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The Kigali Accord Leaves Refrigerant Manufacturers in the Cold

Posted by Kyle Peters

Nov 7, 2016 8:30:00 AM

This month’s passing of the Kigali Accord marks a significant milestone in the development of the global HVAC/R industry. Signed by nearly 200 Montreal Protocol countries, the Kigali Accord represents a global commitment to combat climate change and, if successful, will result in the reduction of the equivalent of 70 billion tons of carbon dioxide between 2020 and 2050.

By singling out one type of refrigerant, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the Kigali Accord also presents a substantial challenge to both HVAC/R equipment manufacturers and users. 

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

Bearing Manufacturers Seek to Limit Unexpected Maintenance Costs

Posted by Kyle Peters

Sep 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Bearings are an essential part of our everyday lives, yet we only notice them when they fail. Then we become acutely aware of how maddening they can be.

Bearing failures can come out of nowhere and ruin your day. Replacing a wheel bearing in your car can keep you from getting to work and cost you a hefty repair fee. If a bearing breaks down in your computer’s hard drive, you may lose work files or treasured family photos and videos. 

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

Market Opportunities for Next Generation Refractories

Posted by Kyle Peters

May 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Refractories are key production components that are integral to the recovery of America’s manufacturing sector. In the short term, the $2.6 billion refractory industry will face significant challenges as its largest market, iron and steel production, slows. In the US, sales of refractories used in iron and steel production will be weakened by the decline in the production of fracking-related steel pipe, while on a global scale, refractory suppliers will experience more limited sales opportunities as China idles 100-150 million tons of steel capacity by 2020 — an amount larger than the entire US output. To combat these issues, refractory manufacturers are adopting new strategies.

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

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