Discussion and debate at an Association of Trade & Forfaiting in the Americas event in Miami last week touched upon the latest developments facing the trade finance and credit insurance industries. Conference attendees addressed the global economic outlook, the unique challenges facing the credit insurance industry today, newly-emerging forms of trade receivables securitization, new platforms for exchange between corporates and financial institutions, the difficulties facing commodity companies and traders, the changing trade finance legal landscape in the Americas, and the expanding global roles of development finance institutions Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex).
The event attendees list included trade insurers, receivables finance creditors, development finance institution members, export credit agencies such as the Export Development Bank of Canada (EDC), legal advisers to companies engaged in international trade and data services companies offering trade players the power to make informed decisions.
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Tokyo-based IBIDEN Co Ltd is among several companies, including Chinese firms, that have submitted their expressions of interest (EOI) to state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL) for a proposal to design and engineer the latter’s emission control systems for power plants and its integration with the boilers on a project-to-project basis. A BHEL official also told IIICORP that the EOI is applicable to all BHEL power plants across the country. According to its website, the power major has 20,000 MW installed capacity and going by IIICORP metrics, the contract could be worth upwards of USD 400m. The EOI comes in the wake of recent emission norms laid down by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
IBIDEN Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH, a subsidiary firm majority owned by IBIDEN Co Ltd, manufactures the CERAM brand of catalyst and industrial honeycombs at its facility in Frauental, Austria. CERAM has developed into a global supplier of catalysts and industrial ceramics and currently has customers in more than 40 countries with over 400 employees. In the course of its international expansion, the company has set up subsidiaries in the United States and South Korea. The introduction of progressive environmental legislation around the world is a key driver of the CERAM´s business activities, says its website. The company’s environmental management system ensures responsible use of natural resources and systematically reduce its wastewater, solid waste streams, and atmospheric emissions.
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It is no secret that a period of volatility in China’s stock market this year gave many cause for concern. Since then, a growing debate about the health of the country’s economy has on occasion omitted encouraging signs of stability. In particular, critical clean power, environmental and water infrastructure projects have largely proceeded unhindered thanks to a central government stimulus effort that is beginning again to pick up steam.
Balu Balakrishnan, CEO and Director of Power Integrations, Inc recently offered an optimistic take on the promise of a renewed increase in China’s infrastructure spending after he was asked by an analyst about the government’s appetite for spending:
Evan Wang – Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. “I was wondering if you can give us some comparison against what your expectation earlier in the year that the Chinese Government might be resuming its infrastructure spending as part of the stimulus program and how is that looking now for 2016?”
Balu Balakrishnan – President, Chief Executive Officer & Director “It is actually looking very good. They have resumed investment in infrastructure.There are number of new high-voltage DC transition lines being installed in China. In addition to that, they are converting their public transportation, which is buses, into electric buses starting from Beijing and Shanghai where they have the most pollution, and we have actually a significant portion of that business that we have won on and we expect that to contribute to our growth this year and next year.”
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