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21 February, 2022updated 24 Mar 2022 14:30

The state of construction projects in north-east Asia

New figures from GlobalData shed light on the state of construction projects in north-east Asia and around the world.

By Data Journalism Team

New figures from GlobalData show that the construction sector in north-east Asia is healthier than in most other world regions and is continuing to improve.

North-east Asia has received an overall score of 0.66 in GlobalData’s January 2022 Construction Project Momentum Index, which provides an assessment of the health of the construction project pipeline at all stages of development from announcement through to completion.

Every construction project in GlobalData's database is assigned a score of between 5 and -5 based on its current progress, a score that is continually updated over time. These are then weighted by the value of each project in order to arrive at overall scores for countries, regions and sectors.

That score puts north-east Asia in fifth place out of 11 regions, and is an increase on its score from December 2021 (0.61) when it ranked in eighth place.

One reason for north-east Asia's relatively good performance in the index is its industrial sector, which scores 0.94, putting it in second place out of 11 regions worldwide.

North-east Asia's energy and utilities sector, by contrast, has performed somewhat worse, with a score of 0.46 (putting it in seventh place globally).

Within north-east Asia, construction projects are proceeding with fewest obstacles in South Korea, which scores 0.81 in the index. The situation in Taiwan, however, is somewhat less positive, with a score of 0.59.

The improving health of the construction pipeline in north-east Asia is partly due to the resolution of issues in the region's industrial sector, which has seen its score in GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index move from 0.58 in December 2021 to 0.94 in January 2022.

The construction sector is also seeing fewer and fewer problems in Taiwan, which has seen its score on the index go from 0.38 in December 2021 to 0.59 in January 2022.

The Construction Project Momentum Index

GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index is based on analysis of thousands of individual construction projects around the world.

Each project is continually monitored for updates, with updates indicating progress increasing the project's score, while updates indicating delays or cancellations reduce the score. The score always sits between 5, the best possible score, and -5, the worst.

The scores for individual projects are then weighted based on their significance in order to create combined indices for each region or sector.

Events that can reduce a project's score include the project being cancelled or put on hold, delays, the rejection of applications or tender bids, or the reduction of the project's scope.

Events that can increase a project's score in the index, by contrast, include the completion or commencement of construction, the awarding of major contracts, or the approval of applications.

As well as a global overview of the Construction Project Momentum Index, Investment Monitor has broken down our coverage on a regional basis:

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