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We use our experience, knowledge and industry contacts to understand your market intelligence needs, review options and present feasible solutions, enabling you, in the meantime, to focus on other day to day tasks.
Complementary solutions, for any market research requirement and budget.
Specific solutions aimed at delivering exact requirements. No two projects are the same with individual methodological design.
Commercial Due Diligence
Partners & Suppliers
Buyers & Customers
Business challenges that we support with.
Stay ahead in local markets
In home markets, or, countries with established market presence it is vitally important to stay ahead of rivals and the threat of new entrants. Understanding and improving customer experience and loyalty is key in maintaining and building a strong brand as well as ensuring products and services are fully meeting expectations.
Foreign markets offer many opportunities, however the challenges and threats rising from the barriers of entry to achieving financial success present many risks. Whether it’s sourcing local suppliers, finding reliable distributors or making informed strategic development plans having accurate insights is crucial for confidence.
Access reliable information
There is an ever-increasing number of data and intelligence service providers offering publications, strategic advisory and market research. Some may have longevity and track record; others have flexibility and innovative techniques. All will focus on what they can do whereas our services are designed to deliver what you need.
Worldwide coverage, with services and project experience Globally.
Over 175 country specific, fully searchable, homepages, which asides from traditional developed economies and key emerging markets also includes industry forecasts on diverse locations such as North Korea.
Our experience introduces you to a tried and tested network of experienced strategic partners with tailor made services through local offices and on the ground consultants in over 40 locations across all continents.
Online News Tool
Challenge: A major European firm specialising in road and rail construction requiring news updates across 15 countries in Central & Eastern Europe.
Solution: A customised news monitoring service covering construction opportunities in logistics, industrial and retail/commercial sectors with access to archive and tagged content for easy searching developed for regional managers and sales teams.
Civil Engineering | Emerging Europe
Challenge: A market leading vendor of joint replacement and trauma implants under threat in SE Asia from low cost competitive Chinese products.
Solution: Survey and in-person interviews conducted with orthopaedic surgeons in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam to understand preferences allowing for recommendations of product development, loyalty and competitive positioning.
Orthopaedics | South East Asia
Challenge: A leading speciality chemicals company aiming to better understand market opportunities in China for their niche silicone adhesive solutions.
Solution: The key customer segments of Building Materials, Electronics and Footwear Manufacturing were sized with demand forecast. Value chain and margins assessed to identify best route to market leading to direct recommendation in sales strategy.
Speciality Chemicals | China
Challenge: Working for a top 5 global cosmetics producer and retailer focused on cross-border retail trends between the United States and Mexico.
Solution: The size of the cosmetics market was assessed across difference segments with research of spending trends by channel. New malls and potential new retail channel partners were identified, and SWOT conducted into regions within northern Mexico.
Beauty & Cosmetics | Mexico
Commercial Due Diligence
Challenge: A Japanese industrial multinational searching for potential M&A targets to shorten supply chain in India, Singapore and Thailand.
Solution: Developed a scorecard based on ‘ideal partner’ and identified / screened 25+ target companies based on core filters. Shortlisted companies further investigated leading to introductions to 6 best companies and subsequent US$10mn+ acquisition.
Manufacturing | Asia
Challenge: A leading building materials producer considering an acquisition of a European manufacturer of Insulation materials required data support.
Solution: Working to specific parameters assigned from the head office data was sourced on acoustic insulation, mineral wool and xps production and sales volumes within Europe. The commercial due diligence support contributing to full acquisition.
Building Materials | Europe
Challenge: A European industrial automation company wishing to re-enter the Indian market after a previous relationship with a distributor went sour.
Solution: A successful re-entry strategy based on profiling specific industry sectors, coupled with 20 in-depth customer interviews and surveying 75 manufacturers. Advise given sales opportunities, segment priorities and competitive positioning.
Manufacturing | India
Challenge: A UK based medical software developer wanted to develop a competitive pricing policy for expansion into Europe and Middle East.
Solution: Focusing on clinical trial software hard data and recommended strategy was provided on market sizes, customer requirements, willingness to pay and discounting enabling the client to prioritise key markets and potential sales prospects.
Healthcare Software | EMEA
Challenge: A US based fine chemicals and food ingredients supplier with flagging sales growth in key locations of Australia, China and Thailand.
Solution: A series of in-depth interviews with lapsed and current purchasing managers to determine decision making process, satisfaction points and pricing as well as value comparison with competitors leading to revitalised strategy and segmentation.
Food Ingredients | Australia & Asia
Challenge: A leading e-commerce platform required support analysing new growth markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Emerging Europe.
Solution: Sized traditional retail and e-commerce markets across Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and further profiled Poland, Nigeria, UAE, Sri-Lanka and Thailand as those with most potential.
E-commerce | CEE, MEA & APAC
Challenge: A multinational producer of novolac epoxy facing threat from international and domestic players in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand.
