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Super Cycle or Junk Bike: the future of raw material markets

23 Sep 2014
Contrary to expectations, the enormous price hike for many raw materials came to halt around the year 2012 and price levels started to fall, at least modestly. Despite current conflicts that are again affecting energy-related prices – especially those for crude oil and for natural gas – present discussions among raw material intensive industries and financial investors tend to focus upon whether this marks the end of the "Raw Materials Super Cycle".

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5. VDI-Fachkonferenz "Automobiles Cockpit" - Lecture by Sebastian Kohler (October 21-22, 2014)

21 Sep 2014
The rise of glass – Increasing customer requirements and current interior megatrends require sophisticated materials

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Belastungen der deutschen Industrie durch den Russland-Konflikt nehmen weiter zu

12 Sep 2014
Schon seit über einem Jahr macht sich der anhaltende Konflikt zwischen Russland und der Ukraine in der deutschen Außenhandelsstatistik negativ bemerkbar. Durch die verschärften Sanktionen der EU gegen Russland wird sich der Abwärtstrend mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit weiter beschleunigen. Neueste Schätzungen erwarten für das Gesamtjahr 2014 einen Rückgang der deutschen Exporte nach Russland um 7 Mrd. Euro und einen damit verbundenen Wegfall von 25.000 bis 50.000 Arbeitsplätzen in der Bundesrepublik.

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Schlegel und Partner bei der 7. MTZ-Fachtagung 2014 Ladungswechsel im Verbrennungsmotor

04 Sep 2014
Wege zur optimalen Gemischbildung und Verbrennung

Informieren Sie sich aus erster Hand über die neuesten Erkenntnisse aus Forschung und Praxis.

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Silke Brand-Kirsch of Schlegel and Partners speaks in the Geotextiles Workshop at index14 in Geneva

21 Apr 2014
The global market for geotextiles in 2013 is about EUR 2.2 billions and is expected to grow with a CAGR of more than 10% until 2023. Nonwoven geotextiles account for over 50% of the overall demand of geotextiles in terms of value and 65% in m2.

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FLABEG Deutschland GmbH: Due Diligence made by Schlegel und Partner

02 Apr 2014
Die FLABEG Deutschland GmbH ist ein renommiertes mittelständiges Unternehmen mit Sitz in Nürnberg und ist spezialisiert auf die Herstellung, Bearbeitung, Veredelung und den Vertrieb von Flachglas, technischen Spiegellösungen und bietet anspruchsvolle Beschichtungslösungen für Glas. FLABEGs USP ist die effiziente Produktion großer Stückzahlen und die hohe Kompetenz in der Herstellung und Bearbeitung von komplexen Glasanwendungen. Schlegel und Partner unterstützte FLABEG in ihrem kürzlich erfolgten Due Diligence Prozess.

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Focus your business: Is there a need for a key account management for the food and beverage industries?

04 Feb 2014
The food and beverage industries offer a vast variety of applications for air, gas and liquid filtration and separation equipment. Almost every conceivable technology for filtration and separation of materials, particles, and contaminants will be found here, ranging from dust removal equipment for powders and granulates to HEPA / ULPA filters in filling equipment for the dairy industry and extending all the way to product filtration equipment such as filters for milk and for spirits and also for juice clarification.

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Consequences of shale gas for the industry

04 Feb 2014
Everyone seems to be talking about shale gas. In the US, shale gas production is in full swing. Many other countries are scrambling to outdo one another with announcements of new deposits and hope to benefit from this boom. Where and how this trend affects individual industries is often a matter of controversial debate.

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Der Antrieb von morgen -- Elektrifizierung: Was erwartet der Kunde?

31 Jan 2014
Stopp-Start und 48V - Verdrängen Micro-Mild Hybride traditionelle Hybridkonzepte vom Markt?
Ein Vortrag von Holger Richter und Daniel Kennel, Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik, am 28. Januar 2014 auf der 9. MTZ-Fachtagung in Wolfsburg

ATZ live - Fachkonferenzen für Automobilingenieure

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Chinas E-Bike-Boom auf Kosten der Umwelt - Schlegel und Partner in ZEIT ONLINE

20 Dec 2013
Jahrzehntelang war China eine Fahrradnation. Mittlerweile sinkt der Anteil des klassischen Radverkehrs rapide. Neben dem stark wachsenden Autoverkehr nimmt die Zahl der Elektrofahrräder auf Chinas Straßen gewaltig zu. 23 Millionen E-Bikes wurden nach Angaben des Marktforschungsunternehmens Schlegel und Partner dort allein im vergangenen Jahr verkauft.

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Wipe-out for disposable wipes?

