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Industrial Automation in Indonesia: a Step ahead in the Oil, Gas and Mining Sectors

September 2014 | News
Winning Myanmar's Automotive Lubricant Market
Automotive lubricant market in Myanmar has recorded significant changes within the last 3 years, with the emergence of mid-end segment. The end of international sanctions against Myanmar has relaxed import procedures including lubricants as it has increased the number of vehicles, leading to more products segmentation in the market. However, customers remain lacking of knowledge on lubes and are often lured by promotion and sales incentives. In the white paper, Solidiance further analyzes the current trends and changes as well as outlines the available opportunities and challenges in the industry to advise actionable strategies for winning the automotive lubricant market in Myanmar.

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Singapore's ban on overseas gambling sites deemed ineffective

September 2014 | Article
Singapore's ban on overseas gambling sites deemed ineffective
Singapore plans to impose a ban on online sports betting via overseas websites, as the new law will punish offenders/gamblers by fines and jail terms, whilst advertisers on the sites (online and offline) will be outlawed. However, industry experts argue that the effectiveness of this move will be unlikely. Zoran Vasiljev, Partner at Solidiance based in Singapore, remarks that tech-savvy gamblers will quickly identify remote proxies, putting the blockage in vain. Instead, he further notes that restrictions on transactions to online gambling sites would curb the gambling losses and the time spent on continuous online gambling.

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Renewable Energy Potential to Replace Oil and Gas Resources in Indonesia

September 2014 | TV coverage
Renewable Energy Potential to Replace Oil and Gas Resources in Indonesia
Bloomberg Indonesia features Solidiance's white paper on "Industrial Automation in Indonesia's Oil, Gas, and Mining Sectors". The TV segment further explains Solidiance's assessment on how the country's renewable energy is expected to replace oil and gas in the long term. As mandated under current regulations, mining industry players are now required to build smelters for domestic mineral development in the country. A blessing or a curse ? (Video is in Bahasa Indonesia)

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Industrial Automation in Indonesia: a Step ahead in the Oil, Gas and Mining Sectors

August 2014 | News
Industrial Automation in Indonesia: a Step ahead in the Oil, Gas and Mining Sectors
Indonesia’s surging oil and gas consumption has been outpacing domestic output, creating a major supply deficit issue that needs to be tackled urgently. The oil production value decreases every year whilst the growth of gas output is not sufficient to replace oil as a primary energy source. To top it off, coal which was predicted to play a greater role has begun to experience problems due under the given regulations. In the white paper, Solidiance evaluates the oil, gas and mining markets conditions in Indonesia, analyze its most current and prominent trends, as well as providing a clear picture of benefits and opportunities available on the development of automation technologies in relevant sectors.

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China becomes the largest buyer of industrial robots

June 2014 | Tv coverage
Indonesia's Mining Sector under Impacts of Presidential Election 2014
BBC interviews Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner of Solidiance, to discuss about the Indonesia's presidential elections circa 2014 and the potential impact on the Indonesian mining industry. Both presidential candidates aim to push domestic development of Indonesia's mineral and energy resources, which is believed to bring more stability in the sector. Damien further explains that the industry players are to be required to build smelters for their domestic mining development as stated in the latest regulation. Challenges ensued as the power plant would require access to the chemicals and human capital, meanwhile the opportunities rose for the potential investment in the mining automation.

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China becomes the largest buyer of industrial robots

June 2014 | Article
China becomes the largest buyer of industrial robots
China has become the largest buyer of industrial robots, contributing for 20% of global sales in 2013 (an increase of almost 60% in robot purchase against 2012), outperforming Japan for the first time in the attempt to drive productivity gains. According to Solidiance's research and analysis, the rise of demand is driven mainly (approximately 60%) by large multinational manufacturers in auto industry. However, Solidiance's Partner, Pilar Dieter remarks that Japanese corporations are dominating the current robot manufacturing in China with estimatedly six of them accounting half of robot sales in the country.

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Chinese manufacturers stay adept in response to sector upgrade

May 2014 | Article
India to focus on manufacturing and infrastructure sector for economy revival
India puts a high hope for the economy revival in light of inauguration of their new prime minister. Experts believe that there needs to be a heavy focus shifted to infrastructure and manufacturing sector by attracting more investment, as it will help generate significant number of employment in the country severely needed by many. However, although the revival formulas are omnipresent, industry experts including Solidiance's Partner, Heiko Bugs, have struck a note of caution which warns the necessity of "being patient" as the wild, overly rapid swings do not translate as a good sign.

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Chinese manufacturers stay adept in response to sector upgrade

April 2014 | Article
Chinese manufacturers stay adept in response to sector upgrade
The increasingly challenging environment in China for foreign companies is now become perceptible. Costs in the manufacturing sector are now rising, talent is harder to find and retain, and streamlining operations and improving productivity will count for a lot more than simply having better quality products. Besides a now-mature middle market and local competition, many industries are facing major overcapacity, topped off by aggressive government policies limiting foreign competition. Solidiance explores the impact of these in their “Chinese Manufacturing 2.0: Threats Ahead" white paper, inclusive of 16 case studies of evolving local manufacturers.

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ADB offers supply-chain financing for Asian SMEs

April 2014 | Article
ADB offers supply-chain financing for Asian SMEs
The Asian Development Bank will launch a new trade support initiative later in 2014 in collaboration with leading international banks to offer supply-chain financing to SMEs. Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner at Solidiance, states that we are just at the beginning of the intra-ASEAN trade boom; and while the supply-chain finance and receivable financing solutions have seen a significant uptake in recent years in Asia, the terminologies used, regulatory and legal requirements are not yet standardised. ADB therefore offered solutions including reverse factoring, whereby banks can use the credit rating of a large buyer to provide financing to a number of its smaller suppliers.

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Chinese Manufacturing 2.0 : Threats Ahead

March 2014 | Article
China's manufacturing : the locals now compete with the MNCs it used to work for
Based on Solidiance's latest white paper entitled "Chinese Manufacturing 2.0 : Threats Ahead", this article outlines how China - although remains the world’s manufacturing powerhouse - is now facing the change in the nature of what the country’s factories produce. Rising labor costs and a growing consumer market at home are pushing more Chinese firms up the value chain - with hefty government support - and out from under the shadow of the multinationals firms they’ve worked with for decades. With attractive charts pulled out of the white paper, the article straightforwardly shows the upgrade of the industry and the implications it brings to both global and local marketplace.

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Chinese Manufacturing 2.0 : Threats Ahead

March 2014 | News
Chinese Manufacturing 2.0 : Threats Ahead
Solidiance releases a new white paper on the New Era of Manufacturing in China -- it it is currently undergoing changes and and moving up to the value chain, particularly focusing on innovation and distribution. The paper further explains that the Chinese manufacturers have now taken off their 'low-margin, volume-driven business' label and stepped up into a high-margin high-value environment by upgrading downstream and upstream to foster competitive advantage.

