3D Printing - The genesis of a new realm of possibility in manufacturing and supply chain
3D Printing is a powerful technology that some are describing as revolutionary. Whilst many industrial manufacturers have been slow to adopt the technology, the number of companies adapting their manufacturing process and supply chains is expected to increase as the materials that can be used in 3D printing expand and the speed of printing improves: there are already reports of US research labs creating 3D printers that work at speeds of 5-6 times that of existing commercial 3D printers. This industry guide from Ipsos Business Consulting looks at the potential developments in industrial manufacturing with a spotlight on China, India and the ASEAN countries.
Creating Opportunity - How to build a new era of trade for post-Brexit Britain
The referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union was a pivotal moment for the country. Whilst the uncertainty surrounding the UK's access to the single market has understandably dominated the discussions to date, this is an opportune time to reflect on the strength, depth and history of Britain's trade with the rest of the world and the many trade agreements that facilitate this trading. Change brings with it a degree of uncertainty. But it also brings an opportunity to reshape the growth agenda. As British business looks to pinpoint where the new trade opportunities exist, Ipsos Business Consulting latest industry guide examines some of the developed and emerging markets that offer evolving opportunities for British business.
The New Lubricant Trade in ASEAN – A promising new era
Global lubricant markets have seen a dramatic rebound since the global economic recession of 2008–2009. At that time, global demand dipped to its lowest point since the latter half of the 20th century, but has since surpassed its previous high mark set in 2007. One of the key drivers of this rebound can be attributed to Asia, where the developing economies of emerging markets are fueling the rising demand for lubricants. ASEAN is an association of 10 member countries located in South East Asia. This new Ipsos paper explores the future growth potential in the region's lubricant industry.
Iran offers investors excellent opportunity for new growth in what must surely be one of the world's fastest growing emerging markets. However, Foreign Direct Investment initiatives are certain to be fraught with dangers and challenges. It is estimated that around 70% of the economy is controlled by the state. Iran is emerging from a long period of isolation due to economic and political sanctions, led by the United States of America. Investors will likely find that the country's public servants and officials have little or no experience of receiving and handling FDI related requests. Add to this the amount of unknowns about the various industry sectors and key players within them, businesses will need FDI plans that are supported by a strong Go-to-Market Strategy and comprehensive competitive intelligence. Ipsos Business Consulting’s Iran industry guide, authored by the team that we have put together to assist you with your market entry plans, highlights some of the potential that Iran can offer to foreign investors.