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Chinese Technology Firms Eye Autos

The global automotive market, which has always been one of the most competitive in the world, is likely to become even more crowded in the years ahead. Although the level of technology required to produce the modern car is considerable, many industry analysts refer to passenger cars as mere “differentiated commodities” because the way in [...]

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Q1 2015: A Watershed For China Autos?

Inevitably, price becomes a major factor in every industry in China. The vast numbers of Chinese whose per capita incomes remain well below what is considered to be middle class puts downward pressure on pricing. At the same time, intense competition among a large universe of local and international players eager to gain their fair [...]

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China’s M&A Market In Review

China’s M&A Market In Review

Many thanks to the team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for their report, M&A 2014 Review and 2015 Outlook, which provides a comprehensive summary of mergers and acquisition activity in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The PwC review illustrates why Institutional Investor, the pre-eminent investor magazine, has called Chinese companies “The New Force In Global M&A.” [...]

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Tesla Overestimates The China Market

Wanted: Head of China for Tesla, a $25 billion Wall Street darling whose “disruptive technology” provides Chinese auto buyers with an attractive, environmentally friendly product. This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to develop Tesla’s business in the China market, the size of which is expected to rival that of the United States in [...]

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Health Care: A Trillion Dollar Industry In The Making

How many times is a trillion dollar industry created? Not very often. After all, a trillion of anything is a very large number. To put it in perspective, only the largest 15 countries in the world had a Gross Domestic Product greater than $1 trillion in 2013. However, no less an authority than McKinsey & [...]

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China’s Anti-Monopoly Drive In Auto Parts

Over the past year, China has launched anti-monopoly drives in sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, baby formula, technology — and now auto parts — arguing that many foreign companies have been using anti-monopolistic practices to over-charge their Chinese customers. China’s National Development Reform Commission (“NDRC”), one of several Chinese government bodies that investigates monopoly actions, [...]

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China’s Growing Food Problem/Opportunity

Feeding China’s population of 1.3 billion people is a difficult task even under the best of circumstances. Securing enough food for its people, however, will be even more difficult for China in the years ahead due to a number of factors, including increased competition from a growing global population, the reduction of the country’s agricultural [...]

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The ‘Ownership Scare’ In China’s Auto Supply Industry

The automotive supply industry has been one of the most unregulated industries in China, with the industry becoming progressively less regulated over the past 20 years. While there are increasing regulations regarding emissions, safety, warranties and other areas that impact suppliers, ownership and other corporate governance rules have been among the most liberal in the [...]

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China Auto Update: 2014 First Half

Despite a slowing economy, China’s auto industry sales were strong during the first six months of the year. Passenger car sales registered a double-digit increase of 11 percent to 9.6 million units during the period as consumers continued to flock to dealer showrooms. The slowing economy did have an impact on the commercial vehicle market, [...]

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The Dream of Exporting China-Made Cars to the United States

The ink wasn’t even dry on articles hailing the potential of China’s automobile market when China’s car makers began to dream of the day when they could sell their China made cars to the United States. While this dream has proven to be elusive, despite the ambitions and efforts of Chinese car makers to make [...]

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