Demand Surges for Disposable Gloves, Face Masks, Disinfectant as COVID-19 Elevates PPE Needs

Demand Surges for Disposable Gloves, Face Masks, Disinfectant as COVID-19 Elevates PPE Needs

In a new series of studies, our analysts provide in-depth analysis of the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on demand and supply for disposable gloves, face masks and disinfectant. This blog highlights some of the trends.

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4 Key Growth Areas for Liquid Silicone Rubber

4 Key Growth Areas for Liquid Silicone Rubber

The expanding range of end uses for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) has helped LSR outperform the larger silicone elastomer market over the last decade.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies      Plastics & Other Polymers    

Outdoor Living Takes Lawn & Garden Markets by Storm: 5 Areas to Watch

Outdoor Living Takes Lawn & Garden Markets by Storm: 5 Areas to Watch

The Freedonia Group’s series of lawn and garden and outdoor living studies analyze the impact of consumer outdoor living trends on a range of markets. Check out a few of the most promising areas to watch.

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Alternative Water Sources: Overcoming the “Ick” Factor to Address Global Shortages

Alternative Water Sources: Overcoming the “Ick” Factor to Address Global Shortages

The global market for water treatment equipment and chemicals is expected to grow 5.6% per year through 2023, and part of the reason for this growth is the rising use of recycled wastewater or desalinated seawater.

Historically, the use of these water sources has been spurned due to unappealing aesthetics/taste or technological difficulties. So what’s changing?

  Chemicals      Industry Studies      Water Treatment    

What’s Holding Back Activated Carbon Growth in the US?

What’s Holding Back Activated Carbon Growth in the US?

US demand for activated carbon in mercury removal applications is expected to rise almost 4% per year through 2022, according to a new study by the Freedonia Group. This is good growth for a mature product like activated carbon, but still a far cry from the 17% annual growth averaged between 2007 and 2017. What's behind this sharp slowdown?

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Tariff Tracker: China Hits Out at US Polyethylene Manufacturers

Tariff Tracker:  China Hits Out at US Polyethylene Manufacturers

The latest round of retaliatory tariffs from China on US imports includes major commodity chemicals and polymers. Find out what's included in this tax, and how it will affect US manufacturers.

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Tariff Tracker: Will Proposed Chemical Tariffs Impact Pharma?

Tariff Tracker:  Will Proposed Chemical Tariffs Impact Pharma?

The latest list of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports - including common basic chemicals - stands to impact a wide range of US consumer and industrial markets.

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Learning to Repaint: New Growth Opportunities in China’s Architectural Paint Market

Learning to Repaint: New Growth Opportunities in China’s Architectural Paint Market

As the largest architectural paint market worldwide, China has experienced substantial demand growth in recent years. However, find out why Freedonia analyst Ellen Kriz has reason to believe that this growth may be about to hit a wall.


Will the Trump Administration Affect Use of Adhesives in Motor Vehicles?

Will the Trump Administration Affect Use of Adhesives in Motor Vehicles?

Fuel efficiency standards set in 2012 have helped shaped the automotive assembly process over the last several years. As lightweighting became a priority, manufacturers replaced heavier, mechanical fasteners with ultra-strong innovative adhesives. Will new federal initiatives change this?

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Can Construction Chemicals Benefit from America’s Failing Infrastructure?

Can Construction Chemicals Benefit from America’s Failing Infrastructure?

In need of repairs and replacement, America's aging infrastructure could serve as a growth driver for construction chemicals demand.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies