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On the demand side, exporters and strategic planners focusing on unwrought zinc alloys in Belgium face a number of questions. Which countries are supplying unwrought zinc alloys to Belgium? How important is Belgium compared to others in terms of the entire global and regional market? How much do the imports of unwrought zinc alloys vary from one country of origin to another in Belgium? On the supply side, Belgium also exports unwrought zinc alloys. Which countries receive the most exports from Belgium? How are these exports concentrated across buyers? What is the value of these exports and which countries are the largest buyers?

This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and import/export managers who are concerned with the market for unwrought zinc alloys in Belgium. With the globalization of this market, managers can no longer be contented with a local view. Nor can managers be contented with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after the fact. I have developed a methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to estimate the market for unwrought zinc alloys for those countries serving Belgium via exports, or supplying from Belgium via imports. It does so for the current year based on a variety of key historical indicators and econometric models.

In what follows, Chapter 2 begins by summarizing where Belgium fits into the world market for imported and exported unwrought zinc alloys. The total level of imports and exports on a worldwide basis, and those for Belgium in particular, is estimated using a model which aggregates across over 150 key country markets and projects these to the current year. From there, each country represents a percent of the world market. This market is served from a number of competitive countries of origin. Based on both demand- and supply-side dynamics, market shares by country of origin are then calculated across each country market destination. These share

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									   The 2011 Import and Export
   Market for Unwrought Zinc
        Alloys in Belgium




                                         By
                         Professor Philip M. Parker, Ph. D.
                      Chaired Professor of Management Science
                    INSEAD (Singapore & Fontainebleau, France)




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                                About the Author
Dr. Philip M. Parker is the Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Innovation, Business and Society at
INSEAD where he has taught courses on multivariate statistics and global competitive strategy
since 1988. He has also taught courses at MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University, UCLA,
UCSD, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the author of six books
on the economic convergence of nations. These books introduce the notion of “physioeconomics”
which foresees a lack of global convergence in economic behaviors due to physiological and
physiographic forces. His latest book is "Physioeconomics: The Basis for Long-Run Economic
Growth" (MIT Press 2000). He has also published numerous articles in academic journals,
including The Rand Journal of Economics, Marketing Science, the Journal of International
Business Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of
Forecasting, the European Management Journal, the European Journal of Operational
Research, Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Journal of
Marketing Research. He is also on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Dr. Parker received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Wharton School of the University
of Pennsylvania and has Masters degrees in Finance and Banking (University of Aix-Marseille)
and Managerial Economics (Wharton). His undergraduate degrees are in mathematics, biology
and economics (minor in aeronautical engineering). He has consulted and/or taught courses in
Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe.



                                 About this Series
This series was created for international firms who rely on foreign export markets for a
substantial portion of their business or who might be threatened by foreign trade competition.
The estimates given in this report were created using a methodology developed by and under the
direct supervision of Professor Philip M. Parker, the Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Innovation,
Business and Society, at INSEAD. The methodology, relying on historical figures of economic
growth and trade flows, estimates the market shares of some 150 countries for over 500 industrial
or product categories. The figures should be seen as market estimates, as opposed to historical
records, as these are projected for the current year of trade.



                               Acknowledgements
Some of the methodologies and research approaches used in this report have benefited from the
R&D Committee at INSEAD, whose research support is gratefully acknowledged. Additional
editorial assistance from Tiffany LaRochelle, ICON Group International, Inc., is also
acknowledged.



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Table of Contents
1     INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY                           7
2     BELGIUM AND THE WORLD MARKET                           9
    2.1     Imports in Belgium in 2011                       9
    2.2     Exports from Belgium in 2011                    10
3     IMPORTS IN BELGIUM                                    11
    3.1      Asia                                           11
       3.1.1   China                                        11
       3.1.2   Thailand                                     11
    3.2      Europe                                         12
       3.2.1   Czech Republic                               12
       3.2.2   France                                       12
       3.2.3   Germany                                      13
       3.2.4   Hungary                                      13
       3.2.5   Luxembourg                                   14
       3.2.6   Sweden                                       14
       3.2.7   the Netherlands                              15
       3.2.8   the United Kingdom                           16
    3.3      North America & the Caribbean                  17
       3.3.1   the United States                            17
4     EXPORTS FROM BELGIUM                                  18
    4.1      Africa                                         18
       4.1.1   Morocco                                      18
       4.1.2   Togo                                         18
    4.2      Asia                                           19
       4.2.1   China                                        19
       4.2.2   Hong Kong                                    20
       4.2.3   India                                        21
       4.2.4   Indonesia                                    22
       4.2.5   Japan                                        22
       4.2.6   Malaysia                                     23
       4.2.7   Philippines                                  23
       4.2.8   Singapore                                    24
       4.2.9   South Korea                                  24
       4.2.10 Taiwan                                        25
       4.2.11 Thailand                                      25
    4.3      Europe                                         26
       4.3.1   Austria                                      26
       4.3.2   Bosnia and Herzegovina                       26
       4.3.3   Bulgaria                                     26
       4.3.4   Croatia                                      27
       4.3.5   Denmark                                      27
       4.3.6   France                                       28
       4.3.7   Germany                                      29
       4.3.8   Greece                                       29
       4.3.9   Hungary                                      30
       4.3.10 Italy                                         30
       4.3.11 Latvia                                        31
       4.3.12 Lithuania                                     31


