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Weight Loss Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

Weight Loss Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld











IBISWorld Market Research


Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) August 27, 2013

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 70.0% of Australian males and 56.2% of females are overweight or obese. For both health and cosmetic reasons, there is growing pressure on Australians to change this statistic. An ever-growing amount of consumer spending is being directed towards getting thinner and healthier. IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday states “during 2013-14, Australians are estimated to spend $ 643.7 million on weight-loss counselling services, low-calorie foods and dietary supplements in their quests to slim down.” This is up 3.6% from the previous year, and with annualised growth of 2.8% over the past five years. Stronger industry growth has returned in 2012-13 and 2013-14 following two years of low growth in 2010-11 and 2011-12, when uncertain consumers cut back on discretionary spending.

Growth for the Weight Loss Services industry continues to be driven by its traditionally prominent companies, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. However, competitors such as Lite n’ Easy and Tony Ferguson have also gained market share through the development of new dietary products and services. According to Allday, “Australians are seeking out innovative, convenient and more effective methods of weight loss than those that have been on the market for some time.” Opinions are mixed regarding the effectiveness of low-fat foods that have high-sugar content, and the role exercise plays in long-term weight loss without reducing sugar consumption. Another key trend has been the move by traditional weight-loss companies towards the development of low-calorie or fat-free food, drinks and supplements, and the incorporation of these products into their counselling services.

The two largest weight-loss companies, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, are well-known operators in the Weight Loss Services industry and offer a range of weight-loss products and services. As Australians continue to spend more on weight-loss solutions, there has been a steady supply of new products and services. There has been a steady increase in the number of smaller competitors entering the market to capture some market share from the large firms. There has been a large increase in the number of online companies offering quick-fix weight-loss pills and solutions, as well as online targeting of potential customers to these products. However, industry associations, medical experts and consumer groups have questioned the veracity and legitimacy of many of these products, with the largest companies tending to overcome many of these competitors. This has resulted in industry concentration increasing in the past five years. The major industry players are Nestle Australia (Jenny Craig), Weight Watchers and Lite n’ Easy. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Weight Loss Services report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Weight-loss providers include any company offering goods or services specifically targeted as a weight-loss solution. As well as traditional weight-loss advice and counselling services, companies offer a variety of foods and beverages targeted at those wishing to lose weight. This industry does not include gyms, personal trainers and other exercise-oriented companies.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

International Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Basis of Competition

Barriers to Entry

Industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.























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Global Cyber Security Market 2013-2023 – World Industry Share, Size, Growth, Analysis and Forecast Research Report Available at MarketResearchReports.Biz

Global Cyber Security Market 2013-2023 – World Industry Share, Size, Growth, Analysis and Forecast Research Report Available at MarketResearchReports.Biz











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(PRWEB) June 16, 2013

This report is the result of SDI’s extensive market and company research covering the global cyber security industry. It provides detailed analysis of both historic and forecast global industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by industry participants, analysis of the leading companies in the industry, and key news.

Introduction and Landscape

Why was the report written?

The Global Cybersecurity Market 2013-2023 offers the reader detailed analysis of the global cyber security market over the next ten years, alongside potential market opportunities to enter the industry, using detailed market size forecasts.

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What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?

The global cyber security market is dominated by North America, with the US being the largest defense spender in the world; overall, North America is set to spend US$ 93.6 billion on cyber security during the forecast period. Despite the scheduled budget cuts, Europe represents the second-largest market, with the total cyber security market valued at around US$ 24.7 billion, offering a potentially attractive investment opportunity for suppliers. Asia-Pacific is projected to spend an estimated US$ 23.2 billion on cyber security during the forecast period, followed by the Middle East and Latin America with US$ 22.8 billion and US$ 1.6 billion respectively.

What makes this report unique and essential to read?

The Global Cyber Security Market 2013-2023 provides detailed analysis of the current industry size and growth expectations from 2013 to 2023, including highlights of key growth stimulators. It also benchmarks the industry against key global markets and provides detailed understanding of emerging opportunities in specific areas.

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Key Features and Benefits

The report provides detailed analysis of the market for cyber security during 2013-2023, including the factors that influence the reasons countries are investing or cutting defense expenditure. It provides detailed expectations of growth rates and projected total expenditure.

Historically, most of the expenditure in this sector is generated by the private sector, yet government spending has witnessed a robust increase in the recent past; the US’s private and public sector spending is almost the same, pegged at US$ 94 billion over the next 10 years. The UK has also made cyber security a tier one priority by allocating an additional US$ 800 million for various cyber security initiatives in its 2010 strategic defense and security review (SDSR); the government is expected to spend close to US$ 6 billion on cyber security over the next 10 years. Similarly countries in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America are also expected to ramp up spending on cyber security during the forecast period.

