A Global Location Strategies service by IBM Global Business Services

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Plant Location International (PLI), a specialized service within IBM Global Business Services® for Global Location Strategies, has established itself as a market leader in providing advice to companies on their location decisions, covering all sectors and types of business functions. Moreover, drawing on extensive expertise and knowledge of what shapes corporate investment decisions, PLI works with government agencies worldwide for economic development and investment promotion in their efforts to improve and market their locations to investors.


The following PLI services can help your enterprise with complex decisions on where to establish, expand or consolidate operations around the world:

The IBM globally integrated consulting practice is supported by the following industry standard tools and databases:

IBM-PLI's location benchmarking tool can help you quickly identify the best locations for your operations based on project specific location requirements. The tool helps analyze the cost and quality trade-off and relative strengths and weaknesses of locations, as well as evaluating the impact of possible changes in business environments over time. EDOs/IPAs also use the benchmarking tool to assess their location's competitiveness for selected target sectors and functions.

Global Investment Locations Database (GILD) is the leading corporate investment tracking database, registering 'mobile' investment projects around the world and allowing representative and up-to-date location trend analysis on a global scale. GILD records announcements of new and expansion projects by companies. For each project announcement, details are registered on the investor, origin, location of investment, sector and cluster, activity and type of investment, as well as estimated jobs, capital invested and locations considered. Investments through business mergers and acquisitions are not included in GILD, since these investments are not driven by attractiveness of individual locations. Being the most comprehensive and accurate global investment database in the market, GILD provides unrivalled insight into global trends in corporate location decision making.

Global Location Trends Reports are prepared based on analysis of data from IBM's proprietary Global Investment Locations Database (GILD). These reports present and analyze the latest trends in corporate location selection around the world, and are the most realistic and up-to-date reflection of expansion and relocation behavior of companies, as well as the degree in which countries and regions around the world are successful in attracting new business.

Based on our extensive experience working directly with investors, PLI consultants offer unique expertise to economic development organizations (EDO) and investment promotion agencies (IPA). PLI services include location benchmarking and competitive positioning analysis, investment trend analysis using GILD, effective investment promotion strategies, economic impact analysis, marketing strategies and tools, analysis and advice on EDO/IPA organization effectiveness, decision making training for EDO/IPA staff, and location intelligence on demand.

Meet the expert

  • Roel Spee

    Roel Spee

    Global Leader-IBM Plant Location International

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More comprehensive and detailed analysis on Global Location Trends is made available in a "Global Location Trends. Facts & Figures" report. This report provides detailed data and country/state/city rankings based on foreign investment by investors' origin, (sub-)sector, and business function. The report can be purchased by submitting this order form to katrien.castelain@be.ibm.com

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If you wish to order a Facts & Figures report, or for any further information on IBM-PLI, contact:
Roel Spee
Global Leader - IBM-Plant Location International

Phone: 32-2-339-7928 Phone:32-2-339-7928
email: roel.spee@be.ibm.com