Industrials

  • Automation is providing businesses in the industrial sector with the chance to tap the latest technology for greater cost savings and more efficient production. Opportunities in areas such as rubber, automobile, metal mining are expected to grow in Asia. Key factors impacting the sector include rising electricity needs, growing construction, energy and utilities sectors and trade tariffs.

Industry Perspectives

 

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been presenting great opportunities in promoting economic cooperation and connectivity with major markets across the world. Find out more about China's recent conclusion of its 14th Five-Year Plan, developments of BRI-related projects and trades, and an update on recent events surrounding the escalation of the China-US tensions.

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With disruptions facing the world today, enterprises need to move away from traditional business models to survive. Digital transformation (DX) is now happening at a much faster rate than before, as enterprises adapt to new restrictive conditions set out by their governments.

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We conducted a survey with 300 key decision makers across Southeast Asia (64%), Mainland China and Hong Kong (36%) to navigate the macro risk landscape given the current uncertainties.

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Three key trends are shaping today’s textile, apparel and footwear industry, with improving supply chain transparency and diversification of sourcing base being the main drivers.

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One of the most versatile metals in the world, steel is known for its durability, strength and malleability. Demand growth for steel is expected to be positive, while capacity addition becomes more disciplined.

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Due to the characteristics of aluminium, global consumption has been rising over the years and this trend is expected to continue. Concerns over supply disruptions due to sanctions and tariffs have also triggered volatility in aluminium prices.

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Consumption of gold saw a modest pick-up in 2018. In the past year, demand for gold jewellery slowed while the use of gold in technology applications reached its highest since 2014.

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Looking at global events, shifts in mindsets and more, this report will share UOB’s take on megatrends and the impact of these trends across industries.

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Events

 

UOB shared an overview on the trends, regulatory impact and outlook of Southeast Asia’s gold market at the Shanghai Gold Exchange Seminar 2020.

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Presenting on the US-China trade tensions and its impact on ASEAN’s steel industry, UOB shared the bank’s view on potential risks, opportunities and implications for the region at the South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute Conference 2019.

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