Trends in our specialist markets
Artificial intelligence (AI) is entering a new growth phase, driven by the convergence of three trends: more data, faster hardware and better algorithms. Together, they are accelerating research, development and commercial investment in AI applications at lightning speeds.
The Life Sciences industry entered 2019 with cautious optimism amid a great deal of change. Biotech innovation is booming, exit markets are robust, and new drug classes are emerging and gaining regulatory approval.
Consumer Retail Banking
The global banking sector is in good health, with assets, profitability and capitalisation all having materially increased since the global financial crisis. The landscape is changing, however. Technology, demographics, customer expectations and new competitors are forcing traditional retail banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders to change their business practices to avoid being left behind.
Recipe for growth
The global pharmaceutical ingredient, processing and manufacturing market continues to mature, with the start of 2019 heralding significant acquisitions and major product announcements. Businesses in emerging markets like China and India are shaking up supply chains and bringing scrutiny from regulators and customers.
Diversity and growth
While Asia is by no means a homogenous region, there are several business and economic trends common to a number of Asian markets, which make it an exciting place to do business and find commercial opportunities, particularly in exhibitions.
2018 Group Highlights
2018 was a busy and productive period for Informa.
The Group reported a fifth consecutive year of growth in revenue, profits, cash flow and dividends.
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