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Vietnam : growing interest towards sustainable design

February 2014 | Article
Vietnam : growing interest towards sustainable design
With 40 (and counting) buildings in Vietnam having gained LOTUS (local green building certification), the increasing traction towards sustainable design is getting perceptible. However, citing Solidiance's white paper entitled "Is There a Future for Vietnam's Green Building?", urban sustainability across Vietnam is still restricted by cost sensitivities, low electricity prices, short term thinking and a limited supply of skilled employees with green building awareness. More incentives such as tax exemptions, low rent for developers with interest in green buildings, and increase of electricity costs, are therefore suggested to spur significant reduction of power consumption in Vietnam.

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Thailand set to be GMS logistics hub under AEC 2015

February 2014 | Article
Thailand set to be GMS logistics hub under AEC 2015
The Asian Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 is expected to strengthen Thailand's position as a key transport hub for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), as explained in Solidiance's white paper entitled "Thailand's Logistic Opportunities in the Cross-Border Trades and AEC Development". The liberalisation of logistics sector under AEC will benefit Thai and other ASEAN investors, and it is expectedly to attract more foreign logistics companies as well. Small logistics firms are therefore advised either to become outsourced business units of global companies or consolidate among themselves to form a larger network.

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Hybrid electric vehicles: a stop-gap measure in China's green car market

January 2014 | Article
Hybrid electric vehicles: a stop-gap measure in China's green car market
China's aggressive attempts in urging the automotive industry - their biggest pollution emitter - to improve energy efficiency have repeatedly proven to be too ambitious, as shown by lower-than-expected number of electric vehicles sales and adoption rates in the country. Citing Solidiance's white paper called “EV In China - Moving Forward but not as fast as expected“ , Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) would act as an intermediate step between meeting the demands of today’s consumers and the Chinese governments’ goals of eliminating air pollution, as well as streamlining electric vehicle production for future BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles).

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Green Factories are Slowly Disseminating across Asia

January 2014 | Article
Green Factories are Slowly Disseminating across Asia
Western multinational companies along with some of their Asian suppliers have started to build more environmentally friendly factories in developing countries over the last five years, experts say. Although estimating the actual number of saved energy in green factories is admittedly quite difficult, the certification trend is potentially significant in Asia. It is believed that the next competition would be of corporate environmental standards or policies, as stated by Solidiance's Managing Partner Asia Pacific, Damien Duhamel in this article.

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French who made it in Singapore: Damien Duhamel, providing advocacy to leading industries

December 2013 | Article
French who made it in Singapore: Damien Duhamel, providing advocacy to leading industries
Damien Duhamel shares his experience in doing business in Singapore. Starting off being among the first in 1990 who started a business in Vietnam, Damien prowess on Asia business is based on his long-spanned experience in this region. Damien has now expanded to pinning down Singapore and says that the consulting business is competitive in this country. The company, Solidiance, has significantly grown since the commencement of its business; but not without struggles. Damien admits his concern on immigration restrictions recently imposed by the city-state, necessitating him to employ and train Singaporeans, creating a new level of talent race and recruitment challenges.

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A Peek into Vietnam’s Green Building Adoption

December 2013 | Article
A Peek into Vietnam’s Green Building Adoption
Vietnam is now experiencing early stage of green buildings sector due to cost sensitivities, low electricity prices, and underdeveloped regulatory framework. The number of green building adoption in the country is concentrated in the industrial sector, mainly driven by the CSR or image branding. Based on Solidiance's white paper titled "Is There a Future in Vietnam?", this article captures and republishes some of its content to provide a snapshot namely of the existing overview, key drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the green building sector.

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Thailand's Green Building Goals: Aspirations VS Realities

December 2013 | News
Thailand's Green Building Goals: Aspirations VS Realities
Solidiance released a white paper highlighting the green building industry in Thailand. According to the paper, despite the rapid growth of green building in Thailand since 2007, the sector encounters some challenges hindering the green building growth including cost-benefit consideration, lack of regulation consistency and technical skill, as well as limited awareness of economic and health benefits. This white paper then further elaborates the future projection and actionable strategies needed to boost the development of green building in Thailand.

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Fixing Indonesia’s Public Transport Issues

November 2013 | Article
Fixing Indonesia’s Public Transport Issues
Indonesia's public transportation issues are present not only limited to the large cities, but it also involve many intra-city transportation hubs and island transportation systems. Automotive industry is eventually benefited as the poor publict transport system spurs private vehicle sales. The whole issue is rooted in several main factors which include infrastructure, government support and regulatory framework, public behavior, as well as business ecosystems. In this article, Solidiance accordingly addresses the actionable suggestions and solutions to tackle the existing problems.

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India: Comparative analysis with Japan in its developing process

November 2013 | Article
India: Comparative analysis with Japan in its developing process
India has been getting attention from all over the world since Goldman Sachs introduced "BRICS" to represent upcoming emerging countries 10 years ago. However, due to lagging infrastructure development, complicated rule & regulation in FDI etc, its potential has not yet fully demonstrated to capture commercial success. Aki Nakamura, Solidiance's Head of Japan Desk, compares Project Shakti from India to the Yakult Lady in sales channel strategy from Japan as an example in the similar development stage, as for a useful tip in successful entry into India.

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Electric Vehicle in China : Is the Market Ready for a Boom?

November 2013 | News
Electric Vehicle in China : Is the Market Ready for a Boom?
Being the largest manufacturing center in the world, China's industry contributes to over 50% of total energy demand, and transport sector is even expected to grow at a faster rate with a significant increase of auto vehicles sales. The government has set ambitious goals and put aggressive efforts for electric vehicles, but the adoption rate is significantly lower than initially expected. This white paper explains the main hindrances of green vehicle adoption in China, and how the HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) have been chosen by OEMs as a bridge to achieving BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) in the country.

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Green Building in Vietnam Creates Opportunities for Building Materials Solution Providers

September 2013 | Article
Green Building in Vietnam Creates Opportunities for Building Materials Solution Providers
Whilst rapid urbanisation in Vietnam results in the need of infrastructure development and increased demand for housing, the country also encounters environmental pressures which entail sustainability solutions in many aspects. However, a shift to sustainable materials in the thriving construction industry creates an excellent opportunity not only for domestic companies which already took advantage of access to local resources, but also for global building material suppliers with more advanced skills and technology to provide more sophisticated solutions.