10 Dec 2013
While the market for disposable nonwoven wipes is growing continuously, disposal problems of these products are increasing at the same pace. Clogging issues caused by the common practice of flushing wipes down the toilet are placing the industry under enormous pressure. Identification of solutions that enhance the flushability properties of wipes is a challenging future topic – and a highly interesting business opportunity.

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Opportunities and obstacles for additive manufacturing

10 Dec 2013
Additive manufacturing is attracting increasing attention. To produce parts by successively adding layer upon layer of material instead of by subtractive or molding techniques not only opens new opportunities for design but also provides time and cost benefits. But a rash of technical and structural problems limits the likelihood that the new manufacturing technology is going to become a serious competitor to conventional material processing in the short term. However, some interesting exceptions exist.

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Goodbye Easy Rider: latest trends in motorbikes

10 Dec 2013
This year has seen the market launch of several interesting new types of motorcycles and various technological and design innovations. One example is that of scooters designed for leisure use. Another major trend is discerned in e-bikes with advanced sporty propulsion systems, which can easily compete with high-end conventional motorbike drives.

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Who, what, how much? Donation activities of German and American B2B companies

10 Dec 2013
Corporate Social Responsibility is today no longer an unfamiliar term to B2B companies. However, as far as direction and successful implementation of social commitment are concerned, there is a lack of orientation in many places. We have asked German and American B2B companies how they handle their donation and funding activities.

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Schlegel and Partners in METissue: low-income consumers and the demand for tissue and nonwovens

29 Nov 2013
The nonwovens and tissue industry is in constant transition and very dynamic. One of the many challenges the industry is faced with are strategies of consumer products manufacturers to extend their markets towards low-income consumers. Especially large, well known multinationals are targeting this large market.

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Immer mehr Jüngere kaufen Elektroräder - Schlegel und Partner in ZEIT ONLINE

28 Nov 2013
Das Durchschnittsalter der Elektrorad-Käufer sinkt. Diesen Trend beobachten Fahrradhändler bereits seit einiger Zeit. Jetzt liefert eine Studie auch die Fakten.

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Megatrend demographics – Identifying key areas of action

22 Nov 2013
Amongst current megatrends, demographic change with its unprecedented implications for work and corporate organization now takes first place. And for good reason: according to current projections, up to a quarter of the present workforce will no longer be available in 2032 at the latest. Not only large corporations, but also small and medium enterprises have now realized that new strategies are required in order to deal with increased competition for young skilled workers and the workforce required to secure the firm’s long term future.

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E-Bike Studie von Schlegel und Partner in RadMarkt – Das Branchenmagazin: Mit Lifestyle weg vom Rentner-Image und hin zum neuen Mobilitätskonzept

22 Nov 2013
Am 9. Oktober hielt das Weinheimer Marktforschungs- und Beratungsunternehmen Schlegel und Partner GmbH im Rahmen des 22. Aachener Kolloquiums (7.-9. Okt 2013) – laut Eigenangaben „einer der größten europäischen Kongresse im Bereich Fahrzeug- und Motorentechnik“ - einen interessanten Vortrag zum Thema „Elektrifizierte Zweiräder - vom Lifestyle-Objekt zum neuen Mobilitätskonzept“. Dieser Vortrag wurde im Rahmen der dritten Aachen Colloquium (5.-6. Nov 2013) in der chinesischen Metropole Beijing wiederholt einem größeren Publikum vorgestellt. Hier einige interessante Aussagen des Vortrags.

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E-Bike Studie von Schlegel und Partner auf Velobiz.de: Altersstruktur der Pedelec-Käufer wandelt sich

22 Nov 2013
Der E-Bike-Markt ist weiterhin in Bewegung: Neue Marken und Anbieter drängen auf den Markt, aber auch auf der Seite der Pedelec-Käufer ist ein deutlicher Wandel in den vergangenen Jahren zu beobachten.

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Schlegel and Partners at the EDANA Outlook 2013 in Portugal

15 Nov 2013
Low income consumers, a huge potential for manufacturers along the personal care value chain if suitable approaches are applied

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Schlegel und Partner in METissue: Konsumenten mit niedrigem Einkommen und die Nachfrage nach Vliesstoffen

29 Oct 2013
Die Vliesstoff- und Tissueindustrie ist ständig in Bewegung und sehr dynamisch. Eine der zahlreichen Herausforderungen dieser Industrie sind Strategien der Produzenten für Consumer-Produkte, die das Ziel verfolgen, die Absatzmarkt auf Konsumenten mit niedrigem Einkommen auszudehnen. Besonders große, multinationale Unternehmen haben diesen großen Markt im Visier.

