QUALITY CONTROL ORDERS (QCOs) IN INDIA – ARE YOU GOING TO BE IMPACTED?

QUALITY CONTROL ORDERS (QCOs) IN INDIA – ARE YOU GOING TO BE IMPACTED?India being a leading importer of various products for years has been putting in several efforts to control the quality of products imported in India. The requirement of quality control has originated owing to inadequacy of products meeting the qualification requirements and their failures of meeting safety, reliability, and standard quality norms. Quality Control Orders (QCOs) have been introduced by Indian government for critical products impacting consumer safety and is expected to be expanded to other products soon. These QCOs have an impact on imported products as there …

German FDI Targeting China on New Heights

German FDI Targeting China on New HeightsGermany’s financial engagement with China has soared in recent years, reaching a record of approx. €12 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Germany to China last year, as a recent study form the German Economic Institute shows. This investment trend underscores the complexity of the relationship between the two economies, as German companies seek to capitalize on China’s vast market despite government calls to reduce dependence.Investment in China has raised concerns in Germany and across the European Union. The German government has urged large companies to reduce their reliance on China, citing the …

Quo Vadis? Snapshot of the pharmaceutical industry in Germany

Quo Vadis? Snapshot of the Pharmaceutical Industry in GermanyHigh electricity and gas costs have impeded growth in the German pharmaceutical industry. But now, for the first time in over two years, the gas price went to its level of 2021 as it went below 30 Euros per megawatt hour in March 2024. High electricity and gas prices have been hindering growth in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as they depend highly on energy for their operations.The adoption of a comprehensive pharmaceutical strategy by the federal government in December 2023 has instilled newfound optimism among industry players, signaling a renewed commitment …

FOM: Potential to transform India’s fertilizer landscape with a biogas byproduct

FOM: Potential to transform India’s fertilizer landscape with a biogas byproductNeed for an eco-friendly alternate to subsidized chemical fertilizers Indian agricultural sector has been extensively reliant on subsidized chemical fertilizers, which are available at more than 90% subsidy rates especially Urea, thus resulting in increased consumption, leading to concern about its negative impact on soil fertility and overall soil health. This concern about soil health however opens a huge opportunity for fermented organic manure (FOM), a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative produced as a byproduct of biogas plant.India’s move towards increased utilization of Biogas & Organic fertilizer The Indian government …

The Resurrection of Southern Europe

The Resurrection of Southern EuropeIn recent years, Southern Europe has emerged as a beacon of economic resurgence, with countries like Portugal, Greece, and Spain leading the charge. This revitalization stands in contrast to the economic landscape of Northern Europe, with robust growth rates exceeding 5% in 2022, a testament to the region’s resilience and potential. While challenges remain, particularly concerning the sustainability of the growth as well as structural impediments, the trajectory of Southern Europe’s economy offers a promising narrative of growth and transformation.One of the key drivers behind Southern Europe’s economic revival is the composition of its economy, which …

China Outlook for 2024: A Perspective from German Companies

China Outlook for 2024 A Perspective from German CompaniesIn the latest Business Confidence Survey (BCS) conducted by the German Chamber of Commerce in China, findings reveal a complex landscape of opportunities, challenges, and strategic shifts among German businesses operating in China. Conducted between September and October 2023, the survey engaged 566 member companies, offering a comprehensive insight into the German business sentiment within the Chinese market.Despite a slower-than-expected economic recovery with 52% of German companies that have been surveyed stated a decline in their industry, China’s importance to the German economy remains undiminished. As Germany’s most important trading partner for …

Navigating the Skies: An Overview of the Thriving China Aviation Industry

Navigating the Skies: An Overview of the Thriving China Aviation Industry In recent decades, the China aviation industry has soared to new heights, transforming itself into a global powerhouse. Marked by remarkable growth, strategic investments, and technological advancements, China’s aviation sector has become a key player in the global aerospace arena. This overview will delve into the important specifications of the China aviation industry, exploring key factors that have fuelled its rise and examining the industry’s impact on both domestic and international fronts.Aviation Industry Clusters in China: A Symphony of Innovation The aviation industry in China has witnessed significant growth …

Shared Service Center – Rising cost pressure and drive for automation

Shared Service Center – Rising cost pressure and drive for automationShared Service Center established themselves as a valuable growth opportunity for multinational companies by reducing personnel expenses as well as embracing standardization and harmonization within complex global company structures. However, the Covid-19-pandemic, rising costs due to high inflation rates and more advanced automation solutions shuffled the playing field and its environmental conditions. For instance, home office demands have become common practice for Shared Service Center (SSC) in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.Poland stands out as the largest player for SSC in CEE commanding a 69% market share, with high …

Charting China’s Course: A Journey Towards Openness

Charting China’s Course: A Journey Towards OpennessIn 2023, China witnessed a commendable growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), achieving a 5.2% expansion for the year. This growth not only aligned with the government’s annual target but also showcased a robust performance, especially in the fourth quarter, where the year-on-year GDP surged to 5.3%, surpassing the 4.9% recorded in the third quarter. Despite these positive indicators, the Chinese government is gearing up to provide additional support to its economy and trade in 2024. In this EAC Executive Briefing, we will delve into the significant developments that unfolded in the latter …

The Future: India’s Construction Equipment Industry thrives on Sustainability and Innovation Trends

Building the Future: India’s Construction Equipment Industry thrives on Sustainability and Innovation TrendsThe construction equipment industry in India is about to undergo a significant transformation. An expanding economy, rising urbanization, and large-scale infrastructure projects have all contributed to an increase in the need for construction equipment. The industry recorded the sales of 107 thsd units in FY’23 and is expected to grow at 7% CAGR during FY23-30. It is world’s 3rd largest market and is currently valued at 6.1 bln EUR with earthmoving equipment segment being the majority contributor at 72% share.Key Growth Drivers: Infrastructure Development Projects: Large-scale government initiatives …

Outsourcing of non-core activities to developing Innovation hubs

Outsourcing of non-core activities to developing Innovation hubs: The new Shared Services concept in practiceTo focus on core business competencies without impeding the flow of non-core activities while achieving cost efficiencies, businesses have been setting up shared services centers (SSCs) since 1980s but over the years, the model has evolved to adapt better to changing business requirements. From Shared Services Centers (SSC) to Global Competence Centers (GCC) and Global Business Services (GBS), service delivery model encompassing outsourcing, captive shared services as well as centers of excellence (COEs) for serving various business units have been the guiding pillars to offer centralized expertise …

Indian Biodiesel Industry Outlook

Indian Biodiesel Industry Outlook: Navigating Growth, Policy Dynamics, and Investment OpportunitiesIndia is the 3rd largest crude oil consuming nation globally accounting for 262 mio tons in FY 2023 with 89% demand met by imports from Russia, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. High speed diesel consumption is estimated at 39.3 mio tons in FY 2023 of which ~87% is used by transport industry and rest 13% by industry, agriculture, and power generation. Diesel consumption is expected to reach ~105 mio tons by FY 2030 mainly driven by increased industrialization, urbanization, infrastructure development, and rising vehicle sales.To reduce dependency on imports and meet …