Sometimes you quickly need to find out who the big global, regional or country players are in an industry. Here's a free search option that will provide that - The Global 5000. The first 50 matches from a search cost nothing, but then you have to pay, and yes, that's a bit pricey. The data can then be 'sliced 'n' diced' on both public and private companies worldwide by industry, employees, and revenue, where available. Depending on what you are looking for, I think the free search option can save a lot of legwork.
With country or regional-specific sites, You.Gov has self-selecting polls on a variety of topics from how many of us fear robots taking our jobs to how many of us eat dinner in front of the TV each night. The results aren't scientific, but the information can present some really nice jumping-off points for doing more rigorous research. Here's a diagram below featuring the countries in the APAC region which feature in the surveys.