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.

  Chemicals      Consumer Goods      Industry Studies    

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.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

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?

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Innovation and Growth in the Biopesticides Market: 4 New Products

Innovation and Growth in the Biopesticides Market: 4 New Products

Although biopesticides account for just a fraction of the massive agricultural pesticide market, human health and environmental protection interests have boosted their use and encouraged new product innovations. Learn more about why biopesticides are used and how several new products fit into the overall market.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

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    

Glyphosate -- Safe Pesticide or Dangerous Chemical?

Glyphosate -- Safe Pesticide or Dangerous Chemical?

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup has been a target of environmental concern. Will recent conflicting reports regarding its safety impact the global market for this pesticide and the amines used to produce it?

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Wood Preservatives See Major Gains Following AWPA Standard Revision

Wood Preservatives See Major Gains Following AWPA Standard Revision

The market for wood preservatives has recently been shaken up with the news that treated wood standards will change in 2017. Learn here what the revision means and how wood preservatives will benefit.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Trends to Watch in Automotive Paint and Coatings Formulations

Trends to Watch in Automotive Paint and Coatings Formulations

A Freedonia expert and an industry participant weigh in on measures being taken to reduce the harmful effects of pollution from automotive paint and coatings.

  Automotive & Transport      Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Artificial Trees - Natural Fragrances

Artificial Trees - Natural Fragrances

Are consumers interested in natural scents to fragrance their artificial holiday decorations?

  Chemicals      Industry Studies