Solution: Provided in-depth competitor insights by profiling several rivals producing pulp mill and water treatment applications. Production capabilities and volumes assessed as well as customer focus strategies in order to advise performance gaps.
Chemicals | Asia
Data to support M&A
Challenge: A leading Western European multinational requesting specific market data to support a potential US$50mn acquisition in South America.
Solution: Various industry forecast reports sourced from different providers, presenting options and advising suitability. Provided pre purchase support guaranteeing required figures included. Data matched internal calculations and acquisition made.
Construction Chemicals | South America
Challenge: A global top 5 medical capital equipment company wanting to complete coverage gaps in in its product offering and range across Thailand.
Solution: Over 20 local distributors were identified, contacted and screened out based on a 30-criteria scorecard. The selected, most suitable, companies were visited by consultants and extensively profiled leading to recommendations and introductions to 3.
MedTech | South East Asia
Industry Data / Analyst time
Challenge: A European leader in Mining Equipment required high-level analysis across all major vertical segments to support Global strategic planning.
Solution: Reviewed all available studies and communicated with 8 providers of data to confirm contents and suitability. Recommended 500+ page study with additional analyst time that was taken and later shared with regional managers through intranet.
Mining Equipment | Global
Product & Pricing Strategy
Challenge: A leading international epayment processing solutions / software provider under increasing competition from lower priced rivals.
Solution: Surveyed 30 banks and benchmarked top 10 competing vendors to map value chain and major transaction types. Determined buying criteria and identified / recommended key segments to target coupled with positioning and pricing approach.
Banking Software | India
Challenge: A European specialty chemical company aiming to further expand in the APAC region needed in-depth analysis of key distribution channels.
Solution: Focused on their construction chemicals analysis was provided across 10 different product groups within 10 specific locations. Research included revenue data and forecasts for 6 channels ranging from Direct Sales to Merchants and Online.
Construction Chemicals | APAC
Challenge: A global leader in online digital payments wanting to understand opportunity in high potential growth markets in Africa and Central Asia.
Solution: After narrowing search to Kenya, Nigeria and Kazakhstan in-country analysts assessed shopping habits and payment preferences including market sizing, platforms and trends, competition as well as providing insights into spending flows.
Online Payments | Africa & CIS
Pre/Post Acquisition Support
Challenge: A leading international exhibitions player requiring extra negotiation ammunition to support the acquisition of regional trade show.
Support: Focused on Building Materials the industry outlook for the region was first assessed, followed by analyse / surveys for previous shows and SWOT on Competitive events. Advised risks, investment priorities and gave post acquisition support.
International Exhibitions | South East Asia
Industry Specific Forecasts
Challenge: The Strategy and M&A department of a leading provider of industrial automation technologies required analysis on the filtration sector.
Solution: Provided the head office direct support sourcing relevant industry analysis and assistance in ensuring appropriateness. Arranged additional customisation on Paper & Pulp and specific data and trends on the development of the Chinese market.
Industrial Filtration | Global
Challenge: A global technology providing clinical software and information required a solution keeping its team informed of regional developments.
Solution: A specific fortnightly newsletter with online news archive and tagged content containing screened and selected events summarised across 16 countries in Asia Pacific. Articles and access distributed to over 70 key management, sales and marketing staff.
Hospital IT | Asia Pacific
Challenge: A leading medical insurance company focused on international growth required comprehensive analysis in to 20 possible locations.
Solution: Established sources and profiled each market for size, competitive landscape, and maturity. Analysis was provided into local regulations, opportunities and potential barriers with a final recommendation for 7 markets with most potential.
Medical Insurance | APAC / MEA
Support Courting Investors
Challenge: An American alternative e-commerce payment company and its investment bank required support with commercial due diligence.
Solution: To support expansion research was carried out across 5 regions. In country payment methods were evaluated, sized and forecast for B2C e-commerce and selected B2B segments with trend analysis identifying payment opportunities.
E-commerce payments | Global
Challenge: A top 5 manufacturer of Elevators and Escalators wished to acquire reliable data for head office annual planning and strategic focus.
Solution: Sourced more than 10 available options, filtering to 2 based on our industry knowledge of producers and clients must haves. Chosen data was provided with additional bonus of analysis of key competitors revenues by sales channels in China.
Elevators & Escalators | Global
Challenge: Online information services leader requiring third party assessment to confirm target acquisitions SWOT and financial potential.
Solution: Surveys conducted with end consumers and B2B advertisers in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand regarding services and rivals. Objective assessment gave brand reputation and projected earnings confirming targets promise, and later acquisition.
Business Services | South East Asia
Challenge: A specialised Western European private hospital wanting to tap into the significant rise in outbound Chinese medical tourism.
Solution: Local language research in China, coupled with surveying referring clinicians, hospitals and agencies to understand decision making and compare destinations. Advised on potential, focus segments, referral partners and positioning offer.
Medical Tourism | China / Global
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