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Companies Can Drive Change in Vietnam’s Green Building Development

September 2013 | Article
Companies Can Drive Change in Vietnam’s Green Building Development
As Vietnam is projected to grow more energy deficient in the coming future and exacerbated by the existing deprivation of required resources, the government and special interest groups push for sustainable development through green buildings. However, supports from the private sectors are pivotal to drive the necessary changes in the industry. Whilst the provision of sustainable solutions by the local green building materials suppliers help the industry develop, the opportunities are also available for the multinational firms to offer more advanced technologies and skills to the market.

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Myanmar: Untapped new frontier - increasing expectation and market reality

September 2013 | Article
Myanmar: Untapped new frontier - increasing expectation and market reality
Myanmar is getting more attention than ever as a last frontier in Asia. Corporations from all over the world increases expectation toward return on their future investment. Yet aside from Macro environment, do they have good understanding on this market? Aki Nakamura, Solidiance's Head of Japan Desk, analyses Myanmar's reality and share insights for Japanese MNCs for their market entry.

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Selling Online: Myanmar's Emerging E-commerce

September 2013 | Article
Selling Online: Myanmar's Emerging E-commerce
Despite the fact that 'online shopping' is still an infant purchasing method in Myanmar due to challenges i.e. underdevelopment in the telecom and banking sectors, the fledgling e-commerce industry is prepared to take off as its growth potential is being more widely realized. While there are many forces at play to assist the payment switch, Solidiance's Manager, Michael Sieburg advises e-commerce sites to be flexible with consumers over time and emphasizes the importance of still offering cash on delivery options alongside online payments as it comes around.

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Maximizing Market Share through B-brands in China

August 2013 | Article
Maximizing Market Share through B-brands in China
Another shortcut to MNC's attempt to capture market share in China has been the introduction of a "B-Brand". While many US and European products of origin are often self acclaimed as too sophisticated for the end customer's needs in China, these industrial equipment or medical device manufacturers have decided that a "Good Enough" product that doesn't cannibalize their original premium product is the best approach for capturing market share in the "middle market". Pilar Dieter, Solidiance's Principal for the Greater China operation shares her thought on this seemingly logical and implementable approach to outline its realization in the market.

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India and China Take a Step Ahead in Bilateral Trade

August 2013 | Article
India and China Take a Step Ahead in Bilateral Trade
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized an exclusive session titled "Engaging with China for Indian companies", attended by a group of senior business leaders on India to discuss about the trade and economic cooperation between India with regards to the effort of improving India's trade imbalance with China. As one of the revered participants, Heiko Bugs, the Partner Asia of Solidiance, remarked that as many Indian companies still struggle to achieve the cost saving and the quality hoped for from Chinese sourcing, this session will cover how to get the most out of sourcing, including finding the correct partner, performing due diligence, and protecting yourself from quality fade once sourcing begins.

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Indian companies need a new perspective on China - CII Workshop

August 2013 | Article
Indian companies need a new perspective on China - CII Workshop
a workshop organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Kolkata, India, was attended by a group of key business leaders in India to pose a discussion/forum on how to achieve a deeper engagement between India and China that would inject new dynamism, strengthen economies of both countries and improve people's living standard. As one of the reputable participants, Solidiance's Partner Asia, Heiko Bugs delivered a presentation focused on practices followed by companies that have achieved success in China.

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Green Buildings in Vietnam: Comprehensive Market Assessment by Solidiance and Vietnam Green Building Council

August 2013 | News
Green Buildings in Vietnam: Comprehensive Market Assessment by Solidiance and Vietnam Green Building Council
Solidiance collaborated with Vietnam Green Building Council to release a comprehensive assessment on Vietnam's Green Building Sector. The results show that the green buildings market in Vietnam is still at the early stages of development, primarily as a result of cost sensitivities, low electricity prices, short-term thinking and misaligned incentives between building developers and users, an underdeveloped regulatory market, and a limited supply of skilled employees with green building awareness. This paper elaborates the market overview of the green building industry, green certifications used i.e. LOTUS and LEED, BCA GreenMark, and the market opportunity currently existing in Vietnam.

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The 16 Most Innovative Cities in Asia

May 2013 | Article
What Most Entrepreneurs Get Wrong
This CNBC article identifies why Asian entrepreneurs in Asia fail their business within the region, despite the economic boom over the past two decades. Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner of Solidiance, is among the limited interviewees. He argues that Asian entrepreneurs sometimes have tendency of fear of 'losing face'. There are also too many Singaporean entrepreneurs, particularly Chinese, that rely to close network of friends and family - and in the 21st century, this propensity won't be serving a lot of help, and many of them don't realize this.

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The 16 Most Innovative Cities in Asia

May 2013 | Article
Vietnam: Market challenges and opportunity to establish its positioning in ASEAN
Vietnam spearheaded among VISTA emerging market by capturing FDI in the 1990's. However, its growth seems to have slowed down after financial crisis since late 2000, while Indonesia keeps high pace of growth. Low cost labor itself lost its appeal as other Indochina neighbors as well as South Asian countries have taken place in that area. In this Nikkei article, Aki Nakamura - Solidiance's Head of Japan Desk - analyses Vietnam's other possible key differentiators and suggest strategic ways to establish unique value proposition among ASEAN countries.

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Green Buildings in Vietnam: Comprehensive Market Assessment by Solidiance and Vietnam Green Building Council

April 2013 | Event
Assessing Opportunities and Hindrances in Vietnam's Green Building Industry
As part of our exclusive green buildings conference tour across Asia, Solidiance partnered with Vietnam Green Building Council to host an exclusive breakfast meeting on the 23rd of April 2013 in Vietnam. The discussion yielded an insight exchanges on various topics: Vietnam's green building market overview, the existing challenges in the industry, possible strategies to overcome the hindrances, issue of the market's green education level, and the government support / regulatory framework towards the sustainable construction development.

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Green Buildings in Vietnam: Comprehensive Market Assessment by Solidiance and Vietnam Green Building Council

April 2013 | Event
China's Green Building Sector: Goals, Realization, Market Overview
As a kick off to the green buildings conference tour across Asia, Solidiance hosted a 'by-invitation only' breakfast meeting on the 19th of April 2013 in China. This event convened about China's green buildings goals and its realization, with distinguished topics i.e. the current overview of the retrofit market aside from new construction projects, the profitability of green building segment, the market's objective and understanding towards green building, the industry capacity to respond to market demand and green building adoption, and new financing concepts for green building.

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The 16 Most Innovative Cities in Asia

April 2013 | Article
The 16 Most Innovative Cities in Asia
As Asia region continues to be a hot melting pot driven by the rapid urbanization and city development, Innovation is now a brewing topic everyone heavily lays their focus on. According to Solidiance's study, there are 16 Most Innovative Cities in the region that are ranked based on several main dimensions being used. In this Business Insider article, Damien Duhamel, Solidiance's Managing Partner who is also the initiator of this study, shares his exclusive remarks in regards to the respective city.

