Look Towards A New Future

Oct 9, 2012

Opportunities in Emerging EU Wealth Markets

Wealth management in the European Union (EU) market is in the middle of a number of changes as banks have been looking to restructure business models in the last couple of years. The European private banking and wealth management industry is among the most important in the European financial services sector. The current potential for the core private banking client segments – HNWIs and UHNWIs – is already significant enough to be regarded as attractive by the industry; and it is expected to increase significantly during the next few years. The high net worth individual (HNWI) population in Europe grew by 1.1% and reached 3.2 million individuals in 2011 from 2.6 million in 2008 and is estimated to increase at a faster rate in the next couple of years. The long-term potential and expected growth rates for key countries are promising. The origin of client wealth in the emerging EU markets is more a matter of income flows than of past accumulation; according to research findings, wealth is mainly produced by new entrepreneurs, professionals and business owners.

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• This report focuses on the European private banking and wealth management industry
• It provides a business-orientated view of important elements for strategic management and discusses possible sources of differentiation
• It discusses the main market development and diversification-related issues for emerging EU markets, such as client profile, current wealth allocation portfolio, and possible differentiation criteria
• It provides the description, analysis and comparison of market structures, potential, competitive environment, further market development and regulatory framework– both for mature and emerging EU markets

Reasons To Buy
• The report looks at core market development and diversification strategy issues concerning the emerging EU markets such as their market potentials, market structures or the competitive environment
• It evaluates the growth opportunities of a product development approach for new products, such as property funds, on the basis of an emerging EU market
• It tests a number of desk research hypotheses concerning strategic management of growth opportunities in an EU enhancement environment by an expert management survey of the industry
• The report provides detailed research on core product development topics for mature markets, such as major investment constraints, expected further development and possible sources of differentiation

Key Highlights
• The typical client segments of the European private banking and wealth management industry represent only about 9% of the total population in Europe, but represent around 60% of the total wealth held by private individuals.
• Around 4.2 million core millionaires, who have between US$1 million and US$10 million to invest, accounted for 27% of a typical private bank’s assets in 2011.
• The industry’s profit margins have increased from 20bp in 2009 to 24bp in 2010, while cost/income reached 71% in 2010

Energy Harvesting Global Market, Technologies and Devices

Energy harvesters are interesting examples of nascent yet sophisticated technologies based on well-established scientific theories. The average age of the scientific theories underlying the energy conversion technologies covered in this report is in the range of a hundred years. Some energy harvesters, such as photovoltaic (PV) harvesters, are a mature, well-established technology; however, many new harvesting technologies have only been designed in the last five to 10 years.

As is explained later in the report, energy harvesting in the present day context relates to the tapping of existing ambient energy sources for use in power generation in non-grid applications and devices.

Energy harvesting leaves the field open for a wide range of uses. While the scientific bases of energy conversion principles are indisputable and have been well understood for decades, their application remained restricted to limited domains in industry and heavy engineering.

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This report is an effort to examine the technological and business motivations behind the new interest in the seemingly limitless number of energy harvesting applications and their market opportunities.


This study’s goals and objectives include the following:
Forecast the market size for energy harvesters in terms of dollar and unit sales.
Classify the market size for energy harvesters by key classification criteria in terms of dollar and unit sales.
Classify the market size for energy harvesters by energy source in terms of dollar and unit sales.
Classify the market size for energy harvesters by end application in terms of dollar and unit sales.
Classify the market size for energy harvesters by geographical regions in terms of dollar and unit sales.
Identify the market size for energy harvesters in key countries in terms of dollar and unit sales.
Highlight the roles played by major stakeholders and players.
Provide an overview of the activities of influential companies.
Examine crucial, innovative breakthroughs by means of a detailed patent analysis.


