IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • After a nearly two decade long of fast economic growth, China has achieved huge success in growing its economy and generating wealth for its citizens. However, this success comes at a large cost – a deteriorating environment. Air pollution and water pollution are particularly serious in the economically developed North and East regions. The government has been addressing pollution issues for some ...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Sri Lanka's banking sector has grown rapidly since 2013, much of the growth witnessed in the last several years has been centered on construction and mortgage lending, yielding concerns that a house price correction episode could spell trouble for the sector's fast-growing banks. The stock of construction and mortgage lending by commercial banks increased by 21.8% year on year (y/y) in the second ...

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  • Tensions over the future of Catalonia could expose how much the Spanish economy depends on its vibrant Northeastern region, and underscore how much a specific region can dominate a country’s trade with the rest of the world. Spain has been a mess of protests, strikes and chaos since Catalonia’s parliament declared independence in October. The government of Catalan was forced out, a judge ordered ...

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  • The last month has been a mixed one in regards to price moves in comparison to the strong, broad-based gains of the previous month. Rubber and iron ore saw the largest price declines in October, with both sliding around 12% on a monthly basis. Upside was limited, with just transport prices getting anywhere near double-digit gains, up 9.4%. Shortages, what shortages? The previous report was large...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • October experienced the lowest monthly totals in both non-state armed group attacks and subsequent fatalities since the Islamic State’s formation of the ‘caliphate’ in June 2014 – highlighting the extent of the degradation of the group’s armed campaign in Iraq. October headline figures: 126 attacks by non-state armed groups during the month: a substantial 21.2% decrease in the average daily nu...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • The global market for specialty chemicals totaled $556 billion in 2016, driven by the strong demand for personal electronics and the increasing buying power of Chinese consumers. Despite the strong performance of these consumer markets, other economic headwinds joined forces to stall market growth: a slowing Chinese economy, the recession in several South American countries, the weakness in the oi...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • China’s defense industry is the fastest growing in Asia, according to analysis on the new Market Potential Index from Jane’s. “Multiple factors are driving rapid industrial development across Asia,” said Paul Burton, research director at Jane’s. “In addition to economic growth and a desire for military self-sufficiency, a complex security environment characterized by North Korea’s ongoing nuclear...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Holiday retail sales Holiday retail sales in 2017 are expected to rise 4.2% above last year, which would be the strongest growth rate since 2014. Sales during the holiday season are the preeminent revenue generator for most retailers, but holiday sales in recent years have seen varying levels of strength. This year, consumer spending continues to be supported by elevated levels of confidence and ...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • The last several years have seen a resurgence of interest in the Mississippian play in the northern Anadarko Basin, largely due to the advent of horizontal drilling and enhanced completion techniques. Today, large independent unconventional specialists focus on targeting the shales, siltstones and tight carbonates throughout the Mississippian section that, due to their significantly low porositie...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • The best global growth rate in seven years—3.2% in 2017—is based on firm foundations. Barring a shock, this expansion has staying power. Macroeconomic policies remain growth-supportive, notwithstanding a gradual “normalization” of monetary policy. Europe continues to surprise on the upside. Japanese growth is solid, albeit slower than most. China’s growth is holding up thanks to stimulus. The emer...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Watch this video log from Tom De Vleesschauwer, Transport and mobility practice leader, as he discusses how new mobility is changing the automotive industry.  In the second video of this two part series, Tom discusses the current vehicle market as it relates to mobility, the evolving history of mobility over the last 10 years, and how our new multi-client study, Reinventing the Wheel, is explorin...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Medical lasers allow high levels of precision to physicians, while inflicting less damage on the surrounding tissue of those being treated than through other treatment techniques. The benefits to patients may include less pain, less scarring, and faster recovery time. In general, lasers facilitate less invasive surgical procedures. For the aesthetic market in particular, the decline over the year...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • The imminent territorial destruction of the Islamic State will not end the group’s pervasive ongoing threat, both locally and internationally. With the recent losses of Deir al-Zour and al-Bukamal in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq, alongside the final offensive targeting Rawa, the Islamic State will likely cease to be a territorial entity in Iraq and Syria by the end of this month. Despite the hope - ...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • This article by Peter Tirschwell originally published on JOC.com. Despite the goal of newly consolidated carriers to reassert themselves to create value in the supply chain, rate volatility and how that alienates key customers and further strengthens non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) may permanently limit carriers’ role to provide wholesale capacity. In other words, some are suggestin...

