The Freedonia Group's Top 15 Most Viewed Blogs in 2018

The Freedonia Group's Top 15 Most Viewed Blogs in 2018

There's no doubt that 2018 was a year of growth, change, and volatility for many of the markets covered by The Freedonia Group in its comprehensive industry reports.  From oil and gas to tariffs and beyond, take a look at some of Freedonia's most viewed blog posts over the past year.

1. Two New Oil Refineries Planned for Texas: The Biggest in 40 Years

MMEX Resources and Raven Petroleum both have plans for new refineries to go online in Texas in 2019.  Oil refinery construction in the United States is a rare occurrence, so the size and scope of these refineries indicate significant growth in the US oil and gas economy.

2. The Pros & Cons of LED-Integrated Lighting Fixtures

As LEDs have grown to dominate the general purpose lighting market, many fixture manufacturers have taken to integrating them directly into their products.

3. Asbestos in Brake Pads: What the Average Consumer Might Not Realize

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen.  And yet, asbestos and asbestos-containing products – including automotive brake parts – are not completely banned in the US.  Are low-cost automotive components from China and India putting automotive mechanics at increased risk of disease?

4. Sky High: Innovative Elevator Technologies Enable More Efficient Tall Buildings

Elevator technology and skyscraper architecture have had a symbiotic relationship for more than a century.  However, change has accelerated in recent years, as buildings grow taller and taller.

5. UV-C LED: A Potentially Revolutionary Water Disinfection Technology

In recent decades, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection has become an appealing technology in the global water treatment industry. Though UV disinfection typically employs a conventional mercury vapor lamp, a relatively new technology is poised to make that lamp a thing of the past: the UV-C light-emitting diode.

6. Eco-Friendly Insulation: 4 Alternatives to Fiberglass

Health, safety, and environmental issues have long been a concern in the insulation industry. Check out a few alternative eco-friendly insulation solutions – including soy-based materials, wool, hemp, and recycled denim – uniquely suited to appeal to the environmentally conscious consumer.

7. Water Soluble PVOH: The Material Behind the Booming Detergent Pod Market

Brightly colored mini packs of detergent like Procter & Gamble’s Tide PODS now hold about 15% of the US laundry detergent market. Enthusiasm for unit dose detergent was not always a given, though. It took innovations in a relatively old school technology – a water soluble polymer called PVOH – to launch unit dose detergent into the mainstream.

8. How to Determine Market Size: 2 Common Methods

Interested in learning about the analytical approach that firms like The Freedonia Group and its Freedonia Custom Research division employ to accurately calculate the size of a market?  Check out two common techniques described below in an excerpt from Freedonia Custom Research’s white paper “The 5 Keys to Estimating Market Size for Strategic Decision Making”.

9. 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, when it comes to diesel engines, one Freedonia analyst believes that there’s still a lot to look forward to.

10. 100 Million Ways to Solve India’s Sanitation Problem

Sanitation is a major concern for India’s 1.3 billion-strong population, where diseases largely eradicated in most developed parts of the world – including cholera, dysentery, and typhoid – continue to run rampant. But the cultural tide may be turning, thanks in large part to Clean India (a.k.a. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), a revolutionary initiative by the Indian government to supply 100 million new toilets to over 60 million households across the nation by 2019.

11. Layer Cakes: The Geology of Oklahoma's SCOOP and STACK

The economics of oil and gas drilling in the US have changed since 2014, when oil prices entered their current protracted slump. The industry has had to adapt, espousing smarter and leaner drilling practices to maximize profitability. Two examples of this are Oklahoma’s SCOOP and STACK plays.  But what, exactly, makes these plays more profitable than others?

12. 3 Important Business Problems That Market Research Can Solve

Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analysis, market research is able to guide firms to develop strategies and solutions for some of their most complicated issues. Here are just a few pressing business problems market research can help solve.

13. 5 Ways Technology Has Impacted Market Research

The world has changed significantly in the 20 and 25+ years since the founding of and The Freedonia Group, respectively. Technology has inextricably woven itself into the fabric of everyday living. But what does that mean for market research?

14. RHI/Magnesita Merger Upheaves Global Refractories Industry

In 2017, RHI, one of the leading global refractories producers, purchased a controlling interest in another leading player, Magnesita Refratários. The firms combined to form RHI Magnesita, a dominant force in the industry with revenues of nearly $3 billion and close to 15,000 employees.

15. Tariff Tracker: Steel & Aluminum Tariffs Complicate the Kitchen Appliance Market

Most indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances contain large amounts of steel and aluminum.  So the Trump administration’s tariffs on these materials have the potential to upend a product market that accounted for more than $18 billion in sales in the US in 2016.

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