New Windows Shed Light on Contemporary Living Trends

New Windows Shed Light on Contemporary Living Trends

When it comes to windows, homeowners and builders want the whole package: a product that provides a modern, customized appearance while also boosting energy efficiency. To appeal to consumers, window manufacturers are competing on performance as much as style, expanding product lines to feature new energy-efficient, low-maintenance windows with sleek, contemporary designs.


Two Wipes Products to Try This Summer (And One You Can’t)

Two Wipes Products to Try This Summer (And One You Can’t)

The arrival of summer brings barbecues, camping, and trips to the beach. It also means that it’s time to stock up on sunscreen and insect repellent, and perhaps to apply some bronzer to get that suntanned look right from the start. Find out how wipes have made inroads into some -- but not all -- of these consumer products markets.

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies    

Lighter, Stronger, Greener: 3 Trends in Silicones

Lighter, Stronger, Greener: 3 Trends in Silicones

Global trends toward energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and customization of personal devices are driving the future of the global silicones demand as these materials find a place in new markets and unconventional applications. Nevertheless, traditional markets still account for a large share of silicones use worldwide.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

US Ceilings Market Trends Upward

US Ceilings Market Trends Upward

Looking to diversify their living space, residential consumers may choose to forgo traditional drywall ceilings in favor of more decorative offerings.


Homeowners Seek Cover Beneath High-Performance Shingles

Homeowners Seek Cover Beneath High-Performance Shingles

In recent years, demand for standard three-tab asphalt shingles has faded in the face of severe weather outbreaks and tightening regulations. Instead, homeowners are turning to high-performance laminated shingles as a solution.


High-End Countertops Go Mainstream

High-End Countertops Go Mainstream

Until recently, granite and quartz were reserved for the high-end kitchen design, but increasing availability and consumer interest has boosted their market share as these materials become mainstream in markets around the world.


Unboxing the Global Protective Packaging Market

Unboxing the Global Protective Packaging Market

Video: Watch Freedonia Analyst Mike Richardson discusses different types of protective packaging.

  Industry Studies      Packaging    

Smart Technology Invades the Power Tool Market

Smart Technology Invades the Power Tool Market

The Internet of Things is gaining traction in the power tools market. Digital connectivity can provide a variety of advantages, from theft deterrence to inventory management to improved tool performance. Find out how different manufacturers are implementing new technologies in power tools.


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

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

Asbestos, a known human carcinogen, is banned in most, but not all applications in the US. One exception is automotive brake components, where asbestos-containing parts remain available, posting a danger to automotive mechanics. After decades of debate, new laws may finally eliminate asbestos-containing brake components.


Reducing Plastic Waste With Edible Water Packaging

Reducing Plastic Waste With Edible Water Packaging

Hydrocolloids are used in a wide variety of applications in the food and beverage industry, primarily as thickening or gelling agents. But many new applications for hydrocolloids are still being developed, including one that could alleviate the environmental impact of single-use bottle packaging.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies      Packaging