Increasing Importance of Sustainability in the European Union Influences Growth Prospects of the Europe Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Market

The Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market is witnessing excellent growth with its increasing applications in the European construction industry. Leading manufacturers in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market are leveraging the increasing awareness about the benefits of employing autoclaved aerated concrete among end-users to improve their sales in the region. While the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market witnesses healthy growth, increasing awareness about the environmental impacts of ongoing construction activities in the region makes a significant impact on the growth parameters of the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market. Increasing environmental concerns among end-users is encouraging manufacturers in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market to improve the resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of autoclaved aerated concrete.

Taking into consideration the increasing needs for using sustainable construction materials, leading manufacturers in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market are putting efforts in reducing the environmental impact of autoclaved aerated concrete. Most manufacturers in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market are using all natural materials to manufacture autoclaved aerated concrete to improve the sustainability characteristics of autoclaved aerated concrete. In addition, market players are focusing on improving efficiency and productivity of manufacturing processes to enhance the sustainability of autoclaved aerated concrete. This is expected to continue influencing the growth prospects of the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market in the near future. Also, as most governing organizations in the European Union are encouraging the use of sustainable autoclaved aerated concrete across the construction industry in the region, it is likely to continue making a significant impact on the business strategies of market players in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market.

Rising Number of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Europe Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Market Intensifies its Competitive Environment

Increasing growth of the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market is mainly attributed to the rapidly growing construction industry in the region. A mounting number of construction activities in the European Union is generating a high demand for high-quality and sustainable autoclaved aerated concrete. Increasing demand for autoclaved aerated concrete along with the rising constriction activities in the region is making the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market competitive. In order to capitalize on the ever-growing demand for autoclaved aerated concrete in the region, many autoclaved aerated concrete manufacturers are entering the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market. This is leading to further intensifying the competitive environment in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market.

In order to maintain a strong position in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market, established market players are acquiring local manufacturers of autoclaved aerated concrete in the region. For example, The Xella Group – a building material company in Germany – recently announced to have agreed to acquire Macon Group – a leading autoclaved aerated concrete manufacturer in Romania. With this acquisition, Xella is aiming to drive on a highly profitable growth in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market in the near future. Acquiring local autoclaved aerated concrete businesses in the European Union is likely to becoming a popular trend in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market. This way, leading manufacturers in the Europe autoclaved aerated concrete market are achieving to gain a competitive edge in the market.

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Increasing Demand for Hydraulically Powered Agriculture Equipment Drives the Growth of the Hydraulic Rotavators Market

As farmers across the world are adopting modern farming equipment to reduce the manual efforts and improve the productivity of farming processes, demand for hydraulic rotavators is likely to increase in the upcoming years. The hydraulic rotavators market is expected to witness excellent growth with the increasing awareness about the contribution of hydraulic rotavators in accelerating various farming procedures, in the near future. Leading manufacturers and distributors in the hydraulic rotavators market are focusing on promoting the benefits of employing hydraulically powered farming equipment to improve the productivity of various farming equipment. Promoting the benefits of using hydraulic rotavators is likely to remain a popular trend among market players in the hydraulic rotavators market in the near future. This is expected to contribute heavily to the development of the hydraulic rotavators market with the growing sales across the world.

Hydraulically powered farming equipment such as hydraulic rotavators are robust and powerful, which makes them suitable for the use in harsh farming environment and difficult soil. This remains the primary factor to boost the growth of the hydraulic rotavators market in the upcoming years. Leading manufacturers in the hydraulic rotavators market are incorporating technologies to further enhance the features of hydraulic rotavators and achieve higher sales globally. This is expected to make a positive impact on the growth prospects of the hydraulic rotavators market in the near future. Increasing popularity of various hydraulically powered farming equipment among farmers around the world is expected to remain an important driver for the growth of the hydraulic rotavators market in the upcoming years.

Hydraulic Rotavators Market: Leading Manufacturers Incorporate User-friendly Control Systems for Easy Handling

While the demand for hydraulic rotavators continues to grow across the world, the competitive environment in the hydraulic rotavators market is becoming more intense. Increasing number of new entrants in the hydraulic rotavators market is making it important for existing and leading manufacturers in the hydraulic rotavators market to introduce more innovative features of hydraulic rotavators and retain a stronger position in the market. Leading manufacturers are focusing on adopting next-generation technologies to further enhance the performance features of hydraulic rotavators. This is likely to help market players to gain a competitive edge in the hydraulic rotavators market in the near future. Introducing user-friendly control systems of hydraulic rotavators is expected to improve sales of hydraulic rotavators in the near future. This is one of the emerging trends in the hydraulic rotavators market.

