Winter Tire Market in Belgium to grow at a CAGR of 1.85% over the period 2014-2019; Finds New Report

Report forecast the winter tire market in Belgium to grow at a CAGR of 1.85 percent over the period 2014-2019.

Winter tires, also referred to as snow tires, cold weather tires, and thermal tires, improve the road safety for vehicles during winter, and thus play an important role in reducing road accidents. These tires are made of soft rubber compared to the all-season or summer tires, which help achieve better grip during winters. Furthermore, the newer generation of winter tires is designed with a more flexible rubber compound that is less prone to stiffening in colder temperatures. Its tread is designed to provide improved traction on wet, slushy, snowy, icy, and dry cold surfaces. Winter tires are fitted in sets of four, because fitting only a pair affects the balance and stability of the automobile. Winter tires are of three types: performance, studded, and non-studded.

This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the winter tire market in Belgium for the period 2015-2019. Forecasts and analysis of the market have been done in terms of volume. The market size is calculated on the basis of the unit sales of winter tires in Belgium. The market includes the following segments:

  • Passenger car winter tires: includes passenger car and utility vehicle tires
  • LCV winter tires
  • Truck winter tires
  • Bus winter tires

According to the report, OEMs buy a standard quantity of winter tires for installation on new vehicles. The requirement is huge in terms of volume; however, the bulk of the revenue is dependent on the replacement tire market. The replacement tire market has also reduced the dependence of tire manufacturers on OEMs for revenue and sales. In the replacement tire market, manufacturers experience less pricing pressure compared to OEMs. Also, in the replacement tire market, manufacturers of winter tires will have their own distribution systems for both global and local markets.

Winter Tire Market in Italy 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. It covers the market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

key players in Winter Tire Market in Belgium 2015-2019: Apollo Vredestein BV, Bridgestone Corp., BRISA Bridgestone Sabanci Tire Manufacturing and Trading Inc., Continental AG, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Debica SA, Deldo Autobanden NV, Falken Tyre Europe GmbH, Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd., Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe B.V., GT Radial, Hwa Fong Rubber Industries Co. Ltd., Kumho Tire Co. Inc., Maxxis International GmbH, Michelin Corp., Nankang Rubber Tire Corp. Ltd., Nexen Tire Corp., Nokian Tyres Inc., Pirelli Tyre SpA, Rosava Tyres, Sailun Group, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd., Triangle Group, Vee Rubber Group and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.

Market Driver

  • Rise in Scope of Replacement Tire Segment
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Market Challenge

  • Availability of Substitutes
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Market Trend

  • Emergence of High-performance Winter Tires
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Key Questions Answered in this Report

  • What will the market size be in 2019 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

Spanning over 215 pages, Winter Tire Market in Belgium 2015-2019” report covers Executive Summary, List of Abbreviations, Scope of the Report, Market Research Methodology, Overview of Tire Market, Key Tire Manufacturers Segmentation by Geography, Tire Industry Supply Chain, Tires Classification, Tires: Distribution Channels, Life Cycle of Tires, Analysis of Raw Materials Prices, Factors Affecting Tire Prices, European Tire Labeling Regulation, Recent Trends in Tire Market in Europem Europe – Winter Tire Regulations, Belgium – An Introduction, General Overview of Tire Market in Belgium, Introduction, Market Landscape, Market Segmentation by Vehicle Type, Buying Criteria, Market Growth Drivers, Drivers and their Impact, Market Challenges, Impact of Drivers and Challenges, Market Trends, Trends and their Impact, Tire Disposal, Vendor Landscape, Key Vendor Analysis.

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Non-Life Insurance in Belgium, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018, New Report Launched

The Belgian non-life insurance segment accounted for 24.4% of the country’s total insurance gross written premium in 2013. The non-life segment’s written premium grew at a CAGR of 3.2% during the review period (2009–2013). The growth was primarily generated by the country’s favorable regulatory environment for non-life insurers, such as the compulsory nature of motor and fire insurance, which helped these categories record strong review-period growth. Its growth was further accelerated by the country’s strong transport connections with France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The report provides in-depth market analysis, information and insights into the Belgian non-life insurance segment, including:

  • The Belgian non-life insurance segment’s growth prospects by non-life insurance category
  • Key trends and drivers for the non-life insurance segment
  • The various distribution channels in the Belgian non-life insurance segment
  • The detailed competitive landscape in the non-life insurance segment in Belgium
  • Detailed regulatory policies of the Belgian insurance industry
  • Analysis of various consumer segments in Belgian non-life insurance
  • Key developments in the Belgian non-life insurance segment
  • New products launched by Belgian non-life insurers

Scope

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the non-life insurance segment in Belgium:

  • It provides historical values for Belgium’s non-life insurance segment for the report’s 2009–2013 review period, and projected figures for the 2013–2018 forecast period.
  • It offers a detailed analysis of the key categories in Belgium’s non-life insurance segment, along with market forecasts until 2018.
  • It covers an exhaustive list of parameters, including written premium, incurred loss, loss ratio, commissions and expenses, combined ratio, frauds and crimes, total assets, total investment income and retentions.
  • It analyzes the various distribution channels for non-life insurance products in Belgium.
  • It profiles the top non-life insurance companies in Belgium and outlines the key regulations affecting them.