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       4.3.13 Luxembourg                                              31
       4.3.14 Poland                                                  32
       4.3.15 Romania                                                 32
       4.3.16 Russia                                                  33
       4.3.17 Slovakia                                                33
       4.3.18 Slovenia                                                34
       4.3.19 Spain                                                   34
       4.3.20 Sweden                                                  35
       4.3.21 Switzerland                                             35
       4.3.22 the Netherlands                                         35
       4.3.23 the United Kingdom                                      36
    4.4      the Middle East                                          36
       4.4.1    Bahrain                                               36
       4.4.2    Iran                                                  37
       4.4.3    Israel                                                37
       4.4.4    Jordan                                                37
       4.4.5    Pakistan                                              38
       4.4.6    Saudi Arabia                                          38
       4.4.7    Turkey                                                39
5     DISCLAIMERS, WARRANTEES, AND USER AGREEMENT PROVISIONS          40
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1      INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY
On the demand side, exporters and strategic planners focusing on unwrought zinc alloys in
Belgium face a number of questions. Which countries are supplying unwrought zinc alloys to
Belgium? How important is Belgium compared to others in terms of the entire global and
regional market? How much do the imports of unwrought zinc alloys vary from one country of
origin to another in Belgium? On the supply side, Belgium also exports unwrought zinc alloys.
Which countries receive the most exports from Belgium? How are these exports concentrated
across buyers? What is the value of these exports and which countries are the largest buyers?

This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and
import/export managers who are concerned with the market for unwrought zinc alloys in
Belgium. With the globalization of this market, managers can no longer be contented with a local
view. Nor can managers be contented with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after
the fact. I have developed a methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to
estimate the market for unwrought zinc alloys for those countries serving Belgium via exports, or
supplying from Belgium via imports. It does so for the current year based on a variety of key
historical indicators and econometric models.

In what follows, Chapter 2 begins by summarizing where Belgium fits into the world market for
imported and exported unwrought zinc alloys. The total level of imports and exports on a
worldwide basis, and those for Belgium in particular, is estimated using a model which
aggregates across over 150 key country markets and projects these to the current year. From
there, each country represents a percent of the world market. This market is served from a
number of competitive countries of origin. Based on both demand- and supply-side dynamics,
market shares by country of origin are then calculated across each country market destination.
These shares lead to a volume of import and export values for each country and are aggregated to
regional and world totals. In doing so, we are able to obtain maximum likelihood estimates of
both the value of each market and the share that Belgium is likely to receive this year. From
these figures, rankings are calculated to allow managers to prioritize Belgium compared to other
major country markets. In this way, all the figures provided in this report are forecasts that can
be combined with internal information sources for strategic planning purposes.

After the worldwide summary in Chapter 2 of both imports and exports of unwrought zinc alloys,
Chapter 3 goes into detail on imports, but for each major country of origin serving Belgium. A
“major” market is defined as a country where Belgium represents a substantially large share of
either imports or exports. For each major country exporting to Belgium, one can thus observe
how important Belgium is to that exporting country compared to other countries of the world.
Chapter 4 does the same, but for exports of unwrought zinc alloys originating from Belgium, for
each major country of destination. In doing so, one can discover the share that Belgium has in
each major market; this share value is often used as a measure of competitiveness for Belgium.
In all cases, the total dollar volume and percentage share values by major trading partner are
provided. Combined, Chapters 3 and 4 present a the total picture for imports and exports of


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unwrought zinc alloys to and from Belgium to and from all other major countries in the world.
"Unwrought Zinc Alloys" as a category is defined in this report following the definition given by
the United Nations Statistics Division Classification Registry using the Standard International
Trade Classification, Revision 3 (SITC, Rev. 3). The SITC code that defined "unwrought zinc
alloys" is 68612 . For more information on this definition, please refer to the following web site:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcs.asp?Cl=14&Lg=1&Co=686 .

This report is updated on an annual basis. To ensure that you have the most current version,
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Important Caveat. The figures should be seen as market estimates, as opposed to historical
records, as these are forecasted for the current year of trade. More importantly, in light of the fact
that unforeseeable factors might interrupt markets in achieving their reported levels, the figures
should be seen as estimates of potential. For example, "mad cow" disease, foot-and-mouth
disease, trade embargoes, military conflicts, acts of terrorism and other events will certainly
affect the actual trade flows recorded for a variety of industry or product categories. In such
cases, the difference between the numbers given in this report and the numbers actually observed
might be interpreted as the "net loss" or "net gain" due to these exogenous events affecting
regular trade flows that would have occurred had these events not have taken place.




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2       BELGIUM AND THE WORLD MARKET
2.1         IMPORTS IN BELGIUM IN 2011
                     Imported Unwrought Zinc Alloys in Belgium, 2011
                              (Structure of Foreign Import Competition)

Country of Origin             Rank         Value (000 US$)              % Share        Cumulative %
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
France                            1                    79,124               81.05                 81.05
the Netherlands                   2                    10,947               11.21                 92.26
Sweden                            3                     3,354                3.44                 95.70
the United Kingdom                4                     1,747                1.79                 97.49
Czech Republic                    5                       674                0.69                 98.18
Germany                           6                       585                0.60                 98.78
Hungary                           7                       576                0.59                 99.37
Luxembourg                        8                       379                0.39                 99.76
the United States                 9                       213                0.22                 99.97
China                            10                        18                0.02                 99.99
Thailand                         11                         7                0.01                100.00
Total                                                  97,624              100.00                100.00
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