Monday, 22 September 2014

Surge Protection Devices Market Trends and Forecast 2014-2020

The concept of protecting electronic devices from power surges or spikes is known as surge protection. Surge protection devices allow multiple components to plug into a single power outlet. A power surge is a significant increase in voltage above the designated level. If power voltage rises above the standard voltage, it is likely to damage the electronic equipment. For instance, the standard voltage in the U.S. and India are 120 volts and 230 volts respectively, in residential and commercial sectors. A surge protector prevents electrical equipment from getting damaged, when the voltage increases beyond the standard level.  

The global surge protection devices market is expected to witness a substantial growth during the forecast period. This is due to its increasing demand across various application sectors such as industrial, residential and commercial sectors. Increasing incidences of transient voltage and lightning accidents globally is increasing the usage of surge protection devices. If the surge or spike is high, it can cause heavy damage to electrical equipment.

The increase in the usage of electrical equipment such as personal computers, printers and industrial control equipment such as PLC’s, microwaves, washing machines and alarms are amplifying the demand for surge protection devices globally.

Among all the application segments, industrial sector holds the largest market share at present in surge protection devices market, whereas; commercial segment is expected to be the fastest growing application segment due to the increase in telephone and internet users in the emerging nations.

Adoption of high technologies equipment such as LCD and LED televisions in the emerging countries are the major factors that are responsible for the growth of surge protection devices market globally. These devices are sensitive and a small fluctuation in the voltage leads to damage of equipment. The rising demand for protection of electronic devices from power surges or spikes is fueling the demand for surge protection devices globally. North America is analyzed to lead the global surge protection devices market throughout the forecast period. However, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region in this market due to rapid growth in industrialization.

This market research study analyzes the surge protection devices market on a global level, and provides estimates in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. The report recognizes the drivers and restraints affecting the industry and analyzes their impact over the forecast period. Moreover, it identifies the significant opportunities for market growth in the coming years.

The report segments the market on the basis of geography as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the World (RoW), and these have been estimated in terms of revenue (USD million). In addition, the report segments the market based on the types, which include plug-in devices, hard wired devices, line cord devices and power control center. The market has been segmented on the basis of end use application as residential, commercial and industrial. All these segments have also been estimated on the basis of geography in terms of revenue (USD million).

For better understanding of the surge protection devices market, we have given a detailed analysis of the supply chain. In addition, a detailed Porter’s five forces analysis has been given for a better understanding of the intensity of the competition present in the market. Furthermore, the study comprises a market attractiveness analysis, where the applications are benchmarked based on their market scope, growth rate and general attractiveness.

The report provides company market share analysis of various industry participants. The key players have also been profiled and their company overview, financial overview, business strategies, SWOT analysis and the recent developments have been covered in the report. Major market participants profiled in this report include Schneider Electric, Eaton Corp., Emerson Electric Co., GE Industrial Solutions, Crompton Greaves Ltd., Raycap Corporation S.A and Phoenix Contact GmbH. among others.

Global Surge Protection Devices Market: By type 
Plug-in devices
Hard wired devices
Line cord devices
Power control center
Global Surge Protection Devices Market: By application
Global Surge Protection Devices Market: By geography
North America
Asia Pacific
Rest of the World
The report also provides a cross-sectional analysis of the mentioned segments (i.e., by type and application) with respect to the above mentioned regions.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

M-Commerce In Sub-Saharan Africa: Making Sense Of A Growing Mobile Business

M-Commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa: Making Sense of a Growing Mobile Business,’ a new Telecom Insider Report by Pyramid Research, provides an overview of the growing m-commerce sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. It looks at two types of transactions: those completed on a mobile phone and purchases of goods or services using mobile money. To assess the market in more detail, the report uses a four-part framework that consists of product identification, purchase and payment, delivery and post-purchase feedback. These are also the four steps in a consumer’s purchase transaction on a mobile phone using mobile money.

The section on product identification examines the way companies in Africa can target consumers. The second part looks at the existing mobile payment infrastructure, specifically the services offered in Kenya and Tanzania. The third section studies the high transportation costs and poor infrastructure in the region, which play an important part in determining where companies choose to set up their operations; it looks especially at the way Jumia has made chosen certain countries to locate in. The fourth section looks at the existing relationship between customers and companies and how it may change. Finally, the report summarizes the key findings of the research and provides the reader with key insights regarding future market developments. Most of the information in this report was gained through primary research with key market players.

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Key Findings

Pyramid Research expects mobile-money transactions to continue to become more common across the continent.
We believe the key to growth will be an increase in the interoperability of payment systems offered by providers. The combination of mobile money and mobile commerce has the potential to dramatically alter the way commercial transactions are completed in Africa.
Improvements in mobile connectivity are increasing the number of potential shoppers online across Sub-Saharan Africa, but the mobile-money infrastructure remains a constraint for the industry.


Although the term m-commerce is widely used in both literature and news media, understanding of this industry is still lagging. This report provides an overview of the growing m-commerce market in Sub-Saharan Africa by looking at four aspects of mobile transactions.
This report first outlines the current structure of the m-commerce industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. It looks at two types of m-commerce transactions, distinguishing between transactions completed on a mobile phone and purchases of goods or services using mobile money.
The report examines the industry growing around both of these types of transactions. In order to assess the various aspects of the market, we use a four-step framework consisting of product identification, purchase and payment, delivery and post-purchase feedback.
The section on product identification looks at the way companies in Africa are able to target consumers based on a set of criteria revealed through the online content viewed on their mobile phones.
The second part of the report investigates the existing mobile-payment infrastructures in Kenya and Tanzania. It highlights the differences between the two systems and the potential for a payment platform targeting enterprises. 
The infrastructure deficit, both domestic and international, is a key cost to African companies looking to set up an m-commerce platform. The third section explores why companies have located in certain countries.
The report also focuses on the interaction between companies and consumers, providing an understanding of the existing and potential relationships between the two.
Finally, we summarize the key findings of the report and highlight some of the issues that need to be overcome in order for the industry to grow.

