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Future of the cybersecurity industry

Expanding internet infrastructure and the future of digital security               Cybersecurity in the age of digital currency Are emerging technologies opening new attack vectors for the hackers?   Cybersecurity or digital security is associated with the protection of computers, data, networks...

Indian wood panel industry, growth drivers and present trends

Current market scenario in the Indian plywood industry Growth in the housing sector and rapid urbanisation to provide the boost GST rationalization to reduce price difference between organised and unorganised players Current market scenario and growth prospect for the MDF industry   The wood panel industry includes plywood sheets, engineered wood panels...

Growing market demand for sanitaryware in India

An overview of the sanitaryware market Reasons for the growing demand in the sector Shift in preference of consumers   Ceramic sanitaryware industry comprises a variety of products such as washbasins, water closets, bathtubs, faucets, cisterns, seat covers, sinks, bidets, other accessories, etc. The Indian sanitaryware market is divided into two sub-categories;...

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 margins?   Rubber gloves are used by several industries, ranging from healthcare to food processing and services, automotive to construction and chemical industries, these are mainly used for...

How crucial are M&A in the hotel industry?

M&A, a popular way to expand business in a short span of time Key factors driving M&A in the hotel industry Main risks involved Long-term benefits vs. short-term gains   In the present world, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) is a popular mean to expand business in a short period across sectors (acquiring/merging already existing business...

Medical tourism, connecting health with leisure

Medical tourism landscape and growth drivers Burgeoning growth in the sector Scenario in developed vs. developing economies   Medical tourism or travel mainly refer to a movement from one country/province to another for medical purposes. The concept is not new and has been around for thousands of years. There are archaeological evidence from ancient...

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   Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies (as of 2017), it was the 16 th largest economy globally. It was also the 4 th most populated country in the world and had more...

Trump take an aggressive stance to protect domestic steel and aluminium industries

Is Trump trying to repeat the history by imposing stiff tariffs? Can the US afford expensive steel and aluminium imports? How are exporting nations reacting to Trump’s aggressive stance?   President Donald Trump recently announced the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. This was in adherence to his 2016 election campaign for the protection of the...

Indian luxury car market

Growth of luxury car market in India Major players and their future prospects   The automobile market in India is one of the largest in the world and accounts for approximately 7.1 per cent of the country’s GDP. The major factors which contributed to the rise in automobile demand within the country were growing purchasing power (especially in the tier 2 and tier 3...

Impact of the U.S. tariffs on Indian steel

Imposition of the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium Consequences for steel surplus nations Effects of the development in the Indian industry   The U.S. government has finally signed a proclamation on imposing tariffs of 25 and 10 percent on the import of steel and aluminium. The move comes after the announcement was made by the U.S. administration to impose...

Legalisation of cannabis in North America and its effects

Recent effects of legalisation on cannabis industry Major firms in the business and their prospects   The year 2018 marked a new beginning in the history of the United States as California, which is a significant contributor to the U.S. economy legalised cannabis for recreation. California houses the world’s largest information technology centre, the Silicon Valley and...

Car sharing in China

Reasons for the growth of the sector Major players and main types of operators   Car sharing is basically defined as a short-time need-based car rental service (typically charged by the hour). Hence, depending on an individual’s car rental requirement, a smartphone app is needed to find and unlock a car. Thereafter, a vehicle can be ridden which can be parked anywhere...

Harley Davidson, is it too late for a turnaround?

Market scenario for motorcycles Present challenges and threats Area of opportunity    Harley Davidson is an American motorcycle manufacturer, which was established at Wisconsin in 1903. It has since been a leading player with a solid brand presence. Harley motorcycles appeal to a wide range of customers due to its iconic brand. The company also has a strong...

Broadband in the U.S., complete penetration still a distant dream

The need for high-speed network 'Fibre-optic', a solution for present and the future demand Issues in deployment of fibre optics   Faster browsing, video streaming and multi-user access at a time are few of the advantages of a high-speed network. In the present era, where most people like to stay connected socially or for business purposes, a high-speed network...

What’s in store for the reddish-brown metal in 2018?

Will copper prices continue the one-way rally? Will positive economic outlook continue to support prices? Are disputes over labour contract renewals expected to disrupt supply in 2018?   Copper is believed to have attained a doctorate in economics as a movement in its prices and consumption directly-indirectly reflect the health of the global economy. It is...

Can technology save the trucking industry?

The trucking industry in the U.S., challenges and measures How crucial will be the role of technology?   The American economy relies heavily on trucks and employs around 3.5 million professional drivers to move c. 10.5 billion tons of goods every year. This includes goods for import-export as well as for transportation locally. Additionally,...

End-stage for ‘Sears Canada’

Brief history of the company The challenge for the industry or company? Reasons for doom of Sears    Sears Canada was a leading retail chain in Canada since 1953. It was a partnership between ‘Simpsons Ltd.’ and ‘Sears Roebuck’ of the USA. This alliance was dispersed after the Hudson's Bay Co. acquired Simpsons. In 1984, the company changed its name to Sears...

Empiric Student Property Trust, a serious contender in the UK student housing market

Overview of the student housing industry in the UK Factors effecting the industry Detailed analysis of the Empiric Student Property Trust   The growth of student housing industry is directly correlated with the growth of student enrolments in education programmes. There are more than 160 universities in the UK, including the top names such as Oxford, Cambridge,...

Lithium-ion, the power to go

Consumption pattern for lithium Availability and recycling of lithium Li-ion vs. lead-acid batteries   The world is moving towards green environment and acknowledge the carbon footprints. The use of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles (EVs) is gaining more acceptance with the passage of time. Lithium technology is well accepted as a...

Rice industry outlook 2018

Major rice producers and consumers Global rice trade Factors dominating the trade   Rice is the 3 rd largest produced agricultural commodity in the world, after sugarcane and maize. This is also the most widely consumed staple crop, especially in Asia. Presently, the global harvested area under rice cultivation is 160 million hectares. Moreover, the global...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...