Key Market Issues

It is very important for cyber security providers to identify the source of malware so that similar patterns can be tracked and observed for flaws, and a proper response to the attack can be delivered without causing undue inconvenience to the entire cyberspace community. This challenge stems from the fact that the cyber security institutional eco-system which consists of a broad set of international, national, and private organizations has unclear and overlapping boundaries.

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Cyber weapons are in their infancy and are expected to rapidly evolve over the next decade. Therefore, nations are currently dedicating increasing resources at the executive policy level as well as at the private sector level, in order to deal with complex cyber threats. These resources have been well utilized as is evident from the innovations in cyber defense technologies, but as these mechanisms become commercially available and their mode of operation is scrutinized, attackers will develop more advanced cyber weapon technologies to deal with advanced defenses.

Key Highlights

At the cyber-security world summit held in 2010, security experts raised credible issues such as crashing power grids, stalled air control towers, hospital infrastructure being rendered useless, and national defenses being susceptible to outside attack. New technologies such as cloud computing, social networking, and the proliferation of mobile devices have also resulted in an increase of cyber attacks. The governments of the UK, the US, France, Belgium, Germany, and India have stated that their systems and networks were infiltrated by criminal networks. Such incidents are expected to augment a sustainable demand for cyber security over the forecast period

The militaries of most countries have always enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy, but they are not immune from the economic uncertainties that face governments. With budget cuts being implemented, many countries are looking to channel their resources towards certain areas of military spending. For example the US is looking to phase out tanks and other major weapons programs and divert its spending towards IT and cyber security programs.

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Electric Bicycle Industry: China Market Trends, Size, Share and Forecast Report 2012-2015 Available at ResearchMoz.us

Electric Bicycle Industry: China Market Trends, Size, Share and Forecast Report 2012-2015 Available at ResearchMoz.us











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Albany, NY (PRWEB) May 11, 2013

Researchmoz presents this most up-to-date research on China Electric Bicycle Industry Report, 2012-2015. The report focuses primarily on quantitative market metrics in order to characterize the growth and evolution of the China Electric Bicycle Industry.

Chinese electric bicycle manufacturers went through a painful ordeal in 2011. The circular for rectifying the electric bicycle industry issued by the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the rising price of raw materials like lead-acid batteries and the slowly growing demand because of market saturation depressed the electric bicycle industry (http://www.researchmoz.us/china-electric-bicycle-industry-report-2012-2015-report.html) into low-speed development from a boom in 2010. The output of electric bicycles increased by only 4.8% YoY to 30.96 million units in 2011, with the growth rate slipping by 28 percentage points over 2010. The slow growth looks to continue into 2012.

Amid the overall industry downturn, the strong get stronger and the weak fade away, with the acceleration of industry consolidation. The leaders like Yadea, AIMA and Xinri have started to further expand the market share by virtue of their edges in capital, technology, production scale and brand influence, while a large number of small-sized firms see the squeezed market space and plummeting market share and may face merger or bankruptcy. As a whole, the industry also embraces golden opportunity for development, though the majority of enterprises encounter a crisis. Firstly, the quality of such components as battery and motor needs to be improved, and the energy-saving and environment-friendly features of Chinese electric bicycle products wait to be enhanced. Once these problems are addressed, the enterprises will rid themselves of the intense homogeneous competition, enhance their product profitability and effectively explore the international market; secondly, the uncertainty of domestic industrial policy and the imperfect management system hamper the industry development. As the State improves the management mechanism of electric bicycle and issues new standards for product quality, the Chinese electric bicycle industry will enjoy huge development space.

Along with the increasingly fierce competition, some manufacturers like Xinri and Aima began to tap into central market instead of focusing on the Yangtze River Delta and Bohai Economic Rim to seize the initiative. They tend to establish production bases closer to the consumer market, and Shangqiu, Henan and Xiangyang, Hubei are expected to become new manufacturing bases of electric bicycle.

The report not only introduces the electric bicycle industry in China, Europe, the United States and Japan, but also highlights the electric bicycle business of 28 domestic manufacturers including Jiangsu Yadea, Jiangsu Xinri, AIMA Hi-tech, Shanghai Lima and Shandong Bidewen, etc.

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Jiangsu Yadea, a famous electric bicycle producer in China, tops the ranking of China National Light Industry Council (CNLIC) electric bicycle industry for three consecutive years. Headquartered in Wuxi, Jiangsu, the company now owns four production bases in Wuxi, Cixi, Tianjin and Dongguan, and boasts an annual capacity of nearly 6 million electric bicycles.

