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Sector Snapshot: Australia Oil & Gas

Sector Snapshot: Australia Oil & Gas

BUSINESS

  • Australia is world's 18th largest producer of natural gas
  • Australia is 7th largest exporter of LNG globally
  • Australia is also the third-largest LNG exporter in Asia-Pacific

The oil and gas industry is a major contributor to the Australian economy with total revenue of nearly $7 billion in 2010.

Australia’s biggest export in the industry is liquefied natural gas (LNG). Australia is the 18th largest producer of natural gas in the world and the seventh largest exporter of LNG. It is also the third-largest LNG exporter in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia’s LNG industry is forecast to continue its strong growth, with exports expected to rise at an annual rate of nearly 3.5% between 2010 and 2015.

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Sector Snapshot: Renewable Energy Market

Sector Snapshot: Renewable Energy Market

BUSINESS

  • Investment in green energy has become a priority for China and India
  • Wind energy a major contributor to global energy market
  • Hydro power and geothermal energy continue to attract investment

As the world tries to cut down on greenhouse emissions and move away from traditional fossil fuels, the market for renewable energy is developing fast.

The world’s two fastest-growing economies, China and India, are still largely dependent on coal, but investment in green energy has become a priority. China is the largest producer of wind turbines in the world, and India is one of the leading producers of wind energy.

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Sector Snapshot: Global Nanobiotechnology

Sector Snapshot: Global Nanobiotechnology

BUSINESS

  • Nanobiotechnology product market expected to reach $30 billion in 2015
  • Medical applications (including drug delivery) make up bulk of market
  • Nanobiotechnology market on rise, but growth expected to be uneven

Nanobiotechnology is an integration of biology, molecular engineering, chemistry and biotechnology, and a major area of investment in the realm of pharmaceutical and healthcare research. It is used more and more in drug development, with pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology industries driving advances in drug delivery. Skin penetration is one of the most improved areas of drug delivery.

Nanomedicine is nearing the stage where nanorobots could diagnose and treat certain illnesses, while nanosurgery promises dramatically improved and less invasive operating procedures.

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Sector Snapshot: UV LED Lights up the Future

Sector Snapshot:  UV LED Lights up the Future

BUSINESS

  • Over 90% of LED sales are for medical, technical or instrumentation sectors
  • UV LED market to grow at an annual rate of 30%
  • Revenue to increase from $25 million in 2011 to over $100 million in 2016

The ultraviolet LED is increasingly outshining the traditional mercury lamp all across the world.

More economical, environmentally friendly and with various portable application advantages, the UV LED industry is expecting an annual growth rate of more than 30% over the next five years. By 2016 it is set to top $100 million, compared to $25 million today, according to a report by market research company Yole Developpement.

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Sector Snapshot: Global Coalition Loyalty Programs - 1 Billion Member Target for 2011

Sector Snapshot: Global Coalition Loyalty Programs - 1 Billion Member Target for 2011

BUSINESS

  • 650 million consumers worldwide are members of coalition loyalty programs
  • Number of coalition loyalty programs members increasing over 12% per year
  • Hospitality sector has 189 million loyalty program members

Coalition loyalty programs are on the rise, both in terms of the variety of programs available and the number of members signed up worldwide. In addition to the traditional airline frequent flyer programs, banks, insurers, hoteliers and consumer-facing organizations such as food services, electronics retailers and florists, are increasingly offering rewards schemes.

Today there are an estimated 650 million consumers worldwide who are members of coalition loyalty programs – 14% of the global adult population. With companies tailoring their rewards schemes to specific customers needs, that number is set to top 1 billion in 2011.

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Sector Snapshot: Social Media

Sector Snapshot: Social Media

BUSINESS

  • 80% of US companies counting over 100 employees will market themselves using social media
  • Companies are spending more and more on social media strategies
  • US to account for over half of global social network spending, which is to total $6 billion in 2011

In 2011, 80% of US companies counting over 100 employees will market themselves using social media. In 2008, only 42% of these businesses used social media as a promotion tool.

As social media continues to permeate every aspect of global consumer society, businesses and corporations have ramped up their marketing to the maximum.

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Sector Snapshot: Global Automotive Industry

Sector Snapshot: Global Automotive Industry

BUSINESS

  • China largest single-nation producer of vehicles in the world
  • Japan second largest vehicle manufacturer and home to biggest global carmaker Toyota
  • US biggest world producer of commercial vehicles in 2010

The global automotive industry is one of the biggest generators of revenue across all economic sectors. China is the single largest vehicle producer in the world. In 2010 it produced a total of 18.2 billion vehicles, including 13.9 million cars and 4.4 million commercial vehicles, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

With a combined total of 9.6 million units, Japan is the second-largest vehicle manufacturer and home to the biggest carmaker in the world in Toyota. Together with Nissan and Honda, they provide car parts to just about every manufacturer in the world. The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March is continuing to disrupt production across the country, which is sending global car prices higher.

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Sector Snapshot: Digital Media Industry

Sector Snapshot: Digital Media Industry

BUSINESS

  • World internet user numbers have risen by almost 20% since start of decade
  • Global entertainment and publishing industry expected to be worth over $2 trillion in next few years
  • Digital media market to be worth $24 billion by 2015

The number of people accessing the internet throughout the world has risen by almost 20% since the beginning of the decade. In 2010, nearly 25% of the world’s population surfed the World Wide Web. As the online community becomes ever more mobile, that figure is expected to soar over the coming years.

Social media websites give a good indication of how the world is changing on a social and economic level. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Wikipedia and MySpace have been at the forefront of innovation in the digital media landscape.

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Sector Snapshot: Global Media Industry

Sector Snapshot: Global Media Industry

BUSINESS

  • Advertising is largest global media segment, accounting for 47% of total market value.
  • US media industry reported the highest profits worldwide, totaling $264 billion; Japan second with $98.5 billion
  • Walt Disney company with most media operations

The global media industry is made up of advertising, television and broadcasting, movies, publishing and entertainment markets. Advertising is by far the largest segment, accounting for 47% of total market value.

In 2010, the United States media industry reported the highest profits worldwide, totaling $264 billion – around 48% of total global revenue. Japan was second on the list with $98.5 billion.

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Sector Snapshot: E-Commerce Shipping and Logistics

Sector Snapshot:  E-Commerce Shipping and Logistics

BUSINESS

  • Global e-commerce sales to reach $963 billion by 2013
  • US e-commerce market predicted to grow over 12% by 2014
  • Biggest e-commerce shipping companies in Europe: Deutsche Post/DHL, DPD, GLS, Hermes and UPS

In the booming market of e-commerce, more focus is being placed on order fulfillment and shipping logistics as rivals compete to draw in consumers, according to market research firm yStats.com.

In the United States, retailers are increasingly trying to compete with online marketplace heavyweight Amazon.com. For example, eBay recently announced an acquisition deal for GSI Commerce, which would see the online auction and shopping giant include customer orders and distribution services – a open shot across the bows for Amazon.

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