A mounting number of the manufacturers in the hydraulic rotavators market are investing heavily in research and development in order to develop high-tech hydraulic rotavators. Incorporating advanced technologies is one of the most common strategies adopted by market players, which is likely to help them gain various competitive advantages in the hydraulic rotavators market. Apart from introducing user-friendly control systems for hydraulic rotavators, most manufacturers are improving other features of hydraulic rotavators such as energy-efficiency and cost-efficiency. This is expected to contribute greatly to the growth of the hydraulic rotavators market in the upcoming years.

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Europe Threshers Market: Active Adoption of Advanced Agricultural Technology to Bolster the Demand for Threshers

As one of the main pillars of the European Union, an impressive growth of the agriculture sector presents lucrative opportunities for the Europe threshers market in the coming decade. The agriculture sector in the European Union plays a vital role in shaping the landscapes in rural areas. Along with its contribution to the food production, agricultural sector also contributes to other industries such as energy production. As thrashers are one of the important agricultural equipment that assists farmers in enhancing the productivity of farming, Europe threshers market is likely to flourish in the region.

According to the CEMA, the European Association that represents European agricultural machinery industry, Europe reported the largest production of agricultural machinery production in 2013. With the growing adoption of agricultural technology in Europe, Europe threshers market is anticipated to grow at a steady pace in the foreseeable future.

Europe Threshers Market: France at the Helm of Demand, Germany to Lead Agriculture Machinery Export

France is the leading agriculture oriented country in the European Union supplying 23% of the production among 15 EU members and the top EU exporter of agriculture market following the United States. With the highest production of cereals in Europe, France is likely to present the leading demand for threshers in the future, in turn, driving the Europe threshers market in the region.

Germany has been observed to lead the agricultural machinery export in the world. With the presence of one of the top agricultural machinery manufacturing titans including threshers and the second largest consumer of the agricultural machinery in Western Europe, Germany present lucrative opportunities for the Europe threshers market. While contributing significantly to the world’s agricultural machinery industry output, Germany has a divergent market of agricultural machinery of scarifying, fertilizing and seeding including combine harvesters and grain threshers. Given that Germany is estimated to dominate the Europe threshers market in the near future.

Europe Threshers Market: Digital Revolution and Agricultural Technology Adoption to Fuel Demand for Threshers

Being an integral part of the European economy, the agriculture sector is expanding its capabilities by gradually adopting digitalization and advanced agricultural technologies, creating new avenues for the Europe threshers market. With the digital revolution, the Europe agriculture sector is expected to enhance productivity by many folds by enabling farmers to be more precise and efficient in farming activities. This explains the active adoption of advanced agricultural equipment including modern harvesters and threshers. While digitalization is witnessing gradual penetration, ongoing lack of its knowledge, the absence of infrastructure, and intensive costs of machinery including threshers are expected to confine the growth of the Europe threshers market in the foreseeable future.

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Offline Retail Markets in Paris Lose Over 1 Billion Dollars in Sales Amidst Yellow Vest Protests

French markets reported a loss of over 1 billion dollars in deteriorating sales in the run-up to Christmas. The lower sales were due to the yellow vests protests that have held Paris on the edge for several weeks since November 17. The yellow vests activists are protesting against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies demanding the President to increase wages and substantially lower taxes. The continuous protests that sparked violence in the French capital kept the major population off the street and caused a plunge in the sales during the holiday season. Everyone from luxury good sellers to small retailers was negatively impacted by the movement.

Police lockdowns and cases of vandalism further hurt the businesses dearly. The now month-long protests forced the Bank of France to slash its national growth assessment in half. The bank cut down the growth forecasts for the final quarter of the year from 0.4 to 0.2 citing the yellow vest protests as the reason behind the vanishing of $140 billion from the country’s GDP in 2018. The violent and elongated protests forced the French government to close down the key tourist attractions in Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The move further harmed the retail stores based in shopping malls and the number of visitors treading shopping malls dropped substantially as compared to 2017. The last weekend of protests saw over 200 people being injured while a total of 1700 people were detained for participating in the protests. French President Emmanuel Macron finally gave in to the requests made during the yellow vest protest and scrapped the plan of hiking taxes on fuel prices. Along with scrapping the plan for increasing taxes on fuel, the French government also increased the minimum wage to €100 and announced special exemptions for people earning less than €2000 per month.

