Navigating Complexities: EAC’s Global Sourcing Chronicles

Navigating Complexities: EAC’s Global Sourcing ChroniclesIn recent years, EAC has supported multiple companies in global and regional strategic souring projects across various industries, including industrials, mobility, building & construction, energy and environment, chemicals, and consumer goods. While executing these sourcing projects, we have encountered unique challenges and unexpected opportunities. With this article we would like to summarize select observations and learnings of our EAC sourcing experts.Rising Importance of Sustainable Sourcing Practices In today’s environmentally conscious world, sustainability is no longer a secondary concern; it is an integral part of a successful business strategy. We observed this while assisting a leading …

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 …

Global Wind Turbine Manufacturing & Supply Chain Challenges

Global Wind Turbine Manufacturing & Supply Chain ChallengesHow to boost competitiveness and balance risks? Wind energy it one of the fastest-growing energy sources in the world driven by supportive legislations in the US, the European Union, India and China yet spare capacity is limited and will likely disappear by 2026.Wind energy is one of the best source to alleviate the pain and challenges of climate change. With the increasing demand of global electricity, which is forecasted to grow by 25% and reach ~30k TWh1) by 2030, development and utilization of wind plus other renewable energy sources are indispensable and have …

India and ASEAN – Investment Destinations

India & ASEAN – Investment DestinationToday I had the honor to share my views on India and ASEAN as important investment destinations for foreign and especially Swiss investments. Swiss Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into ASEAN accounted for > 6bn USD last year making it one of the most important destinations for the Swiss Confederation. Additionally, more than 350 Swiss companies are invested in India of which 50% have substantial manufacturing facilities. With a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) on the horizon, the momentum for Swiss-Indian investments is thriving.  Thanks to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) – for organizing …

Agricultural Mechanization (beyond tractors) – focusing on the Indian Agri-Machinery Industry

Agricultural Mechanization (beyond tractors) – focusing on the Indian Agri-Machinery IndustryIndia, with its vast and diverse agricultural practices, plays a pivotal role in global food production. It is the second-largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton, and groundnuts, as well as the second-largest fruit and vegetable producer. The farm equipment industry, a cornerstone of this sector, which was traditionally dominated by tractors, is undergoing a transformative phase fueled by technological advancements, localization efforts, policy shifts, and changing consumer preferences.EAC has observed key trends shaping today’s Indian agri-machinery industry. The key trends are: Small agri-machinery segment transitioning towards localisation: The small …

Indian Chemical Distribution Sector: Imminent Growth Opportunity

Indian Chemical Distribution Sector: Imminent Growth OpportunityThe fast-growing Indian chemical industry, projected to reach 288 bln EUR by 2025 (163 bln EUR in 2019), boasts the presence of both international leaders and local champions. The industry is experiencing rapid growth in both domestic and export trade. To keep pace with increasing demand while ensuring cost-efficient operations, it requires a specialized, safer, more innovative, and flexible transport system for faster and more efficient transportation. Chemical distribution – Overview The Indian chemical distribution sector is primarily driven by the growth of the chemical industry and government initiatives that promote local manufacturing. It …

Production Linked Incentives (PLI) of India – Reviewing the Impact

Production Linked Incentives (PLI) of India – Reviewing the ImpactThe Indian government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme is a performance-based incentive scheme. It rewards companies for increasing domestic sales of their manufactured goods. The overall aim of the scheme is to strengthen the manu-facturing sector and reduce dependence on imports. Its objectives include promoting the „Make in India“ initiative, attracting foreign manufacturers to set up production in India, and motivating domestic manufacturers to expand production and exports.Launched in March 2020, the PLI scheme initially targeted sectors heavily dependent on imports, such as mobile manufacturing, electrical components, critical pharmaceutical materials and …

Cost Benchmarking Against Competition – Success Factors and Pitfalls

Cost Benchmarking Against Competition – Success Factors And PitfallsCompanies from the developed world that have traditionally enjoyed a monopoly in their home markets at certain price points are finding it difficult to compete when they start to expand their existing portfolio into other markets, particularly in the developing world.A foreign market and dwindling sales – the need for cost benchmarking The problem seems to be even more pronounced for family-owned companies, which have built a legacy on the claim that their technology and processes are better than anyone else’s, and this ideology is ingrained in the mindset of every employee. …

India’s Demographics: A Driving Force for Economic Growth and Global Influence

India’s Demographics: Driving Economic Growth and Global InfluenceIndia’s rapidly growing population has long been recognised as a major asset for its economy. With the latest United Nations estimates confirming India’s status as the world’s most populous country, surpassing China, the country’s demographic advantage becomes even more apparent. India’s Population Growth and Future Projections India’s population has reached a staggering 1.4 billion by Q2 2023, securing its position as the most populous country. By comparison, the EU’s population of around 450 million is only a third of India’s. Even Germany, the EU’s most populous country with 84.3 million people, would rank …

ArMiD & EAC – Event „Incredible India“

ArMiD & EAC – Event „Incredible India“This was the title of our event in Munich, which was organised in cooperation with ArMiD (Aufsichtsräte Mittelstand in Deutschland e.V.). There was enormous interest in the topic as well as in our insights, and so leading personalities from German business and industry discussed with us until late into the night.The high level of interest is not surprising, as India is currently overflowing with superlatives: A growth rate of 6.5 A EUR 3.3 trillion economy FDI investments of EUR 78 trillion in 2021-22 The fifth largest economy by 2030, ahead of Germany and Japan. …