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4G LTE, Opportunities and Challenges

The LTE is a network technology and is adopted by telecom companies in order to achieve 4G speed, the term LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”. There has been a considerable investment in accessing this technology, but in spite of huge capital investments, tech manufacturers have failed to attain the minimum speed set by the ITU-R (International Telecommunication Union-Radiocommunication) for...

Plastic Packaging Industry: striving for niche amidst growing environmental scrutiny

Plastic is gradually losing the market share in the packaging industry Internationally, every year around 4-5 billion units of material is used for packaging. The usage of packaging material has grown approx. 2.5 per cent CAGR between 2006-14. This is composed of 4.5 per cent CAGR for non-plastic units’ growth against 1.8 per cent CAGR for plastic units. A higher growth in non-plastic...

Copper: Impact of falling prices on operational performance

The copper prices in December 2008 dropped to as low as USD 2,800/MT after the financial crisis,  following the highs of USD 8,000/MT in the same period a year ago. This significant drop was brought about by a fall in demand amidst the global financial and economic crisis. The revival of the world economy recuperated the copper prices to its record levels, which rallied as high as USD...

Tea industry’s sustainability in the face of rising production and operational cost

Tea is one of the most popular, most consumed and low-cost beverage in the world. It is due to its specific requirement and sensitivity to changes in growing conditions, that its cultivation is confined to the specific regions of the globe. The major producers and exporters of tea are China, India, and Sri Lanka, they together account for a total 60% of the world’s tea production. The Global...

Movement in crude oil prices and its impact on the US oil-gas players

The companies operating in the oil and gas industry have witnessed a roller-coaster ride during the past few years amidst the steep decline in international crude oil and natural gas prices. The two major global benchmarks for the oil prices, the US-based WTI and the UK-based Brent have witnessed a price decline of more than 60%. This was from the peak of nearly $100 per barrel in the mid-2014...

Construction and Mining Machinery Manufacturing, an Analysis of Performance in the Wake of Global Economic Slowdown

Backdrop: In the aftermath of the global financial meltdown in 2008, the world GDP growth rate slumped and was negative in the year 2009. The world economy recovered in 2010, this was mainly supported by a large stimulus package from the governments of developed economies and continued strengthening of the developing economies. However, this growth in momentum weakened subsequently to...

Major Sugarcane Producing Nations and Analysis of their Key Operating Criteria

Sugarcane is a diverse crop with a complex demand structure. The profitability of producers mainly depends on the revenue from three by-products: sugar, ethanol and energy which are derived from this highly versatile crop. The major producers and exporters of sugar are Brazil, India and Thailand and all these nations have a varied economic structure. There is also a significant disparity in...

Economic Viability of Wind Energy

The growth of renewable energy over the past decade has surpassed all expectations. Globally, installed capacities and production from renewable technology have increased substantially during the last few years. The capacity additions have been supported by policy initiatives from the governments in different regions of the world. However, it is majorly the growth in the generation of solar...

Major iron ore producers continue to flush market. Is excess supply sustainable?

Iron ore, one of the largest traded dry commodities in the world, has taken a big hit over the past few years. It fell by ~24% (CAGR) from ~$150 per MT to ~$57 per MT between January 2013 to July 2016. In an ideal situation, the decline in the price calls for a slowdown in production, however, for iron ore, the story is somewhat different. The iron ore production increased by ~3% despite a...

Falling ARPU, How Telecom Companies Cope

The ARPU (Average monthly Revenue Per User) is an important metric used commonly to measure the performance of a telecom service provider. The ARPU has been falling for over the past decade now and is alike in developed as well as developing markets. An advancement in technology, intense competition leading to price wars and increased usage of data over voice have contributed to this fall. In...

Environment consulting organisations, a comparison of key operating parameters in developed and developing world

The fast-paced industrialisation over the past few decades, across the globe, has undoubtedly led to overall economic growth and improved living standards. However, a serious side effect of this industrialisation is a damage to the environment, through “pollution” which is caused by either reduction in forests cover or air-water pollution, etc. This leads to environmental imbalances and has a...

Hospitals in developing versus developed economies and key operational differences

Hospitals form an integral part of the world economy, they help cure diseases, saves lives of seriously ailing patients and contribute to a healthy and productive economy. The global hospital industry, which is $10.2 trillion in market capitalization (Source: Bloomberg) is highly concentrated in the United States and Australia and together contributes more than 43% of the market...

