China Insights

GCiS shares a mix of China economy and business observations, industry articles based on recently published multi-client reports, infographics composed with public statistics and annual reviews of China demographics.


Headwinds Ahead For Foreign Industrial Fluid Filter (IFF) Suppliers in China

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client market research report: China Industrial Fluid Filters Market Research Report.

Since China passed its Environmental Protection Tax Law in December 2016, its effects have reverberated across multiple sectors and industries. The amended law gave environmental authorities more power and promised harsher penalties for polluters. For instance, under the new law, authorities can detain company executives if they do not complete environmental impact assessments or ignore warnings to stop polluting. Industry players across different sectors have commented that the law and increased enforcement efforts have had significant impacts on their operations. In several market studies conducted by GCiS since early 2016, we found that a number of polluting facilities have already been told to shut down as they did not meet the new environmental standards. Others have chosen to move to inland provinces as part of their effort to take advantage of lower costs there and in part also to get away from the more stringent environmental protection rules and enforcement in tier 1 or coastal cities. For those who are still in the game, they often have to upgrade their sewage treatment systems to ensure that the pollutants discharged are within allowable limits. This has prompted growing demand in water treatment filters and systems.

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Notable Chinese Firms Emerging in Medical Robots Sector

Growing Need for Medical Robots in China

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client report: China Commercial Service Robots Market Research Report

China’s once abundant labor force has contributed to China’s recent decades of economic success, but in the coming decades the number of percentage of retirees relative to workers should increase substantially. According the People’s Daily, by 2050 China’s senior citizen population (those 60 years old and above) will grow to more than 30% of the total population, up from about 12% today. To meet the growing healthcare needs of this increasingly aging population, a number of medical robotics firms in China were recently founded and are starting to bring their products to the market.

According to a report by GCiS China Strategic Research (China’s Commercial Robotics Market), in 2016, the Chinese medical robots market is valued at RMB 791 Mn, up 34.4% from 2015. By 2021, the medical robot segment is projected to grow to at least RMB 2.2 Bn. From surgical to rehabilitation and homecare, robots look set to transform parts of the nation’s healthcare industry. Robots will be changing the way secondary and tertiary care is delivered and then slowly reshaping primary, home and community care. Already, surgical robots are helping the nation’s surgeons in high-end hospitals accomplish more precise and less invasive procedures. Sales of rehabilitation robots sales have boomed as hospitals improve their rehabilitation units, as per government policy. But the medical robots industry in China is still an emerging one, with many domestic players still in the product development and clinical testing stage.

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China's Lithium-ion Battery Market: Drivers behind it and its sustainability

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client report: China Lithium-ion Batteries Market Research Report


The China Lithium-Ion Battery market has seen a massive surge in growth over the last years, with a CAGR in excess of 50% since GCiS’ previous research conducted in 2011. In our 2015 update, this rapid growth has been driven primarily by EV (Electric vehicle) subsidies. The result has been a shift in emphasis away from 3C (Computers, Cell Phones, Consumer Electronics) applications. Said EV applications have driven a surge in market size and the hype surrounding EV applications has led to the potential for substantial overcapacity.

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