Jiangsu Xinri is one of the leading electric bicycle producers and has rapidly expanded its capacity in the past two years. Its production base, which is located in Xiangyang, Hubei and boasts an annual capacity of 2 million electric bicycles, was officially put into operation in June 2011. Later in June 2012, its electric bicycle project with one-million capacity went into operation in Wuxi, when its total capacity amounted to 6 million electric bicycles per year.

AIMA Hi-tech is another leader in Chinese electric bicycle industry. It has built up new bases in Dongguan and Shangqiu in the recent two years, with both its capacity and sales volume rapidly expanding. In 2011, its electric bicycle led the industry in terms of sales volume which reached 2.6 million.

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ITIF Report: Feeding the Planet in a Warming World

ITIF Report: Feeding the Planet in a Warming World












Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 08, 2013

The ever widening effect of climate change on the planet requires the development of comprehensive adaptation strategies that can transform our socio-economic systems to meet this reality. Nowhere is this truer than in agriculture. The world requires game-changing innovation and next generation technologies to address the impacts of climate change, and our exploding population, on global food production.

Feeding the Planet in a Warming World, a new report by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the London School of Economics (LSE), argues that nations must focus on advancing the research and development of plant and animal genetics and new agricultural practices to address this challenge. The authors recommend policy reforms designed to dramatically increase government investment in agricultural research, development and deployment, while also transforming the regulatory framework for and increasing the use of genetically modified (GM) foods.

To view the full report, visit http://www2.itif.org/2013-feeding-planet-warming-world.pdf.

“Climate change is a fact, and we need to focus public policy on adaptation strategies that can mitigate the impacts on systems such as agriculture,” says Matthew Stepp, Senior Policy Analyst with ITIF.

“Our international agricultural innovation infrastructure is grossly underfunded and too focused on near-term challenges and current technologies,” adds Val Giddings, Senior Fellow with ITIF. “The system as it is today will not deliver the agricultural technologies necessary to address the severe climate impacts we will face.”

The report calls for a tripling of global investment in agricultural research and advocates for increased use of genetic research to develop new crop varieties with improved yields and resilience. In addition, governments must strengthen international institutions to serve as renewed hubs for agricultural innovation and dissemination.

“The world requires more productive crops that have built-in means for withstanding extreme heat, cold, rain and drought, as well as better mechanisms to quickly disseminate these technologies across the globe,” notes Mark Caine, Research Fellow with the London School of Economics. “Our policy recommendations will assist in creating the robust, well-funded global innovation infrastructure that is central to achieving this goal.”

The authors also argue the global regulatory framework for agriculture, particularly for genetically modified foods, must be reformed. Many countries ban all uses of GM foods and many more, such as the United States, require unjustified testing and oversight of GM products which increases production costs and delays market access. The authors call for the creation of regulatory standards that focus on the safety and nutritional value of the product—not how it was produced.

“GM foods have been a central factor in increasing food production and decreasing costs over the last three decades, and are as safe as any other type of food,” Giddings says. “By transforming the regulatory framework to meet this reality we can more rapidly develop new agricultural advances and broaden their use globally.”























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Bottled Water Manufacturing in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

Bottled Water Manufacturing in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld











IBISWorld Market Research


Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) July 27, 2012

The Bottled Water Manufacturing industry’s growth during the past five years has been buoyed by ongoing consumer desire for healthy, convenient beverages and generally sound economic conditions. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Naren Sivasailam, “bottled water has been among the best performing beverages for the past decade”. After falling off briefly following the global financial crisis, this growth trend looks set to continue in the years ahead. Demand from supermarkets and convenience stores is expected to pick up in response to rising consumer expenditure, warmer than average weather and growing health awareness. IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will increase at an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2012-13 to total $ 600.7 million. In 2012-13, Bottled Water Manufacturing industry revenue is expected to decline by 0.1%.

The industry faces a relatively bright future over the next five years, with the recovering economy, rising average temperatures, growing health awareness and consumers’ ongoing need for convenience expected to drive sales of bottled water. Mounting environmental criticism of bottled water looms as the industry’s major threat. “Producers have moved to counter this criticism by developing more environmentally friendly packaging and emphasising their green credentials”, Sivasailam adds. Over the five years through 2017-18, revenue is forecast to increase moderately.