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Firms Innovate Throughout the Asia Pacific Region

April 2013 | Article
Firms Innovate Throughout the Asia Pacific Region
The Cities in Asia Pacific are racing in a fast-paced track, and the firms being established in the region is innovating to thrive. Right after releasing The Most Innovative Cities in APAC, in this Forbes article, Solidiance rounded up a list of the most innovative newly established firms in Asia Pacific to give clearer depiction of how the entrepreneurs in Asia strive to keep up with the ever-rapidly growing business climate.

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Doing Business in Asia - Damien Duhamel, a Portrait of Entrepreneur

April 2013 | Article
Doing Business in Asia - Damien Duhamel, a Portrait of Entrepreneur
Solidiance's Managing Partner, Damien Duhamel, shares his entrepreneurial perspective about starting and undertaking business in Asia. He also points out some of the trials and tribulations he met in the market along the way and how he envisions it would be later in the future. Managing Solidiance is now Damien's focal point and in this Les Echos article, he explains how Solidiance is positioned amidst the competitive market in Asia.

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What is Holding Asian Entrepreneurs' Back?

April 2013 | Article
What is Holding Asian Entrepreneurs' Back?
Regardless of Asian burgeoning market and stable economic growth, entrepreneurs in the region still seem a bit held back. Admittedly, there is a prohibitive lack of failure in them that separates them from the Western business crowd, thus they need a mentality shift, as remarked by Damien Duhamel, Solidiance's Managing Partner. However, there are signs of change - the Asian younger crowd now seems less reluctant to stick their neck out.

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Opportunities in ASEAN Automotive Industry

April 2013 | Article
Opportunities in ASEAN Automotive Industry
Japan is now the highest contributor to the FDI flowing into ASEAN. Thailand and Indonesia have a high dependency on road networks for transportation, hence giving significant domestic opportunities. According to the Solidiance's presentation during JCCI Seminar, while Thailand has spearheaded automotive sector in ASEAN, Indonesia is rapidly catching up and forecasted to become the largest market in ASEAN by 2015.

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What Makes Singapore the Most Innovative Compared to Others in Asia Pacific?

March 2013 | TV coverage
Singapore, the Most 'Innovative City in Asia
BBC interviews Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner of Solidiance, on their white paper that highlights Singapore as the most innovative city in Asia Pacific. In this video, he further explains the factors that put Singapore high on to the top of the ranking outsmarting other 15 cities across the region. According to the white paper, Singapore ranks the highest on some of the categories assessed, including Global integration & orientation towards future, Government and regulatory framework, Technology and innovation system, Human talent, and more. More details about this ranking can be accessed on www.asiainnovativecities.com

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Asia Pacific's Most Innovative City is...

March 2013 | Article
Solidiance Ranks the Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific
Solidiance ranks the Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific based on two years of comprehensive research, measuring the 6 main categories such as human talent, knowledge creation, technology, society, government, and global integration. In this ranking, Solidiance derives qualitative information through quantitative means, and interprets quantitative information through qualitative elaboration, resulting Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne to appear as the top three.

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Asia Pacific's Most Innovative City is...

March 2013 | Article
Asia Pacific's Most Innovative City is...
Singapore sits at the top of the Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific ranking according to Solidiance's study. The city outsmarts others in the region, including those in China and India despite they're being the fastest growing economies in Asia. The study argues that a city's level of innovation did not necessarily correlate with its size or its speed of growth. A city needs to be innovative not to grow quickly, yet to sustain its growth.

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Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne are the Top Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific

March 2013 | Article
Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne are the Top Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific
The achievement in being able to make dramatic and perpetual improvements for the past 25 years makes Singapore being the most innovative city in the whole Asia Pacific. This result is acquired by Solidiance that examines six links between what a city has to offer and the amount of talent that relocates to that city: human talent, knowledge creation, technology, society, government and global integration.

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The 10 Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific

March 2013 | Article
The 10 Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific
Innovation is an ever-moving target, and regardless of the fact that quantifying its existence can be incredibly difficult, especially on a large scale, Solidiance examines Asia Pacific cities to find out which cities are worth reckoning as the most innovative. This ranking is complemented with a short movie featuring interviews with government officials, entrepreneurs, and artists in the region. Eventually, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne come out as the top three winners.

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Must Read from around the World : Singapore Tops the Innovation Ranking

March 2013 | Article
Must Read from around the World : Singapore Tops the Innovation Ranking
Singapore topped the list of 10 innovative cities in Asia Pacific according to Solidiance's ranking. The city is reckoned for its stable politics, limited government regulation and widespread presence of global brands–all of which are conditions that attract “creative” types, such as artists, academics and inventors, to live there. The Australian cities, Sydney and Melbourne, follow right after, rounding up the top three on the list.

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Singapore Leads Asia Pacific Region in Innovation

March 2013 | Article
Singapore Leads Asia Pacific Region in Innovation
Solidiance identifies the top cities in the Asia-Pacific region where entrepreneurs are likely to thrive through its Most Innovative Cities ranking. Aiming to single out the cities with ideal business conditions and high quality of life, Solidiance comes up with Singapore on the top of the list. Despite several prominences that the city possesses, the government is often criticized to hinder the city's freedom of expression.

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Singapore: Innovation Leader in Asia Pacific Region

March 2013 | Article
Singapore: Innovation Leader in Asia Pacific Region
Singapore has been identified as the most innovative city in Asia Pacific, excelling in global integration category compared to others in the region. Solidiance, the author of this study asserts that the ranking is likely to change in the future due to the fact that the cities are still growing. This ranking comes up with a short documentary movie about opinions towards innovation from entrepreneurs and other key city stakeholders in Asia.

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Innovation is Emerging in Asian Countries, Led by Singapore

March 2013 | Article
Innovation is Emerging in Asian Countries, Led by Singapore
Urbanisation and megacities are among the buzzwords of the decade, especially in stories of Asia’s emerging economies. Being innovative is necessary to build a sustainable city, and Solidiance rounds up a list of the Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific. Singapore has the crown as the first winner, meanwhile Bangkok sits on the 12th rank, and yet acknowledged as number one on the society category.

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Bangkok is One of the Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific

March 2013 | Article
Bangkok is One of the Most Innovative Cities in Asia Pacific
Bangkok is among the most innovative cities in Asia Pacific, according to a study done by Solidiance. The city ranks the highest and outperforms others in terms of society which included culture, value systems and ideology that it upholds, yet sits at the 12th rank overall. Bangkok is very open to other cultures and fast changing, making it as a rising force to reckon with, granting it the most potential to climb in the ranking in the future.

