IHS Markit wins Michael Bauer International Award for Innovation and Market Sustainability based on Dealer Network Planning Solution

Karlsruhe, November 21, 2018: IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, won the Michael Bauer International (MB-International) Global Innovation Award in recognition of its innovative solution to address the changing automotive dealer network environment at an awards ceremony held at MB-International’s Geo Experts Seminar in Hornbach, Germany. The award recognized IHS Markit for its “New Retail” network planning approach which combines geo-marketing techniques and data assets from both automotive and non-automotive fields in a unique, innovative way…

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Update: Global area boundaries – Purchasing Power and Socio-demographic Data for Europe

MBI Data offeringThe latest Global area boundaries update comes with numerous improvements such as boundaries for additional countries, adaption to the most recent territorial status and new small area levels (micro areas). The calculation of the matching purchasing power and socio-demographic data for Europe is also based on the latest statistics.

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MBI has been awarded Best Global Geodata Supplier











2018 Technology Innovator Awards  – MBI has been awarded Best Global Geodata Supplier – Germany!

The Technology Innovator Awards 2018 celebrate the talented individuals, teams and firms that provide some of the best, and most innovative, products and services in the industry.

With the constant and rapid growth of the technology market, the demands on firms to be innovative in order to adapt and survive, are high. The award recognizes these Technology companies who are on the forefront of innovation to meet the needs of the consumer and stand ahead of the competition.

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Global Area Boundaries up to date at MBI with the release 2018

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Postcode Boundary Maps (zip) – Administrative Area Maps – Small Area Maps (micro areas)

The updated layers were complemented by further levels as well as adapted to the most recent territorial status. New microgeographic levels were added to the worldwide offer for an even more detailed geomarketing-analysis.

Some examples: new micro areas are available for Ireland (Small Areas), Hong Kong (Constituency Areas), Philippines (Barangays), Thailand (Tambon), Taiwan (Villages) and Vietnam (Communes).

With the globalization, understanding the geographic details surrounding an area of where business takes place has become an increasingly critical component in strategic planning. Area Boundaries are often the basis for this task. They help you to display and analyze spatial areas on a map and can easily be matched and attributed with company internal data or Sociodemographic Data and Purchasing Power data from MB-International. Our focus is on global comparability: same formats, structure, vintages and seamless maps globally. Companies across all industries, global retailers and social media corporations trust in our data and rely on our years of experience.


  • Globally consistent and comparable: Worldwide, seamless coverage of postal and administrative boundaries
  • The layers are topographically correct and “seamless”, i.e. country borders fit seamlessly together without overlaps and gaps
  • Data and areas can be easily combined in one layer thanks to a unique key, enabling cross-country analyzes
  • Simple update by uniform layout of the layer names
  • The higher-level area hierarchies are included
  • Digital boundaries are in a vector format to allow visualization in any zoom levels
  • The vintage compatibility between the boundaries and the Sociodemographic and Purchasing Power data is guaranteed
  • Our maps are subjected to a strict quality control and constantly updated by means of comprehensive research by our in-house geographical department.


  • Sales planning
  • Sales controlling
  • Site planning
  • Expansion planning
  • Branch network planning
  • Customer visualization
  • Predictive analytics
  • Insurance risk management
  • Thematic mapping
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Postcode look-up tables
  • Internet applications
  • Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding

Standard GIS Formats for our vector boundaries are Esri Shape file (.shp), Esri Geodatabase (.gdb), MapInfo (.tab), MapInfo MIF/MID. Others on request.


New Update Release of Michael Bauer International’s APIs


The updated suite of Michael Bauer International’s APIs includes new offerings focused on geocoding and data enrichment with their DATALINK solutions.

To meet the growing business demand for consistent and seamless global data, MBI released new APIs to supply businesses, governments, retailers and solutions providers with the tools they need to enable data enrichment globally. Through its DATALINK API platform, MBI provides access to more than 160 socio-demographic and economic data variables for easy integration into innovative solutions. 

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MB-International released the API mbi-data-link.com which enables easy access to a wide range of global MB-International data. The API is a RESTful service with the responses in JSON format.

DATALINK is an API for data enrichment, which refers to processes used to enhance, attribute or otherwise improve data by adding coordinates, socio-demographics or economic attributes to customer addresses.

DATALINK helps to geolocate customers – visualize relationships between neighboring area, insights on consumer types and consumer spending behavior…

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6-digit postcode boundaries Ecuador

6-digit postcode boundaries | ECUADOR



We will be happy to inform you about the geographical levels of single countries and would like to advise you on choosing the most suitable data for your individual application.

Some examples:

Slovakia: 5-digit (1415 areas)

Afghanistan: 4-digit (398 areas)

Ecuador: 6-digit (1118 areas)

Tunisia: 4-digit (797 areas)

Indonesia: 3-digit (471 areas)

Please contact our sales team to discuss your requirements!


In addition to Purchasing Power Data in Currency, Purchasing Power Indices can be analysed in Purchasing Power Parities. Purchasing Power Parities are conversion figures, which transform a country’s household income from its national currency into an artificial currency called purchasing power standard. For a basket of various goods and services prices are measured and compared between these countries. So the actual standard of living of different nations can be compared. In practice the lower price levels in nations with weaker economies partly make up for income differences measured in currencies.

Purchasing Power in currency is disposable income. Purchasing Power in Purchasing Power Parities is disposable income modified by cost of living.
The data is available for Western European countries on postcode and admin level.