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The BIG fashion opportunity in APAC – how to build your presence

Asia Pacific* (APAC) rapidly raises as a mecca of the global fashion industry with increasing spending power of consumers. This diversified market is influenced by different cultures and styles. Asian consumers are open to try new concepts. While Asian fashion style becomes more minimalist, this offers an opportunity to Nordic fashion brands which are known for simple yet beautiful.

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China’s corporate social credit system – risk and opportunity for Swedish companies

Since its initial conception in 2015 and followed by the various regional trials around the country in 2018-2020, China’s Corporate Social Credit System has been the topic of much debate and speculation. Described as a centralised database collecting information about all market actors in China, the system aims to ensure compliance and improve behaviour of companies operating in China by giving out ‘rewards’ for companies with a good track record, and ‘punishments’ for companies that are deemed not trustworthy.

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Sweden gains ground amid pandemic

Sweden’s share of the global market for export goods increased by 9 per cent during the pandemic year 2020, rising to 1.2 per cent from 1.1 per cent in the previous year. The uptick was fuelled by “pandemic goods” such as pharmaceuticals and wood products.

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Business Sweden continuously monitors markets globally, and analyses the effects on Swedish companies’ internationalisation. Our reports provide a broad view of Swedish exports and foreign investments.
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The Biden effect, Silicon slopes and green energy

The US is a key market for many Swedish companies as Sweden’s largest export market outside of Europe. Tobias Glitterstam, Regional Manager Americas, talks about the latest trends, such as The Biden effect, Buy American, the Green transition and the opportunities that come with these trends.

Preparing for a reshaped world

A long road to recovery lies ahead despite promising news of effective vaccines. In this episode, Business Sweden’s VP APAC David Hallgren explains the strategic tools and tactics that business leaders need to adopt to tackle uncertainty in export markets.

Africa free trade agreement signals a new era for growth

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) brings together 54 nations, 1.4 billion people and six of the fastest growing economies in the world under one trade agreement. In this episode, Andreas Giallourakis, Market Area Director Africa and Trade Commissioner for Business Sweden in Nairobi discusses the scope of the agreement and what it means for Swedish companies in healthcare, consumer and retail, manufacturing, industry, and infrastructure.

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Parans Solar lights up the US West Coast

When Parans Solar Lighting’s US distributor was acquired, the focus of their distribution company changed. Parans wanted to seize on the opportunity to continue accelerating their growth in the North American market by finding a new partner that aligned with their values and goals. A strategic approach was needed to identify potential options and navigate the vast geographical span and varying market conditions that make up the US.

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Pricer begins new era in APAC with swift expansion

Local presence and market knowledge were crucial for the fast deployment of Pricer’s customer platform in new markets in APAC.

Russia Business Climate Survey

Today, more than 500 Swedish companies are operating on the Russian market. The Business Climate Survey is an appreciated tool used to map the opportunities and challenges Swedish companies face when doing business internationally. The Business Climate Survey questionnaire gathers unique information about Swedish firms’ view of the local business climate and aspects of doing business in Russia.

France Business Climate Survey 2021

France has historically been an important trade partner for Sweden and this relationship keeps growing. With its 67 million inhabitants, France is the third largest market in Europe, and the seventh largest economy in the world. Key findings of the Business Climate Survey of 2021 are that France is considered an important market for Swedish companies and that the trust in the economic recovery is high.

Business Climate Survey India 2021

In these uncertain times, increased government spending can bring a multiplier effect in the economic growth and result in the boosted private sector’s sentiments and demand. A review of the outcome of the India Business Climate Survey 2021 reveals that despite the Covid pandemic, the performance expectations on the market have not much shifted in India.

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The BIG fashion opportunity in APAC – how to build your presence

Asia Pacific* (APAC) rapidly raises as a mecca of the global fashion industry with increasing spending power of consumers. This diversified market is influenced by different cultures and styles. Asian consumers are open to try new concepts. While Asian fashion style becomes more minimalist, this offers an opportunity to Nordic fashion brands which are known for simple yet beautiful.

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China’s corporate social credit system – risk and opportunity for Swedish companies

Since its initial conception in 2015 and followed by the various regional trials around the country in 2018-2020, China’s Corporate Social Credit System has been the topic of much debate and speculation. Described as a centralised database collecting information about all market actors in China, the system aims to ensure compliance and improve behaviour of companies operating in China by giving out ‘rewards’ for companies with a good track record, and ‘punishments’ for companies that are deemed not trustworthy.

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A source for value impacted by China’s cybersecurity legislations

The amount and value of data that is generated through operations is ever increasing. With a global footprint, Swedish companies in China need to understand the implications of China’s cybersecurity legislations on their business, what risks they entail and how to manage them.

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Are your distributors a bottleneck?

Distributors are pivotal for global growth, and in turbulent times, can make or break your business. Understanding your distributor relationships is only a step away, but can have a profound impact on your global growth.

Swedish OEMs and the challenge to grow aftermarket sales

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) across several industrial sectors are facing vast challenges to maintain and grow sales of new equipment. This is primarily due to slowed growth in emerging markets and a decline in input prices. While Swedish OEMs have a strong footprint globally, they are now being forced to identify new revenue streams to secure continued global growth.

Cambodia in transformation

Cambodia is gearing up its economy but needs skilled partners to modernise fast-growing sectors. Swedish companies can play a key role in facilitating change. Here’s how.

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