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Myanmar Thrust onto the Frontline of Consumerism

March 2013 | Article
Myanmar Thrust onto the Frontline of Consumerism
The big brands have now swept into Myanmar, determined to have a share of an anticipated boom and transform the nation's impoverished people into brand-savvy global consumers. Damien Duhamel, Solidiance's Managing Partner Asia remarks that rushing in to untapped market of Myanmar to seek for 'pioneering advantage' is a laden risk. Meanwhile MNCs from Taiwan, HK, Singapore are likely to enter in 2nd or 3rd wave to build sustainable market share.

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Renewable Energy is a Necessity in China

March 2013 | Article
Renewable Energy is a Necessity in China
Renewable energy is an increasingly hot topic in China and is a sector targeted for increasing amounts of government attention and investment before 2020. According to Solidiance's analysis, there are 3 key drivers behind the continued interest in this sector : China’s increasing demand for electricity, the need to reduce its reliance on coal for energy production, and the need to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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China: The World's Fastest Growing Solar PV Market

March 2013 | Article
China: The World's Fastest Growing Solar PV Market
Chinese government targets total installed capacity to reach 21 GW by 2015 and 50 GW by 2020. However, the industry is overcrowded in which the strong firms suffer from problems of overcapacity, troublesome technological development processes and an international slowdown. According to Solidiance's analysis, chief opportunities in the Chinese solar PV sector lie on domestic development, new technology R&D, and cost reduction.

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Wind Power in China Faces Period of Adjustment

March 2013 | Article
Wind Power in China Faces Period of Adjustment
Following years of unregulated growth, China still dominates the global wind energy market with 25% of total global installed wind capacity and is taking the opportunity to mature with the key industry trends including consolidation and internationalisation. According to Solidiance's analysis, the sector started its period of adjustment in 2011, as the newly installed wind power capacity began to experience a slowdown of its rapid growth.

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Hydro Power - China's Most Effective Renewable Energy Resource

March 2013 | Article
Hydro Power - China's Most Effective Renewable Energy Resource
Installations of hydro power continued to rise in the period up to 2011, with China accounting for 22% of the total global installed hydro power capacity. Considerably the most effective renewable energy resource, hydro power sector is dominated by SOEs, although foreign firms are still plausible to invest with limited capacity. However, some challenges faced by China may cause the investment in the sector to decline after 2020.

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Thailand as Southeast Asia's Automotive Leader and Its Strategic Tie with Myanmar

March 2013 | Article
Thailand as Southeast Asia's Automotive Leader and Its Strategic Tie with Myanmar
Thailand has been spearheading economic growth in South East Asia, even before ASEAN was formed.  Although we can’t neglect its political instability, it has accumulated knowledge and experiences especially in automotive sector and by now it is known as “Detroit in Asia”. Aki Nakamura, Solidiance's Head of Japan Desk, assesses this existing superiority and its strategic tie with Myanmar as an interesting aspect to look into.

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China, a Promising Field for Renewable Energy Sector

February 2013 | Article
China, a Promising Field for Renewable Energy Sector
Renewable energy sector (Hydro & Wind Power, Solar PV, as well as Biomass & Biofuels) is now being China's focal point. According to Solidiance's analysis, the growth in this sector is driven by three key factors: increasing demand for electricity, the need to reduce dependency on coal, and the necessity to cut green house gas emissions. Pilar Dieter, the company's Principal for Greater China said that China's attempt to cut GHG should ideally ease its reliance on fossil fuels and save more electricity.

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Vietnam's Slumping & Challenged Property Market Sees Signs of Improvement

February 2013 | Article
Vietnam's Slumping & Challenged Property Market Sees Signs of Improvement
Vietnam's economic downturn is slumping its property market as the banking scandals discouraged foreign investors and domestic buyers. Michael Sieburg, the Manager of Solidiance Vietnam, states on a Property Market article that regardless of the current economic slowdown, Vietnam's property market sees a bright light through the large investments planted by foreign firms, signaling an increase of their confidence. And for this to cause positive impact, the government needs to back it up with substantive efforts i.e. building on its macroeconomic gains.

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China's Renewable Energy: the Outlook for Growth

January 2013 | Article
China's Renewable Energy: the Outlook for Growth
As the world's manufacturing hub, China is prompted to bear the environmental costs in regards to renewable energy. Fossil fuel use is unsustainable, hydro power industry is past its peak, wind power is slowing down, meanwhile solar PV is a traction for investment, as well as biofuels which is still being investigated for rapid future growth. This article is based on Solidiance's "China's Renewable Energy" white paper

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Renewable Energy in China to Experience Explosive Growth

January 2013 | Article
Renewable Energy in China to Experience Explosive Growth
China soon to experience a renewable energy boom due to increasing demand for electricity; reduction in use of coal for energy production; and cutting carbon emissions. Hydro power saw rapid growth only until 2011, and wind power players are having consolidation and internationalization. Solar market is facing overcapacity , meanwhile biofuels and biomass are newfound areas waiting for growth. This article is based on Solidiance's "China's Renewable Energy" white paper.

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January 2013 | Article
Chinese Government Increases Investment & Attention towards Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is a sector targeted for government's heavy investment and attention before 2020. Hydro power sector is slowing down & dominated by SOEs. China is world's wind power leader yet starts descending. Solar PV industry is getting overcrowded, meanwhile biomass and biofuels are new & still supported by poor infrastructure. This article is based on Solidiance's "China's Renewable Energy" white paper.

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November 2012 | News
Solidiance and Arthur D. Little Form Comprehensive Alliance in Asia
Solidiance, a Singapore-based B2B growth strategy advisory firm operating in several Asian
Countries, officially signed a comprehensive partnership agreement with Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting firm to jointly pursue business in the Asia Pacific region and enhance companies' network. Solidiance and Arthur D. Little share many of the same values, such as an emphasis on leveraging innovation creation to contribute to client companies’ growth, as well as their clear client-centric approach.

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November 2012 | News
Innovation at Work: A Fun & Free Apple Application by Solidiance: The Asia Quiz
Solidiance has released "The Asia Quiz", a free quiz application that tests and broadens your Asian market insights, containing questions with multiple options to answer and focused on the four main topics : technology, industrial, med-tech, and general knowledge of Asian market. "The Asia Quiz" is free for download on iPhone, iPad, and iTouch that are ran by at least iOS 4.0 all around the world. It also comes with article reviews and tutorial videos from different medias for further references that may be required. “The Asia Quiz” is developed by AppSolution.
Download here: http://bit.ly/TheAsiaQuiz

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October 2012 | Article
Is Singapore a Healthcare Innovation Hub in Southeast Asia?
Singapore is regarded as a small country with luring attraction for FDI in ASEAN. With the flowing investment coming in, as remarked in the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore magazine article by Praneet Mehrotra, Solidiance's Singapore Principal, the country's feasibility to undertake R&D activities and be a test-market for healthcare sector makes it potential to be harnessed by global companies as a place to invest. This article also expands on the key reasons why Singapore is an important investment destination, specifically for R&D purposes in the healthcare sector.