The Bottled Water Manufacturing industry displays a medium level of market share concentration. The top two players in the industry are Coca-Cola Amatil and Asahi Holdings Australia. Industry concentration has been increasing gradually over the past five years with larger beverage companies acquiring successful bottled water brands. For example, Coca-Cola Amatil entered the bulk packaged water segment with its purchase of Peats Ridge and Neverfail. During August 2010, Asahi Breweries agreed to buy P&N Beverages for about $ 360 million. Under the plan, Asahi would combine P&N Beverages with its other Australian beverage business, Schweppes Australia, which it acquired from Cadbury Schweppes in 2009 for $ 962 million. In February 2011, the ACCC blocked the acquisition due to competition concerns in the carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice and bottled water markets. However, in August 2011 the ACCC approved the acquisition of P&N’s water and juice businesses by Asahi.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Bottled Water Manufacturing industry consists of establishments that manufacture or bottle purified water, spring water or functional water. Excluded are establishments that manufacture soft drinks, fruit juice, alcoholic beverages or milk drinks. Also excluded from this industry are firms that are mainly engaged in the supply of water by pipelines or mains.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

International Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Basis of Competition

Barriers to Entry

Industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.























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World Apparel Market Landscape Discussed in New Textiles Intelligence Report Published at MarketPublishers.com

World Apparel Market Landscape Discussed in New Textiles Intelligence Report Published at MarketPublishers.com











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London, UK (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

In 2011, both EU and US clothing imports were up in value, by 8.3% and 8.8%, respectively.

The apparel market in Latin America, in Brazil in particular, is set for steady growth between 2011 and 2016. The apparel sector in the North America region is poised for marginal growth during the same period.

New research report “Global Apparel Markets: Business Update, 1st Quarter 2012” worked out by Textiles Intelligence has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd.

Report Details:

Title: Global Apparel Markets: Business Update, 1st Quarter 2012

Published: June, 2012

Pages: 33

Price: US$ 785.00

http://marketpublishers.com/report/consumers_goods/textile/global_apparel_markets_business_update_1st_quarter_2012.html

The report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the apparel markets globally, including acquisitions, divestments and mergers; apparel organizations; company strategies; corporate social responsibility (CSR); financial results; international trade policy; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; market forecasts up to 2016; markets; new stores; and online retailing.

Companies, organizations and brands analyzed include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Asda, Asos, Azadea Group, Banana Republic, Benetton Group, Clariant International, Cos, Debenhams, Debrus, Edizione, Fast Retailing, Farfetch, Fawaz Al Hokair, FiftyOne, Fung Brands, GAAT, Gap, George at Asda, Gildan Activewear, Glamour Sales Holding (HK), g.u., H&M, Iconix Brand Group, Inditex, the International Apparel Federation (IAF), JC Penney, J Crew, Levi Strauss & Co, Mango, Marimekko, Marks and Spencer (M&S), MH Alshaya, Massimo Dutti, Neiman Marcus Group, the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE), Peacocks, Perry Ellis International, Reliance Brands, SandpiperCI, Sidefame, SM Investments, Softlogic, Sonia Rykiel, Stuttafords, Target, Tesco, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, TJX Companies, Türkmen Group, the World Trade Organization (WTO), Uniqlo, United Nations (UN) Global Compact and Zara.

Report Contents:

Summary

Acquisitions, Divestments and Mergers

Edizione, an investment firm owned by the Benetton family, has completed its takeover bid for the Benetton Group

Fung Brands has acquired an 80% stake in Sonia Rykiel

George at Asda has entered into an agreement with Türkmen Group to acquire the sourcing division of GAAT

Inditex has acquired the Massimo Dutti franchises in Belgium and Portugal

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has acquired the UK fashion retailer Peacocks in a rescue bid

Company Strategies

JC Penney has unveiled a four-year financial plan for growth and profitability

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Clariant International has received the EU Ecolabel for its Advanced Denim Illustration

Collection

Target has announced a ban on the use of sandblasting during the manufacture of apparel products sold in its stores

United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE) have launched the first sector-specific initiative for the global fashion industry

Financial Results

Abercrombie & Fitch: net sales increased but net income fell in 2011/12

Fourth quarter 2011/12

2011/12

Asos: group revenues soared by 45% in the third quarter of 2011/12 thanks to strong international sales

Benetton group: net sales and net income declined in 2011

Gap: net sales fell by 1% and net income by 31% in 2011/12

Fourth quarter 2011/12

2011/12

Gildan Activewear: a net loss was incurred as net sales declined in the first quarter of 2011/12

Outlook

H&M: sales increased by 1% in 2010/11 and by 14% in the first quarter of 2011/12

Fourth quarter 2010/11

2010/11

First quarter 2011/12

New stores

Inditex: net sales and net income increased in 2011/12

Stores

JC Penney: a net loss was incurred in 2011/12 due to restructuring charges and a new pricing and promotional strategy

Fourth quarter 2011/12

2011/12

Levi Strauss & Co: net sales increased by 8% but net income fell by 12% in 2010/11

