Ten years after the financial crisis, the resulting push for global regulatory harmony is giving way to divergent stances on the need for compliance, as long-awaited major reforms take effect in the EU, while in the U.S. the Trump Administration rolls out its deregulatory agenda set a year ago. Compliance officers and regulatory professionals everywhere are bracing to address these changes, and keep up with the unbridled development of digital technology as it affects their operations, according to Thomson Reuters eighth annual Special Report on the State of Regulatory Reform.

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The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries (2015: 66 units). By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units.

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The likelihood of strong profits from the wood products business, alongside higher prices and growth in paper packaging from increased e-commerce demand, will help to offset the secular declines in the printing and writing paper segment, says Moody's Investors Service in its annual sector outlook published today. As a result, the outlook for the global paper and forest products sector will remain stable in 2018.

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IT spending for the SMB market in Western Europe is expected to reach $125.3 billion in 2017, with growth of 3.4% over 2016. According to a new study from International Data Corporation (IDC), IT spending will exceed $137 million by 2021, generating a 2.5% CAGR over the 2016–2021 forecast period. In Western Europe, IT spending by the SMB market represents a third of total spending. SMBs are the heart of the Western European economic structure, accounting for more than 99% of the business population and more than two-thirds of total employment.

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Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper, today announces a new trends report about the proliferation, and its contributing factors, of UV and LED digital printing. Fast emerging as a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to traditional printing methods such as offset and flexo, UV and LED digital printing has several notable advantages. The report highlights these advantages, as well as the sustainability factors that are driving print service providers (PSPs) to embrace UV and LED technologies. These include durable substrates designed for UV and LED printing, which are also environmentally-friendly, such as Hop-Syn synthetic paper. Hop-Syn comes in multiple grades, and delivers high quality results on leading digital printers such as EFI and swissQprint, recently featured at SGIA Expo 2017.

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Preliminary data from IHS Markit shows that the global smartphone market grew by 6.1 percent year-over-year in Q3 2017, to 366 million units — up from 345 million units in the year-ago quarter. Apple grew shipments by 2.6 percent year-over-year, as the company is beginning to see the impact of iPhone 8 and the lead-in to the availability of iPhone X. The rest of the market continues to be driven by Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo, which are all showing growth.

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