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Top 21 Blog Posts by The Freedonia Group in 2016

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Jan 17, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Since joining MarketResearch.com, Freedonia’s analysts have produced a huge number of blog posts to give readers an inside look at the latest market research. The Freedonia Group’s large crew of in-house analysts write about 120 Industry Studies and 600 Freedonia Focus Reports per year.

The blogs not only give us a chance to show our creative side, but also share some interesting tidbits we learned while writing our studies and reports. Read on for a list of the most-viewed blog posts by our analysts in 2016.

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Topics: Market Research Strategy, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Salt – Not Just for Food

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Jul 27, 2016 8:40:46 AM

While food is historically known as one of the major uses for salt, the advent of chlorine and synthetic soda ash manufacture in the late nineteenth century and the use of salt for road deicing in the mid-twentieth century changed the importance of the food processing market.

Chemical manufacturing now is by far the largest outlet for salt, accounting for three-fifths of 2015 global consumption. Road deicing is the second largest share of world salt demand, followed by the food processing and livestock segments. Among other applications, water treatment and pharmaceutical manufacturing account for significant shares of salt consumption. 

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Topics: Energy & Resources, Heavy Industry

The Growing Demand for Self-Storage & Moving Services

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Jul 8, 2016 8:44:37 AM

Services for self-storage and moving — fixed storage, mobile storage, climate-controlled, and not climate-controlled, full-service moving, and DIY truck rentals — are expected to reach $71 billion in revenues in 2020. Advances will be driven by increased mobility nationwide, as people and businesses are starting to relocate at higher rates following the recession and extended slow recovery. Growth will also stem from the lack of storage space in many US homes. 

As one might guess, revenues for these services vary significantly by region, state, and municipal area. Regional markets are primarily influenced by local factors such as population size, density, age distribution, mobility, homeownership rates, and growth trends. 

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Topics: House & Home, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

The U.S. Market for Natural Polymers to Rise 4.3 Percent

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Jun 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM

U.S. sales for natural polymers will exceed $5 billion in 2020. Natural polymers are polymeric products derived from plant and/or animal sources, including copolymers containing synthetic compounds such as cellulose ethers, starch and fermentation products, exudate and vegetable gums, protein-based polymers, marine polymers, and others.   

These natural ingredients are used extensively in the large food and beverage industry. However, the medical market will take over as the largest outlet for natural polymers by 2020. A slowdown in oil and gas drilling activity will restrain growth for natural polymer use in this industry, especially for gums and other polymers that are used as additives in drilling and fracturing fluids. Read on to see how the many and varied natural polymers are used, and learn how the demand is shifting.

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

Schools Continue to Upgrade Security for Student Safety

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Jun 6, 2016 8:37:42 AM

Educational institutions face a unique set of security issues in order to ensure student safety. They must protect vulnerable student populations while balancing budget limitations, the desire to maintain inviting spaces for the students and community, and maintain government safety standards.

Media coverage of a number of school related tragedies has spurred upgrades to security equipment and procedures focused on student protection as public outcry boosted funds available for security spending. As a result, there has been a shift at a large share of schools — particularly primary and secondary — to devote a portion of their budget each year to evaluating and improving their existing security systems. 

Read more to see how security challenges vary by the type of education facility.

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Topics: Public Sector, Education, Business Services & Administration, The Freedonia Group

The Market for Aseptic Packaging

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

May 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Have you heard of aseptic packaging? It’s a type of packaging where the contents and the container are commercially sterilized separately and are then combined in a sterile environment.

The $4.6 billion aseptic packaging market accounted for three percent of US packaging in 2015. In unit terms, demand is expected to expand 3.7 percent annually to 68.5 billion in 2020. Read on to learn more about this growing market.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Manufacturing & Construction, Pharmaceuticals, The Freedonia Group

Graphene: The Birth of an Industry

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Apr 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As of 2015, the global market for graphene remained in its infancy, with approximately three-fourths of spending dedicated to R&D activities. Challenges related to manufacturing processes and methods of modifying graphene have prevented wider adoption of the material and limited commercialization to just a handful of graphene-based products. As manufacturing technologies advance and prices fall, more and more products are expected to reach market readiness, boosting commercial graphene demand relative to R&D spending across several segments.

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

Plumbing Problems: New Concerns About US Waste Systems

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Apr 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Demand in the US for behind-the-wall plumbing products is projected to advance 6.5 percent annually to $12.4 billion in 2020. The industry encompasses water distribution systems, which carry water from supply mains to fixtures and faucets; drain, waste, and vent (DWV) systems, which transport wastewater and other materials to sewer mains; and fire suppression systems, including valves and sprinkler heads.

While demand continues to grow, manufacturers and plumbing contractors face new challenges related to water conservation. Stringent water use standards and low-flow fixtures — coupled with an increasing number of bathrooms in single-family homes — are stressing some waste systems in the US. Read more about the growing need for an ever more complicated network of pipes and valves to handle our modern needs.

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

Developing Countries Continue to Drive Demand for Steel Pipe

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Mar 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Though construction activity in China and some other developing countries has slowed since the 2009 to 2014 period, global demand for steel pipe is projected to advance 3.5 percent annually through 2019 to 79.7 million metric tons, according to a recent industry study from the Freedonia Group. Steel pipe sales are driven by the industries that use it. Read below as analyst Mariel Behnke explains.

“A number of different factors influence demand in each market. For instance, the oil and gas market is driven by energy demand, as well as oil prices and global political concerns,” notes Ms. Behnke.

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

Packaging Trends to Watch in 2016

Posted by Corinne Gangloff

Mar 21, 2016 8:49:30 AM

Food and beverage is the dominant market within the packaging industry. Consider the wide array of packages that fill a single grocery store — from corrugated boxes, plastic clamshells, and stand-up pouches to resealable tubs and moisture-resistant boxes. More than just containers, these packaging formats are designed for specific uses — such as promoting aesthetic appeal and brand recognition, or monitoring temperature and prolonging shelf life.

Demand is expected to rise for produce, meat, seafood, and poultry packaging through 2019. In addition, the demand for active and intelligent packaging is forecast to increase, with the growing need for more advanced packaging technologies such as specialized gas scavenging and moisture control. In this post, three research analysts from the Freedonia Group, an international market research company owned by MarketResearch.com, weigh in to highlight key packaging trends and interesting new developments to watch.

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

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