Fourth quarter 2010/11

2010/11

Marks and Spencer (M&S): total sales rose by 2.4% in the third quarter of 2011/12

Perry Ellis International: total revenues were up by 24% as net income rose by 4% in 2011/12

Fourth quarter 2011/12

2011/12

Outlook

TJX Companies: net income rose by 11% as net sales increased by 6% in 2011/12

Fourth quarter 2011/12

2011/12

Industry Organisations

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) has strengthened its team with three new appointments

International Trade Policy

The Indian government has approved a bill allowing 100% foreign ownership in single-brand retailing

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has approved a waiver request from the European

Union to grant temporary emergency trade preferences to Pakistan

Investments

Farfetch has raised US$ 18 mn in funding from three investors

Joint Ventur ES, Cooperation, Licensing and Distribution

Asda has entered into two franchise agreements with Azadea Group and Sandpiperci relating to its George brand

Iconix Brand Group and Reliance Brands have formed a joint venture company in India

Marimekko will enter the Chinese market under a franchise agreement with Sidefame

MH Alshaya has entered into a franchise agreement with Cos

Tesco has entered into a franchise agreement with Fawaz Al Hokair relating to its F&F apparel brand

Market Forecasts

The apparel market in Brazil is set for steady growth between 2011 and 2016

The apparel market in Latin America is set for steady growth between 2011 and 2016

The apparel market in North America is set for marginal growth between 2011 and 2016

Markets

EU clothing imports rose by 8.3% in value in 2011

US clothing imports were up in value by 8.8% in 2011

New Stores

Debenhams is planning to open a new store in Russia

Fast Retailing has opened its second g.u. flagship store in Tokyo, Japan

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Horizon Council and FGCU Second Quarter Lee County Business Climate Survey Report Indicates Expected Continued Improvement

Horizon Council and FGCU Second Quarter Lee County Business Climate Survey Report Indicates Expected Continued Improvement










Fort Myers, Florida (PRWEB) May 22, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 18, 2012) – The second quarter Horizon Council and Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lee County Executive Business Climate Survey Report provides insights into Lee County’s economy and expected economic trends.

The survey provides a key new economic indicator for Lee County, the Executive Business Climate Index.

The second quarter survey (April 2012) value for the Lee County Executive Business Climate Index is 69, which indicates expected continued improvement in the local economy. The index is slightly higher than the index value of 66 calculated from the first quarter survey (January 2012) reinforcing the executives’ view that that the overall local economy is expected to continue to improve.

Additional key findings for the second quarter of 2012 include:


70 percent of executives stated that the current economic conditions have improved over last year;

79 percent of the executives expect the economy to improve over the next year;

65 percent of the executives stated that the current economic conditions for their industry have improved over last year, but 30 percent stated that economic conditions remained approximately the same;

79 percent of executives expect economic conditions for their industry to improve over the next year;

32 percent of executives had increased employment over the last year, while nine percent had reduced employment;

45 percent of executives expect to increase employment at their companies during the next year and only one percent of executives expect to reduce employment;

53 percent of companies expect to increase investment next year and only three percent expect to reduce their investment levels;

The cost of doing business was moderately higher than last year for 58 percent of the executives and substantially higher for 13 percent of the executives compared to last year. Only two percent of the executives indicated that costs were moderately lower and 27 percent indicated that costs were approximately the same as one year ago.

The cost of doing business over the next year is expected to be similar to the increases observed over the last year. Sixty-nine percent of the executives expect moderate higher costs but 10 percent expect costs to be substantially higher;

The geographic client market includes 24 percent of firms serving international markets and 40 percent serving the U.S. market;

The primary business challenges identified by the executives included:
     A qualified workforce
     Controlling costs
     Markets and growth
     Poor local and national economy
     Financing
     Regulation
     Healthcare costs
     Technology

The Executive Business Climate Index value can range from 0 to 100. An index number of 50 would be neutral or an expectation of no change in economic activity. Therefore, this quarter’s index indicates economic activity in Lee County is expected to improve but at a less than moderate growth pace.

The index is computed using the two questions concerning the current and future economic conditions and a third question about the expected industry economic conditions. The index is an average of the responses with substantially better equal to 100, moderately better equal to 75, same equal to 50, moderately worse equal to 25 and substantially worse equal to zero.

About Fort Myers Regional Partnership

The Fort Myers Regional Partnership works to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high-skilled jobs; retains and encourages the expansion of existing businesses and improves the overall business environment. Lee County is a thriving business community with a highly regarded airport, significant corporate development and ample real estate opportunities. The area is attracting, retaining and growing high-value businesses with a unique blend of an outstanding business climate and superior quality of life. The county is home to five vibrant cities–Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, and Sanibel–and is the heart of Southwest Florida.

