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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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Analyst Insight by Arunas Umbrasas - Industry Analyst
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 Roaring growth comes at the cost of trains operating at unsafe speeds, outdated tanker cars, and ensuing derailments.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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Rasa 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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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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Analyst Insight by Arunas Umbrasas - Industrial Analyst
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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Most commodities continued on the downward trend that began back in mid-2014. Overall commodities prices fell by 12% in January over the previous month. This podcast discuses trends and driving factors behind these falling prices. Listen to the podcast for complete insights.
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Event: Asia Pacific Nonwovens Symposium
Event Dates: May 11-12, 2015,
Event Location: InterContinental Shanghai PUXI Hotel, Shanghai, China
Speaker: Jiaqi Du 杜佳琪 Senior Research Analyst 资深研究分析师
Overview and Trends of China and Global Hygiene Market
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Por Vita Krasodomskyte - Analista del sector industrial
Con un PIB total incrementándose en una tasa de crecimiento anual compuesto de 6% entre 2008 y 2013, Latinoamérica es una región atractiva para la inversión. Las empresas locales han venido mejorando su rendimiento en diferentes áreas de negocios desde la agricultura y la producción de alimentos hasta la producción de bienes de alta tecnología y equipos de transporte, cada uno de ellos con tasas anuales de crecimiento de 4 a 5% entre el 2008 y 2013.
Sin embargo, la minería sigue siendo la industria más prometedora en Latinoamérica y ha incrementado significativamente la presencia de la región en el mundo. La explotación de minerales metálicos significó el 2% del PIB total en Latinoamérica en 2013 y algunos países de la región dependieron fuertemente de sus actividades mineras. Chile, por ejemplo, generó el 16% de su PIB a partir de sus actividades mineras en 2013. Aún más, la explotación de minerales metálicos en Latinoamérica se elevó por sobre USD 116 mil millones en 2013, cifra que representa el 17% de la producción global total, incrementando asimismo la importancia de la industria en el panorama global.
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Food, metal and energy commodity prices all fell this month, with energy seeing the largest drop at-15.1% over the previous month. This podcast discusses potential consequences of the low oil prices in oil exporting countries and how long we can expect oil prices to remain this low.
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