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China’s VOC Control Policies

CHINA VOC CONTROL MEASURE 2015 was a critical year for the implementation of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan in China. Significant policy advances were seen in many areas that year, especially in the comprehensive control of volatile...

E-Commerce and Its Impact on Packaging

Despite rapid growth over last 10 years, e-commerce still has large penetration potential globally Global e-commerce: Has been expanding at ~20% CAGR over the last 10 years Still had <10% share of retail trade in 2016, ranging from: Almost 20%...

SMART GLASS – A RAPIDLY GROWING MARKET

Smart glass (or dimmable glass) changes its light transmission properties based on external stimuli like heat, light, and voltage, switching between translucent, which blocks certain wavelengths, and transparent, which allows light to pass through. Industry estimates indicate a current (2017)…

Africa Executive Briefing

Africa - Demographic Overview Population Overview By Region, 2016 Total population in Africa is estimated at around 1.15 billion in 2016, and is forecast to reach to ~1.25 billion by 2020 West Africa is the most populous region with 47%...

Lightweighting in Vehicles – Opportunity or Threat For Automotive Materials?

The past 20 years have seen a global regulatory focus on reducing vehicle emissions, specifically for CO2, NOx, hydrocarbons and particulate matter initially outlined in the Kyoto Protocol.  Across the EU, this is reflected in Regulation EC443/2009 and addendums and...

China’s Railway Sector

SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR SUPPLIERS OF MATERIALS AND SERVICES IN BOTH THE OEM AND AFTERMARKET AS CHINESE RAIL EXPANDS ITS URBAN RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSOLIDATES HIGH SPEED RAIL. Structure & Size of the Market High Speed Rail China has developed...

How Will the Internet of Things Impact the Agricultural Industry?

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be thought of as a network of physical objects or ‘things’ that have been embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable these objects to collect and exchange data. The IoT allows these...

Insights into China’s Recent Investments in Mineral Resources Globally

CHINA’S MINERAL RESOURCE “BURN RATE” IS SIGNIFICANT China is facing a rapid depletion of its local mineral resources Reserves-to-production (R/P) ratio that represents the “burn rate” of proven reserves of mineral commodities when applying current levels of domestic mine production...

Strategic Review – Global API Industry

Key Definitions: ACTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENT (API) A substance used in a finished pharmaceutical product, intended to furnish pharmacological activity or otherwise have direct effect in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of a disease or to have direct effect...

Assessment of Opportunities and Risks in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan

MACRO GOALS OF THE 13th FIVE-YEAR PLAN China’s New Normal: increasing GDP per capita through the development of emerging strategic sectors, encouraging domestic expenditure and focusing on trade and domestic infrastructure. The 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) published in March 2016...