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    

Snack City: 3 Ways Pouches Will Benefit from Growth in the Snack Market

Snack City: 3 Ways Pouches Will Benefit from Growth in the Snack Market

America has long been a nation of snackers, with over 60% of the population filling out their three meals a day with a snack or two. However, as snack foods increasingly replace traditional meals, it means big business for not only packaged food producers, but also for suppliers of convenient and highly marketable packaging.

  Industry Studies      Packaging    

January’s Gasolinazo Impacts Mexican Automotive Aftermarket

January’s Gasolinazo Impacts Mexican Automotive Aftermarket

On January 1, 2017, Mexican consumers were faced with a gasolinazo, a hike in gasoline and diesel prices of up to 20% as the Mexican government rolled back its subsidy on fuel prices. This shift could have rippling impacts through the many other transportation markets, including the automotive aftermarket.


Barrier Film Trends to Watch in 2017

Barrier Film Trends to Watch in 2017

Barrier films go unnoticed by most consumers, though they are used myriad industries, from packaged foods, medical products, and even agriculture. The latest trends in barrier film production reveal a fast growing industry that is carving out space in a wide range of applications.


Two New Oil Refineries Planned for Texas: The Biggest in 40 Years

Two New Oil Refineries Planned for Texas: The Biggest in 40 Years

After a decades-long hiatus in major refinery construction in the US, two refineries in Texas are planned for completion in 2019, buoyed by investment in the Permian Basin. Find out what is driving these refinery construction plans and how they will impact the overall oil and gas industry.

  Energy & Petroleum      Industry Studies    

The Electric Bus Revolution

The Electric Bus Revolution

Electric buses have made large gains in market share over conventional diesel and gasoline models over the past several years. Advances in range, speed, acceleration, and charging processes have made these gains possible. Learn more about these technological advances.