The use of trade credit in B2B transactions enhances financial flexibility and mitigates negative effects of increased global competition for Hong Kong's large enterprises and SMEs.
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Iran continues to demonstrate economic resilience but prospects for integration into the world economy remain far off.
Argentina has introduced currency controls to stabilise peso in the run-up to elections.
The amount of suppliers facing insolvency will increase further in the coming 2-3 years, as many will find it hard to adapt to changing market conditions.
Many German Tier 2 suppliers face the issue that their products are easily substitutable, while their solvency and equity position is generally weak.
Any imposition of import tariffs on cars/car parts would severely impact suppliers in the Tier 2 segment where many businesses already show thin margins.
Small basic component parts producers often suffer from poor equity, while at the same time they face increasing difficulties obtaining bank finance.
While the automotive insolvency level has been low compared to other industries in the past, an increase of up to 3% is expected in the coming 12 months.
Suppliers active in the combustion engine parts and car metals segments are severely affected by deteriorating demand and a high level of competition.
US tariffs could severely impact Japanese suppliers of low value added/basic car parts, as OEMs could replace their products with tariff-free items.
Local-owned Tier 2 suppliers remain susceptible to commodity price changes and exchange rate volatility, with limited options to pass on higher prices.