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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

What’s Driving the Demand for Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors

Posted by Alecia Mouhanna

Sep 7, 2016 8:30:00 AM

A forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a near- or above-normal 2016 Atlantic hurricane season (after years of below-normal activity) throws the importance of impact-resistant windows and doors — sturdy-framed, multi-pane products designed to withstand violent winds and windborne debris — into sharp relief.   

According to Mariel Behnke, a Construction Analyst with The Freedonia Group, impact-resistant windows and doors account for around 10% of the market for window and doors in value terms. And both products are expected to achieve steady, above-average growth through 2020.
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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Manufacturing & Construction, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Storm Damage Generates New Business for Roofing Industry

Posted by Matt Zielenski

Aug 31, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Hailstorms. To most Americans, these extreme weather events are a source of dread (and sometimes fascination). For those in the roofing industry, however, they mean something else: work.

Weather-related repairs play a significant role in the US residential roofing industry, often accounting for more than one-third of total reroofing demand in any given year. While many believe that the landfall of a hurricane or tropical storm is the weather event most likely to cause roof damage, a wide range of other weather conditions can necessitate roof replacement:
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Topics: Manufacturing & Construction, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

The Truth About Wine Packaging: From Bottles to Boxes

Posted by Mike Richardson

Aug 24, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Wine incites passion — in winemakers and sommeliers, in world-renowned wine writers, and in people who have the occasional glass with dinner or keep a bottle or two around the house. 

Whether it’s a celebrated vintage from a bygone era purchased at auction or an inexpensive selection grabbed from a display near the cash register for a quick weeknight dinner or Sunday picnic, wine needs to be protected from oxygen. It’s the packaging that does this, and while that packaging doesn’t stir the kind of emotion that the wine inside may, many people are very opinionated about how the wines they drink are packaged. 

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

Cool Drink Offerings Bring Heat to US Cup and Lid Sales

Posted by Katie Wieser

Aug 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Summer is the season of blockbuster movies, weekend barbecues, garden weddings, and, of course, chain restaurants making every attempt to lure in new customers with seasonal cold beverage offerings. This year alone, we saw Starbucks introduce its blended Granitas drinks (only available after 3 pm as a part of its Sunset Menu), Chick-fil-A debut a frozen lemonade, and Checkers and Rally’s whip up six different frozen drinks and smoothies as a part of its new Chill Spot menu.

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

US Building and Construction Markets Continue Steady Gains

Posted by Daniel Meges

Jun 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Both residential and nonresidential construction markets are on solid footing, and steady gains can be expected over the next 12 to 18 months. In 2016, year-to-date new home sales are up 9 percent and existing home sales are up about 5.5 percent, according the latest US Census and National Realtors Association.

Furthermore, housing prices are trending upwards and have increased 5 to 6 percent compared to the same period the year before.[1] The US Census indicated in May that the residential housing market was on pace for about 1.164 million starts for 2016, while Freedonia anticipates new residential housing starts will ultimately reach above 1.2 million for the year. In addition, home builder confidence has remained positive throughout all of 2016.[2]

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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Manufacturing & Construction, Custom Market Research, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, 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

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

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

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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