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Water-Based Industrial Coatings: It’s Getting Easier Being Green

Posted by Carolyn Zulandt

Dec 6, 2016 8:45:00 AM

Watching paint dry? That’s boring. But knowing that as the paint dries, it’s water – not toxic chemicals – evaporating into the air? Now that’s exciting.

Water-Based vs. Solvent-Based Coatings

Water-based coatings, which employ water as their liquefying agent rather than chemical solvents, have made huge inroads worldwide over the past few decades. Consumers, professional painters, OEMs, as well as government regulators, have increasingly recognized the advantages of eco-friendly water-based paints, including low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, easy cleanup, and low odor.

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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Ashes to Ashes: Precast Concrete Adapts to a Changing Funeral Market

Posted by Mariel Behnke

Dec 5, 2016 8:45:00 AM

2015 marked a turning point for the US funeral and cemetery industry. For the first time, more Americans were cremated than buried underground.

Cremations have been on the rise since the beginning of the 21st century, due to changing religious and social preferences, and a desire to economize funerals. This trend has put many segments of the funeral industry under pressure, including the precast concrete industry.
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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

The Future of the Frac Sand Market

Posted by Zoe Biller

Dec 1, 2016 8:45:00 AM

The past decade has been an exhilarating ride for producers of frac sand, or silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing. North American shale oil and gas production has surged since 2010, bringing tremendous opportunities to the previously quiet silica sand industry. In 2014, the market for frac sand in North America was 20 times larger than it was a decade earlier, according to a recent study published by The Freedonia Group.

But for every boom, there is a bust. In late 2014, consumption began to decline as oil and gas prices plummeted across the world. Now, instead of embarking on ambitious expansions, frac sand suppliers have idled production and mining operations. The stock price of Fairmount Santrol, the US’s largest frac sand producer, dropped from $16.98 at the time of its IPO in 2014 to a low of $1.23 in January 2016.

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Topics: Energy & Resources, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Cool Roofs Are Expected to Gain Popularity Across the US

Posted by Matt Zielenski

Nov 30, 2016 8:45:00 AM

Owners and tenants of commercial properties usually only think about their roofs when there is a leak that needs repairing. However, many are discovering that their choice in roofing materials can help them save on their bottom line. 

“Cool roofing” products help reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills — important considerations for all business owners. Materials are classified as “cool roofing” if they reflect a significant amount of sunlight off of a roof surface while also absorbing solar radiation. By doing so, cool roofs prevent heat from being transferred to the interior of the building, causing less strain on air conditioning and keeping cooling costs at a manageable level.

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Topics: Manufacturing & Construction, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Global Dermatology Sector Set for Expansive Growth Over Next 10 Years

Posted by Simeon Pinder

Nov 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In a recent GMR Data report, figures indicate that revenues for the dermatology drug market will reach $83.2 billion in 2026 from a base of $31.6 billion in 2016.

The largest dermatology drug markets in 2016 include areas such as acne, worth $3.89 billion globally, skin infections ($6.59 billion), and skin cancer ($5.06 billion).

Robust sales in western markets, entrance of new drugs into emerging markets, and increasing prevalence of skin conditions are all driving the global forecast for the next decade.

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Topics: Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Industry Insights

How Amazon Changed the Hosting Cloudscape

Posted by Luke Hickman

Nov 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Unquestionably, the leading infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud hosting service provider is Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company began offering data storage services in 2006, launching Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) in March of that year, and Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) in August.

The service has now been operating for over 10 years, and starting in the first quarter of 2015, Amazon began reporting AWS as a separate segment. In its 2015 Annual Report, Amazon disclosed that AWS net sales expanded from just over $3.1 billion in 2013 to nearly $7.9 billion in 2015. AWS’s revenues have continued to expand rapidly, with the segment experiencing average quarterly growth of 12.5% over the period between Q1 of 2014 and Q2 of 2016, and its revenues for the first half of 2016 already nearly match the first three quarters of 2015.
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Topics: Software & Enterprise Computing, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

3 Big Trends Shaping the Food and Beverage Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Nov 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The food and beverage industry is undergoing major shifts as U.S. consumers gravitate toward natural, whole foods diets.

Shoppers are scrutinizing nutrition labels more closely, opting for groceries made with fewer, simpler ingredients. Although gluten-free foods are still a hot item, consumers are increasingly aware that gluten-free doesn't always mean guilt-free.

Meanwhile, the popularity of meal kit delivery services continues to soar, as more and more companies roll out subscription offerings for consumers seeking convenient home-cooked meals.

Read on to learn more about these trends.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Packaged Facts

Why Hotels and Airlines Are Fighting Their Distributors

Posted by Steven Richmond

Nov 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The US travel services industry, which includes both traditional and online travel agencies, increasingly faces a new source of competition for booking services: the airlines and hotel operators themselves.

A growing number of airlines and hotels are adopting strategies — such as loyalty programs, fees on third-party bookings, or discounts on direct bookings — to encourage consumers to book services directly with them.

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Topics: Travel & Leisure, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Motorcycles: Visions of the Future

Posted by Gleb Mytko

Nov 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The future of motorcycles is being forged today. Leading manufacturers are developing new technologies with the potential to revolutionize the riding experience. 

This wave of innovation, however, has garnered sparse news coverage. The media has focused on developments in the automotive industry such as self-driving cars and electric vehicles, paying little attention to similar trends in motorcycles. 

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Retail Health Clinics Poised for Growth in 2017

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Nov 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Retail clinic locations have increased 38 percent in the last five years, according to Kalorama Information, a leading publisher of healthcare market research. Retail clinics are positioned for significant growth in the future, as patients continue to seek out convenient, low-cost healthcare services.

Because doctor's offices are usually only open during business hours on weekdays, it can often be challenging to make an appointment, take time off work, and sit in the waiting room before being seen by a medical professional. In contrast, retail clinics offer walk-in services seven days a week, including evenings and weekends.

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Topics: Healthcare, Kalorama Information

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