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Canadian oil sand, corporate exits, is this the end for the industry?

Why there was a 62% decline in Canada’s oil and gas sector spending? Did domestic players help the sector? How crucial are the exports to the US?   Canada is one of the fastest growing oil producers in the world, in the past decade, the country saw a rise in the production at a CAGR ~4%. Canada managed to enhance its oil production from approx. 2.74 MBPD (2007)...

Brand Bolina

What were the reasons for a decline in profitability of Bolina? Did increase in patents help the firm? How successful was the strategy to launch brand ‘Bolina’?   Bolina Holding Company Limited designs and manufactures toilet seats, wash basins, urinals, bidets, squat pans, soap containers, faucets and bathroom fixtures. In 2002, it began as an Original Equipment...

Slump in digital photography, are smartphones to blame?

Why inbuilt swamped while interchangeable was afloat? How Canon relatively performed better than Nikon? Is 2017 a turnaround year?   The global digital photography market comprises cameras, lenses, software and processing equipment. This stood at approx. $78 billion (2015) and is expected to reach around $111 billion (by 2021 according to Zion Market Research)....

What led to an exponential growth of the movie theatre industry in China?

An analysis of the performance of leading movie theatre operators in China vs. the US Did liberalization help the sector in China? Why co-production was a win-win situation? How crowdfunding assisted the industry?   The global movie theatre industry registered a nominal growth of 4.8% CAGR (2005-16), which was affected by the global economic slowdown in 2008....

Will the supply of zinc drive its future?

Key factors that drove the zinc supply Did offloading play a major role? How China influenced the demand for the metal? Why will zinc be in deficit in 2017?   In 2008-09, during the recession all base metals prices declined significantly (~30%). However, even after 7-8 years most of these are unable to recover and reach the pre-recession levels. The prices...

Is intermodal the future of rail freight?

Why are firms investing in intermodal? Why coal is shrinking and intermodal is growing?   The rail freight industry consists of companies that provide rail based transportation services for a wide range of cargo such as dry bulk, petroleum products, chemicals, etc. This industry plays a vital role in the transportation of goods from numerous logistics centres to far...

Social media in China, the world within

How protectionism helped the Chinese companies? Cloning of social networks in China Does longevity ensure profitability? How competition in China is high despite protectionism?     Summary The internet and the online content is highly regulated in China. This has limited the entry of the global social networks in the country. The censorship has...

Top ceramic tiles producers in Indonesia, benchmarking, analysis and trends

An examination of Mulia Industrindo, Arwana Citramulia and Keramika Indonesia Which of these entities effectually managed the employee costs in a labour-intensive industry? Which one is the most efficacious out of the three firms?   In 2015, the global production of ceramic tiles was 12.4 billion square metres and the consumption was 12.2 billion square metres....

How real is the food vs. fuel debate?

Biofuels in the US, is it a necessity? Why crude oil imports to total crude oil consumption declined from 58 to 25%? Why cultivation of wheat and other food crops declined by ~14%?   Traditionally, agriculture has been practised to cultivate crops and for animal husbandry to meet the food requirement. However, with technological advancements crops are also being...

Did unethical practices exterminate for-profit education behemoths in the US?

Why Corinthian and ITT declared bankruptcy? Did both institutions misguide students? How crucial is Title IV funding?  Summary Televisory’s previous blog ‘ Changing landscape of private universities in the US ’, evaluated the substandard educational institutes and the legislations introduced by the US Department of Education (ED) to crack down on these...

Museums and galleries, the jewel in the British crown

Why museums and galleries are so vital for Britain? How these help the English economy and the brand UK? How these institutions are meeting the challenge of increasing visits? The British Museum and the National Gallery     Museum and gallery industry comprises organisations (mostly not-for-profit or trusts) that are engaged in the preservation,...

Glass packaging, how few sailed while others waded?

Why there is a slow growth in the glass packaging? Why Vidrala and Shandong’s revenue increased? How few firms raised their profitability, while some saw depleting margins? Did global factors played a role? Key initiatives undertaken for sustenance of profitability Summary In the packaging industry, the growth was the lowest for glass packaging segment (at...

Games and toys, not any more child’s play

The leading toy brands The cost of sales and what forms the major chunk of this cost? How Lego Group managed its cost of sales?   The 21 st century has seen a tremendous transformation in the gaming and toys industry as compared to the developments in the 19 th and 20 th centuries, gradually shifting its focus to achieve technological sophistication. Hence,...

Programmatic buying, the future of advertising

Is programmatic buying the future of advertising? How mobile advertising gained prominence? Marketing agenda ‘mobile first to the only mobile Although still in its initial stages, why programmatic media buying and selling is extremely significant   The global advertising revenue in 2015 was $494.2 billion and is reported to be around $532 billion (Source: IHS...

Beer, pubs and pubcos in the United Kingdom

Why there has been a decline in the pub industry? Why beer is most affected? Did tax play a role?   The pubs in the United Kingdom are termed as ‘the heart of England’. The bars in the nation serve drinks as a part of an establishment such as hotels, restaurants, universities, etc. or independently as wine bars, style bars, private membership bars, etc. However,...

The reasons for the success of Sponge Iron Industry in India

Why EAF contribute more than half of the crude steel production? Scrap iron vs. Sponge iron. The coal based Sponge iron plants in India. What 2017 holds in terms of steel demand in India?   Iron and steel form the backbone of global infrastructure. Roads, railways, bridges, airports, industrial plants, buildings, automobiles, etc. use steel and allied...

Does size matter? Benchmarking life insurance industry in China

Life insurance market in the most populous nation, challenges and scope for growth. The three major life insurance firms in China. How Chinese regulations are affecting the industry and its players? Digitisation and Chinese life insurance firms.   The life insurance market in China is the fourth largest in the world. Secondly, the Gross Written Premium (GWP)...

Credit rating industry, success factor in an oligopolistic market

Credit rating agencies provide an independent assessment to securities or issuers. The market for the industry is humongous with nearly $82,000 billion worth of debt securities issued in Q3 2016 as per the BIS (Bank for International Settlements). The industry is poised to grow due to more regulatory pressure, high borrowing cost for an unrated security and worldwide acceptance of a rated...

Benchmarking commercial real estate, self-storage developers

According to the survey by the Self-Storage Association of the United States, one out of every 10 households rents a self-storage unit. A high mobility rate, the retirement of baby boomers, increasing demand for rented apartments over full-fledged houses (including attic and garage) are the prominent factors which are driving the demand for self-storage facilities. Additionally, the factors...

The downfall of PC manufacturers

The world over PC shipments has been witnessing an incessant decline since 2011. This can be attributed to several factors including the rise of smartphones and tablets, non-replacement of ageing PCs by users and no drastic changes in versions of PC models to attract buyers leading to a decline in PCs per household in developed nations. In addition, revenues in the PC industry are also...

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 ...