Covid19

QuickTake: Decentralised manufacturing post COVID19

– 3D Printing is offering agile manufacturing solutions in the current pandemic – Long term 3D printing may become more ‘mainstream’ leading to more varied and flexible supply chains – Two European countries look set to capitalise The breakdown of supply chains as a result of COVID19 lockdown measures has meant that many businesses are struggling to stay afloat. In cases like medical equipment it means that despite the increased demand there are simply no suppliers. As a result, we…

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Three reasons why trade will never be the same again

Remember January 2020? We thought the trade war had turned into a truce. We had mildly positive expectations for global economic growth based on IMF forecasts. We thought financial markets would continue their bull run with the only risks the same as those evident throughout the period since the Global Financial Crisis: US dollar denominated debt in emerging markets, the strength of the US dollar, the sustained effects of extraordinary monetary policy and the speed at which  trade and growth…

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COVID-19: Policy-Options Effects for and Resulting Scenarios for 2022.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Governments around the world are on the horns of the dilemma as to whether to do “whatever it takes” to curb fatalities, or to risk higher fatalities to contain damage to the economy and to state budgets. As we predicted, most are emerging cautiously from their first lockdown as no economy could sustain it until a vaccine is found and administered world-wide. Over the coming 8-20 months (May 2020 – end 2021), governments are faced with the options…

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Mind the gap – why we need to think about small exporters

The World Trade Organisation’s latest outlook for global trade makes grim reading. The Covid-19 pandemic could cause a drop in world trade of bewteen 13% and 32% in 2020. The trade community has been watching inventory stock plummet since February and while at the outset of the crisis this was simply a supply chain disruption, the complete global lockdown of our daily lives has caused a drop in global demand for goods and services like no other in recent memory. Even…

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Leaving them stranded? Understanding the UK’s trade negotiating stance amid the coronavirus outbreak

Dr Rebecca Harding, CEO The UK stands to gain in trade terms from the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). It turns out that the world’s current obsession with personal hygiene plays to its advantage: it is a net exporter of both toilet paper and hand sanitiser – export values in 2018 were US$129mn for toilet paper, and US$455mn in hand sanitiser. As the world’s 11th largest exporter of toilet rolls and 4th largest exporter of hand sanitiser, at least…

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