School Buses in North America Are Going Green

School Buses in North America Are Going Green

Most of the school buses operating in the US and Canada today are diesel, compressed natural gas/liquefied natural gas, or conventional gas-powered types. Recently, however, this has begun to change, with several major manufacturers introducing and promoting new electric and hybrid school bus models.


US ITC Ruling: US Countertop Industry Has Been Injured by Low Cost Imports from China

US ITC Ruling: US Countertop Industry Has Been Injured by Low Cost Imports from China

On May 31, 2018, the US International Trade Commission announced that it had reason to believe the US quartz countertop industry had been materially injured by imported Chinese products being sold at less than fair value.

Following this ruling, a series of tariffs were levied against Chinese quartz slab imports, ranging from 311% to 528%. How is this expected to impact the global countertops market going forward?


The Sustainable Packaging Conundrum: Would You Like Paper or Plastic?

The Sustainable Packaging Conundrum: Would You Like Paper or Plastic?

Most consumers have made an online purchase at some point in the past year - and at least one of them was probably from Amazon. The ubiquity of Amazon and other e-commerce sites in American life has broadly increased consumer awareness of not just online shopping, but also protective packaging - a $27 billion market in 2018.

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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?

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How Will New Cannabis Laws Impact Packaging Regulations?

How Will New Cannabis Laws Impact Packaging Regulations?

Currently, information about the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industry is complex, and becomes even more so when you consider the conflicting patchwork of state and federal regulations.

In particular, one aspect of these regulations – packaging – seems to raise more questions than answers.

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Filtering Out the Effects of Air Pollution

Filtering Out the Effects of Air Pollution

Despite longstanding concerns about air pollution, our understanding of its short- and long-term impact and the importance of clean air filtration technologies is changing rapidly.


Noise Pollution Regulations Spur Global Demand for Acoustic Insulation

Noise Pollution Regulations Spur Global Demand for Acoustic Insulation

Noise pollution is a major public health and worker safety concern, as studies have shown that long-term exposure to loud noises has myriad negative health impacts.


Interest in More Durable Roofs Spurs Demand For Roofing Accessories

Interest in More Durable Roofs Spurs Demand For Roofing Accessories

Most roofing contractors and other construction professionals realize that the use of more durable roofing materials can minimize the effects of severe weather on a building.

However, roofing accessories – the ancillary products used when installing a roof – are perhaps equally important for protecting roofs from moisture, impacts, and high winds.


Italy’s Iris Ceramica Bets Big on Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile in the US

Italy’s Iris Ceramica Bets Big on Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile in the US

Among decorative tile products, porcelain will remain the fastest growing type in the US through 2023. In particular, technological advancements have allowed large, lighter-weight thin porcelain tile slabs to gain in popularity in recent years, and some major producers are looking to capitalize on this growth.


Tape Tech: Placing a Humble Product Beyond the Competition

Tape Tech: Placing a Humble Product Beyond the Competition

Pressure sensitive tapes might seem humble, but the market for these products is expected to reach $44.6 billion in 2023, according to a new report by The Freedonia Group.

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