Deal activity remains strong despite challenges such as rising input prices, shortages of raw materials and components, and supply chain disruption.
Both exports and imports can be affected by international developments and national economic conditions, and M&A activity is increasingly influenced by the need to reduce vulnerability to supply chain problems, global conflict, and future pandemics by rethinking ‘just in time’ processes and prioritising resilience over efficiency. This includes identifying alternative sources of raw materials and nearshoring goods and services.
Entrepreneurs looking to grow and expand their operations are looking for collaborations within the supply chain, innovation, and sustainability, and investment in new technologies with the potential to make their companies future-proof.
Skills shortages and wage inflation are driving strong interest in industrial automation, including industrial packaging, where combining automation and sustainability measures can maximise benefits.
As investors help companies scale-up, businesses with the most promising innovations and the strongest growth potential will find no shortage of backers.