Reasons to Buy

  • Make strategic business decisions using in-depth historic and forecast market data related to the Belgian non-life insurance segment and each category within it.
  • Understand the demand-side dynamics, key market trends and growth opportunities in the Belgian non-life insurance segment.
  • Assess the competitive dynamics in the non-life insurance segment.
  • Identify the growth opportunities and market dynamics in key product categories.
  • Gain insights into key regulations governing the Belgian insurance industry and their impact on companies and the industry’s future.

Key Highlights

  • The Belgian non-life segment is dominated by multinationals and is highly concentrated; the 10 leading companies together accounted for 81.1% of the segment’s total gross written premium in 2013.
  • The Belgian non-life insurance segment accounted for 24.4% of the country’s total insurance gross written premium in 2013.
  • The motor insurance category claimed the largest proportion of the Belgian non-life insurance segment in 2013.
  • Belgium has a well-regulated insurance industry, and the country’s Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission (CBFA) has enacted several favorable provisions to support the growth of non-life insurance.
  • Belgium’s total internet subscriber base grew at a review-period CAGR 5.3%. E-commerce emerged as one of the fastest-growing distribution channels, with an expected forecast-period CAGR of 7.2%.
  • During the review period, Belgian exports as percentage of GDP grew from 78.2% in 2009 to 92.4% in 2012. This gave impetus to non-life insurance.

Spanning over 303 pages, Non-Life Insurance in Belgium, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018” report covering the Key Facts and Events, Executive Summary, Introduction, Belgian Insurance Industry Attractiveness, Non-Life Insurance Outlook, Analysis by Distribution Channel, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Competitive Landscape and Strategic Insights, Appendix – 1,  Appendix – 2. The report covered companies are – Axa Belgium, AG Insurance, Ethias, CBC Assurance, Baloise, Allianz Benelux, Belfius (Belins), DKV Belgium, Vivium Assurance, P&V Assurance

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Wind Power in Belgium, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 – Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles, New Report Launched

Wind Power in Belgium, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 – Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles report Provide the industry analysis specialists that offer comprehensive information and understanding of the wind power market.

The report provides in depth analysis on global renewable power market and global wind power market with forecasts up to 2025. The report analyzes the power market scenario in Belgium (includes thermal, nuclear, hydro and renewable energy sources) and provides future outlook with forecasts up to 2025. The research details renewable power market outlook in the country (includes wind, small hydro, biopower and solar PV) and provides forecasts up to 2025. The report highlights installed capacity and power generation trends from 2001 to 2025 in Belgium wind power market.

The research analyzes market segmentation by onshore and offshore wind, projects based analysis, market share of wind turbine manufacturers, import export of wind turbines, average project size (2006-2013), investment trends and LCOE for wind power in Belgium during 2013-2025. The report provides information on the amount of carbon saved (in million tons) and average number of homes powered by wind power until 2025. A detailed coverage of renewable energy policy framework governing the market with specific policies pertaining to wind power development in Belgium is provided in the report.

Scope

The report analyses global renewable power market, global wind power market, Belgium power market, Belgium renewable power market and Belgium wind power market. The scope of the research includes:

  • A brief introduction on global carbon emissions and global primary energy consumption.
  • Historical period is during 2001-2013 (unless specified) and forecast period is for 2014-2025.
  • An overview on global renewable power market, highlighting installed capacity trends, generation trends and installed capacity split by various renewable power sources.
  • Renewable power sources include wind (includes both onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic (PV), small hydropower, biomass and biogas.
  • Detailed overview on the global wind power market with installed capacity and generation trends, market segmentation by onshore and offshore wind, installed capacity split by region, installed capacity split by major wind power countries in 2013, market share of wind equipment manufacturers (wind turbine, gearbox, rotor blades, generators), investment trends (2013-2025), and detailed cost analysis which includes LCOE comparison among major countries.
  • Power market scenario in Belgium and provides detailed market overview, installed capacity and power generation trends by various fuel types (includes thermal, nuclear, large hydro and renewable energy sources) with forecasts up to 2025.
  • An overview on Belgium renewable power market, highlighting installed capacity trends (2001-2025), generation trends(2001-2025) and installed capacity split by various renewable power sources in 2013.
  • Detailed overview of Belgium wind power market with installed capacity and generation trends, market segmentation by onshore and offshore wind, market share of wind turbine manufacturers in 2013, investment trends (2013-2025), imports-exports in wind market (2001-2013), carbon savings, number of homes powered and LCOE for wind during 2013-2025.
  • Deal analysis of Belgium wind power market. Deals are analyzed on the basis of mergers, acquisitions, partnership, asset finance, debt offering, equity offering, private equity and venture capitalists.
  • Key policies and regulatory framework supporting the development of renewable power sources in the country in general and wind in particular.
  • Company snapshots of some of the major market participants

Reasons to buy

  • The report will enhance your decision making capability in a more rapid and time sensitive manner.
  • Identify key growth and investment opportunities in the Belgium wind power market.
  • Facilitate decision-making based on strong historic and forecast data for wind power market.
  • Position yourself to gain the maximum advantage of the industry’s growth potential.
  • Develop strategies based on the latest regulatory events.
  • Identify key partners and business development avenues.
  • Understand and respond to your competitors’ business structure, strategy and prospects

Spanning over 201 pages, 82 Tables and 74 Figures “Wind Power in Belgium, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 – Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles” report covering Table of Contents, Executive Summary, Introduction, Renewable Power Market, Global, 2001 – 2025, Wind Power Market, Global, 2001-2025, Onshore Wind Power Market, Global, 2001-2025, Offshore Wind Power Market, Global, 2001-2025, Wind Equipment Market, Global, 2013, Power Market, Belgium, 2001-2025, Renewable Power Market, Belgium, 2001-2025, Wind Power Market, Belgium, Renewable Energy Policy Framework, Belgium, Wind Power Market, Belgium, Company Profiles, Appendix. This report covered 5 Companies – Tractebel Engineering S.A., Nyrstar NV, Etablissementen Franz Colruyt NV, Elia System Operator SA, DEME N.V.

