Decoding the Alphabet Soup Behind ILSAC GF-6, the Next Gasoline Engine Oil Spec

Decoding the Alphabet Soup Behind ILSAC GF-6, the Next Gasoline Engine Oil Spec

The API’s gasoline engine oil specifications are created through an immense collaborative process between automakers and lubricant manufacturers. A new update of the standards was recently pushed back from 2017 to 2019. Learn about the update approval process, the goals for the new standards, and what this means for the synthetic lubricants market.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Triclosan: A Long Awaited Decline

Triclosan: A Long Awaited Decline

The much maligned and scrutinized antimicrobial, triclosan, may soon be off the market. However, the chemical’s disappearance has been slow and has left the wary consumer skeptical that regulatory changes on a federal level would ever happen.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Sears Crafts Deal to Shed its Craftsman Legacy Brand

Sears Crafts Deal to Shed its Craftsman Legacy Brand

On January 5, 2017, Sears announced that it would sell its famed Craftsman tools brand to Stanley Black & Decker. This deal reflects the shifting US retail market and perhaps also the decline of Sears. However, for Stanley Black & Decker, it marks a major opportunity to expand its already significant share of the US tool market and move into new retail channels.

  Consumer Goods      Industrial Components      Industry Studies    

Demand for Silicone Implants Expected to Deflate

Demand for Silicone Implants Expected to Deflate

Instances of bilateral mastectomies and reconstructions have seen dramatic growth and much media attention. However, the same cannot be said for the overall market for breast implants used for cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. See how evolving cancer treatments and cosmetic priorities will impact the market for breast implants.


Industry Reshaping at 6 Leading Internal Combustion Engine Filter Manufacturers

Industry Reshaping at 6 Leading Internal Combustion Engine Filter Manufacturers

Several leading global manufacturers of internal combustion engine (ICE) filters have expanded in an attempt to increase market share and expand their operations. A Freedonia Group expert explains changes at 6 major producers, including Donaldson, MAHLE International, and MANN+HUMMEL.


PTFE a Star Among Plastic Gaskets and Seals

PTFE a Star Among Plastic Gaskets and Seals

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) offers several advantages over other materials when used in gaskets and seals, including thermal insulation and stability in extreme temperatures. See how this material impacts the US gasket and seal market.


India’s Demonetization and White Label ATMs Impact CIT Market

India’s Demonetization and White Label ATMs Impact CIT Market

India’s recent demonetization of the former 500 and 1,000 rupee notes has resulted in dramatic increase in cash-in-transit (CIT) services there over the past two months. Rapid changes in the country's financial system have had rippling impacts on armored transport and other security services demand.

  Industry Studies      Security      Services    

Lithium-ion Batteries Take Off, And Catch Fire

Lithium-ion Batteries Take Off, And Catch Fire

Lithium-ion batteries offer many powerful advantages over other types of batteries when used in personal electronic devices. However, they remain a relatively new and developing technology, a fact that yields occasionally explosive results.


The Nuts and Bolts of Acquisition Activity in the Global Industrial Fasteners Market

The Nuts and Bolts of Acquisition Activity in the Global Industrial Fasteners Market

Major acquisition activity has made the global industrial fasteners market more concentrated among large suppliers. A large market share gives companies an advantage in product development and distribution, shaping the future of the market.