Energy harvesting is a nascent industry underpinned by some relatively old technologies. It presents opportunities that are unique in their diversity and marketability. However, the key driver for the proliferation of energy harvesters is the use of non-conventional materials in mainstream semiconductor fabrication technologies. This has created limitless possibilities where every naturally-occurring energy generating source could be potentially be used in numerous applications. The looming energy crisis and the global emphasis on the exploration of renewable energy sources have lent a sense of urgency to the development of the market.

This report examines the many factors shaping the energy harvesting market and attempts to present a snapshot of the end result of their mutual interaction in the shape of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the present day market. It then attempts to forecast how the market is likely to develop in the next five years.

In addition to the attractiveness of the energy harvesting market itself, there are more important reasons for exploring this subject. Energy harvesting finds application in many industries and disciplines such as energy management, instrumentation, wireless and wireline communication, materials, nanotechnology and regulation.

The report examines the energy harvesting market under the following key parameters:
Principal energy sources.
End applications.
Regional dynamics.
Key markets within countries.
Changes in average selling prices (ASPs).

The report presents an overview of the interplay between end-use markets and energy sources as well as between end-use markets and geographical regions. It places one in the context of the other.


This report presents the forecasts for energy harvesters for 2012 through 2017 on a volume and value basis.

Sales values are presented in U.S. dollars, while shipment volumes are presented in thousand units. The choice of thousands as a denomination unit was dictated by the shipment volumes for specific categories, which would have otherwise appeared too insignificant. It is important to note that energy harvesters can power wireless sensor nodes, which will ship by the billion in the future. Energy harvesters will also power several other device categories that will not be as prolific in number as wireless nodes, but will experience tremendous growth as well.

These forecasts are further broken down by energy source, end application and geographical region.

The report covers the following energy sources:
Solar and photovoltaic.
Vibration, displacement and mechanical (including biomechanical and electrostatic); also occasionally referred to as mechanical
Radiation and electromagnetic.

The breakdown of end-use applications includes:
Building, construction and household devices.
Energy exploration, generation and distribution.
Environmental and agricultural.
Industrial and automotive.
Retail and logistics.

Produced Water Treatment Equipment Market in North America

Produced water comprises approximately 98% of the total waste volume generated by the industry. Current global E&P activities generate more than 115 billion bbl per year (bbl/y) of produced water. For every barrel of oil, an average of three barrels of water is produced. In the U.S., the water to oil ratio (WOR) averages eight barrels of water to one of oil. On average, for every barrel of oil currently recovered, eight barrels of wastewater are also generated. During the next 15 years, the water to oil ratio is forecast to increase from 8:1 to 12:1. In the worst cases, the WOR reaches 50:1. To dispose of produced water, energy companies pay from $3 per barrel to as much as $12 per barrel. With the need to manage such large water volumes, the oil and gas production industry has become as much about water as it is about energy.

In addition to large water volumes and high disposal costs, energy developers using traditional produced water practices are facing increased opposition from environmental activists, local and state governments, and the public. These groups are concerned that the water is leaking from traditional containment pits and entering groundwater and surface water bodies. Historically, produced water has been contained temporarily in pits, and then either transported to treatment plants or evaporated.

During a producing oil well’s life cycle, it initially produces oil along with a small amount of water; but, over time, the percentage of water increases. Throughout the well’s service life, the produced water must be separated from the oil it contains.  Following treatment, the water may be handled via one of three methods: safely discharged (used mainly in offshore applications), reinjected into the hydrocarbon formation (used in onshore, coastal or environmentally sensitive areas) or reused (either to maintain reservoir pressure and enhance heavy oil production or in other beneficial applications). In most world regions and for all of the end uses/disposal options, treated water quality must meet certain standards, including low toxicity, high biodegradability and low potential for bioaccumulation in the food chain.

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A number of water treatment technologies and equipment types are commercially available for use at oil or gas production sites. These processes can reduce the cost, inefficiency and risks associated with treatment pits and the transport of toxic water. The treatment technologies include methods for de-oiling, de-sanding, desalinating and disinfecting produced water. Numerous systems types are on the market. Separators; hydrocyclones; and distillation-, ion exchange-, adsorbent- and membrane-based units, as well as proprietary equipment and combinations of equipment are among the choices.