The Partnership continues to promote and build the region through ongoing efforts from its proactive team of domestic and international recruiters, research staff and community liaisons, as well as through its partnerships with the Horizon Foundation, the Horizon Council and the Lee County Industrial Development Authority. Since 1996, more than 5,000 new jobs and more than $ 1 billion in economic impact have been committed to as a direct result of key local incentive programs; Lee County Job Opportunity Program and the First Incentives for Recruiting Strategic Targets as well as State of Florida incentives and the State Closing Fund.

In addition to the website, http://www.FortMyersRegionalPartnership.com, Fort Myers Regional Partnership can also be found social networking sites including Linked-In, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Honoring the Past. Celebrating the Present. Exploring the Future.

Lee County is celebrating its 125th anniversary (Quasquicentennial) on May 13, 2012. In honor of its independence from Monroe County in 1887, Lee County will be offering a variety of special events, programs, and promotions throughout the year. Learn more at http://www.LeeGov.com/125th with a monthly events calendar, photo gallery, and historic events timeline.

Editor’s Notes: For more information, media representatives should contact Gary Jackson, director, Regional Economic Research Institute at 239.590.7319 or Jennifer Berg of the Myers Regional Partnership at 239.338.3161 or email at JBerg(at)leegov(dot)com. The link to the survey























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More Developing Nations Press Releases

Convenience and Consumer Awareness to Drive Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Convenience and Consumer Awareness to Drive Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.











San Jose, California (PRWEB) February 22, 2012

Follow us on LinkedIn – The global market for frozen foods has managed to overcome recessionary woes driven by growing demand for convenient and faster-to-prepare foods, as consumers during such times exhibit reluctance to eat out and prefer eating at home. Moreover with the inflationary food prices eating into their pockets, consumers are increasingly shifting towards frozen food as a viable alternative to fresh and chilled products. Frozen fruit and vegetables segment, which was previously regarded as “dated” and “unhealthy”, showed robust growth in the wake of the recession. Producers’ campaigns towards re-educating consumers over the benefits and quality of the frozen products and publicizing the additional advantages with frozen foods such as presence of original nutritional values led to significant rise in uptake of the frozen fruits and vegetables. The frozen fruit and vegetables market stands to gain from the fast-paced modern lifestyle that has led consumers to look for easy and hygienic products that eliminate the conventional hassles of cleaning and chopping fresh fruits and vegetables thereby by evading the all important time-constraints of traditional cooking. Further, the advent of innovative products and packaging is also contributing to increased consumption of a wide variety of frozen foods.

As stated by the new market research report on Frozen Fruits and Vegetables, the US represents the largest regional market, while Asia, Latin America and Russia offer huge potential for future growth, given the relatively late adoption of frozen foods, and lower market penetration of such products in the regions. New markets such as China are rapidly growing, thereby extending fresh avenues for the world frozen food sector. The market for frozen foods in Europe is experiencing a mixed bag of growth with Germany, and Scandinavia reporting below average growth arising due to market saturation. However, other European countries such as France and Portugal are witnessing relatively faster growth. Among the frozen vegetables, frozen potatoes continue to experience strong demand owing to rapid expansion of fast food restaurants. The US, Canada, Netherlands and Belgium are the leading producers of frozen potatoes. Asia, South America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Europe offer lucrative prospects for frozen potatoes, with huge untapped market potential.

The key to effective utilization of long-term investments in frozen fruits and vegetables lies in the accuracy of marketing and branding mantras adopted to bring the acquired niche brands into the mainstream market. In an increasingly dynamic and health intense food market, innovation stands as a key deciding factor for corporate success. Driving innovation under the current market conditions is not just insight but foresight. Major players profiled in the report include Ardo Group, Birds Eye Foods Inc., Bonduelle Group, ConAgra Foods Inc., Findus Sverige AB, Gelagri Bretagne SA, Green Giant, H.J. Heinz Company, McCain Foods Limited, Merko Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., NG Fung Hong Limited, PinguinLutosa NV, and Simplot Food Group.

The research report titled “Frozen Fruits and Vegetables: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a strategic review of industry, key market trends, recent product launches, strategic corporate initiatives, and profiles of key market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for the years 2009 through 2017, and 2003 to 2008 by the following geographic markets – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Key segments analyzed include Frozen Fruits and Frozen Vegetables.

For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit –

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Global Gaskets and Seals Market to Reach US$30 Billion by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Global Gaskets and Seals Market to Reach US$ 30 Billion by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.