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IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Chemical industry M&A has remained highly active in 2017 while capital spending on expansions is forecast to decline to levels not seen since the late 1990s. The industry this year has seen activist investors flex some muscle and impact the outcome of two major mergers: DowDuPont and the Huntsman-Clariant. Is this a one-time phenomenon or another complication company leadership must navigate while...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • US coal producers are changing their attitudes about coal exports and are indifferent to who the counterparty is due to the extreme short-term attitude of most domestic utilities. In the grand scheme (I can still think in terms of grand schemes, plans, etc. despite my other obvious limitations), that is probably good news for everyone in the coal chain – from producers, to transporters, to, gasp, ...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Registrations of battery electric vehicles and hybrid passenger cars in the EU have continued to grow strongly during the third quarter, although they still make up a small fraction of the market. IHS Markit perspective Significance: Registrations of BEVs and hybrid passenger cars in the EU have continued to grow strongly during the third quarter, according to the latest data published by ACEA...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Watch this video log from Tom De Vleesschauwer, Transport and mobility practice leader, as he discusses the revolution of mobility and what the future of mobility looks like.  In the first of this two part series, Tom discusses the revolution of mobility, how our new multi-client study, Reinventing the Wheel, is exploring new future mobility dynamics and what this new future of mobility means for...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • The Zimbabwean military overnight (14–15 November) took control of state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and mounted roadblocks and patrols around key government offices, courts, and the parliament building in Harare, and at the presidential palace. In a televised speech following the takeover, Major-General Susibiso Moyo of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) announced that 93-...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • President Nicolás Maduro announced on 2 November that Venezuela plans to "refinance" and "restructure" its external debt. The country's acutely dislocated economic condition and the lack of any credible plan for urgently needed economic reform severely limit the scope for any deal with bondholders. Restructuring will be hindered even further by US economic sanctions. Venezuela's options to meet...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Argentina's mid-term congressional elections on 22 October strengthened president Mauricio Macri's centre-right coalition, which outperformed expectations by winning seats in 13 out of the country's 23 provinces. With the government's mandate boosted, Macri's pro-market reform plan is likely to gain traction. Addressing the nation on election night, Macri renewed his commitment to push on with the...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • The first extended wave of new capacity is arriving now in North America. Total petrochemicals capacity arriving from 2016 through 2020 is approximately 3.8 million metric tons per year. Incremental ethylene capacity alone during this timeframe will average 2.4 million metric tons per year. This comes after an initial surge in total capacity of nearly 2 million metric tons in 2015. While demand f...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Thailand is pursuing a military modernisation programme aimed at boosting its regional profile and supporting wide-ranging capability advancement. Jon Grevatt reports This is an extract from an article from Jane’s Defence Weekly and is available via Jane’s Defence Equipment and Technology Intelligence Centre. Thailand is in the midst of a defence modernisation programme intended to support not o...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • As President Trump faces an investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to win the 2016 election, US trade with Russia is surging. However, as Moscow reengages economically with the rest of the world, especially by selling it oil and gas, it’s expected to turn more toward Beijing and Brussels than Washington, according to analysts and a review of trade data. In the first eigh...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • Every day there are new stories and announcements about changes in the automotive industry, especially around electric cars and driverless technology. And several important countries—China, France, and the UK—have announced plans or ideas about eventually banning sales of cars powered by oil only. Cars account for one-third of total oil demand and nearly 40% of total oil demand growth since 2000. ...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • New vehicle sales growth in India slowed in October, mainly due to the fact that consumers brought their purchases forward to earlier months in a bid to avoid a recent tax increase and to take advantage of attractive festive-period sales promotions. IHS Markit perspective Significance: India's passenger vehicle market posted a marginal decline of 0.3% y/y in shipments during October, while del...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • We have launched a banking risk rating for Morocco - 35, in the Medium Risk category, equivalent to BBB+ to BBB- on the generic rating scale. This rating puts Morocco in the same risk category as Kuwait, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, among others. Morocco's rating is driven by credit risk, capital, and qualitative risk factors that include large borrower concentration and modest prov...

IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
IHS Automotive - Driven by Polk
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  • I am just back from beautiful Glasgow where this week you could see Roger Federer play in a kilt and the crème de la crème of healthcare economics gather in the opposite building at another great ISPOR conference. This 20th annual European Congress was about "the evolution of value in Health Care", and themes ranging from value-based pricing, the future of health technology assessment, and how val...

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