THE 3D RESET: Deglobalization

A new world order will challenge globalization.

Deglobalization Explained

A decades-long process of globalization is coming to an end as the world becomes more protectionist*, favoring opportunities closer to home.

Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns in 2020 exposed the vulnerabilities of global supply chains*, particularly those that were too reliant on China and Chinese imports. Geopolitical tensions between the US and China—which pre-dated the pandemic—have only intensified, re-emphasizing these risks and exacerbating inflation.

In response to the disruption, we are seeing a new international dynamic emerge. Multinational corporations are diversifying where they produce goods and relocating closer to home; this process is known as reshoring*. This trend represents backtracking from the globalized model of extended supply chains* that have defined international trade in the past few decades.

* Defined within the 3D Reset glossary

Key Takeaways

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Exposed global supply chains

The existing globalized model of extended supply chains is increasingly being questioned. Multinational firms are considering onshoring, nearshoring, and/or friendshoring production, driven by concerns around supply chain resilience and reliability. Therefore the easy gains - the globalization dividend - could be over as security of supply becomes increasingly important.

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Long-term inflationary pressures

The pandemic further intensified the already strained relationship between the West and China as widespread blockages in the Chinese supply chain exacerbated inflation. The Russia-Ukraine conflict exposed similar dependencies, particularly regarding energy and agriculture in Europe.

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A new world order is developing

Multinational firms are diversifying their production and relocating it nearer to home in a process known as reshoring. Economies that attract these manufacturing firms could boost their growth over time.

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Accelerating the energy transition

This new regime shift is likely to cause an acceleration in the energy transition, feeding the decarbonization trend. Recent spikes in geopolitical tensions, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, have accelerated the need for countries to end their dependence on traditional energy sources and strengthened their appetite to make real progress on the energy transition.


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