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Belgium Business Forecast Report Q1 2015, New Report Launched

Despite enjoying a relatively stronger recovery than several other eurozone member states, Belgium’s economy is nonetheless vulnerable to the lingering crisis in the single currency area. A particular concern is the national debt which, at close to 100% of GDP, leaves Belgium exposed to a deterioration in risk sentiment and slowdown in economic growth.

Major Forecast Changes

We have revised down our 2014 real GDP growth forecast to 0.9% from 1.2% previously.

The Belgium Business Forecast Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in Belgium and is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market.

An influential new analysis of Belgium’s economic, political and financial prospects through end-2018, just published by award-winning forecasters, Publisher (Publisher).

Key Uses

  • Forecast the pace and stability of Belgium’s economic and industry growth through end-2018.
  • Identify and evaluate adverse political and economic trends, to facilitate risk mitigation.
  • Assess the critical shortcomings of the business environment that pose hidden barriers and costs to corporate profitability.
  • Contextualise Belgium’s country risks against regional peers using Publisher’s country comparative Risk Rankings system.
  • Evaluate external threats to doing business in Belgium, including currency volatility, the commodity price boom and protectionist policies.
  • The Belgium Business Forecast Report by Publisher (Publisher) includes four major sections: Economic Outlook, Political Outlook, Business Environment and Key Sector Outlook.

Economic Outlook:

How will the Belgium economic policy-making and performance impact on corporate profitability over 2014-2018?

Publisher provides our fully independent 5-year forecasts for Belgium through end-2018 for more than 50 economic and key industry indicators. We evaluate growth, and also forecast the impact of economic management.

Economic Outlook Contents

The Belgium Business Forecast Report features Publisher’s forecasts with supporting analysis for 2014 through to end-2018, set against government views and Publisher’s evaluation of global and regional prospects

Key Areas Covered:

Data:

  • Full 10-year forecasts with data – for key macroeconomic variables including GDP (real growth and per capita), population, inflation, current account balance and the exchange rate.
  • Publisher’s comprehensive Risk Rankings system – rates each country worldwide for economic and political risk, and rates the business environment, within a global and regional context.

Written Analysis:

  • Economic Activity – real GDP growth, employment, inflation, consumption (retail sales and confidence).
  • Balance of Payments – trade and investment, current and capital account.
  • Monetary Policy – interest rate trends (bank lending and deposit rates) and inflation (producer price and consumer price).
  • Exchange Rate Policy – currency controls, foreign investment flows, exchange rates and foreign exchange reserves.
  • Fiscal Policy – macroeconomic strategy and policies, government finance and tax reforms.
  • Foreign Direct Investment – approvals, inflows and climate.
  • External Debt – debt profile (short and long-term plus public and private sector exposure).
  • Global Assumptions – forecasts for each year to end-2018 covering: major commodities, growth in key regions, inflation, and interest and exchange rates, in the United States, Japan, China and the eurozone.

Key Benefits

  • Rely upon Publisher’s 100% independent forecast scenarios for Belgium and underlying assumptions – we take no advertising and are privately-owned.
  • Exploit the benefits of Publisher’s comprehensive and reliable macroeconomic database on Belgium, sourced and fully maintained by Publisher from an extensive network of private sector, government and multilateral contacts.
  • Gain key insights into the current and future direction of government economic policy, which could significantly affect your company’s business prospects, from Publisher’s team of analysts and economists.

Political Outlook:

What are the political risks to doing business in Belgium over the next 5-years?

Publisher’s Belgium country Risk Rankings evaluate the short- and medium-term threats to political stability.

Political Outlook Contents

  • SWOT Analysis for the Belgium Market – Political Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing Belgium.
  • Political Stability and Risk Assessment – Publisher’s Risk Rankings assess explicit short- and long-term risks to political stability; latest ankings, rankings and trends for Belgium’s risk are compared with regional and global averages.
  • Current Administration and Policy-making Publisher assesses the threats to the continuity of economic policy, and likely changes to the business operating environment.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark Belgium’s risk profile against its neighbours, the global and regional average, allowing easy comparison of risks between key business markets.
  • Identify, evaluate and anticipate political and security risks to the business environment, and to your company’s current operations and future plans.
  • Gain valuable insights into government and policy-making, through Publisher’s specialist team of analysts and economists, and their network of private and public sector sources.
  • Business Environment
  • Business Environment Risk Rankings with SWOT Analysis – Business Environment Risk Rankings for Belgium, benchmarked against rankings for regional neighbours.
  • Country Competitiveness – Competitiveness of Belgium’s business operating environment in supporting corporate growth and profitability, compared with regional neighbours.

