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Just when it seemed as if the price of cotton was heading down and clothing retailers could get back to the important business of style rather than the tedious business of product costs, India goes and drops the hammer on the cotton market. On Monday, the Indian government announced that it will immediately and indefinitely ban all cotton exports, including shipments that had already been scheduled but not yet shipped.
Not this again
Around this time last year, clothing retailers were struggling to survive after the price of cotton had nearly tripled in just one year. Despite a long drought in Texas, where much of the United States’ cotton is grown, prices fell by more than 50% throughout the year. The United States is the world’s biggest cotton exporter, but the trouble here was outweighed by what is projected to be a record harvest in Australia and softening global demand. To read the full story click here.
This coming Thursday, August 18, at 1:30 pm PDT, 4:30 pm EDT we will be holding an Investor Update Conference Call. Our CEO, Ken Barker, will provide an update on recent corporate developments followed by a question and answer session.
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A big thanks to Rachel Dodes of the Wall Street Journal for an excellent write up on our partnership with Hanesbrands Inc.
Touching on the issue of rising cotton prices and the development and benefits of new cotton/flax blend products,we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Venture capital investing recently rose to the second highest quarterly figure ever for the industry. According to a new report out from Ernst & Young, three quarters of corporate investors surveyed said they plan to increase their budgets for cleantech investments between 2012 and 2014.
Specifically 44% of the corporate investors surveyed said they plan to spend over $50 million on cleantech, and 12 percent said they plan to spend over $250 million on cleantech during that time. These are the types of companies that are international and have revenues of $1 billion or more, and are active in cleantech investing.
Forty percent of the corporate investors surveyed said they plan to spend their cleantech-targeted funds on research and development for cleantech products, while 20 percent of those surveyed said that they plan to increase cleantech investment in order to directly increase revenue. The report says that companies invested in energy efficiency technologies during the down turn to save money, but then those efficiencies have now turned into a competitive advantage.
Acquisitions are also high on corporate investors minds. The Ernst & Young report says that almost three quarters of respondents have acquired a cleantech company or plan to consider acquiring a cleantech company in the future.
“Betting the Farm – and Winning”, an article I recently read in McLeans magazine, got me to thinking about the future of farming. Farmland is a “forever asset”, investors are buying it up and it’s making traditionalists nervous.
Investment of private equity in farmland has been ongoing for several years in the U.K., Ukraine, New Zealand and Australia. (In fact, the Alberta pension fund is reported to have purchased land in Australia that will be developed into a timber plantation and farm.) The governments of land-poor countries such as Saudi Arabia and Korea, as well as corporations and hedge funds, are buying huge swaths of farmland in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, in what many call a land grab. A World Bank report on the issue described how farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, displaced after land was sold to a foreign buyer, had to pay guards at a national park to let them grow their crops there.
According to Wayne Caldwell, professor of rural planning and development at the University of Guelph, allowing private equity companies to purchase farmland can be problematic. “We have a legacy of farms being places where people live and make a living. It’s a romantic view, but it’s also a reality,” he said. “We’re in uncharted territory and we’re not sure what the implications will be.”
To get the full story, click here.
Since 2002, the Cleantech Group has brought together numerous premier events for entrepreneurs, investors, enterprise CEOs, policy-makers and other global forerunners of the clean technology sector.
They will be holding their annual flagship West Coast Cleantech Forum in San Francisco from March 14th to 16th. The region’s most important cleantech event of the year will be covering the innovations in information technology that are providing deeper insights into cleantech ROI and impact – and how the ability to measure and analyze performance will allow us to take cleantech to scale around the world.
The convergence of cleantech and information technology is ushering in a truly new era in clean technology, enabling faster global deployments, greater scale, and more precise measurement of impact than ever before. Now, across all major sectors of the clean technology economy, the ability to collect, communicate, and analyze vast new streams of data is opening up opportunities for new technologies to come to market faster than ever before and offering decision makers more accurate, transparent insight into the effectiveness of cleantech deployments. Energy, water, transportation, waste, and agriculture, are all being reshaped by information technology solutions that are allowing for the fundamental acceleration of global cleantech adoption.
Cleantech Forum San Francisco is the only clean technology conference that will unite the world’s leading corporate executives, investors, startups, and policy makers to explore the expanding opportunities and critical challenges at the cleantech and IT nexus.
The Cleantech Forum San Francisco will you get the insights and market intelligence to build a solid strategy and meet the entrepreneurs and global partners to put your plans into practice.