Rising Demand for Natural Colors Galvanizes R&D Efforts

Rising Demand for Natural Colors Galvanizes R&D Efforts

As consumers grow more selective about their diets, demand for natural colors over traditional artificial pigments in food and beverage products has rapidly increased. However, issues with chemical stability and color intensity have historically limited the widespread use of these additives. Find out how manufacturers are working to improve natural colors, and which products they've already introduced to meet the increased demand.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

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

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

Oklahoma's highly developed oil and gas infrastructure makes it one of the most in-demand oil drilling spots in the US. Key to this demand is the geology of the state's oil fields, which feature stacked formations. Find why stacked formations make Oklahoma so desirable to oil and gas drillers, and what the future looks like in an up and down industry.

  Energy & Petroleum      Industry Studies    

Sky High: Innovative Elevator Technologies Enable More Efficient Tall Buildings

Sky High: Innovative Elevator Technologies Enable More Efficient Tall Buildings

Elevator technology and skyscraper architecture have a symbiotic relationship, with improvements in one encouraging new developments in the other. In recent years, elevator manufacturers have developed (or are currently testing) new technologies, to increase the speed, and travel distance of elevators, and to allow multiple cabs to operate in the same shaft, all in the name of allowing skyscrapers to grow even taller.


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

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

Innovations with water soluble PVOH packaging film technology have spurred the rapid growth of single-use dose detergent products, despite safety concerns. Find out how some manufacturers are capitalizing on this technology to cater to consumer preference for similar convenience products.

  Industry Studies      Packaging      Plastics & Other Polymers    

Shortage of Skilled Tradespeople Affecting Roofing Industry

Shortage of Skilled Tradespeople Affecting Roofing Industry

Roofing contractors and other construction professionals would view a surge in calls for reroofing jobs as a golden opportunity. However, in recent years, a shortage of experienced roofers created challenges for many contractors. Find out how this labor shortage impacts roofing materials choices.


Automotive Filter Replacement: National and Cultural Differences

Automotive Filter Replacement: National and Cultural Differences

Automotive maintenance practices vary significantly among the US, Canada, and Mexico. Find out how this impacts the automotive filters market.


Trump: EPA Water Conservation Efforts Do Not Make WaterSense

Trump:  EPA Water Conservation Efforts Do Not Make WaterSense

The President's proposed 2018 budget eliminates funding for the EPA's WaterSense voluntary water efficiency product certification program. Find out how the elimination of this popular program would impact consumers and manufacturers of plumbing fixtures.


Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Packaging Market: 3 New Products

Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Packaging Market:  3 New Products

Recent innovations in pharmaceutical packaging include products to help solve problems facing the pharmaceutical industry. Increasing medication adherence rates, preventing misuse, and improving environmental friendliness are some of the problems tackled by recent packaging innovations from WestRock, 3M, and Gerresheimer.

  Healthcare & Life Sciences      Industry Studies      Packaging    

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