Business Environment Contents

  • Domestic Environment – Transparency, cronyism and corruption; labour market flexibility; corporate tax burden; interest rate levels; sophistication of banking sector and stock market; levels of business confidence; infrastructure and IT.
  • Foreign Direct Investment – Analysis of foreign investment regime; foreign ownership laws; attractiveness of business environment to foreign investors.
  • Foreign Trade – Analysis of trading environment, government trade policy, liberalisation measures, tariffs and membership of trade areas.

Key Benefits

  • Assess your company’s evolving exposure to country specific operational and business risks, using Publisher’s in-depth analysis of the legal and regulatory business environment.
  • Understand your market’s comparative strengths and weaknesses in the key areas of commercial infrastructure and business institutions, using Publisher’s proprietary global Business Environment Risk Rankings.

Key Sector Outlook

  • Which industry sectors in Belgium will grow fastest, and where are the major investment opportunities in the market?
  • Publisher’s identifies investment opportunities in Belgium’s high growth industries including automotives, defence & security, food & drink, freight transport, infrastructure, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals & healthcare and telecommunications & IT.

Key Areas Covered:

  • Market Overview – Size and value of each industry with developments over 2009-2013, covering major industry key performance indicators (KPIs) that have impacted company performance.
  • 5-year Industry Forecasts – Forecasts for each year over 2014-2018, using Publisher’s proprietary industry modeling technique, which incorporates all key domestic and international indicators – including economic growth, interest rates, exchange rate outlook, commodity prices and demographic trends – to provide fully integrated forecasts across, and within, each industry.
  • Demand- and Supply-Side Data/Forecasts – Publisher’s industry data covers both the output of each industry and the domestic demand, offering clear analysis of anticipated import/export trends, as well as capacity growth within each industry.

Key Benefits

  • Target strategic opportunities in high growth industries, which are benefiting from global mega trends, and thus offer strong investment and growth opportunities.
  • Compare the growth path of different industries to identify which are best placed to benefit from domestic and international economic prospects, and which have historically suffered from volatile growth trends – a key indicator of future risks.

Spanning over 27 pages, “Belgium Business Forecast Report Q1 2015” report covering the Executive Summary, Political Outlook, Economic Outlook, Key Sectors.

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Belgium: Despite Slow Regulatory Changes, Mobile Data to Boom, New Report Launched

Belgium: Despite Slow Regulatory Changes Mobile Data Expected to Boom report offers a precise, incisive profile of Belgium’s mobile and fixed telecommunications and pay-TV markets based on comprehensive proprietary data and insights from our research in the Belgian market. Published annually, this presentation-quality, executive-level report provides detailed analysis of the near-term opportunities, competitive dynamics and evolution of demand by service type and technology/platform across the fixed telephony and broadband, mobile and pay-TV sectors, in addition to a review of key regulatory trends.

Key Findings

  • Publisher projects that the Belgian telecom industry will generate revenue of US$8.8bn in 2014. The largest contribution will come from the mobile data segment. The top two operators, Belgacom and Mobistar, which provide fixed, mobile, Internet and pay-TV services, will account for 64.7% of overall service revenue in 2014. Publisher expects to see overall service revenue grow at a 0.4% CAGR from 2014 to 2019.
  • The 2014 fixed/mobile revenue split is inclined toward mobile and will shift further by 2019. Mobile revenue will increase as users substitute mobile voice services for traditional fixed voice. Additionally, increasing demand for mobile data services will drive mobile market revenue even further past fixed market revenue. LTE will be by far the dominant technology, accounting for 78.9% of mobile subscriptions by 2019.
  • Over the next five years, operators should seize opportunities in the LTE marketplace, as mobile data is the largest revenue segment and will continue to grow over the forecast period. The Belgian government auctioned off LTE spectrum in the 800MHz band in late 2013. Opportunities also exist in the IPTV segment, which we predict will have an 8.7% revenue CAGR over the forecast period.

Synopsis

‘Belgium: Despite Slow Regulatory Changes, Mobile Data Expected to Boom,’ a new Country Intelligence Report by Publisher, offers an executive-level overview of the telecommunications market in Belgium today, with detailed forecasts of key indicators up to 2019. It delivers deep quantitative and qualitative insight into the country’s telecom market, analyzing key trends, evaluating near-term opportunities and assessing risk factors, based on proprietary data from Publisher’s databases.

The Country Intelligence Report provides in-depth analysis of the following:

  • Belgium in a regional context: a comparative review of market size and trends with that of other countries in the region.
  • Economic, demographic and political context in Belgium.
  • The regulatory environment and trends: a review of the regulatory setting and agenda for the next 18-24 months as well as relevant developments pertaining to spectrum licensing, national broadband plans, number portability and more.
  • A demand profile: analysis as well as forecasts and historical figures of service revenue from fixed telephony (including VoIP), broadband, mobile voice and data markets.
  • The service evolution: a look at the change in the breakdown of overall revenue by fixed and mobile sectors and by voice and data in the current year as well as the end of the forecast period.
  • The competitive landscape: an examination of key trends in competition and service providers’ performance, revenue market shares and expected moves over the next 18-24 months.
  • An in-depth sector analysis of fixed telephony and broadband services, mobile voice and data services: a quantitative analysis of service adoption trends by technology/platform as well as operator, average revenue per line/subscription and service revenue through the end of the forecast period.
  • Main opportunities: this section details the near-term opportunities for operators, vendors and investors in Belgium’s telecommunications markets.