Some of these products and technologies enable the treatment of produced water to a quality suitable for beneficial reuse. Presently, most of the water reused is employed for reinjection in enhanced oil recovery operations. However, there is also future potential for recycling the water in agriculture or a new source of municipal or industrial water supply, especially where water scarcity is an issue.


This report is intended to provide an in-depth analysis of the market for produced water treatment equipment. The study examines market value by world region, equipment type and offshore versus onshore use. The world regions discussed are the Americas, North America (the U.S., Canada and Mexico), and Central and South America; Europe; the Asia-Pacific region; and the Middle East and Africa.

The market evaluation by equipment type looks at produced water treatment systems within three broad categories: primary and secondary treatment oil separation equipment (minimizes oil in water content to 25 parts per million [ppm] to 30 ppm), tertiary treatment equipment (further reduces oil in water to less than 10 ppm) and advanced treatment (processes for desalinating produced water and enabling zero liquid discharge).

In the market analysis by hydrocarbon resource, value and growth are evaluated for equipment used in treating produced water from conventional oil and gas production and the development of unconventional resources: tight oil, oil sands bitumen, shale gas and coal bed methane. (For the purposes of this report, tight gas, natural gas that is difficult to access because of the nature of the rock and sand surrounding the deposit, is included in conventional resources.)

Because regulations governing offshore versus onshore produced water discharge differ, the equipment market also is evaluated by that parameter. In addition, the two markets are growing at different rates and are propelled by somewhat different drivers.

Technical and market drivers are considered in evaluating the current value of the technologies and in forecasting growth and trends over the next five years. The conclusions are illustrated with a wealth of statistical information on markets, applications, industry structure and dynamics along with technological developments.

Because of the diverse and somewhat fragmented nature of the produced water treatment industry, it is difficult to find studies that gather such extensive data from such far-flung resources into one comprehensive document. This report contains a unique collection of information, analyses, forecasts and conclusions that are very hard or impossible to find elsewhere.


Global population growth and economic expansion are driving energy demand, while simultaneously driving significant increases in the demand for water. The challenge of meeting these demands is intensified by the nexus between water and energy. Large volumes of water are consumed to produce and generate energy, while vast amounts of energy are used to treat and distribute clean water.  Furthermore, there is growing competition for water from the municipal, agricultural and industrial sectors, which exacerbates the mounting problem of global water scarcity. These issues pose a significant business risk to oil and gas companies seeking to achieve sustainable growth.

Major water-related challenges facing the oil and gas sector are mature oilfields that increasingly require water-based enhanced oil recovery methods and produce more water over time; growing exploration and production complexity due to emerging unconventional hydrocarbon resources, with their large water needs; and greater environmental and regulatory pressures related to water management and scarcity.

For these reasons, oil and gas companies must reevaluate water as a strategic element in their value chain. Water is no longer solely an environmental issue but is increasingly tied to production growth and cost. As a result, it must be handled through a strategy that recognizes its status as a critical component to ongoing viability in the oil and gas sector.


This report is designed to be of value to a wide array of readers. Those expected to have the greatest interest are players already active in oil and gas production and/or produced water treatment. The study will be of value to startup companies with novel water treatment technology, especially for the hydraulic fracturing sector, since that market is still emerging and has no dominant players. Oilfield services businesses should find the report useful for its overview of treatment technologies, which include performance data, as well as capital and operating cost information.

It should be of interest to venture investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies interested in entering or expanding into the produced water treatment sector. Other public- and private-sector interest groups, market analysts and general readers wishing to gain broader knowledge of the dynamics of the produced water treatment equipment market also are expected to find the report worthwhile.


The scope of this report is focused on global produced water treatment equipment for the oil and gas industry. The market is broken down by several different parameters, including world region, equipment type, produced water source and offshore/onshore application.

