29
An over-1.3 billion-USD factory, the biggest foreign-invested plant in the southern province of Binh Duong was begun construction by Danish toy maker LEGO on November 3.

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The groundbreaking ceremony saw the presence of Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and Danish Prince Crown Frederik, said the Vietnam News Agency.

The factory covers an area of 44 ha in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park III, making it the sixth of its kind in the world and second in Asia.

LEGO CEO Niels B. Christiansen said it is the first factory designed as a neutral carbon facility. Apart from solar panels on the roof, the factory will also have a nearby solar power farm to meet annual energy demand and use energy-saving equipment to meet the minimum standards of LEED Gold, a green building certification programme used worldwide.

Once completed in 2024, the factory is expected to generate thousands of jobs for skilled workers, contributing to Binh Duong’s economic development in the coming years.


Delegates visit the model of the factory (Photo:

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Vo Van Minh praised the group for its biggest hi-tech and green project in the province since the COVID-19 pandemic was put under control, as well as its programmes to nurture children’s creativity and offer intensive training to local educators.

He expressed wish to cooperate with the group for better young generations in the future.

Vietnam-Kaohsiung air route to resume in November

Flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Kaohsiung in Taiwan (China) will be resumed by low-cost carrier VietJet Air starting from November.

The move comes following Taiwan (China) officially reopening its borders to international tourists from October 13, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Moving forward, VietJet will operate a total of three flights per week on the Ho Chi Minh City - Kaohsiung route, with this increasing to four flights per week from December 16.


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Furthermore, the airline will also run two flights per week on the Hanoi - Kaohsiung route, with this increasing to one daily return flight from December 16.

Passengers will be able to move between Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Taipei, with many flights throughout the week.

Moreover, flight routes to both Taichung and Tainan will quickly be restored in order to meet the increasing demand for travel before the upcoming New Year and Lunar New Year holidays.

With just over three hours of flight, visitors will be able to purchase direct flight tickets to explore a range of destinations in both Vietnam and Taiwan (China), with fares starting from only 615,000 for a one-way ticket.

According to the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau in Vietnam, foreign tourists should purchase medical insurance before their departure and agree to fully comply with Taiwanese pandemic prevention regulations.

Vietnamese scientist finds precious compounds from rice husks

A research group led by Prof. Dr. Tran Dang Xuan of Hiroshima University has demonstrated that the compound extracted from rice husks has an inhibitory effect on cancer cells and is safe for normal cells, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

The study results were published in the journal Cancers in October.

In this study, for the first time ever scientists have been able to clarify the mechanism of killing cancer cells of the compounds purified from rice husks, Momilactones A (MA) and Momilactones B (MB), through the regulation related proteins (p-38, BCL-2, and caspase-3).

The discovery of the cytotoxic properties of momilactone against cancer cells is expected to pave the way for future research, as well as the development of effective cancer drugs based on this compound.


Professor-Dr. Tran Dang Xuan (right) and a researcher at the Laboratory of Physiology, Plant and Biochemistry. (Source: Hiroshima University) 

Dr. Nguyen Van Quan of Hiroshima University said that the research team has clarified more about the operational mechanism of MA and MB, which serves to increase the destruction process and inhibits the growth of cancer cells. With a concentration equivalent to causing cancer cell death, this compound is viewed as completely safe for normal cells.

Several studies conducted around the world have previously shown the anti-cancer potential of momilactones, although the cytotoxic mechanism of action has not yet been thoroughly examined.

In-depth studies into this compound are typically few as the compound is particularly difficult to isolate and purify, as well as being very expensive.

The plant physiology and biochemistry laboratory of Hiroshima University led by Prof. Xuan is one of the few laboratories in the world that can purify momilactones from natural sources such as rice.

In the January, 2019, announcement, the team found and successfully isolated 600 mg of MA and MB from 30 kg of rice husks.

Prof. Xuan said that many pharmaceutical companies both inside and outside of Japan are in the process of working alongside the research team to develop the extraction of MA and MB according to industrial processes. This is along with conducting clinical research in order to develop immune system boosting drugs against cancer, diabetes, and cosmetics production.

According to Prof. Xuan, many rice varieties in the country have shown initial results containing a high concentrations of MA and MB. Indeed, the hybridisation of rice varieties with high medicinal and pharmaceutical activities will therefore contribute to improving the overall value of Vietnamese agricultural products.

Phu Quoc welcomes first flight from Uzbekistan after pandemic

Phu Quoc island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has welcomed 158 Uzbek tourists aboard a charter flight of Uzbekistan Airways.

The tourists were warmly welcomed by local authorities. They are scheduled to stay in Phu Quoc for 10 days.


The Uzbek tourists are welcomed at the airport. (Photo: zingnews) 

According to Nguyen Minh Dong, Director of Phu Quoc International Airport, Phu Quoc will welcome one flight on the route each week.

Phu Quoc is known as a “pearl island” endowed with clear blue water beaches such as Bai Sao and Bai Dai, and plenty of local specialties including seafood, pepper and pearls, among others.

It was voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler at the sixth place in the top 10 resort islands in Asia for 2022. It was also selected one of 25 best islands in the world by readers of US magazine Travel+Leisure.

Since the beginning of the year, Phu Quoc has welcomed 528 international flights. The island lured 1.74 million visitors so far this year, completing 87% of its target for the whole year./.

Compiled by BTA