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Economic Analysis - North And Centre Primary Beneficiaries Of Manufacturing Boom - AUG 2014

Americas July 2014 / Mexico / Economy

Mexico will remain an attractive destination for manufacturers, especially automakers, due to competitive wages, well established production and supply networks, and ease of access to the US market. The North and Centre regions of Mexico will benefit the most from the manufacturing sector boom, and we expect strengthening growth prospects in these regions to create significant opportunities in the services sector in subsequent years.

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Company News Alert - JCI Retains Focus On High Margin Segments - JULY 2014

Asia June 2014 / Global / Industry

Johnson Controls' divestment of its non-core automotive interior business will allow the firm to deploy its capital more effectively in its higher margin seating and power solutions businesses, which we view as a positive to drive the supplier's profitability.

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Industry Trend Analysis - LG Chem Poised To Capture Rising EV Demand - AUG 2014

Emerging Europe July 2014 / Global / Industry

As EV demand rises over the coming years, we see it burnishing the prospects of li-ion battery manufacturers, which remain key suppliers to electric car manufacturers. We believe South Korean firm LG Chem, the world's largest EV battery producer, is well placed to capitalise on this trend.

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Industry Trend Analysis - European Resurgence To Continue To Boost VW Sales - AUG 2014

Middle East & Africa July 2014 / Global / Industry

BMI View: We maintain a bullish outlook for the VW brand in 2014, and expect global sales to continue to increase. Europe and Asia Pacific will continue to be the brand's largest regional markets, and we expect a strong sales performance in 2014 as VW aims to build on its existing market presence in these regions.

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Industry Trend Analysis - JLR Surge To Continue On New Model Releases - AUG 2014

Western Europe July 2014 / Global / Industry

BMI View: We expect JLR to continue to register strong sales growth over the coming year as it releases new models and expands its presence in high-growth markets.

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