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October 2012 | Event
China's Construction Sector Slowdown and its Impacts on Foreign Companies
As part of an extended series of industry breakfast events hosted by Solidiance across Asia, Solidiance China hosted its 2nd by-Invitation only breakfast event on the 5th of September 2012 in Shanghai to examine the current market trends in the construction and industrial sector. The event discussed challenges this slowdown presents for China’s industrial equipment and later develop solutions for Fortune 500 to maintain positive returns on their investments in China.

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October 2012 | Article
Build Your Team Based on Diversity to Innovate in Asia
Part three of the “Easy-to-Implement” series by Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, Damien Duhamel, as featured in the Singapore Business Review magazine, focuses on the importance of diversity as a means to innovate a company from within. Recruiting beyond the obvious circle as well as enhancing diversity in the business is one of the fastest roads to innovation in companies. As such, a melting pot of origins, cultures, perspectives, will ultimately create a melting pot of good ideas.

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October 2012 | Article
Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Myanmar's Property Construction Market
Myanmar's property market has faced broad changes in the last two years as the international business people seek investment opportunities in the country. Property demand has surged and as a response, developers seemingly will follow a certain pattern that had been seen in Vietnam 20 years ago, as Damien Duhamel, Solidiance's Managing Partner Asia, stated in this New York Times article. Developers from Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong will build new hotels and offices, resulting in the emerging of apartment and condominium market oriented around expatriates.

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June 2012 | Article
Failure and Risk-Taking are Key Incentives for Company Innovation in Asia
Part two of the “Easy-to-Implement” series by Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, Damien Duhamel, is featured in the Singapore Business Review magazine. Focusing on the particular issue of bringing order in the innovation of a company from within, this commentary piece further mentions that failure must be defined as a learning process and that one should encourage risk-taking by discounting failure. Without failure, there would not be any mind-blowing idea from manifest.

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May 2012 | Article
The Fundamental Pillars in Growing a Strategy Consulting Business in Asia
Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, Damien Duhamel, was interviewed by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He details his entrepreneurial and professional background, the history behind Solidiance’s founding, the difficulties he encountered while setting up the company, while also weighing in about the fundamental pillars of being a successful entrepreneur in Asia.

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May 2012 | Article
Don't Listen to, but Observe your Asia Customers to Find New Ways to Innovate in Asia
Part one of the “Easy-to-Implement” series by Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, Damien Duhamel, is featured in the Singapore Business Review magazine. This first part states that the rule is not to listen to the customers, but to observe them instead. Innovation is a tough exercise, but it must be done by the enterprise, not by its customers. Observing customers in Asia and interpreting their behavior helps to see a usually not-so-obvious opportunity.

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Up to 4 million green cars in China by 2020, Solidiance forecasts

September 2011 | News
Solidiance Forecast: Up to 4 Million Green Cars in China by 2020
The Chinese automotive market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 10% in the next decade thanks to its growing middle class. The Chinese government aims to have 500,000 to 1,000,000 green cars (including electric and hybrid cars and buses) on the road by 2015. Based on Solidiance’s forecast, there could be between 2 to 4 million green cars on the roads in China by 2020, given a 5-10% penetration rate of the Chinese Electric vehicle market.

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September 2011 | Article
Singapore Amongst Greenest City in Asia; Proof of Growth in the Asia Green Buildings Market
The Business Times expands on the growing market of green buildings in Asia, stating that the industry helps sustain Asia’s growth. Singapore, in particular, has leapt ahead of its time to show what future Asian green cities can look like. Therefore, it is no surprise that a recent high-profile report by Solidiance, a consultancy firm focused on the Asia Pacific region, has already ranked Singapore first on the top 10 green cities in the Asia-Pacific region in regards to green policy.

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Business Monitor International forms alliance with Solidiance

September 2011 | News
Business Monitor International Forms Alliance with Solidiance
Business Monitor International (BMI) has signed an affiliation agreement with Solidiance to become its consulting partner for the region. The partnership seeks to bridge and connect BMI’s systematic market research, ratings and forecasts with Solidiance’s bespoke consulting services, both of which serve the top 1000 multinationals operating in Asia.

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Ingenious Switzerland appoints Solidiance in Singapore

August 2011 | News
Ingenious Switzerland Appoints Solidiance as Business Scout in Singapore
Ingenious Switzerland, the Swiss center of excellence for architecture, engineering and design based in Zurich, has appointed Solidiance, Asia’s premier B2B growth consulting firm as their business scout in Singapore. Singapore with its aspirations to be a regional green building hub has been identified as strategic export market with considerable potential for Ingenious Switzerland. For its part, Solidiance will drive the business development of Ingenious Switzerland in the region through its recognized domain knowledge in the construction and engineering field.

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Google's Street View Cars stir controversy in Japan

July 2011 | Article
Google's Street View Cars Stir Controversy in Japan
In Japan, Google is not the leader in online searches, and its Street View Cars used to aid relief efforts has been wildly unpopular. Many Japanese citizens, including prominent executives and technology bloggers, were outraged at the personal activities the cameras captured. "Google Street View cars have been controversial, maybe more so than other countries, given the limited land where living spaces and public spaces often overlap," said Aki Nakamura, head of Japan business development for Solidiance, to TechNewsWorld.

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Vietnam Logistics Industry: The Road Ahead

June 2011 | Article
Vietnam Logistics Industry: The Road Ahead Seems Only Paved With Good Intentions
Road freight holds a natural advantage in Vietnam’s US 3 billion dollar logistics industry. With almost no air freight, limited rail freight, humble maritime freight, road freight represents about 75% of freight volume in Vietnam. Over the last decade, the number of transportation enterprises increased by almost five-fold according to the Government Statistics Office in Vietnam. This article provides a closer look into the road and traffic conditions in Vietnam, road freight challenges in Vietnam, and suggestions on how to best resolve them.

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How mobile applications in India create new opportunities

March 2011 | Article
India's Mobile Telecom Content Industry to Expand Rapidly
Solidiance’s Partner Asia, Heiko Bugs, was interviewed by Techistan regarding his views on the current market in the India telecommunications industry. He delves into further detail by explaining Solidiance’s focus in India, especially in the areas of applications and mobile content. Additionally, he also discusses the issues companies face in regards of regaining their investments.

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March 2011 | Article
Singapore's Green Building Policy Ranks First in Asia Pacific
Associate Professor Wong Nyuk Hien, a design and environment researcher at the National University of Singapore, credited the Green Mark Scheme for Singapore’s positive results in the green building category of Solidiance's recent green cities ranking. Launched by the Building and Construction Authority in 2005, the scheme rates the environmental friendliness of buildings.

