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Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers Take Off

Posted by Leon Mengri

Jan 3, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The US airline industry features three types of carriers in terms of operating model: traditional carriers, low-cost carriers (LCCs), and ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs). ULCCs – largely represented by Spirit Airlines (Spirit), Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant) – experienced impressive revenue growth over the 2010-2015 period.

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

What Makes Superplasticizers Super?

Posted by Aaron Hackle

Dec 28, 2016 8:45:00 AM

In concrete production, water and cement react to bind together fine aggregates (primarily sand) and coarse aggregates such as crushed stone or natural gravel. A relatively small amount of water is needed to initiate this chemical reaction (hydration) to transform the ingredients into concrete. 

However, additional water is often required to make the mix workable enough to be poured and finished, and the addition of too much extra water can decrease the strength of finished concrete. Reduced durability in concrete can lead to a premature need for repairs or replacement in the residential and nonresidential building sectors, as well as in such public projects as highways, streets, bridges, and dams.

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

Robotics and the Future of Motorcycle Testing

Posted by Gleb Mytko

Dec 27, 2016 8:45:00 AM

Technological innovation is transforming all aspects of the motorcycle production process, even the product testing phase. The development of new, state-of-the-art testing technologies allows companies to design and produce cutting-edge motorcycles that offer increased safety and superior performance.

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

3 Trends in US Engineering Services Industry Indicators

Posted by Luke Hickman

Dec 20, 2016 8:45:00 AM

Over the past few years, trends in three key indicators have taken hold of some of the larger markets for engineering services. These are:

  • dynamic changes in natural gas and crude oil prices
  • a surge in spending on nonresidential building construction
  • an uptick in the retirement of coal-fired power plant capacity

The direction these indicators take going forward may significantly influence demand for engineering services in their associated market segments.

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

Battle of the Biofuels: Demand Heats Up for Renewable Diesel

Posted by Erica Keenan

Dec 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In the US, the majority of trucks are powered by soybeans. Sort of. Under its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a target of 2.0 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel in the US diesel supply for 2017 – a 16% increase over 2015 levels. Soybean-derived biodiesel represents the predominant type of this renewable fuel.

But another type of biomass-based diesel – renewable diesel – is experiencing vigorous growth in demand due to a confluence of EPA mandates, rising distillate fuel consumption, and performance advantages.

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

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

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

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