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Industry Report

Supply Chain Risk Management in Global Markets

June 17, 2021

Risk is intrinsic to any business activity. While eliminating all operations risks is virtually impossible, identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating risks in supply chain planning is imperative for long-term success. The events of the COVID-19 pandemic applied a tough stress test on domestic and global supply chains and brought the concept of resilience to the forefront of supply chain planning. Good situational awareness of potential pitfalls (natural or human-made), mitigation strategies, post-disruption recovery plans, flexibility, and innovation are the cornerstones of business continuity planning (BCP). This white paper reviews current principles and issues in supply chain risk management and provides tools for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks. The document presents considerations regarding resilience and the need for robust contingency plans for post-pandemic international supply chain planning.

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Supply Chain Management Principles

June 17, 2021

The management of supply chains plays a crucial role in the sustainability of import processes for raw materials, components, intermediate goods, miscellaneous supplies, and finished goods. Businesses rely on international supply chains to bring products or raw materials from countries where they are produced to markets where they are needed. The following white paper aims to provide importers with guidance on global supply chains and importing, facilitating their sourcing processes for inputs, components, raw materials, and finished goods. The events of the COVID-19 pandemic applied a tough stress test on domestic and global supply chains and brought the concept of resilience to the forefront of supply chain planning. The following sections will cover the main steps and processes in supply chain management, as wells as potential pitfalls and mitigation strategies when facing supply chain uncertainties.

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Africa

Wood Industry in South Africa

November 5, 2020

South Africa and the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region have been importing substantial volumes of wood and wood products from the U.S. and the rest of the world. The U.S. is one of the top 10 wood and wood products exporters to South Africa in terms of value. Wood, which falls under the category of wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, sanded or end-jointed, of a thickness of more than 6mm, increased by 17 million m3 between 2018 and 2019.

There was a dramatic increase in the wood and wood products imported by South Africa from the U.S. and, if the status quo of the forestry industry in South Africa remains, demand for imported wood and its products will continue to grow over the next 5-10 years.

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Latin and South America
North America

Defense & Public Security in Mexico

September 11, 2020

Mexico’s military budget hovers around 2% of total government budget, comparable to Switzerland’s relative budget, and includes both SEDENA (Army & Airforce), SEMAR (Navy & Marine Armada), as well as Federal-level policing and investigation (Guardia Nacional). In all, Mexico’s total military capex planned for 2020 is equivalent to about 10 billion USD.

Examples of approved investments in 2020:

  • Radars
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • Aircraft
  • Assets for surveillance operations
  • Naval hospital remodeling

This report includes information on important players, military priorities through 2024, opportunities for Virginia companies, as well as market entry considerations for Mexico’s defense and security sector.

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Asia Pacific

Information Technology in SE Asia

August 28, 2020

The six major countries in South East Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – have a combined population of 582 million and GDP of USD 3 trillion. If it were a single nation, it would be the third most populous country and the fifth largest economy in the world. It would also have the eighth largest consumption expenditure globally.

The region is among the fastest growing in the world, with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) having witnessed an average annual GDP growth of 5.3% between 2000 and 2018, supported by an increasingly well-educated workforce, abundant natural resources and favorable geographic location at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2019, it was the fourth largest export destination for the US, after Canada, Mexico and China, receiving USD 108 billion worth of exports originating from the US.

While nearly every sector in the six major South East Asian countries have been adversely affected by the outbreak, the virus is also creating opportunities by realigning supply chains, accelerating digitalization and automation, and driving medical sector innovation.

This report provides an overview of the economic impact and key business trends resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as specific opportunities for Virginia exporters in SE Asia. For each of the six key markets you will find the following:

  • Snapshot of the Digital Landscape
  • Software
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Education
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Asia Pacific

Manufacturing in SE Asia

August 28, 2020

The six major countries in South East Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – have a combined population of 582 million and GDP of USD 3 trillion. If it were a single nation, it would be the third most populous country and the fifth largest economy in the world. It would also have the eighth largest consumption expenditure globally.

The region is among the fastest growing in the world, with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) having witnessed an average annual GDP growth of 5.3% between 2000 and 2018, supported by an increasingly well-educated workforce, abundant natural resources and favorable geographic location at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2019, it was the fourth largest export destination for the US, after Canada, Mexico and China, receiving USD 108 billion worth of exports originating from the US.

While nearly every sector in the six major South East Asian countries have been adversely affected by the outbreak, the virus is also creating opportunities by realigning supply chains, accelerating digitalization and automation, and driving medical sector innovation.

This report provides an overview of the economic impact and key business trends resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as specific opportunities for Virginia exporters in SE Asia. For each of the six key markets you will find the following:

  • Snapshot of the Manufacturing Sector
  • Industrial Automation
  • Plastics
  • Automotive