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.


Letter from China, 2019

- Written at the year end of 2009.

It’s 2019 already, here in China. The PRC is getting ready to celebrate it’s 70th anniversary, and as usual everything is being cleaned up and made presentable. The mood is generally positive, and skies are a shade bluer in Beijing and other large cities compared to 2009, or 1999. It seems like 2009, with the world in recession and globalization itself even in question, was a long time ago. Looking back, the attitudes in that period seem a bit strange- such as talk of deflation, with the world just now getting over another major run of inflation. Hindsight certainly helps.

Many things are quite different since 2009, but others very similar. Let’s take a brief look at how things stand now, especially in comparison to that period 10 years ago. We’ll look at this in four areas: the economy, political risk, foreign companies in China, and key trends. We’ll skip anything cultural, sporting, etc. After all, we know what has happened, some of which - like Brazil and Germany winning recent World Cups- one did not need a crystal ball to predict.

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Opportunities in China's Green-Tech Sector

Regulatory reform has paved the way for green-tech opportunities, but economics will determine what succeeds.

This article explores opportunities in the vast green-tech sector in China, including conventional power, alternative energy, transmission, green building materials, water treatment technology, transportation and consumer products. It also offers discussion on the regulatory environment, investment opportunities and most likely future trends for green technology in China.

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China's Green Building Materials Market: Trends and Opportunities

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client report: China Green Building Materials Market Research Report

The scale of both construction and energy consumption provide unequalled opportunities in China’s green building materials. But a fragmented market and uneven enforcement of efficiency standards in high growth regions is throwing down hurdles for suppliers.

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China's Fuel Cells Market is a Long Way Off

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client report: China Fuel Cells Market Research Report.

Despite funding and support, high costs and the exclusion of adequate distribution channels in China’s newly built energy infrastructure weigh heavily against the emergence of fuel cells. Pity, latent demand would make this the world’s biggest hydrogen market. 

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The China Market for Anti-Corrosive Coatings Introduction

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client report: China Automotive Coatings Market Research Report.

A recent study evaluates at USD 276 Bn/year the cost of corrosion on the American economy alone, all surfaces included. In China, where unchecked economic growth has caused extensive damage to the environment, the potential costs of unheeded corrosion might be even higher. Such a huge cost calls for action, and open wide opportunities for suppliers of anti-corrosive coatings (ACC).

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