OCT 02 2014

Mexico: The Next Manufacturing Powerhouse?

AUTOMOTIVE, Emerging Markets, Manufacturing, Supply Chain

As China’s cost advantages continue to erode with its increasing wages and fuel costs, the trend of nearshoring surges in popularity. North American manufacturers have started to include Mexico in their supply chains to achieve operational efficiencies such as speed to market, lower inventory costs, and fewer supply disruptions. As a result, Mexico’s manufacturing industry…

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JUN 04 2013

An Eco-Friendly Product Or Just A Mere Marketing Gimmick? Bio-plastics Are Gaining Momentum.

Manufacturing, Utilities & Resources

The term ‘bio-plastics’ appears fascinating as it seems to revolutionize what plastics have always stood for. Being derived from plants and having the ‘bio-‘ prefix in their name, these plastics are considered to offset the main underlying negatives of conventional plastics, thus seem like ideal products. However, there is more to bio-plastics than meets the…

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MAR 26 2013

Turkey – When Being ‘The Gateway to Europe’ Wasn’t Good Enough

AUTOMOTIVE, Emerging Markets

As with several emerging markets, Turkey’s automotive market slowed down in 2012. The ongoing crisis in Europe limited export opportunities (declined by 8% y-o-y) while domestic economic woes drove vehicles sales down (by 10% y-o-y). Although this came as a setback to the industry, which recorded strong growth during 2009-2011, the industry has bounced back…

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FEB 22 2013

Indonesia – Is The Consecutive Years Of Record Sales For Real Or Is It The Storm Before The Lull?

AUTOMOTIVE, Emerging Markets

Part II of our Automotive MIST series brings us to Asia – Indonesia, now the second largest South-east Asian automotive market. Indonesia, South-east Asia’s biggest economy, is now set to become the region’s largest automotive market as well. While Indonesia sold more vehicles than Thailand for the first time in 2011, the land of white…

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