There are a number of expenses related to produced water management, including expenditures for services and equipment for downhole water minimization, for lifting water to the surface, for treatment, for reinjection, and for hauling and off-site disposal. This report will evaluate only oil and gas sector purchases for treatment equipment.

The study covers the industry on a worldwide basis in terms of the manufacture and deployment of treatment systems. BCC examines government roles in support of global markets, including regulatory support, government requirements and promotional incentives for various technologies as relevant and available.

Thin Wafers, Temporary Bonding Equipment & Materials Market

The report provides a temporary wafer bonding equipment forecast which shows that 10% of the total thin wafer shipment will experience a temporary bonding step by 2017. So, while temporary bonding equipment is still a small market today, it is expected to grow as the need for thin wafer handling grows. In fact, we estimate the market for temporary bonding tools to be more than $250M by 2017. Currently, shipped bonder/debonders are for Power and 3D ICs applications. However, we believe 3D ICs will become the predominant application for temporary bonders > 2015.

Thin wafer handling will enjoy increased importance in the coming years, but as chips get thinner and wafer diameter increases, thinning/handling procedures are required. This implies development in wafer thinning, wafer dicing and wafer temporary bonding.

Temporary bonding implies know-how in process and chemistry, and an understanding of the final application requirements. Temporary bonding is a complex technology, requiring an interface material (sometimes called the “Magic” material) that is strong enough to withstand post-processing but which can be easily removed afterwards. As the main concern for temporary bonding materials (wax, tape or glue) is temperature stability, the material must be strong enough to withstand processing steps (metallization, etching, grinding). Another issue is the choice of carrier material. Carrier lifetime depends on its capability to withstand steps such as grinding, etc., and carrier lifetime should be at least tens of times, though this is not yet the case today. 

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Provide an understanding of the thin wafers application:
  • Overview of thin wafers applications: MEMS, CMOS Image Sensors, Memory, Power Devices, RF Devices, LEDs, Interposers, Photovoltaics
  • Thin wafers roadmap
Present market forecasts for thin wafers:
  • 2011-2017 Market Forecast in units and US$ for thin wafers
  • Detailed forecasts by application, wafer size and thickness
Analyze wafer thinning trends, with a focus on temporary bonding
Market Forecasts for temporary bonding in US$ value and number of equipment:
  • By application
  • By wafer size
Market Forecast for temporary bonding chemistry
Overview of the different temporary bonding approaches, i.e.:
  • Without carrier:
  • DoubleCheck Semiconductors
  • With Carrier:
  • UV laser released
  • Electrostatic
  • Thermal release
  • Mechanical release
  • Chemical release
  • Temporary bonding trends
  • Thinning trends
  • Dicing trends
Description of the applications for temporary wafer bonding, including main characteristics and challenges

Wearable Computing Devices Global Market Analysis and Forecast 2012 - 2017

Wearable systems include sensors for detecting physiological changes and often include the capability of real-time and continuous recording. Most sensors embedded into wearable systems are placed at specific body locations. Examples include motion sensors or monitors used to track the movements of body segments, which are often in direct contact with the skin. Sensors may also be placed within clothing and other person objects. Some wearable computing devices are intended for mass market consumer usage. Google Glasses, which provides a virtual reality experience, is one such example.

Wearable computing is one of the next frontiers in ICT and represents a substantial market opportunity for the semiconductor industry, consumer electronics companies, M2M companies, wireless communications companies, and next generation application developers. In the fitness area alone, Mind Commerce forecasts a $350M opportunity by 2017.

This report evaluates developments in the market for wearable computing, growth drivers, market challenges, and revenue forecast.

Target Audience:
  • Augmented Reality application developers
  • Semiconductor and micro computer suppliers
  • Sports clothing and general apparel industries
  • Mobile and wireless communications device suppliers
  • Healthcare industry including remote health monitoring
  • Mobile/wireless network operators and service providers
  • Next generation application developers and content providers
  • Consumer electronics merchandisers and application providers 

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