Digitization a Test of Dynamism for Printing Paper Companies

Backgrounder In our previous blog – ‘ Digitization of Content – a bane for the Paper Industry ’, Televisory brought out the decadal change within the operational environment of the paper industry, with respect to the printing and related segments. And highlighted in the conclusion that the companies continue to look for alternatives for survival. Exploring further with this background, we...

Key coffee growing nations – key operational criteria analysed

Coffee is one of the world's most traded commodities, this is second only to crude oil. Moreover, coffee exports alone account for a $20 billion industry and provide livelihood to nearly 25 million people in key coffee producing nations such as Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Colombia. There are primarily two varieties of coffee and their production in the contemporary world: Arabica and ...

Cotton growing nations and key operational analysis

The key cotton producing nations are China, India, United States and Pakistan. They roughly produce 37% of global cotton, with China and India contributing 67% and 25% respectively of the aforementioned 37% global cotton output. However,  undoubtedly North America was one of the largest producers, which produced 3,222 Mn Kgs of cotton, it has slowly and steadily given way to countries...

Gold mining, movement in gold prices and operating performance of gold players

In the midst of global economic uncertainty caused by several negative factors like Brexit vote, negative interest rates and lately the slowing of the US economy (in the second quarter of 2016). The so-called “safe-haven” the yellow metal is gaining lustre once again, given the inverse relationship between economic confidence and gold prices. All these new developments have pushed gold prices...

Big and small banks, is size, the key? Elucidated through key benchmarks

The banking industry has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past 8 years as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. During this period, many small and large banks performed badly, several were bailed out and various others changed their business strategies and operating models. These steps were taken in order to accommodate cost saving measures and enforce stricter regulations....

Restaurant Business–The Story of Long-Term Survival

The Restaurant Industry plays a pivotal role in shaping today’s world economy. The food brings distinct cultures and communities together in a truly globalised environment. With over $780 bn of sales (2015), the industry provides employment to millions of people and is one of the largest private sector employer. Although the industry is marked by low barriers of entry, the restaurant...

Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing: key operational criteria that define survival

The motor vehicle parts manufacturers sustain operations based on a healthy demand, driven by sales of new automobiles and demand from the replacement market.  An efficient operator in this industry will need to be extremely focussed on its cost structure to sustain the multiple volatilities that are driven by automotive demands and changes in prices of key costs. The industry consumes a...

Retail industry: analysing performance in the face of on-line retail

The global e-commerce sales were USD 994.5 billion in 2015 and are forecast to be around USD 1,506 billion in 2018 (Source: Televisory's Research). The consumer trends and preferences are changing, but these are not going to lead to the death of brick and mortar stores in the near future.     Televisory carried out a research on global companies, in a number of industry...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate...

Brewing industry in Canada, craft beer leading the race

Origin of the beer industry in Canada Changing drinking pattern of consumers and emergence of craft microbreweries Key growth drivers for the beer industry Industry’s growth...

Asia the emerging saviour for glass packaging

Summary The glass packaging industry has undergone a complete transformation in the past decade. The changes were marked by low demand growth due to the replacement of glass as a medium, the...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 1)

What is blockchain? How is blockchain revolutionary? Cryptocurrency, the new money ICOs, the new way of raising money Summary Blockchain is a software architecture...

An analysis of Malaysian rubber glove industry

How big is the international rubber gloves market? Reasons behind the healthy and steady growth Malaysia’s role in the industry Why are companies struggling for stable...

Islamic vs. conventional banks in the GCC

Islamic banking has gained a lot of significance in the past decade owing to its immense growth potential. This banking model is expected to fuel dampened growth in conventional banks. Islamic...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 2)

Few of the major use cases of blockchain Responses of sovereign governments to blockchain and cryptocurrencies The future of blockchain   Blockchain changing the way...

Tire manufacturing industry, analysing the cost and margin trends

The global market for tire manufacturing stands at $180 billion. Michelin anticipates the long-term demand to rise at the rate of 5 to 10% a year in developing markets and 1 to 2% a year in mature...

Can lithium-ion anode demand for needle coke reduce availability for electrode players?

What is needle coke? Uses of needle coke Lithium-ion battery manufacturers demand needle coke   Needle coke? Needle coke is a specialised form of petroleum coke...

Construction sector in Indonesia, an island of opportunities

Population growth and rising per capita income driving infrastructure and construction The lack of infrastructure in the nation Opportunities for housing construction sector ...