Roofing Distributors Shield Themselves from Competition through Acquisitions

Roofing Distributors Shield Themselves from Competition through Acquisitions

As the US home construction and remodeling market heats up, roofing distributors -- companies that buy roofing in bulk and re-sell it in more manageable quantities to contractors and other customers -- are poised to capitalize. Several major distributors are working to consolidate the industry and expand their respective footprints.


VRF Heat Pumps: A Heating & Cooling Technology That Can Make Everyone Happy

VRF Heat Pumps:  A Heating & Cooling Technology That Can Make Everyone Happy

Finding the right temperature that will make most people comfortable can be a difficult balancing act. However, the installation of VRF heat pumps enable separate rooms in a central system to have independent temperature control. Learn more about this technology and how it will impact the overall heat pump market.


Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Composites: 5 Automotive Trends to Watch

Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Composites:  5 Automotive Trends to Watch

While US motor vehicle production levels are basically unchanged from ten years ago, the use of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites in motor vehicles has expanded by nearly 40 percent. Strategic alliances among FRP manufacturers, interest in lightweight vehicles, and other factors drive growth.


Increasing Home Improvement Activity to Spur Demand for Building Materials

Increasing Home Improvement Activity to Spur Demand for Building Materials

A Freedonia expert weighs in on trends in the US home remodeling market and what those trends mean for the markets for plumbing fixtures, flooring, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other building products.


The Future of the Automotive Diesel Engine Industry is Brighter than it Appears

The Future of the Automotive Diesel Engine Industry is Brighter than it Appears

The global automotive diesel engine industry has gotten a lot of bad press since 2015, when Volkswagen was caught cheating on emissions tests. However, the fuel efficiency and low cost of ownership of diesel vehicles will support their use for the foreseeable future. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on the future of diesel vehicles.


Millennials are Changing the Power Lawn & Garden Equipment Industry

Millennials are Changing the Power Lawn & Garden Equipment Industry

Owning a home was once the embodiment of the American Dream, but the Great Recession made buying a house a risky proposition, particularly for young people still trying to find their footing after college. Although the recession has long since ended, first-time mortgages among 29- to 34-year-olds remain low. And fewer first-time home buyers means fewer first-time homes -and fewer lawns to mow. Find out what this means for the market for power lawn and garden equipment

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Sherwin Williams & Valspar: Creating a US Paint Powerhouse

Sherwin Williams & Valspar: Creating a US Paint Powerhouse

As competitors in the architectural paint market lost ground during the Great Recession, Valspar boldly revamped its branding, making it one of the most popular DIY paint brands in just a few years. However, sinking sales in 2015 and 2016 led market leader Sherwin-Williams to acquire the company. A Freedonia analyst explains what this means for the overall market.

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Sweet Dreams: Reducing Extra Sugar in the Average American Diet

Sweet Dreams:  Reducing Extra Sugar in the Average American Diet

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the new Nutrition Facts label, including specific information on “added sugars.” In response to this change, as well as growing consumer concern, food and beverage producers have instituted sweeping programs to reduce sugar in their products, with rippling impacts in the alternative sweetener industry.

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Tough times for bromine flame retardants means mergers (almost) all around

Tough times for bromine flame retardants means mergers (almost) all around

Weak demand for bromine-based flame retardants is generating new merger and acquisition activity. Concerns about the environmental risk associated with bromide flame retardant compounds have triggered regulatory and consumer backlash, while the ever-shrinking size of consumer electronics -- the leading outlet for brominated retardants -- limits volume demand growth. What do these shifts mean for the market?

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Using Soy Can Benefit Your Health…But Not How You Think: Soy-based Air Filters

Using Soy Can Benefit Your Health…But Not How You Think: Soy-based Air Filters

Agricultural crops, such as corn or soybeans, are increasingly used in non-food applications, particularly among companies looking to up their sustainability cred with biodegradable or bio-based products. One such innovation is soy air filters, which use biodegradable soy protein and bacterial cellulose to filter particulate matter. Learn more about the future of these products.

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