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Printing the Automotive Industry of the Future – 3D Style!

3D printing has been around for almost three decades but it is only recently that OEMs have begun to realize the commercial benefits of this phenomena beyond just prototyping. It has significantly altered the ways OEMs approach model designing, development, and manufacturing. It is helping car manufacturers across the globe shorten their product development phase, reduce prototype costs, and test new ways of improving efficiency.
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Are Intelligent Fleet Management Systems the Way Forward?

Operating within an environment characterized with increased competition and regulatory pressures, fleet operators globally are in dire need for operational efficiencies that can help them to ‘do more with less’. In recent years, intelligent fleet management systems (IFMS) have become the buzz within the industry with its adoption rates on the rise. However, the key question remains – can IFMS provide fleet companies with the much needed operational excellence?
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Botswana Diamonds – A Mixed Blessing?

While Botswana has been an important player in the global precious stones industry for years, it has once again received global attention in November 2015, when the second-largest diamond ever unearthed was found in Botswana’s Karowe mine.
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Central Asia – A Region of Uneven Growth and Investment Potential

Although all Central Asian countries have been performing well on the overall economic growth front over the past several years, this good performance cannot be assumed to imply an investment growth (especially FDI-related growth)registered by all these countries. Despite government efforts and certain industries playing a critical role in bolstering growth of each Central Asian economy, various factors are standing in the way for these countries to realize their full growth and investment potential. Frequently, FDI-driven investment is hindered by unfavorable government policies, among other reasons. Central Asia remains a region of uneven development, with a need for a holistic approach to boost both economic and investment growth.
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The West vs. Russia: Will Russia Really Survive The Impact Of Sanctions?

Russia trampled international laws with annexation of Crimea (previously part of Ukraine) to its territory and is reeling under wrath of sanctions imposed by the EU, the USA, Australia, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland, among others. Over a period of time, the sanctions have expanded to inflict economic damage to Russia by targeting its financial, energy, and military sectors. Even though the ball has always been in Russia’s court, the country has only deepened the damage by retaliating with food embargos and standing adamant on its decision to hold on to Crimea against Ukraine’s sovereignty.
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Brazil’s Personal Care and Cosmetics Market: Transitioning from Physical to Digital?

Brazil’s personal care and cosmetics market is skyrocketing with growing sales driven by a fashion-conscious and beauty-obsessed population. Brazil, the cosmetics industry veteran, is the third largest consumer of beauty products worldwide and relies heavily on traditional channels for distribution. Online retailing has made inroads into the personal care market in Brazil and is on a slow but steady growth trajectory with immense potential in the future.
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Utility-scale Projects to Boost Thai Solar Market

We are looking at the current landscape of solar photovoltaic (PV) market across selected Asian countries. Our previous articles of the series covered current scenario and future prospects of solar PV market in China (China’s Solar Power Boom) and India (Solarizing India – Fad or Future?). Our third article in this series discusses the development of solar PV market in Thailand.
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Emerging Markets Take Vehicle Safety Standards Seriously (At least on Paper)!

Across emerging and frontier markets, most car buyers have generally focused on pricing, maintenance cost, and fuel economy, thereby ignoring the very important aspect of safety. The governments in these countries have also not given due importance to this aspect, as basic safety features such as air bags and ABS are not compulsory as per regulations. Taking advantage of this nonchalance of both customers and governments, OEMs have for long compromised on safety features, which are a critical part of all cars sold in developed markets.
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Intermodal Transportation Picks Up Steam

Intermodal transportation is emerging as a popular mode of transporting cargo owing to its economic and environmental benefits. While companies preferred over-the-road (OTR) transportation as it offered higher flexibility, a significant surge in freight rail infrastructure (especially across the USA and Europe) and a decline in availability of OTR drivers have led to several companies shifting to intermodal shipping. However, intermodal transportation has its own share of challenges, which, if not addressed effectively, can severely impact the entity’s operations.
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Consumer Goods in Sub-Saharan Africa: Think Local, Act Local.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s strong GDP growth, growing middle-class, and fast urbanization have attracted many investors and foreign retailers to the region in recent years. There is no doubt that the region’s demographics offer massive opportunities for consumer goods industry. But, a closer look at the ground reality and recent experiences from multinational companies operating in the region reveals the magnitude of challenges that need to be carefully assessed.
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