A cause for concern: Industry consolidation in Asia Pacific 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present A cause for concern: Industry consolidation in Asia Pacific 2018, published in association with AlixPartners.
 
Amid growing uncertainties resulting from disruptive political and technological forces, boardroom priorities across Asia Pacific are shifting. The question is: Are they moving in the right direction?
 
In this third annual sentiment survey on corporate actions and boardroom strategies, we once again speak to 100 executives across the region to learn what kinds of concerns, challenges and motivations are driving the agenda within their organizations, specifically the impact and importance of M&A toward consolidation within the automotive and consumer goods space which are currently battling overcapacity, shrinking market shares and the arrival of new and innovative entrants.
 
Key highlights include:
 
  • Industry consolidation: Seventy-seven percent of executives say industry consolidation is a current priority, but only 53% say consolidation will be part of their near-term plans for the next two or three years. Other tasks such as turnaround/restructuring and digital transformation will take priority in the near term.
 
  • Digital transformation: Digital transformation will be a growing area of focus, but there is a disconnect between digital focus and strategic intent, as seen by the fact that investing in technology ranked low among the drivers of corporate strategy.
 
  • Challenges: Increasing amounts of competition, geopolitical changes, and policy uncertainties will be the main factors shaping corporate strategies across Asia Pacific in the year ahead.