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Schlegel and Partners at Aachener Kolloquium in China: Electrified Two-Wheelers - from a lifestyle solution to a new mobility concept

29 Oct 2013
Whether Pedelec, S-Pedelec, E-Bike, E-Scooter or E-Motorcycle, everyone talks about Electrified Two-Wheelers as new means of transportation these days.

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Customer satisfaction in plant construction

11 Sep 2013
Measurement of customer satisfaction, which reflects the unique features and business structures of a company, is a prerequisite for successful and goal-oriented customer retention. A number of special features of the B2B sector, and especially plant construction, make it necessary to consider interdependencies of contact points and business phases in such analyses.

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Renewable energies in crisis?

11 Sep 2013
Industrialization of emerging economies, continuing population growth and increasing environmental awareness are mega-trends that should sustainably increase the use of renewable energy sources in electricity generation. However, the growth of alternative technologies is stalling, and many companies are questioning whether it is still worth their while to maintain a focus on these markets.

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The future of alternative fuels

11 Sep 2013
Developers in the automotive industry are investing considerable effort in the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Additionally, many of them are also addressing the question of which fuels will be required in the future.

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Rail – The new old growth market

11 Sep 2013
There are few industries for which the term "old economy" is as fitting as it is for the rail and rail vehicle industry. But much as in Europe in the 19th century, the industry is playing a crucial role in the industrialization process in today's emerging markets.

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Whatever happened to all the E-Mobility hype

08 Sep 2013
The development of components for electrically driven or electrically assisted vehicles has become much more visible in recent years. Are we now caught up in the great leap forward which will culminate in annual production of one million electric vehicles in Germany by the year 2020?

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The Crop Factor: Efficiency in Agriculture

08 Sep 2013
The agricultural market is a growth market: Demand for agricultural machinery and agrochemicals is due to increase significantly within the next few years. Most important drivers are a growing world population and growth of income, which has an impact on nutritional habits. Yet agricultural production remains inefficient in many parts of the world.

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The Social Media strategies of large B2B companies

04 Aug 2013
Increasing user numbers are enhancing the role of Social Media not only for B2C but also for B2B companies when it comes to quickly reaching and addressing clients, employees, potential applicants, media representatives, and the general public. A few years ago it was still uncertain whether the hype about Facebook, YouTube, and other Social Media platforms would soon fade. However, now it is clear that surfing and communicating in Social Media is part of everyday life for millions of users.

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Employer Branding: Successful implementation in B2B Firms

08 Apr 2013
Employer branding is the new catchphrase in HR marketing. Given the current and the future situation on the labor market, this field of communication is worth every effort: Already today, the demographic development and the so-called “war of talents” lead to bottlenecks in the recruitment of qualified workforce. As a consequence it becomes increasingly important for companies to be perceived as a positive and attractive employer brand by current and potential employees.

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New perspectives in Russia - Opportunities resulting from new WTO membership

08 Apr 2013
Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will accelerate the modernization and differentiation of the country’s economy. German companies with insight into the Russian market could be major beneficiaries.

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Schlegel und Partner in ChinaContact, das führende deutschsprachige Wirtschaftsmagazin über China

14 Jan 2013
Der chinesische Dieselfahrzeugmarkt steht in den Startlöchern für Euro IV.

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International market research for a development project in the area of elevator, conveyor, and storage technology

22 Nov 2012
For successful clients and market-oriented development of new products or systems it makes sense to integrate market research already in the pre-development phase. Schlegel and Partners often plays an important role here, especially in international market research requiring prompt execution for technically demanding and complex products and systems, as the following case of one of our clients shows.

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Africa on a continuous growth trajectory

22 Nov 2012
Africa has become an increasingly attractive location for foreign investors not only from EU countries and the US, but also from BRIC countries like Brazil and China. Economic, social, and political stabilization provide improved opportunities to invest in Africa’s abundant natural resources and in land utilization and infrastructure projects. Schlegel and Partners can contribute to the success of going-to-market or investment decisions by gathering the required market information through desk research and qualitative interviews with experts and market participants.

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Hot and highly pressurized – market research in the oil and gas industry

22 Nov 2012
Although worldwide oil and gas production is still increasing, conventional oil production has already peaked, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Oil and gas production technologies are in a transition phase: fracking, oil-sand technologies, and deep-sea production are just a few buzzwords describing current paradigm shifts in fossil fuel recovery. However, technology challenges provide opportunities for oil production equipment manufacturers.

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Truck technology is in transition

22 Nov 2012
Many advances in heavy commercial vehicles may significantly improve fuel efficiency but require, on the one hand, some five to ten years before implementation. On the other hand, adaptation of road traffic regulations is required to get many of the new improvement technologies on the road.