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Tokyo named Asia-Pacific's Greenest City

February 2011 | Article
The First Asia Green City Index Ranks Tokyo as Asia Pacific's Greenest City
Clean Air Portal reports that Japan’s largest city earns top marks for the management of carbon emissions, public transportation and air quality. Solidiance has named Tokyo the greenest major city within the Asia-Pacific region, and rounding out the top 10 Green Cities in Asia are Seoul, Melbourne, Singapore, Osaka, Sydney, Auckland, Busan, Taipei and Hong Kong. Cities were evaluated according to CO2 emissions, energy, transportation, air quality, water, waste, green space, and environmental government. It was ranked according to economy, environment, and social factors.

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Solidiance Ranks Asia Pacific's Top 10 Green Cities

February 2011 | Article
Solidiance Ranks Asia Pacific's Top 10 Green Cities
Solidiance’s ranking of Asia Pacific’s top 10 green cities is calculated based on key factors such as carbon dioxide emissions, renewable energy usage, public transport ridership, overall waste management and green building policies. Solidiance's Asia Pacific's Top 10 Green Cities Index and ranking was the very first ever in Asia. 

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Singapore tops in building policy and water management in Solidiance’s ranking of Asia Pacific’s green cities

February 2011 | Article
Singapore Ranks First in Building Policy and Water Management in Asia
Solidiance conducted the first comprehensive study of Asia Pacific’s Green Cities, as reported by The Straits Times. Solidiance published the first Asia Pacific Top 10 Green Cities ranking after analysing all key cities the region. Tokyo is the greenest city in Asia-Pacific region, followed by Seoul, Melbourne, Singapore and Osaka. This result is concluded through the study of the social, economic and environmental factors contributing to the environmental sustainability in each Asia city.

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How the new Singapore Budget can help firms go green

February 2011 | Article
How the New Singapore Budget Can Help Firms Go Green ?
With the right incentives, Singapore could become one of the world capitals for electric vehicles. Solidiance says that as Singapore’s population continues grow, environmentally efficient choices will no longer be a luxury, but a necessity. Singapore may have come up tops in comparison to regional peers when it comes to green buildings - according to recent findings by marketing and growth strategy firm Solidiance but there are other areas, like adoption of cleaner, more sustainable auto fuels, where experts said fiscal incentives can help Singapore take the lead.

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Better Infrastructure Needed to Boost Electric Vehicles Industry in Singapore

December 2010 | Article
Better Infrastructure Needed to Boost Electric Vehicles Industry in Singapore
Demand for electric vehicles in Singapore and the rest of Asia will rise as infrastructure develops. Solidiance forecasts that the battery market for electrical vehicles alone in China could be worth as much as USD 57 billion in 2020. On another hand Singapore is not doing enough to be in the 'driving seat' of the electrical vehicle market in Asia. It is a spot it could easily secure with the right policy.

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77% of homebuyers in Singapore will pay for a green home

November 2010 | News
How Much are Home Buyers Willing to Pay for a Green Home in Singapore?
Solidiance’s study on the Singapore green buildings market shows that the majority of home buyers are willing to pay a premium for a green home, as published in Eco-Business.com. The study was conducted with the support of the Singapore Green Building Council, further confirming that green buildings are still only viewed as a lifestyle product.

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Green's the colour of cost savings for Singapore homebuyers

November 2010 | Article
What are the Cost Savings for Singapore Green Home Buyers?
The Straits Times publishes a report on the first ever poll on public perceptions of green homes, conducted by Solidiance. The result was encouraging: up to 44% polled would pay up to a 5 percent more for a green home, citing cost savings as the top reason.

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Improving Thailand's Road Safety

August 2010 | Article
Thailand's Road Safety, an Opportunity for Truck Manufacturers?
Thailand has one of the worse road safety records in the world, but there are signs that it is improving. Asian Trucker interviews Mickael Feige, Solidiance’s Manager for the Thailand office, to find out what is being done to make the Kingdom's roads safer. Aside from elaborating on the causes of the minimal road safety, Solidiance also shares some insight regarding the issue of drug use, inspections for second hand vehicle trucks, and others.

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Digital Marketing in Singapore: Twitter over Facebook

July 2010 | Article
Digital Marketing in Singapore: Twitter over Facebook
Twitter is unlikely to be preferred as a main digital marketing tool compared to Facebook for companies in Singapore. Solidiance's Managing Partner Asia Pacific, Damien Duhamel, concurred this statement, asserting that Twitter is still a novelty and mostly adopted by teenagers. Moreover, the ROI for marketing via (micro) blogs is close to none and Twitter therefore needs to give itself more time to cultivate its own impact to business marketing.

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Wool insulation materials Malaysia

March 2010 | Article
Building Insulation Materials in Malaysia Could Lead the Way in ASEAN
Insulation materials could pave the way to greener cities and green buildings in Malaysia. Equally important, wool-based insulation enables households and companies to save on up to 30% of energy cost. Malaysia has three wool-based insulation materials manufacturers, and as such could lead the changes in mindset across contractors and project developers in ASEAN. Heiko Bugs, Partner Asia at Solidiance explains how.

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Beverage Market in Asia: Soft Drink Sales Growth Reached Double Digits

January 2010 | Article
Beverage Market in Asia: Soft Drink Sales Growth Reached Double Digits
Vietnam, just like other emerging countries, is a big consumer of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and its sales reached double digit growth (12%) in 2009 due to larger sums of advertising. In regards to this, Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner Asia of Solidiance, remarked that the Vietnamese CSD markets will even continue to grow to 40% between 2010 and 2015.

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The Thailand's truck industry survives the crisis

December 2009 | Article
The Thailand Truck Industry: Surviving the Crisis ?
Despite the decreasing demand during the political and economical crisis in 2009, the Thailand truck market showed strong resilience and suppliers aggressively cut the manufacturing output down. The Commercial Vehicle market in Thailand somehow showed unexpected resistance to the economic crisis. Solidiance's office in Thailand elaborates on this phenomenon.

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Opportunities in Vietnam’s emerging healthcare sector

November 2009 | Article
Emergence of Healthcare Sector in Vietnam Attracts Set of Opportunities and Challenges
The Vietnamese government has pumped USD 1 billion into its emerging healthcare sector. But despite its attractive growth potential, Vietnam’s emerging economy presents its own set of unique challenges to would-be investors and foreign companies. Damien Duhamel, Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, shares his Vietnam Medical Device insights.

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How to Grasp Innovation in Asian Organizations

November 2009 | Article
How to Grasp Innovation in Asian Organizations
In regards to the role of innovation in organizations, Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner Asia of Solidiance shares his thoughts about innovation as a delivery of ideas that enable a sustainable and competitive advantage. It is noted that many companies in Asia seem to have a problem in grasping this role of innovation in organizational levels.

