Mexican HVAC Equipment Imports: A Hot Topic Faces a Cold Reality

Mexican HVAC Equipment Imports:  A Hot Topic Faces a Cold Reality

The issue of American companies relocating production to Mexico has become a hot-button issue, with images of closed-up factories used as potent political symbols of a changing US economy. However, in the United States HVAC industry, imports from Mexico remain a small portion of the overall market, and "made in USA" predominates. A Freedonia analyst explains this polemical issue.


4 Acquisitions Impacting the Global Water Treatment Chemicals Market

4 Acquisitions Impacting the Global Water Treatment Chemicals Market

Major acquisitions have impacted many aspects of the global water treatment chemicals market in recent years, including those by ChemTreat, Kurita, LANXESS, and SUEZ. Find out what these shifts mean for the industry.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies      Water Treatment    

New Windows Shed Light on Contemporary Living Trends

New Windows Shed Light on Contemporary Living Trends

When it comes to windows, homeowners and builders want the whole package: a product that provides a modern, customized appearance while also boosting energy efficiency. To appeal to consumers, window manufacturers are competing on performance as much as style, expanding product lines to feature new energy-efficient, low-maintenance windows with sleek, contemporary designs.


Two Wipes Products to Try This Summer (And One You Can’t)

Two Wipes Products to Try This Summer (And One You Can’t)

The arrival of summer brings barbecues, camping, and trips to the beach. It also means that it’s time to stock up on sunscreen and insect repellent, and perhaps to apply some bronzer to get that suntanned look right from the start. Find out how wipes have made inroads into some -- but not all -- of these consumer products markets.

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies    

Lighter, Stronger, Greener: 3 Trends in Silicones

Lighter, Stronger, Greener: 3 Trends in Silicones

Global trends toward energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and customization of personal devices are driving the future of the global silicones demand as these materials find a place in new markets and unconventional applications. Nevertheless, traditional markets still account for a large share of silicones use worldwide.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

US Ceilings Market Trends Upward

US Ceilings Market Trends Upward

Looking to diversify their living space, residential consumers may choose to forgo traditional drywall ceilings in favor of more decorative offerings.


Homeowners Seek Cover Beneath High-Performance Shingles

Homeowners Seek Cover Beneath High-Performance Shingles

In recent years, demand for standard three-tab asphalt shingles has faded in the face of severe weather outbreaks and tightening regulations. Instead, homeowners are turning to high-performance laminated shingles as a solution.


High-End Countertops Go Mainstream

High-End Countertops Go Mainstream

Until recently, granite and quartz were reserved for the high-end kitchen design, but increasing availability and consumer interest has boosted their market share as these materials become mainstream in markets around the world.