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Growth of pharma industry and contribution of generics

Global pharma growth and trends How are generic drugs driving the growth in pharma globally? Key contributors to the ongoing expansion of generic pharma   Global pharmaceutical spending is expected to reach USD 1.5 trillion by 2021 with CAGR of 4 to 7% in the next 5 years according to the report released by QuintilesIMS Institute-Outlook for Global Medicines...

Is it the best time to go public for Xiaomi with a $100 billion valuation?

Overview of Xiaomi’s market position in view of the IPO Resurgence of Xiaomi after the fall due to a stiff competition   Xiaomi, which was founded in 2010 is a Chinese smartphone and device manufacturing giant. The company has been in the process to launch one of the world’s biggest tech IPOs (Initial Public Offering) since 2014. According to reports, the firm is to...

Why is Alphabet considering to invest in Flipkart?

Walmart’s decision to acquire a majority stake in Flipkart Core competencies of success for Alphabet Threat created by the massive growth of Amazon   May 2018 was marked by a significant development in the Indian e-commerce industry. Walmart, which is undoubtedly the largest retailer in the world announced its plan to buy a 77% stake in Flipkart at a cost of USD...

Booming e-commerce in China

Factors for exceptional success of e-commerce in the nation Why are companies aggressively investing in O2O?   In the span of barely a decade, China has risen as the world leader in the e-commerce space. The online shopping generated c. $1.1 trillion (2017) in the country, which was an improvement of 32% over the previous year. China is the largest e-commerce market in...

Will the bull rally of zinc slow down by the end of 2018?

Will the bluish white metal continue to see its positive move after a  strong performance in the last 6-8 quarters? Will the supply crunch continue to support prices?   The base metal prices have been escalating since early 2016, these were driven by strong global economic conditions, weakening of the dollar and supply disruptions of most metals. The winner so...

Will ATMs in India face the brunt of heightened digital payments?

With digital banking picking up, does cash transactions still hold value? Has the ATM industry reached its saturation point? Impact of demonetisation on cash transactions in India   An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is one of the most crucial self-service channels for the retail banking sector that connects banks or financial institutions with customers. The 1st...

US retail store meltdown

Is it the end of the retail industry in the nation? Is e-commerce the sole reason for impact on the industry?   The US retail hold a significant share of the world retail market, especially in the apparel segment where it is 50% larger than China. The twelve of the largest world retailers are from the US. The companies like Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens are among...

Air India for sale, no takers for the national carrier?

Overview of the segments for the sell-off Shortcomings and challenges of disinvestment   Air India, which is India’s premier airline and is run by the government has been facing a financial and operational crisis for the past several years. The performance-related inefficiencies and a continuous loss-making made the operations unsustainable. While the talks for...

Death care industry, a special emphasis on China

Booming death care industry in the nation Death care industry structure Growth drivers and potential threat   The death care industry which offers services such as funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoriums and memorials is highly fragmented and government controls are imposed in certain countries. The death care industry in the US is estimated to be $20...

Will NAFTA see light at the end of the tunnel?

NAFTA history, significance and trade What are the key contentious issues hindering the NAFTA renegotiation? What is the current standing of NAFTA members regarding the deal?   North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation has been the talk of the town with seven rounds of negotiations having taken place over the past seven months, but without any...

Ride-hailing battle continues in China

The growth of ride-hailing in China Uber vs. Didi, the fiercest battle in the industry ever Didi’s dominance threatened by Meituan    China’s ride-hailing industry is rapidly cruising towards growth, which is infused with huge amount of capital. The industry continues to witness an intense battle between several players. Moreover, in terms of ride-sharing...

Growing market for shared office spaces

Reasons for the growth of co-working spaces WeWork: the industry leader What lies ahead in the industry   The ongoing trend of small teams on specific projects, proximity with customers in B2B companies and fast-growing firms exploring possibilities to set up satellite offices in small cities are few of the major factors pushing the growth for shared office...

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 opportunities) as...

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...

Slack set out to kill E-mail

Started as a side project for internal use in a gaming company High revenue growth with recurring revenues Went Public by offering shares through the Direct Public Offering ...

Will the Big Bang merger drive, of Indian Public Sector banks, provide the required impetus to the slowing economy?

India’s Government announces plans to merge 10 of the country’s public sector banks Probable impact of the mergers   India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman,...

Is Mothercare on the verge of collapse?

History of Mothercare What went wrong? Company moved into administration   Mothercare, an iconic brand for babies, children and parents to be, went into...

Rapidly growing Indian online food delivery industry and its unrealised profits

Evolution of online food delivery industry in India Geographical penetration and scope for expansion Key players and their zeal to balance revenue and costs   Online...

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...

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...

Failure of Amazon in China, an analysis

E-commerce market in China Online consumer product retailers in China Performance of Amazon in China   Amazon is a global e-commerce player selling a wide...

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...

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...

Is the radio broadcasting industry in the U.S. dying? An analysis

Radio, the most powerful medium of reach in the U.S. Why the industry is moving at a slow pace? Radio’s health is still sound, will it continue in the long-term?   ...

Housing finance market in India. Is affordable housing driving the growth?

Overview of the housing finance sector in India Key players dominating the segment and their dynamics Factors driving aggressive demand for housing   The housing...

Carbon black industry, strong potential for supernormal profitability?

What is carbon black? Its uses Impact of the environmental curbs in China   What is carbon black? Carbon black is a fine carbon powder and it is a disorderly...

Malaysian rubber glove industry, an update

Rising global demand for gloves Impact of USP 800’s implementation and the US-China trade war on Malaysia’s rubber gloves industry Key challenges for the Malaysian rubber...

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...

Education industry in India, an overview

Growth of private universities in the nation Future potential of the education industry in India   The education sector in India is estimated to be worth USD 91.7 billion...

Battle for the textile and apparel industry in Southeast Asia

The reasons for China’s decreasing presence in the industry Initiatives by the governments in Southeast Asia to boost the textile trade Vietnam and Bangladesh’s quest to conquer...

Rise of Ant Financial, will the success story continue?

What is Ant Financial? Journey to become king of unicorn Will regulatory curbs hinder its success journey?    Ant Financial, an affiliate and integral part...

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...

Unnoticed growth of the media and entertainment industry in India

Overall industry brief Growth of the M&E industry and its segments Major supporting elements of this growth   Media and Entertainment (M&E) is a very wide industry...

Sri Lankan economic and political crisis

Sri Lanka’s latest political crisis, who governs the nation? Poor economic indicators adding to the nation’s woes   Sri Lanka is currently embroiled in a political crisis,...