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Mobile Phone's Better Functions and Cheaper Price Drive its Growth in Asia

November 2009 | Article
Mobile Phone's Better Functions and Cheaper Price Drive its Growth in Asia
Currently, Singapore and Hong Kong are the most mature electronic payment markets in Asia. Based on a recently published white paper titled 'Asia Mobile Telecommunication Innovations' by Solidiance and the Mobile Marketing Association, it is one among other functionality factors such as mobile gaming, mobile healthcare (mHealth), and mobile music that steer mobile telecommunication industry growth in Asia.

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Mobile Phone's Affordability and Functionality Promote Mobile Growth in Asia

November 2009 | Article
Mobile Phone's Affordability and Functionality Promote Mobile Growth in Asia
Solidiance jointly released a study about Asia Mobile Telecommunication Innovations with the Mobile Marketing Association, focusing on main factors that boost the growth of mobile market in Asia. The study shows that the device's affordability and functionality - i.e. mobile payment, mobile gaming, mobile healthcare (mHealth) and mobile music in smart phone - help the mobile phone adoption to increase in the region.

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Mobile Market Growth in Asia Boosted by Mobile Payment, Gaming, Music, and mHealth

November 2009 | Article
Mobile Market Growth in Asia Boosted by Mobile Payment, Gaming, Music, and mHealth
According to a joint study conducted by Solidiance and Mobile Market Association, the mobile telecommunication sector's growth in Asia is driven by technology innovation i.e. mobile payment, mobile gaming, mobile healthcare (mHealth), and mobile music. The sales of smartphones in the region is also boosted by its prominent functionality - including better features and mobile internet.

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The Business of Innovation

July 2009 | Article
The Business of Innovation
Change drives innovation, which in turn drives positive change. Based on this stance, Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner Asia of Solidiance, joined the roundtable held by ESSEC Business School's Institute of Service Innovation and Strategy as a panelist to share his thoughts about the 10 main rules of innovation - observing customers instead of listening to them, promoting risk takers and failures, and more.

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The Southeast Asia Third Party Logistics Market in growth mode

June 2009 | Article
The Southeast Asia Third Party Logistics Market in Growth Mode
Solidiance’s study on the logistics industry in ASEAN shows that 83 % of the service logistics activity in the region occurs in Singapore and Malaysia (Penang). The total service logistics market in Southeast Asia has an estimated worth of USD 557 million. Due to her regional hub status, Singapore has a 60 % share of the region’s logistics market. Semiconductor, Telecom and the Electronics industries are the fastest growing and most outsourced industries, with the latter being the most attractive industry in terms of growth and size.

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Key Trends of Service Logistics in Southeast Asia

May 2009 | Article
Key Trends of Service Logistics in Southeast Asia
The service logistics business in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly due to several market trends such as the shift of OEM manufacturing, growing traction of outsourcing to 3PLs, and service offers evolution. These findings are based on the examination of key industries - aerospace, electronics, telecommunication, industrial equipment, medical, and semiconductor sectors across the Southeast Asia region.

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Why invest in Vietnam as a manufacturing location?

April 2009 | Article
Why Invest in Vietnam as a Manufacturing Location?
In a recent survey with Fortune 500 executives, Solidiance determined that 63% of business executives believe that Vietnam is now a more attractive investment opportunity than Thailand. Vietnam’s political stability is comparable to that of China and Singapore, which allows for foreign investors to adopt a long term view.

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Go West into China...carefully

April 2009 | Radio coverage
How Asia-Based Companies Need to Innovate to Survive Economic Crisis

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In this exclusive interview with Lush 99.5 FM in Singapore, Damien Duhamel, the Managing Partner of Solidiance, shares his thought on the keys of innovation to strive and save businesses in times of economic turmoil. Innovation is deemed inevitably pivotal for every Asia enterprise, and can be achieved primarily by observing (as opposed to just listening to) customers; embracing diversity of resources/skills in the business; breaking down silos; etc. Damien further explains that the Singapore Government also played a key role in enabling innovation in the country by creating a proper ecosystem for people to innovate, and incentivize innovation.

 

Go West into China...carefully

April 2009 | Article
Why Shareholders Must Weigh Risk in Chinese Manufacturing and Supply Chain Sector
Companies that are considering moving production into China's interior must weigh the trade-offs of lower costs against the impact on their supply chains. While traditional barriers such as logistics infrastructure and talent shortages are less likely to plague manufacturers, a new crop of challenges, such as provincial regulations and enforcement, may still hinder success. In this article, Pilar Dieter, Solidiance’s Principal for the China office, shares strategic insight regarding the Chinese manufacturing sector and why it is best for shareholders to tread carefully.

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Wool insulation materials Malaysia could save the country more than USD 200 Millions a year in energy cost

March 2009 | Article
Wool Insulation Materials in Malaysia is a Highly Profitable Proposition
Solidiance was selected among a panel of international strategy advisory firms to support the development of the Wool Insulation Market in Malaysia. The content of the engagement was published in a white paper for the Malaysian Government and other key authorities. This article underlines the work Solidiance has done and the potential savings of more than USD 200 Million Malaysia would benefit from if Insulation was included in the building codes by-laws.

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How do you identify opportunities for disruptive innovation in Asia?

August 2008 | Article
Many Roads & Opportunities for Disruptive Innovation in Asia
Increased connectivity, mobile payments and changing ideas of ownership presents new opportunities to conduct business-not-as-usual. Many successful disruptors have profited from transposing existing business models and proven technology from another sector into their own. Can Asian companies adopt more disruptive innovation approach? See what Damien Duhamel, Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, has to say about this.

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Why firms in Asia need to innovate ?

July 2008 | Article
How can Asian companies transform themselves from low-cost manufacturers to leading innovators?
In order to instil innovation at the core of companies in Asia, Solidiance suggests cultivating diversity within the team, encouraging the flow of ideas, promoting failures, and head-butting! However, culturally speaking, companies in Asia are still miles away from a Google and an Apple environment. Damien Duhamel, Solidiance’s Managing Partner Asia, is interviewed by The Edge Business Magazine regarding his views on innovation.

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From what if to what is - The basic rules of Innovation in Asia

March 2008 | Article
The Basic Rules of Company Innovation in Asia
As Damien Duhamel, Managing Partner Asia at Solidiance, stated in this interview with Marketing Interactive, the biggest factor that holds back Asian companies from being innovative is recruiting within the comfort zone. It is time for companies in Asia to innovate but few have the courage or the ability to do so. Solidiance shares a few hints on how innovation can be instilled at the core of companies in Asia Pacific, providing key skills on how to be innovative.

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