Reasons to Buy

  • This Country Intelligence Report helps executives build proactive, profitable growth strategies by offering comprehensive, relevant analysis of Belgium’s telecommunications and pay-TV markets based on insights directly from the local market players.
  • The report offers a wealth of data on the telecom and pay-TV markets, with the mobile and fixed segments examined in detail.
  • The competitive landscape and the major players are given extra attention, enabling local players or prospective market entrants to gain the insight they need.
  • The broad but detailed perspective will help operators, equipment vendors and other telecom industry players to succeed in the challenging telecommunications market in Belgium.
  • The report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality that allows it to be turned into presentable material immediately.
  • The report concludes with an exploration of the opportunities available in the Belgian market to operators, vendors and investors.

Spanning over 27 pages, “Belgium: Despite Slow Regulatory Changes, Mobile Data to Boom” report covering the Executive summary, Market and competitor overview, Regional context, Economic, demographic and political context, Regulatory environment, Demand profile, Service evolution, Competitive landscape, Major market players, Segment analysis, Mobile services, Fixed services, Identifying opportunities. The report covered companies are – Belgacom, Mobistar, Telenet, BASE

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Belgium’s Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape, New Report Launched

Belgian card payments registered positive growth during the review period (2009–2013), recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.30% to reach 39.1 million cards in circulation by the end of 2013. In terms of transaction value, payment cards accounted for EUR121.7 billion (US$161.3 billion) in 2013, after registering a review-period CAGR of 5.95%. The transaction value is expected to grow over the forecast period (2014–2018), at a CAGR of 5.96%. Improvements to banking infrastructure and the installation of point of sale (POS) terminals at merchant outlets were the payment cards instrument’s key growth drivers. In terms of transaction value, debit cards accounted for a market share of 89% in 2013; the highest among payment cards, a situation that is expected to continue over the forecast period. Charge cards accounted for the second-highest position, followed by credit cards, while prepaid cards accounted for the lowest share of 0.2% in terms of transaction value in 2013.

During the review period, card fraud in Belgium declined at a CAGR of -6.85% in terms of transaction value, from EUR28.8 million (US$40.0 million) in 2009 to EUR21.7 million (US$28.8 million) in 2013. One of the main drivers was the implementation of EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) compliance. Belgium was one of the first single euro payments area (SEPA) countries to migrate to chip-embedded cards in 2001, and eradicated traditional magnetic strips completely. Moreover, from 2011, Belgian banks implemented geo-blocking which involves restricting Maestro functions or debit card use without chip-and-PIN verification in European countries. This helped reduce skimming activity and therefore, counterfeit card fraud declined at the highest CAGR of -18.30% of all card fraud types during the review period.

From the second half of 2008, the Belgium economy underwent a financial crisis which impacted consumer lending. In 2009, a switch took place and debit cards became more popular with consumers than credit cards. Although the credit card market grew at a review-period CAGR of 2.09% in terms of number of cards in circulation, it accounted for just 2.8% of Belgian payment cards in 2013. In 2010, all forms of consumer lending began to show signs of recovery, with the exception of non-collateral credits. This was mainly due to the adoption of a conservative approach by credit card issuers, which led to fewer non-collateral loans being issued. Over the forecast period, the Belgian payment cards system is expected to remain dominated by non-credit instruments such as debit and prepaid cards.

In terms of value, a review-period CAGR of 125.61% indicates remarkable growth in mobile payments (m-payments) in Belgium. With rising internet penetration and the adoption of smartphones, m-payments are gaining popularity. During review period, they grew from EUR3.8 million (US$5.3 million) in 2009 to EUR98.9 million (US$131.1 million) in 2013, and are expected to grow significantly at a forecast-period CAGR of 40.11%, to reach EUR703.6 million (US$991.1 million) by 2018. The increasing capabilities of smartphones and a substantial rise in mobile payment apps will further drive market growth. Belfius Bank developed an application called Bancontact/Mister Cash in collaboration with TagTagCity which enabled consumers to make payments with smartphones, tablets, and via quick-response (QR) codes. The app has been in service since July 2013. The emergence of mobile wallets is also contributing to rising adoption rates. French financial service provider BNP Paribas launched a mobile wallet in March 2013 in Belgium in collaboration with Belgian telecom operator Belgacom. The mobile wallet will integrate mobile payments, e-couponing, virtual ticketing and loyalty programs, and users will be able use the application on public transport to check timetables and purchase tickets.

The report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights into Belgium’s cards and payments industry, including:

  • Current and forecast values for each category of Belgium’s cards and payments industry, including debit cards, credit cards, prepaid cards and charge cards
  • Comprehensive analysis of the industry’s market attractiveness and future growth areas
  • Analysis of various market drivers and regulations governing Belgium’s cards and payments industry
  • Detailed analysis of the marketing strategies adopted for selling debit and credit cards used by banks and other institutions in the market
  • Comprehensive analysis of consumer attitudes and buying preferences for cards
  • The competitive landscape of Belgium’s cards and payments industry

Scope

  • This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Belgium’s cards and payments industry.
  • It provides current values for Belgium’s cards and payments industry for 2013, and forecast figures for 2018.
  • It details the different economic, infrastructural and business drivers affecting Belgium’s cards and payments industry.
  • It outlines the current regulatory framework in the industry.
  • It details the marketing strategies used by various banks and other institutions.
  • It profiles the major banks in Belgium’s cards and payments industry.

