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September 12, 2016
Natural resources have an impact on all businesses, organisations and governments. All rely on secure supplies of resources to function. For the consumer goods industry an understanding of natural resource risks is particularly pertinent because of the importance of reputation to brand value. Natural resources are not all about risks though, fantastic opportunities are there […]
August 26, 2016
Swedish air purifier company, Blueair Inc announced last week that it is to be acquired by Unilever Group. The acquisition seems rather unique compared to other mergers and acquisitions happening in the consumer appliances industry as Unilever’s business is more focused on consumer goods like home care products and beauty and personal care products than […]
November 4, 2015
Two years on from the haze incident in 2013, South East Asian residents are once again experiencing thick haze in the atmosphere from forest fires caused by illegal slash and burn agricultural activities and catalysed by dry weather in Indonesia. As a result, sales of air purifiers are surging in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand, […]
August 31, 2014
While cities offer economic opportunities, this often comes at a cost of significant hazards, such as downgraded air quality. Low-income cities, as can be seen from the graph, suffer the most from poor air quality. Most low-income and high-pollution cities are located in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific. High population density, poor handling of city […]
April 26, 2014
In an earlier opinion I discussed how air pollution can affect sales of air purifiers. The annual cycle of air polluting actions combined with the rising incidence of allergies present sales opportunities for manufacturers. Amidst this backdrop, air purifiers posted a volume sales increase of 22% globally over 2012/2013. Within Asia Pacific in particular, air […]
September 12, 2016
Air pollution is a major problem across the Asia Pacific region, responsible for over a million premature deaths each year. Consumers are understandably highly concerned and looking for solutions, with Vitamin C and Vitamin E pills increasingly being embraced for the purpose. Where Breathing Is Hazardous To Your Health The economies of Asia may have […]
September 12, 2016
Panic hit Singapore last week as its air quality started to deteriorate. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) soared to hazardous levels during the middle of the week, recording its highest reading in 16 years.

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