Furnace Manufacturers Hot Under the Collar Over New Energy Standard

Furnace Manufacturers Hot Under the Collar Over New Energy Standard

A new efficiency standard for natural gas furnaces has created an ongoing debate within the furnace manufacturing industry concerning increased costs and payback results for consumers. Several compromises have developed, though at this point the implementation of the rule is in question. A Freedonia expert weighs in on what this means for the heating equipment market.


Convenience is Key to Growth for Meat & Poultry Packaging

Convenience is Key to Growth for Meat & Poultry Packaging

Trends focused on quick and easy meal preparation for home cooks have led to greater demand for food products that help to take the frustration out of the cooking process. This means that retailers are shrinking down meat packages and adding new lines of precooked and preseasoned products in convenient and ready-to-use formats that can be priced at a premium. A Freedonia expert explains what this means for the packaging market.

  Industry Studies      Packaging    

Blazing Growth in the Marijuana Industry Drives Revenues for Niche Security Providers

Blazing Growth in the Marijuana Industry Drives Revenues for Niche Security Providers

The legal marijuana industry has been framed by many as a high-growth industry on its own, creating jobs and generating significant revenue. However, ongoing concerns with federal legality and corporate restrictions, coupled with significant theft concerns, have made it a complicated industry for security services. Learn more about how marijuana growers and dispensaries have created opportunities for the security services industry.

  Industry Studies      Security      Services    

Evolving Baby Boomer Lifestyles Impact Use of Home Organization

Evolving Baby Boomer Lifestyles Impact Use of Home Organization

As baby boomers downsize their homes, their storage and organization needs will change. These lifestyle changes will influence many trends in the home organization market, including rising interest in products designed to maximize storage in under-used spaces and a preference toward stylish, high-value products meant to be stored in plain sight.

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies    

In DIY Wood Coatings, Simplicity Wins Out with Multifunctional Products

In DIY Wood Coatings, Simplicity Wins Out with Multifunctional Products

If there’s one thing that DIY wood coaters value above all else, it’s simplicity. For this reason, products that combine two functions, like stain-and-sealer and self-priming paints, will gain further popularity. Find out how these trends will influence the wood coating market in the US.

  Chemicals      Consumer Goods      Industry Studies    

Insulated Vinyl Boosts Siding Distributors' Sales

Insulated Vinyl Boosts Siding Distributors' Sales

Rising consumer interest in insulated vinyl siding, increasingly stringent energy codes, and a changing construction labor market will boost sales of siding from distributors. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on the shifting market.


Pesticide Adjuvant Producers are Going Green: 3 Companies to Watch

Pesticide Adjuvant Producers are Going Green: 3 Companies to Watch

Several major pesticide adjuvant producers are using technological innovations to make their products more environmentally friendly. Find out about innovations at Huntsman, Clariant International, and Croda International.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Roofing Distributors Shield Themselves from Competition through Acquisitions

Roofing Distributors Shield Themselves from Competition through Acquisitions

As the US home construction and remodeling market heats up, roofing distributors -- companies that buy roofing in bulk and re-sell it in more manageable quantities to contractors and other customers -- are poised to capitalize. Several major distributors are working to consolidate the industry and expand their respective footprints.


VRF Heat Pumps: A Heating & Cooling Technology That Can Make Everyone Happy

VRF Heat Pumps:  A Heating & Cooling Technology That Can Make Everyone Happy

Finding the right temperature that will make most people comfortable can be a difficult balancing act. However, the installation of VRF heat pumps enable separate rooms in a central system to have independent temperature control. Learn more about this technology and how it will impact the overall heat pump market.


Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Composites: 5 Automotive Trends to Watch

Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Composites:  5 Automotive Trends to Watch

While US motor vehicle production levels are basically unchanged from ten years ago, the use of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites in motor vehicles has expanded by nearly 40 percent. Strategic alliances among FRP manufacturers, interest in lightweight vehicles, and other factors drive growth.