San Jose, CA (PRWEB) February 22, 2012

Follow us on LinkedIn – As vital machine components, gasket and seals are widely utilized in diverse end-use applications ranging from automobiles, industry machinery (construction & related equipment, general purpose machinery, engines, turbines & power, HVAC & service equipment), to electrical & electronic equipment (instruments, computers, appliances, marine & rail, and aerospace), among others. Leading gasket & seals producing countries worldwide include Canada, Mexico, Japan, China and Germany. Continued and steady incremental technological improvements in mechanical strength, sealing capabilities will trigger demand among end-user industries for high performance and functional products. This demand for improved performance will continue to push manufacturers to stress on R&D to advance their product capabilities. Complex applications in defense and medical sectors will throw up manufacturing and design challenges that manufacturers will need to reckon with. The industry, over the past decade witnessed an unending string of mergers and acquisition with large conglomerates acquiring medium to small-scale players to enhance capacity expansions and complementary technologies.

Performance of key end-use industries, such as, automotive, oil & gas/process/refinery/, aerospace and defense in Europe, the United States and Japan, currently hangs in balance. The overshadowing concerns over the European debt crisis and the ensuing indiscriminate budgets cuts, Japan’s continued struggle with its deep-seated problems of high debt and deflation, and slow recovery of the US economy with its unretractable debt/deficit levels, have bifurcated market sentiments.

Amid conflicting news on the success of Europe’s band-aid strategy including the initial starving of the European markets of credit, and the subsequent reopening of global liquidity lines to bailout banks and spendthrift countries and calm the financial markets, market sentiments continue to swing between hope and concerns. While bearish market sentiments foresee an imminent slowdown in market prospects in these countries, guarded optimism prevails over the financial bailout strategies designed to restore market confidence. Germany’s relative resilience in handling the euro zone crisis is helping strengthen confidence levels. With mixed signals emanating from the unfolding drama surrounding the crisis of the euro, it still remains too early on to forecast the market’s reactive impact on demand for gasket and seals in the region. Bearish views on the market’s outlook in the immediate term, although currently not seen as likely, indicate that Europe’s debt woes can likely flatten the European automotive industry, while the oil and gas industry, which is already witnessing declines in oil demand and prices can soften demand for gasket and seals in the oil & gas/refinery industry in the region.

Unlike in Europe and North America, clearer market visibility in developing countries like China, India, Brazil which until now have no clear signs of the contagion from debt crisis spreading to developing countries, allows for unequivocal growth forecasts in these countries. These countries are therefore expected to feed the growth engine in the world market for gasket and seals, outpacing growth in US and Europe by a healthy margin. Steady economic growth, stricter environmental regulations and laws, stronger production activities across key end-use industries, large installed base of aging industrial machinery, undeterred pace of industrialization, mass exodus of automotive and industrial manufacturing activity to developing countries such as China and India, among others, remain truly powerful drivers capable of fuelling growth in the world market.

As stated by the new market research report on gaskets and seals, the US continues to remain the largest regional market. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing market projected to display a CAGR of 5.5% over the analysis period. Growth in the automotive end-use industry is forecast to average 3.7% over the same period. Manufacturers in the upcoming years will focus on increasing the use of high-quality raw materials for delivering products with superior functionality and longer life. Some of the materials that are fast gaining acceptance include urethane, TFM polytetrafluoroethylene, microcellular foams, and expandable graphite. These advanced raw materials offer enhanced performance and remain stable in harsh conditions. Non Metallic Gaskets is the fastest growing product market with Elastomeric gaskets manufactured using synthetic rubber or thermoplasic elastomers, in particular poised to witness the maximum growth. While the demand for rubber gaskets will be driven by growing acceptance of more advanced rubbers, such as epichlorohydrin, acrylics/ethylene, and fluoroelastomers, growth in thermoplastic elastomer gaskets market will be boosted by superior capabilities of advanced thermoplastic elastomers and other specialty compounds.

Major players in the marketplace include Blue Diamond Technologies Ltd., BRUSS, Dana Corporation, ElringKlinger AG, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Flowserve Corp., Greene, Tweed Company, Hutchinson SA, Parker Hannifin Corp., Reinz Dichtungs GmbH, SIEM Supranite SA, Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, SKF Group, Smiths Group Plc., Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, W.L. Gore & Associates Inc , Zone Reed Industries, among others.

The research report titled “Gaskets and Seals: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. Product segments analyzed include Gaskets (Non Metallic & Metallic), and Seals (Mechanical & Others). Key end-use segments analyzed include Automotive, Process/Refinery/Other General Machinery, Pulp & Paper, and Marine/Rail among Others. Market estimates and projections are presented for all major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America.

For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit –

http://www.strategyr.com/Gaskets_and_Seals_Market_Report.asp

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Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world’s largest and reputed market research firms.

