Research Methodology

1.1 Methodology/Research Approach

Our research methodology implements a mix of primary as well as secondary research. Our projects are initiated with secondary research, where we refer to a variety of sources including trade databases; government published documents, investor presentations, company annual reports, white papers, and paid databases.

1.1.1 Research Programs/Design

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1.1.2 Market Size Estimation

Post the initial data mining stage, we gather our findings and analyse them, filtering out relevant insights. These are evaluated across teams and by our in-house SMEs. Along with data mining, we also initiate the primary research phase in which we interact with companies operating within the market space.

To evaluate the wholeness of the market, we interact (via email or telephone) with players who are responsible in adding value to the final product. Additionally, we interact with related industries to understand the external factors that can drive/hamper a market. We also make it a point to evaluate various economic parameters, which typically, have an impact on the purchasing choices of individuals as well as companies.

Post these stages, data are cross-verified with the companies that operate in a market space. It is important for us to study these companies in detail, to understand their existing performance and future strategies which will define the market in the coming years.

All this data is collected and evaluated by our analysts. Post the preparation of the report and data analysis, the findings are presented to our in-house experts who then eliminate discrepancies (if any).

  • The key players in the industry and markets have been identified through extensive secondary research.
  • The industry’s supply chain and market size, in terms of value, have been determined through primary and secondary research processes.
  • All percentage shares splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.

1.2 Data Source

1.2.1 Secondary Sources

In the secondary research process, various secondary sources, such as D&B Hoovers, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Factiva, have been referred to, for identifying and collecting information for this study. Secondary sources included annual reports, press releases, and investor presentations of companies; whitepapers, certified publications, and articles by recognized authors; gold standard and silver standard websites; regulatory bodies; trade directories; and databases.

List of secondary sources include but are not limited to:

  • Academic Journals
  • gov
  • Bloomberg
  • Company Annual Report
  • Hoovers

1.2.1.1 Preliminary data mining

Raw market data is obtained and collated on a broad front. Data is continuously filtered to ensure that only validated and authenticated sources are considered. In addition, data is also mined from a host of reports in our repository, as well as a number of reputed paid databases. For comprehensive understanding of the market, it is essential to understand the complete value chain and in order to facilitate this; we collect data from raw material suppliers, distributors as well as buyers.

Technical issues and trends are obtained from surveys, technical symposia and trade journals. Technical data is also gathered from intellectual property perspective, focusing on white space and freedom of movement. Industry dynamics with respect to drivers, restraints, pricing trends are also gathered. As a result, the material developed contains a wide range of original data that is then further cross-validated and authenticated with published sources.

1.2.2 Primary Sources

This is the final step in estimating and forecasting for our reports. Exhaustive primary interviews are conducted, on face to face as well as over the phone to validate our findings and assumptions used to obtain them. Interviewees are approached from leading companies across the value chain including suppliers, technology providers, domain experts and buyers so as to ensure a holistic and unbiased picture of the market. These interviews are conducted across the globe, with language barriers overcome with the aid of local staff and interpreters. Primary interviews not only help in data validation, but also provide critical insights into the market, current business scenario and future expectations and enhance the quality of our reports. All our estimates and forecast are verified through exhaustive primary research with Key Industry Participants (KIPs) which typically include:

  • Market leading companies
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Product distributors
  • Buyers

The key objectives of primary research are as follows:

  • To validate our data in terms of accuracy and acceptability
  • To gain an insight in to the current market and future expectations

1.2.3 Statistical model

Our market estimates and forecasts are derived through simulation models. A unique model is created customized for each study. Gathered information for market dynamics, technology landscape, application development and pricing trends is fed into the model and analyzed simultaneously. These factors are studied on a comparative basis, and their impact over the forecast period is quantified with the help of correlation, regression and time series analysis. Market forecasting is performed via a combination of economic tools, technological analysis, and industry experience and domain expertise.

Econometric models are generally used for short-term forecasting, while technological market models are used for long-term forecasting. These are based on an amalgamation of technology landscape, regulatory frameworks, economic outlook and business principles. A bottom-up approach to market estimation is preferred, with key regional markets analyzed as separate entities and integration of data to obtain global estimates. This is critical for a deep understanding of the industry as well as ensuring minimal errors. Some of the parameters considered for forecasting include:

  • Market drivers and restrains, along with their current and expected impact
  • Raw material scenario and supply v/s price trends
  • Regulatory scenario and expected developments
  • Current capacity and expected capacity additions up to 2026

We assign weights to these parameters and quantify their market impact using weighted average analysis, to derive an expected market growth rate.

1.2.4 Data Triangulation

After arriving at the overall market size using the market size estimation processes as explained above, the market was split into several segments and sub segments. To complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics of each market segment and sub segment, the data triangulation and market breakdown procedures were employed, wherever applicable. The data was triangulated by studying several factors and trends from both the demand and supply sides.

1.2.5 Report Objectives

  • To define, describe, and forecast the market by segmentations, and region
  • To provide detailed information about the major factors (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges) influencing the growth of the market
  • To analyze the sub-segments with respect to individual growth trends, prospects, and contributions to the total market
  • To analyze opportunities in the market for stakeholders and provide the competitive landscape of the market
  • To forecast the revenues of the market segments with respect to the major regions, such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and RoW
  • To profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their recent developments and positioning in the market
  • To analyze competitive developments, such as mergers and acquisitions, new product developments, and Research and Development (R&D) activities, in the market