Construction insights

A tough year ahead for China's real estate

CRU Subscriber Content
23 Mar 2017
 | Region: 
Asia (China)
 | Topic: 
Demand

This year is forecast to be a challenge for China's residential real estate and this in turn will affect demand for low voltage cables, specifically building wire.

European construction need not spell gloom for power cable industry

CRU Subscriber Content
20 Oct 2015
 | Region: 
Europe
 | Topic: 
Demand

Construction in Continental Europe as a whole has been growing very slowly since the global financial crisis and this has held back demand for wire and cable in the region. Observers who have got used to slow growth in Europe may therefore be surprised to learn that there are some pockets of growth, in Germany and Poland, and even some signs of modest recovery in the sector as a whole.

Indian Construction – build it and they will come

20 Jun 2014
 | Region: 
Asia (India)
 | Topic: 
Economic

For the past couple of months, shovels, spades and diggers have littered building sites across India as labourers downed tools and returned to their native State to exercise their voting rights during the world's largest democratic event.  Historically, statistics show that while  workers attend political rallies, output in the labour-intensive construction sector slows down sharply. 

Turkey - exciting opportunities; challenging conditions

30 May 2014
 | Region: 
Asia (Turkey)
 | Topic: 
Corporate

Turkey has always been a key global manufacturing base and trading post due to its proximity to major markets and ideal geographic location. The country has seven direct neighbours as well as long coastline spanning the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, giving it access to Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Wire and cable producers have long recognised this with three of the four top producers owned by foreign entities. These have either chosen to set up in Turkey or establish a base via acquisitions (see table 1).