While retailers in France continue to bleed millions of dollars Amazon has been profiting from the ongoing unrest in the country. The American retail giants who account for more than 18% of the French e-commerce market have been seen their profits rise as people continue to check items off their list by choosing the e-commerce platform for shopping. Amazon has been offering shipping discounts and with Christmas approaching, the e-commerce giants have reduced their shipping costs to €1 irrespective of the minimum purchase made by customers. Furthermore, the company is offering a longer frame of time for customers to return products purchased from November 1st to December 31st.

Horizon Discovery Group Partners With C4X Discovery Holdings to Develop Oncology Drugs

Horizon Discovery Group Plc, a UK-based company which specializes in gene editing and modification, recently entered into an exclusive partnership with C4X Discovery Holdings, a pioneer in drug discovery. The partnership aims at developing and delivering oncology drugs for conditions that have very limited or no effective treatments available in the market such as colorectal and lung cancer. Under the exclusive partnership, Horizon will put its proprietary technology CRISPR-Cas9 to use and identify new synthetic lethal oncology threats which, in turn, will be used by C4XD to identify pre-clinical drug candidates using its patented 4D shape-based chemistry technology known as Conformetrix. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to develop ground-breaking oncology drugs.

Cancer cells require DNA pathways to repair in order to replicate and survive. Synthetic lethal oncology studies harness the dependency of cancer cells on repairing DNA pathways. The drugs work by identifying a specific DNA repair pathway on which particular cancer cells with mutations are dependent on. The novel oncology drugs then inhibit the repair process causing the cancer cells to self-destruct. A great practical example where synthetic lethal oncology is implemented is the use of drugs that specifically inhibit the DNA repair pathway of mutated BRCA cells which are the main cause of ovarian and breast cancer. Other mutating DNA repair pathways identified in recent times include poly (ADP-ribose) and polymerase (PARP). Inhibitors for PARP in Zejula, Rubraca, and Lynparza were recently approved further demonstrating the effectiveness of synthetic lethal oncology in the treatment of cancer.

Horizon Discovery Group has leveraged the recent advancements in technology to improve its CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool to perform a systematic process termed as “functional genomic screening”. The innovative screening procedure aims to identify new sequences of DNA repair pathways for specific cancer mutations. So far, Horizon Discovery Group has used its cutting-edge technology to conduct a high-quality study of the CRISPR sequences of various types of cancer cells. The company has put approximately ~3000 genes for screening and has identified ~20 new synthetic lethal genes that show great potential. The exclusive partnership aims at validating the synthetic lethal genes identified by CX4D which will later run and fund pre-clinical tests to develop inhibitors and deliver oncology drugs to the market. In case CX4D discovers pre-clinical drug targets it will license out the development of those drugs to its partners and Horizon Discovery group will receive an undisclosed percentage of the revenue share as decided in the exclusive partnership agreement.

Tiny Implantable Device could help Combat Obesity Epidemic

Scientists have created a battery-free, easy-to-implant device that makes the brain think of the stomach as full after eating only a few nibbles of food. The device is capable of fighting the growing issue of obesity, worldwide. When the researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US tried the device in laboratory testing, it aided rats shed nearly 40% of the body weight.

While referring to the growing weight related health issues as a rising epidemic, researchers said that over 700 million grownups and kids are obese. The recently published study mentioned that the battery-free, easy-to-implant weight-loss devices are likely to work efficiently at fighting the bulge.

The newly-developed devices measure less than a centimeter in size, and are fully risk-free for use in the body and can be implanted via a minimally invasive procedure. The device produces gentle electric pulses based on the natural churning motions of the stomach and transmits them to vagus nerve, the link between the stomach and the brain. This stimulation persuades the brain to think that the stomach is jam-packed, when there is still a lot of scope to eat.

Xudong Wang, one of the professors at UW-Madison said that the pulses connect with the motions of the stomach and enhance a natural response to restrict food consumption. The effects of the newly-developed devices are reversible, and aren’t like gastric bypass, which changes the stomach’s capacity `permanently.

During the study, when the device was removed after 84 days, the researchers found that the rats started following their usual eating styles and patterns again, and gained back the weight they had shed.

These new devices are more useful than an already prevailing unit that rouses the vagus nerve for body weight loss. Named Maestro, the existing unit has received the FDA approval in 2015, and it directs high-frequency zaps to the vagus nerve to eliminate communication of all kinds, between the stomach and the brain.

