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August 1, 2015

Channel in Focus: Hospitals

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July 20, 2015

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July 1, 2015

Overview of Russian New Car Market Part 1: Insights and Forecasts for Russian Car Industry

Justinas_LiuimaAnalyst Insight by Justinas Liuima - Senior Industry Analyst

Russia was predicted to be Europe’s largest new car market in 2020, although adverse economic conditions sent new cars sales plummeting 15% in 2014. This had a negative impact on carmakers, which experienced shrinking profit margins, but still remain committed to staying in the Russian market. Even though new car sales are expected to stabilise in 2016, the car industry will experience a turbulent future as fundamental problems still remain in the Russian automotive industry.

Promising market no more

Russia is the largest new car market in Eastern Europe, accounting for 66% of Eastern European new car sales in 2014. Due to rapid expansion over the past five years, Russia was predicted to overtake Germany as Europe’s largest new car market in 2020.

However, as economic downturn and Western sanctions hit the country, such forecasts collapsed. Due to the adverse economic conditions, new car sales in Russia plummeted by 15% to 2.5 million units in 2014, the worst result since the 2009 crisis.

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June 28, 2015

Medical Device Manufacturers Are Adapting to the Changing Healthcare Market

Giedre LiorancaiteAnalyst Insight by Giedre Liorancaite - Industry Analyst

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Major trends in healthcare are redefining the medical and surgical equipment market. In the light of difficult market conditions, many medical device companies are responding by cutting back on research and development projects. For example, Medtech giants like Medronic and GE Healthcare have been reducing research and development spending as a percentage of sales and relocating budget to non-technology related growth drivers, like marketing, regulatory compliance etc. This is despite the fact new innovations and easy-to-use designs have never been more important. Consequently, contract development is becoming a means to cut costs and reduce risk for medical device manufacturers.

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June 5, 2015

African Crude Oil Producers Struggling with Fossil Fuel Prices

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African crude oil producers are facing challenges as a result of low oil prices.  These countries are facing budget revisions and storage shortages, which mean that they need to look beyond Europe for strategic trading partners. This podcast discusses potential alternative actions plans and strategies. Listen for complete insights.

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May 12, 2015

Commodities Roundup: April 2015

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This podcast discusses factors behind declining oil and other energy prices including falling demand and production/extraction innovations alongside other hard and soft commodities news.

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April 16, 2015

Oil, Derailments and Regulation – Growth Formula For Canada’s Railway Industry

Arunas-UmbrasasAnalyst Insight by Arunas Umbrasas - Industry Analyst

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As Canadian oil production and exports to the US are booming, pipelines are an obvious way to handle logistics. However, Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, Energy East and MacKenzie Valley Oil pipeline projects are stuck in limbo and rail operators have stepped in, in a frantic attempt to compensate. Roaring growth comes at the cost of trains operating at unsafe speeds, outdated tanker cars, and ensuing derailments. The government and firms themselves have been quick to respond by strengthening safety regulations. With prospects outweighing compliance costs, regulation is boosting investment in safety and promoting innovation among rail car producers, setting up the railway industry for robust growth over the forecast period.

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April 4, 2015

Azerbaijani Role in European Energy Security

Rasa-VaiciunieneRasa Vaiciuniene - Industry Analyst

With over 40 million tonnes of crude oil output per annum, Azerbaijan is one of the largest oil producers and exporters in the Middle East.  However, after the discovery of the Shah Deniz field in 1999 the country’s prominence in the natural gas sector has also been growing. With expanding natural gas output, Azerbaijan is in a position to take advantage of its proximity to Europe.

Although the Shah Deniz field already plays a central role in the country’s natural gas sector, its full potential has yet to be unleashed. According to the field operator, British Petroleum Plc, the Stage II gas development project in the field will add 16 billion cubic metres (bcm) to the country’s annual gas output. Local demand for natural gas is unlikely to witness major expansion as domestic power plants are already predominantly fuelled by natural gas. Therefore, natural gas exports, which amounted to 7.3 bcm in 2013, are set to triple once the project hits full capacity.

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April 2, 2015

The Indian Budget: Impact on Manufacturing

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The recently passed budget has evoked mixed reactions from manufacturers operating in India based on changes in excise duties by industry.  This podcast focuses in on the impact of the budget on tobacco and footwear industries and possible strategies manufactures may adopt to combat the resulting lost revenues or to take advantage of their new lowered taxes.  Listen to the podcast for complete insights.

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March 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Migrant Workers and Mid-Income Group Drive Record Sales of Cheap Cars

Arunas-UmbrasasAnalyst Insight by Arunas Umbrasas - Industrial Analyst

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Saudi Arabia’s booming automobile market powered through the global sales slump over 2009-2013 and is set to register roaring growth over 2013-2019. Surprisingly, sales expansion is being fuelled not by sales of bespoke Rolls-Royces but by low-cost vehicles, which are increasingly popular among mid-income Saudis and foreign workers. Dynamic growth has already attracted major brands from China such as Geely, which capitalised on robust growth to expand market share by catering to low-cost vehicle buyers. As leading competitors continue to launch new models and more foreign workers arrive in the Kingdom, car sales will only grow further during the forecast period.

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Channel in Focus: Hospitals

Introducing Passport Institutional Channels

Overview of Russian New Car Market Part 1: Insights and Forecasts for Russian Car Industry

Medical Device Manufacturers Are Adapting to the Changing Healthcare Market

African Crude Oil Producers Struggling with Fossil Fuel Prices

Commodities Roundup: April 2015

Oil, Derailments and Regulation – Growth Formula For Canada’s Railway Industry

Azerbaijani Role in European Energy Security

The Indian Budget: Impact on Manufacturing

Saudi Arabia: Migrant Workers and Mid-Income Group Drive Record Sales of Cheap Cars