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From aftermarket to original equipment! – The OES market for C-parts

16 Jul 2012
The aftermarket business has long been recognized by major vehicle manufacturers as offering important sales potential and in particular a source of earnings.

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20 years of Schlegel and Partners

16 Jul 2012
Schlegel and Partners was founded by four partners in 1992 as a management buyout of the central market re-search unit of Freudenberg. The founding idea of acting as a missing link between market research and consulting in the capacity of a global growth consultant still forms the basis of our strategic positioning today.

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Drive your customers before they drive you crazy

10 Jul 2012
How detailed knowledge about the value-creating properties of your business increases your margin.

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Qualitative market research and the chemical industry – still an unsaturated compound

01 Jul 2012
Hardly any other industry has changed our everyday lives as much as the chemical industry. One reason is that chemicals are used in almost every industry. Whether we talk about new raw materials or engineered solutions, chemicals play a vital role in improving the properties of consumer products and in modifying materials.

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In-depth knowledge of the energy market can significantly boost suppliers’ sales

30 Jun 2012
World population growth and increasing industrialization in emerging economies are driving the global demand for energy at an unprecedented rate. In the coming years, power generation growth rates will typically lie above the industry average. Many companies will thus be well advised to develop an appropriate strategy, even if they have not hitherto been active in the energy market.

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Wind Energy: Almost every new plant is a prototype

02 Mar 2012
Wind energy generation is rapidly emerging as a resource efficient, low carbon and cost-effective technology around the world. Global nameplate wind power capacity increased from 17 GW in the year 2000 to 159 GW in 2010. Today, existing wind power plants have the capacity to generate about 2.5% of the worldwide electricity consumption. However, not only the total capacity of wind energy plants increased in recent years, but also the size of the individual power units. In addition, the adopted technologies still advance with enormous pace, which is a real challenge to the manufacturers in the wind industry. Schlegel and Partners supports suppliers to this industry by gaining intelligence about today’s technological requirements and future technology trends.

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Market Research in MENA countries

02 Mar 2012
Schlegel and Partners generates insights into markets in the MENA region

The potential economic attractiveness of countries in the MENA region is opposed to the poor availability of reliable market information. Especially companies active in B2B business are often faced with the fact that statistics required for a sound strategic decision do not exist or are rather unreliable.

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Old wine in new skins - what is special about the concept of the 48 Volt-vehicle electric system?

02 Mar 2012
The expert conference of the VDI about “Electrics and Electronics in the Vehicle” in November 2011 left the participants at least with one big surprise: A representative of a vehicle manufacturer introduced the basic concept of a 48 volt-electric system in a passenger car. Preceding this presentation was an appeal of five vehicle manufacturers in July last year in Ludwigsburg, when automotive suppliers were requested to actively develop components for 48 volt-vehicle electric systems. Participants being familiar with the matter have seen a parallel to the discussion about a 42 volt-vehicle electric system at the end of the last decade, which went lost because of the high prices of the components.

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Schlegel and Partners: Organizational announcement

06 Feb 2012
2012 comes with organizational changes for Schlegel and Partners

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Schlegel and Partners supports the work of Médecins sans Frontières in Somalia

10 Oct 2011
In view of the devastating drought and famine which Somalia is facing, Schlegel and Partners decided to support the ongoing operation of Médecins sans Frontières in the country. The company donated EUR 2,000 and doubled the associates’ donation so that finally EUR 4,500 were transferred to Médecins sans Frontières.

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Taking a Stake in the BRIC’s Success - Schlegel und Partner in planung & analyse international 2/2011

12 Sep 2011
Taking a Stake in the BRIC’s Success

How to Conduct B2B Market Research in the BRIC Countries

As the BRIC countries are becoming part of the world’s largest economies, an in-depth understanding of their market dynamics, technological standards and cultural, political and religious parameters is crucial. This can be obtained through professional B2B market research know-how. As business relationships in all BRIC countries differ significantly from those in the US and Europe, research methodologies need to be adapted to new standards. This is essential for obtaining valuable and valid data. Also for the successors of the BRIC group, a specially designed market research approach will be necessary catering to predominantly Islamic markets.

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Developing the right products using B2B market research - Schlegel and Partners in "planung & analyse" 4 / 2011

17 Aug 2011
Developing the right products using B2B market research

In times of tough competition it is vitally important to ensure that product innovations and developments are aimed specifically at customer requirements in particular and market demand in general. Qualified B2B market research supports management in achieving these goals.

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Schlegel and Partners in the renowned daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

23 May 2011
Precious plastic waste. Battle for old bottles by Bernd Freytag

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