The already existing device needs heavy batteries and a complex control unit, which requires frequent recharging.  As per one of the surgery professors at UW-Madison, Dr. Luke Funk such ongoing maintenance is likely to become a huge issue in the way of using the existing device.

Funk added that the newly-created device could prove more beneficial than the prevailing vagus nerve stimulators, because it doesn’t need external battery charging, which is an important advantage if you think about the troubles that patients have to face at the time of recharging battery for 60 minutes or more twice a week.

Wang’s device works on the basis of the undulations of the stomach walls, using which it powers its internal generators, meaning the device stimulates the vagus nerve only with the movement of the stomach. Wang added that the device responds to the working of our body automatically, creating stimulation when required.

Health Canada Proposes Limit on Alcohol Amount in Sugary Premixed Beverages

Health Canada has taken an initiative to alleviate the quantity of alcohol permitted in the premixed sugary drinks. According to the agency, the growing amount of alcohol in such beverages are putting the health of public especially youngsters, at risk.

In a news release, the government agency said that such beverages can have nearly more than triple amount of the alcohol as compared to the usual quantity of alcohol in a container, and still they don’t taste like alcohol. It added that these drinks contain purified, flavored and usually sweet alcohol base.

Health Canada said that the proposed modifications to the Food and Drug Regulations of the country would help save youngsters from excessive intake of alcohol, which could result into alcohol poisoning and prove fatal.

If the amendments get approved, the number of alcohol servings allowed in one container would be decreased significantly. According to the amendments proposed by Health Canada, any container under a litre must have 1.5 or lesser servings of alcohol, which means they should have 25.6 millilitres of alcohol or less.

Currently, 568 millilitres of purified and flavored alcohol can is permitted to have 11.9 per cent or lesser amount of alcohol, which is equal to four alcoholic drinks.

As per the government agency’s proposed amendments, a same-sized drink must not have over 4.5 per cent alcohol in terms of volume. But these regulations won’t be applicable on alcohol sold in 750 millilitres or more sized glass bottles, as such drinks are considered to have many portions. While explaining the reason behind the same, the agency added that glass bottles of this size are a common format for old-style alcoholic beverages, like spirits and wine.

Previously, in March this year, Quebec proposed to prohibit the sale of premixed malt-based drinks that contain over 7 per cent alcohol from any other place apart from the provincial liquor stores.

Quebec had taken the action, following the death of teenager Athena Gervais from Montreal area, who reportedly consumed malt-liquor beverage known as FCKED UP, which contained 11.9 per cent alcohol, during school lunch break.

Since then, the manufacturer of FCKD UP stopped the production of the drink, but other drinks of same kind are still available on the shelves in the province.

According to the Quebec Association for Public Health (ASPQ), the suggested amendments are merely a step forward, and not a solid solution to address the issue completely.


Alira Health Acquires Clinical Insights to Attain Better Data Science Capabilities

In a recent announcement, one of the leading international healthcare and life sciences advisory firms Alira Health disclosed that it has purchased a data science organization Clinical Insights, which offers data analytics and predictive analysis to wide range of companies operating in the healthcare industry.

With this acquisition, every practice area of Alira Health, be it innovation, clinical, strategy, regulatory, or transaction advisory services, will get a hold on rich data. This will enable the collective organization to support its clients with a wide range of complementary, integrated services, such as helping clients deal with the problems they come across at the time of implementing novel value-based care models in EU and the U.S. as well as in clinical trial expenses and recruitment, health economics, market access, reimbursement, and the development of customized data products.

Gabriele Brambilla, CEO of Alira Health said that they have been searching for the apt analytics platform for long that can complement the working of the organization and can provide extra data tools to them enabling them to offer clients deeper insights and recommendations proved by science.

Brambilla further added that they are very excited to work with the amazing team of Clinical Insights, whose data analytics capabilities will prove highly beneficial in supporting strategic, clinical, commercial, regulatory, and innovation decision making processes in the fast-changing healthcare ecosystems. The advisor firm is eager to add the new competence and offer the best-value services to their clients.

In fact, while commenting on the acquisition, Paolo Migliari, Chief Operations and Digital Information Officer of Clinical Insights, said that the Clinical Insights team is excited to be a part of Alira Health. Migliar added that the collaboration will give them the chance to apply their knowledge to a wider range of service areas and they will be able to support clients better across their product and company lifecycles.