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Reasons To Buy

This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the value chain and some of the key companies involved in the growth of the mobile-commerce industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The report looks at some of the existing m-commerce infrastructure in Africa as well as the industry’s potential for expansion.
The report looks at a number of the competitors in the sector and assesses their business models and ambitions.
The report discusses existing opportunities in the m-commerce market in region, providing a number of actionable recommendations for market participants.
The report gives key recommendations on how companies should act if they are interested in this market.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Global Intelligent Driving Industry Report, 2014

Intelligent car is now developing towards in-vehicle infotainment and intelligent driving, which have become increasingly practical since 2013. Intelligent driving is based on various driver assistance technologies, chiefly aimed at automated or unmanned driving.

Already-launched automated driving technologies by international advanced vehicle makers are still in the stage of driver assistance or semi-automated driving. In addition to a great many high- and medium-class cars, some economical passenger cars have also begun to adopt driver assistance technologies, and automated driving systems in a particular case like traffic jam assistant have been installed in some streamlined advanced models. Automated driving technologies in the research and development test have entered the highly-automated driving stage. In 2013-2014, several vehicle makers or technology companies e.g. Google launched their highly-automated driving concept models.

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Driver assistance technologies all over the world have ushered in massive configuration of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which is also one of the most-demanding automotive sectors in recent years, expected to see a CAGR of 20% over 2013-2017.

The combined utilization of multiple ADASs can achieve a higher automation and make driving smarter. As a general rule, the more ADAS systems a car carries, the more intelligent it is. On the whole, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Nissan lead the way in ADAS configuration, with more functions, higher automation and supporting ratio. Vehicle makers prefer to apply ADAS systems to new, top-selling and new energy models.

Volvo will sell the first with highly-automated driver assistance system - XC90 at the end of 2014,followed by other leading vehicle makers from 2015. It is expected that mass-produced highly-automated cars will appear around the year 2020, and large-scale commercially-applied fully-automated ones around 2030. 

Global And China Sugar Industry Report, 2014-2017

During 2008/09-2012/13, the global raw sugar output presented a CAGR of 5.4% as the market experienced a shift from a short supply to oversupply. In 2013-2014, the output of raw sugar somewhat declined to 175.7 million tons. It is predicted that in 2014/15 the global raw sugar output will continue to fall, and that high inventory of global sugar will thus be very likely to reverse.

As one of the world's important table sugar producers, China saw the sugar output of 13.318 million tons, up 1.9% from a year earlier, ranking the third place around the globe. Cane sugar is the major sugar variety in China, with its output accounting for over 90% of the total sugar output in the country. With larger planting area, Guangxi leads China in table sugar output, with its sugar output for 2013 occupying 64.3% of the national total.

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Affected by the laws of sugarcane production, the sugarcane output in China will show a downward trend, which would probably last through 2016/17 season. On the other hand, restricted by the factors like natural environment and industry policies, China’s sugar output will grow by a limited margin.

Since 2012, despite a rising downstream demand, China’s sugar manufacturers has suffered great losses, hurt by lower table sugar prices and rising costs of production. In H1 2014, up to 66.0% of Chinese sugar producers made losses. Although sugar factories, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, were facing business difficulties, yet industry integration is difficult.

The acceleration of sugar industry integration through mergers and aquisitions is in line with the government’s expectation, but large sugar manufacturers are generally in a shortage of funds, and if they acquire small and medium-sized enterprises that have no technical and cost advantages, they would suffer losses. At present, some big sugar manufacturers like Nanning Sugar Industry are more inclined to take technological upgrading to improve sugar business while others such as Guangxi Guitang (Group) and Xinjiang Guannong Fruit & Antler Group would reverse the plight by cutting sugar business and expanding other industries.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Overview Structural Electronics (SE) Applications, Technologies 2015-2025

Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. It forms a key part of the dream, formulated decades ago, of computing disappearing into the fabric of society. It also addresses, in a particularly elegant manner, the dream of Edison in 1880 that electricity should be made where it is needed. SE is often biomimetic - it usefully imitates nature in ways not previously feasible. It is a rapidly growing multi-billion dollar business.

Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this. Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.

The common factor is that both load bearing and smart skin formats occupy only unwanted space. The electronics and electrics effectively have no volume. More speculatively, electronics and electrics injected into unused voids in vehicle bodies, buildings etc., say as aerogel, could also provide this benefit without necessarily being load bearing but possibly providing other benefits such as heat insulation. Some present and future applications of structural electronics are morphing aircraft using shape memory alloys, car with printed organic light emitting diode OLED lighting on outside and inside of roof and printed photovoltaics over the outside generating electricity supercapacitor skin on an electric car replacing the traction battery as energy storage, smart skin as a nervous system for an aircraft and solar boats and aircraft running on sunshine alone. In London, a piezoelectric smart dance floor generates electricity and smart bridges across the world have sensors and more embedded in their concrete, all forms of structural electronics as it is increasingly the way to go.

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