Reasons to Buy

  • Make strategic business decisions using top-level historic and forecast market data related to Belgium’s cards and payments industry and each market within it.
  • Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities in Belgium’s cards and payments industry.
  • Assess the competitive dynamics in Belgium’s cards and payments industry.
  • Gain insights in to the marketing strategies used for selling various card types in Belgium.
  • Gain insights into key regulations governing Belgium’s cards and payments industry.

Key Highlights

  • Banks have increased their focus on adopting advanced technology to enhance consumers’ banking experience. Banks usually cater to diverse consumer segments including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, and individual merchants such as plumbers and carpenters, and offer services for making and accepting payments through multiple channels. Since June 2013, KBC-Pay Me and CBC Xengo mobile payment services have been available in KBC Bank NV and CBC Bank branches respectively in Belgium, as part of a sales and marketing alliance between KBC Bank NV, its subsidiary CBC Bank, and Atos Worldline. These two mobile solutions have been developed to target retailers, enabling them to receive payments through smartphones and tablets.
  • Proton was an electronic purse launched in Belgium in 1996 by Bancontact/Mister Cash for low-value payments such as car parking and vending machines. In 2012, Bancontact/Mister Cash announced that it was to deactivate protons completely from Belgium due to a low service user base. Specially designed prepaid cards such as the MoBiB transport and luncheon cards are now gaining popularity among Belgian consumers. Many payment methods now enable secure low-value payments as an alternative to prepaid cards.
  • The issuance of EMV-compliant cards and the growth in internet penetration will support the overall security and growth of card transactions respectively. The number of EMV cards in circulation increased from 19.3 million in 2009 to 21.3 million in 2013, at a CAGR of 2.58%. The main driving factor for EMV migration was Belgium’s neighboring countries France and the UK. With EMV compliance in those countries, there was a possibility of fraud migration to Belgium. To combat against increasing fraud, Belgium started implementing EMV compliance in 2001. In Belgium, 100% EMV compliance was achieved by 2012.
  • The total value of retail sales in Belgium increased from EUR80.1 billion (US$111.3 billion) in 2009 to EUR87.5 billion (US$116.0 billion) in 2013, at a review-period CAGR of 2.22%. Over the forecast period, the value of retail sales is anticipated to increase from EUR89.0 billion (US$120.0 billion) in 2014 to EUR98.3 billion (US$138.5 billion) in 2018, at a CAGR of 2.52%. Despite a decrease in consumer confidence levels following the financial crisis of 2009, the retail industry managed to grow during the review period. Developments such as out-of-town retail parks with exclusive offers and schemes encouraged consumers to spend and revive growth in 2013.

Spanning over 100 pages, 59 Tables and 67 Figures “Belgium’s Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape” report covering Executive Summary, Analysis of Market Environment, Key Trends and Drivers, Cards and Payments Industry Share Analysis, Regulatory Framework and Card Fraud Statistics, Emerging Consumer Attitudes and Trends, Analysis of Payment Cards and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Credit Cards Market and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Debit Cards Market and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Charge Cards Market and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Prepaid Cards Market and Growth Prospects, Merchant Acquiring, Company Profiles of Card Issuers, Appendix. This report Covered 10 Companies – BNP Paribas Fortis, KBC Bank NV, Belfius Bank, ING Belgium, Beobank, Bancontact/Mister Cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club.

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Construction in Belgium – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018, New Report Launched

The Belgian construction industry recorded a review-period (2009−2013) compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.97%. As a result of the eurozone crisis, the industry declined by 0.3% in 2009, and by 0.1% in 2013. This, along with falling employment and low wage growth, led to steady falls in domestic economic activity and demand for new construction projects. Construction industry growth is expected to recover over the forecast period (2013–2018), driven by government initiatives to improve public infrastructure, moderate household debt, and rising interest of domestic and foreign developers in constructing residential units to meet housing demand. Consequently, the industry is expected to grow at a moderate forecast-period CAGR of 2.0%.

This report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights into the Belgian construction industry including:

  • The Belgian construction industry’s growth prospects by market, project type and type of construction activity
  • Analysis of equipment, material and service costs across each project type within Belgium
  • Critical insight into the impact of industry trends and issues, and the risks and opportunities they present to participants in the Belgian construction industry
  • Analyzing the profiles of the leading operators in the Belgian construction industry.
  • Data highlights of the largest construction projects in Belgium

Scope

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in Belgium. It provides:

  • Historical (2009-2013) and forecast (2014-2018) valuations of the construction industry in Belgium using construction output and value-add methods
  • Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, institutional and residential) and by project type
  • Breakdown of values within each project type, by type of activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition) and by type of cost (materials, equipment and services)
  • Analysis of key construction industry issues, including regulation, cost management, funding and pricing
  • Detailed profiles of the leading construction companies in Belgium