Alira Health has been helping the healthcare and life science companies to innovate and create value across their product and business lifecycles. Alira Health provides a wide range of advisory services, including innovation, strategy, regulatory, clinical, and transaction, and stay close to almost every aspect of healthcare, such as Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Services, MedTech, Biotech, and IT.  It is dedicated to the healthcare sector and is constantly adding an integrated approach to the industry.

BASF Successfully Uses ChemCycling to Produce Pilot Products from Plastic Waste

BASF announced that it has successfully created the first products under its ChemCyling project. Certain plastic wastes such as mixed or uncleaned plastics cannot be recycled and are therefore burned or buried in a landfill to produce energy. However, a ground-breaking innovation by BASF uses chemicals to recycle waste plastics to produce syngas or oil which can replace fossil fuels. Under the procedure, BASF subjected plastic wastes to thermochemical processes to produce oil and syngas. BASF stated that it is already offering the products from their ChemCycling procedures to companies working in waste management, packaging, and technology.

Using the fossil fuels obtained from chemically recycling plastics, BASF is already producing fridge components, mozzarella packaging, and insulation panels. The German giants are supplying the products obtained from recycling the plastics to ten companies across different sectors. The syngas and oil produced from the subjection of plastic waste to the ChemCylcing have exactly the same properties as fossil fuels which is the reason why products manufactured using them meet the high-quality and hygienic standards laid down in the industry.

BASF’s Verbund production has further provided the company a great opportunity to utilize the products from ChemCycling. The company used the oil produced from the recycling procedure to feed its steam cracker installed at its Ludwigshafen site in October. The heat produced from the oil is used to break down the raw material required in the production of Verbund. The process outputs ethylene and propylene as the major chemical products which are further used to develop an array of chemicals.

However, the company stated that the products from recycled plastic are yet not ready for market production and delivery as certain technological and regulatory conditions must be met. The company suggested that the manufacturing processes which will utilize the plastic-based fossil fuels would need to be modified in order to assure consistent production of high-quality goods. Further, the regional regulations laid down in different parts of the world will largely influence how the idea of developing such advanced technology shapes up.

BASF further shed light on how the plastics have become a part and parcel of almost every industry due to its technical utility in medical, technological, and everyday life applications. In line with its vision, the company is working with multiple national and international firms and is promoting efficient management of plastic wastes. With increasing consumer preference for products that promote environmental preservation, BASF’s ChemCycling project is expected to garner huge popularity in the foreseeable future.

Arm Announces Cortex A65AE to Boost Safety in Autonomous Cars

Arm has recently announced a new addition ‘Arm Cortex-A65AE’ into its ‘Automotive Enhanced’ chips portfolio. It is a high-bandwidth, low-latency processor specially manufactured to handle the high-throughput needs of automotive sensor data safely.

While speaking to media, Lakshmi Mandyam, the automotive VP of Arm said that with the cars attaining higher levels of autonomy, the number of sensors meant to collect data, like radar, cameras, and LiDAR could witness immense growth. It is basically designed to optimize the processing of the multiple streams of sensor data received from next-gen vehicles.

The features, including augmented reality displays, optimized maps, and alerts are going to ensure that more data gets displayed to the driver in real time. Mandyam added that for the apt data delivery to drivers, safe information processing is required especially at the hardware level. The new addition Arm Cortex-A65AE makes this happen through its multithreading capability linked to the ‘split lock’ technology of the arm. With split-lock competences, the processor can be locked. This will deliver multiple cores running similar instructions. Otherwise, the processor can be separated for enhanced multi-core performance.

The new chip has followed the release of Cortex-A76AE, which was disclosed previously this year. It was the first in the Automotive Enhanced IP by Arm. Previously, the company also launched its ‘Safety Ready’ program to ensure the automotive OEMs possess the tools required to integrate safety mechanisms seamlessly into vehicles.

While explaining the working of Cortex-A76AE with the new Cortex-A65AE, Mandyam added that when you consider the entire chain of processing in ADAS or autonomous workloads, the step of collecting data from the sensors comes first, then you have to perceive the message it’s trying to give you, and finally come up with a course of action.

The Cortex-A65AE is a best pick for collecting data from sensors, owing to its high throughput. Whereas, an OEM may rely upon combining both chips for perceiving.

The Cortex-A76AE is apt for the third and the final step.

Mandyam mentioned that a wide range of calculations are required to cater to the needs of tomorrow’s vehicles, and one size isn’t going to fit all, in terms of compute powering such vehicles.