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Global Wind Energy Installed Capacity to Reach 1,062 Thousand Megawatts by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Global Wind Energy Installed Capacity to Reach 1,062 Thousand Megawatts by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.











San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 02, 2012

Follow GIA on LinkedIn – Exploitation of renewable energy resources is being increasingly acknowledged worldwide in preparation to serve the higher and increasing energy needs in the 21st century. This is reflected in the rapid growth in the global wind turbine market during the five-year period preceding 2011. The market is expected to largely retain this pace of growth in the years ahead. Wind energy represents the fastest growing energy source among renewable resources worldwide. Significant demand exists for wind energy worldwide, with demand emerging from the developed as well as developing parts of the world. While developed countries in the West dominated the global market for wind energy hitherto, China edged past these markets to become the largest market worldwide in terms of total installed capacity in the year 2010. India and Brazil also offers tremendous prospects for the industry players, while demand is also expected to emerge from developed markets, such as the US.

Manufacturers of wind turbines, as much as those involved in the manufacture of solar panels, are facing the brunt of oversupply of raw materials and a fall in their prices. This is the major reason for Solyndra to go bankrupt. A similar situation is prevalent in the wind energy sector as well, where the global leader in wind turbine manufacture, Vestas Wind Systems, is embarking on a massive job and production cuts. Large scale decline in the prices of raw materials, and increasing competition from the Chinese manufacturers have forced the company to cut production and labor to become competitive. With economic recovery plans, initiated to bail out ailing industries in the wake of the global recession, gradually being phased out worldwide, the prospects for clean energy sector appear to be tough in 2011 and in the near term. With no huge support coming from the government, the industry is faced with a situation where it is required to be more cost-effective and competitive in the years ahead. Demand-wise, substantial potential exists from the developed as well as developing regions. This offers significant revenue potential for the industry in the years ahead, alongside increasing demand from developing countries. However, cost-effectiveness remains the key for the industry’s success in the years ahead.

Onshore technology, which entails the establishment of wind farms on the land, represents the largest segment in the global wind energy market. One of the key factors leading to the lower penetration of the offshore technology is that this technology is in its nascent stages. Despite of the significant success of this technology, the higher costs associated with installation, operation and maintenance of offshore turbines becomes a major hurdle for proliferation of this technology. In 2010, offshore wind turbine supply grew significantly over supply in 2009. In addition to the total capacity supply, the offshore segment also witnessed a moderate growth in the average size of turbine that reached 1,655 kW. The share of offshore turbines is likely to improve in the years as countries with long coastlines look to take advantage of this geographical advantage to establish offshore wind farms.

The global wind energy market has witnessed a spurt in long-term research activities/projects. The urgency of long-term research designed to complement product development has led governments to pump in significant resources as investments for research projects. To pragmatically achieve the slated “2020 target” of meeting 12% of the world’s electricity needs from the winds, extensive research and development into wind energy technology is imperative. Although the cost of wind energy has drastically declined over the past few years, a further reduction of 30% to 50% is required if wind energy is to compete on par with conventional energies. Appropriate funding and co-ordination of R&D activities could very well help in achieving a cost reduction of 40%. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has established a flexible framework for joint R&D projects, and technology transfer among member countries such as Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Europe represents the largest market for wind energy worldwide, in terms of installed capacity, as stated by the new market research report on Wind Energy. Dominance of Europe in the wind energy market is driven by significant demand for wind energy from countries such as Germany, Spain, France and Italy. However, Europe is losing market share to Asia-Pacific, which is projected to emerge as the fastest growing regional market for wind energy worldwide. Asia-Pacific also leads in terms of fastest growth potential, and is projected to expand over the years at the highest CAGR of about 42.5% through 2017.

Key market participants profiled in the report include American Electric Power, AES Corporation, Cielo Wind Power, Dongfang Electric Corporation, Enel SpA, Enercon GmbH, Gamesa Corp., Green Mountain Energy Company, GE Energy, Goldwind, NextEra Energy Resources, Shell WindEnergy Inc., Sinovel Wind Group Co., Suzlon Energy Limited, TransAlta Wind, and Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

The research report titled “Wind Energy: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of industry overview, technology overview, market trends, growth drivers, product innovations, recent industry activity and profiles of market players worldwide. Analysis and overview is provided for major geographic markets such as US, Canada, Japan, Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Australia and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East & Africa and Latin America. Market analytics are provided in terms of Megawatts (MW) for installed wind energy capacity as well as annual capacity additions for the years 2009 through 2017. The study also provides an insight into market evolution over the period 2003-2008.

For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit –

http://www.strategyr.com/Wind_Energy_Market_Report.asp

About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world’s largest and reputed market research firms.

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