Reasons to Buy

  • Identify and evaluate market opportunities using our standardized valuation and forecasting methodologies
  • Assess market growth potential at a micro-level with over 600 time-series data forecasts
  • Understand the latest industry and market trends
  • Formulate and validate business strategies using Timetric’s critical and actionable insight
  • Assess business risks, including cost, regulatory and competitive pressures
  • Evaluate competitive risk and success factors

Key Highlights

  • The Belgian construction industry is undergoing a testing period as a result of subdued economic activity. The industry recorded negative growth of 0.1% (nominal terms) in 2013, the first time since 2009. The construction production index fell by 0.3% during the first quarter of 2013, although there was marginal growth in the second and third quarters, with the production index growing by 0.1% and 0.6% respectively. The industry is set to grow further, both in 2014 and over the forecast period, due to improved economic conditions, low interest rates and increased investment.
  • In nominal terms, the total construction value add in Belgium was EUR19.4 billion (US$25.8 billion) in 2013, after registering a nominal CAGR of 2.35% during the review period. The value add is anticipated to reach EUR21.9 billion (US$30.9 billion) in 2018, and record a nominal forecast-period CAGR of 1.50% over, driven by increases in residential and infrastructure construction activity and government measures to enhance the country’s real estate and transport networks.
  • The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s non-profit long-term lending institution, has announced plans to invest in projects to create both job opportunities and financing solutions, as well as to increase partnerships among public and private firms. In 2013, the EIB allocated EUR1.5 billion (US$2.6 billion), of which 19.0% was for the energy sector, 8.0% for the transport sector, 24.0% for water and sewage, 11.0% for the industrial and agricultural sectors, 15.0% for the education and healthcare sectors, and 23.0% for other small- and medium-scale projects. This is thus likely to support construction activity growth in these areas.
  • A growing number of small- and medium-sized Belgian businesses are filing for bankruptcy as a result of rising staff costs and excessive taxation. According to Statistics Belgium, the number of bankrupt businesses in the country in the second half of 2013 rose to 6,006, a 4.5% rise compared to the second half of 2012. On account of the huge costs involved, only large-scale businesses were able to survive, while small companies and independent traders were affected the most in this difficult situation. During the same period, the number of failed businesses rose by 10.3% in the construction industry, by 2.3% in the commerce industry, by 9.5% in the hotel and catering industry, by 5.0% in the transportation industry, and by 3.7% in the industrial sector. This situation was worst in the Brussels region, where the number of bankruptcies rose by 33.0% in 2013.
  • According to the Global Property Guide Belgium, residential property prices in the country rose by 0.3% in 2013, after increases of 1.1% in 2012 and 3.5% in 2011. There have been varying trends in property prices in different categories, however with the largest increase in prices recorded in the multi-family housing category, as apartment prices in the country increased by 0.9%. At the same time, the single-family housing category posted a decline in prices, as prices of bungalows and villas decreased by 0.9%. Furthermore, there has been variation in the property prices in regions, if adjusted for inflation; house prices rose in the Flemish region by 3.4% and in the Walloon region by 1.9%, although in Brussels, prices dropped by 1.2%.

Spanning over 74 pages, Construction in Belgium – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018” report covering the Market Overview, Commercial Construction, Industrial Construction, Infrastructure Construction, Institutional Construction, Residential Construction, Company Profile: Compagnie d’Entreprises CFE SA, Company Profile: Besix Group SA, Company Profile: Denys NV, Company Profile: De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA, Company Profile: Cofinimmo SA/NV, Market Data Analysis, Appendix. The report covered companies are – Compagnie d’Entreprises CFE SA, Besix Group SA, Denys NV, De Smet Engineers & Contractors SA, Cofinimmo SA/NV

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Employee Benefits in Belgium, New Report Launched

The Belgian social security system covers a large proportion of the population, and plays a significant role in the country’s employee benefits market. However, the recent debt crisis in European Union (EU) member states had an adverse impact on the employee benefits market. The Belgian government has had to tackle economic imbalances and rising unemployment over the past few years, and the private benefits market has been affected by the sovereign debt crisis. Both the state and private benefits markets in Belgium are undergoing transformation, and are expected to improve in the coming years.

The report provides in-depth industry analysis, information and insights into employee benefits in Belgium, including:

  • An overview of state and compulsory benefits in Belgium
  • Detailed information about private benefits in Belgium
  • Insights into the various central institutions responsible for the administration of the different branches of social security
  • The regulatory framework and recent regulations relating to Belgian employee benefits

Scope

This report provides a detailed analysis of employee benefits in Belgium:

  • It offers a detailed analysis of the key government-sponsored employee benefits, along with private benefits
  • It covers an exhaustive list of employee benefits, including retirement benefits , death in service benefits, long-term disability benefits, short-term sickness benefits, medical benefits, workmen’s compensation insurance, maternity and paternity benefits, family benefits, minimum resources, annual vacations, unemployment and private benefits
  • It highlights the economic and regulatory situations relating to employee benefits in Belgium

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  • Assess the Belgian employee benefits market, including state and compulsory benefits and private benefits
  • Gain insights into the key employee benefit schemes offered by private employers in Belgium
  • Gain insights into key regulations governing Belgian employee benefits, and their impact on companies

Key Highlights

  • The Belgian social security system covers a large proportion of the population, and plays a significant role in the country’s employee benefits market
  • The social security system consists of seven branches, which form the pillars of the social security system
  • Both social security and private employee benefits are popular in Belgium
  • Private benefits provide access to a range of services that improve employees’ quality of life
  • In Belgium, increasing life expectancy is forcing many companies to offer a lump-sum amounts rather than monthly pensions, to keep benefit costs under control
  • The recent debt crisis in European Union (EU) member states had an adverse impact on the employee benefits market

Spanning over 64 pages, “Employee Benefits in Belgium” report covering the Country Statistics, Overview of Employee Benefits in Belgium, Regulations, State and Compulsory Benefit, Private Benefits, Macroeconomic Indicators, Appendix.

