Opinion on Alliances and Joint Ventures in Asia-Pacific

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Snow Brand/Nestle: not quite like candy from a baby

Snow Brand certainly needs a partner to shore up its image following a series of scandals, and there are few companies with a quality reputation as rock-solid as the Swiss giant. However, baby products may not be the best area to lead the brand recovery charge.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2002
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VaxGen: AIDSVax 'made in South Korea'

The manufacturing of AIDSVax in South Korea is both a cost and distribution decision. The drug is to be distributed, not only locally, but also to neighboring countries with a high HIV prevalence. Its impact on the epidemic will be closely observed. However, VaxGen it taking a risk, as AIDSVax's effectiveness is not fully proven.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2002
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Fujitsu/Sagem: grab your partners

The deal will allow the two companies to cut the cost of 3G development. But while both firms will certainly benefit, the advantages will be short lived as other manufacturers follow suit. Consolidation in this industry seems inevitable and companies trying to 'go it alone' will find the market an increasingly difficult place to survive.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2002
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BHP Billiton: mad dogs and aluminum

It's been a good week for BHP, which also managed to resolve a long-running pollution dispute and gain approval for another oil joint venture. Last year's merger has left the Anglo-Australian company in a strong position to invest in new markets and distance itself from old mistakes. If it carries on as it has, BHP is set for a strong future.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2002
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Matsushita/Nintendo: join the Q

The Q looks and feels like a home entertainment system, while also allowing the owner to play GameCube games. As a result, it should prove popular among the 18-25 year olds who have driven sales of Sony's PlayStation. The device is the result of a 1999 agreement between Matsushita and Nintendo - and may not be their last GameCube-related product.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2002
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Sony Ericsson: challenging Nokia for the top spot

The statement follows Sony Ericsson's announcement earlier in the week that it would focus on higher-margin devices. In short, the company wants to take Nokia's crown in producing premium products that still command huge market share. The power of its twin brand name, and Sony's expertise in consumer electronics, leave it with a better hope than many.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2002
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Sharp/DoCoMo: 3G PDA set for success, as long as it works

The alliance couples Sharp's handset and display technologies with DoCoMo's experience in high-speed mobile data. Sharp is in a good position to produce the device: its PDAs which lack mobile capabilities have sold extremely well. The major factor determining the new device's success will be the speed, quality and range of DoCoMo's network.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2002
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Kirin: Asian expansion on the cards

Kirin is following its Japanese rival Asahi into the rest of Asia. Expanding abroad will provide Kirin with growth opportunities outside a difficult domestic market. However, it will face strong competition from other international brewers - and the controversy over San Miguel's ownership could cause future headaches.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2002
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MLHSBC: dead man walking

The mass affluent service, launched in a blaze of publicity and hype a year ago, appears to be on its last legs. It has consistently failed to gain sufficient customers to meet its ambitious targets. Worse still, with Merrill Lynch looking for ways to quit the venture, it also risks losing one of the strong brand names that it relies on to attract customers.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2001
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Renault/Nissan: defensive relations

The automakers will also increase their cross-shareholdings, in a move designed to protect both companies from a hostile takeover. The merits of such defensive strategies in general are debatable, but this particular deal just seems bizarre. None of the companies large enough to buy Renault and Nissan are currently in anything like a position to do so.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2001

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