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ICT investment trends in Belgium – Enterprise ICT spending patterns through to the end of 2015, New Report Launched

This report presents the findings from a survey of 48 Belgian enterprises regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how Belgian enterprises currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting.

Key Findings

  • According to the survey, X% of Belgian respondents are anticipating an increase in their ICT budgets in 2014, which is an increase of X% compared to 2013.
  • According to Publisher’s survey, the core ICT functionalities of hardware, software, and IT services sit high on the list of ICT investment priorities among Belgian enterprises, with the combined allocations expected to reach X% in 2014, up by X% compared to 2013.
  • Belgian enterprises are allocating the highest proportion of their software budgets to enterprise applications (X%) followed by application lifecycle (X%) and information management (X%) in 2013.

Synopsis

This report presents the findings from a survey of 48 Belgian enterprises regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how Belgian enterprises currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting.

The report illustrates the core technologies enterprises are investing in, including security, content management, green IT and virtualization, and cloud computing. The survey also highlights the approach adopted by enterprises in Belgium to purchase technology. Through Publisher’s survey, the report aims to provide better insight to ICT vendors and services providers when pitching their solutions to enterprises in Belgium.

In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following:

  • Understand how ICT budgets are set to change in 2014 in terms of their overall size.
  • Appreciate how IT budgets are allocated across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications, and consulting.
  • Learn how IT Euros are being spent in areas such as the data centre, applications, IT management and the network.
  • Gain an understanding regarding which ICT functions Belgian enterprises are interested in outsourcing.
  • Identify Belgian enterprises’ investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as security, content management, green IT and virtualization, and cloud computing.
  • Learn about the drivers that are influencing Belgian enterprises’ investments in each technology category.
  • Establish how Belgian enterprises’ IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category.
  • Gain insight into how Belgian enterprises plan to change their ICT budget allocations across various segments within a technology category.
  • Understand the vendor mindshare for various core and advanced technology categories.
  • Provides insight into Belgian enterprises’ preferred buying approaches.
  • Comprehend the business and IT objectives that Belgian enterprises are looking to achieve through their IT investment strategies.
  • Understand the factors that are influencing Belgian enterprises’ decision to select an ICT provider.

Reasons to Buy

  • This report will help readers to understand how the Belgian enterprise ICT landscape is set to change in 2014.
  • Gain a view as to how ICT Euros are being allocated in your target audience.
  • The report covers a detailed breakdown of the opportunities within each of the core areas of ICT spend (hardware, software, IT services, telecommunications and consulting.)
  • The report will help users to gain a view of the current strategic objectives of Belgian enterprises.
  • The report will provide a detailed breakdown of the opportunities within selected technology categories (security, content management, green IT and virtualization, and cloud computing.).
  • Understand the factors that are influencing Belgian enterprises’ decision to select an ICT provider.
  • Gain a view as to the business and IT objectives Belgian enterprises are looking to achieve through their ICT investment strategies.

Spanning over 57 pages, ICT investment trends in Belgium – Enterprise ICT spending patterns through to the end of 2015” report covering the Trends in ICT budgets, ICT investment priorities and vendor mindshare, ICT procurement trends, Summary, Appendix. The report covered  companies are – Amazon web services, ATandT, BT, Check Point, Cisco, Dell, Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, McAfee, Microsoft, Open Text, Oracle, Orange, Rackspace, RSA (EMC), Salesforce.com, Symantec, Verizon, Vmware

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Belgium Spearheads LTE-A Trials, 800Mhz Spectrum Made Available for Mobile Broadband Services, New Report Launched

Belgium’s medium-sized telecom market benefits from comprehensive DSL and cable networks which both provide near national coverage. There is a strong cable-TV sector, and effective competition in the broadband and mobile telephony markets. Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access.

The mobile market is served by three main operators and a growing number of MVNOs. All three MNOs have upgraded their networks with HSPA technology, while LTE services are now widely available. Mobistar in April 2014 became one of the first operators globally to complete trials of LTE-A technology combining 1800MHz and 800MHz spectrum, delivering data above 200Mb/s. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers.

In the broadband sector there is effective competition between the DSL and cable platforms, though prices remain relatively high since the take-up for unbundled loops is low the incumbent Belgacom remains the dominant DSL provider. Network investments from Telenet, deploying DOCSIS 3.0, and from Belgacom with its hybrid fibre/VDSL network have greatly improved the availability of faster services in recent years.

Related to this development is the growing popularity of bundled services offerings among consumers, and the efforts among telcos to offer the full range of services.

The broadcasting sector is characterised by language variations to accommodate the French and Walloon regions. Analogue broadcasts have been switched off nationally, allowing for digital dividend

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