Increasing Home Improvement Activity to Spur Demand for Building Materials

Increasing Home Improvement Activity to Spur Demand for Building Materials

A Freedonia expert weighs in on trends in the US home remodeling market and what those trends mean for the markets for plumbing fixtures, flooring, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other building products.


The Future of the Automotive Diesel Engine Industry is Brighter than it Appears

The Future of the Automotive Diesel Engine Industry is Brighter than it Appears

The global automotive diesel engine industry has gotten a lot of bad press since 2015, when Volkswagen was caught cheating on emissions tests. However, the fuel efficiency and low cost of ownership of diesel vehicles will support their use for the foreseeable future. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on the future of diesel vehicles.


Millennials are Changing the Power Lawn & Garden Equipment Industry

Millennials are Changing the Power Lawn & Garden Equipment Industry

Owning a home was once the embodiment of the American Dream, but the Great Recession made buying a house a risky proposition, particularly for young people still trying to find their footing after college. Although the recession has long since ended, first-time mortgages among 29- to 34-year-olds remain low. And fewer first-time home buyers means fewer first-time homes -and fewer lawns to mow. Find out what this means for the market for power lawn and garden equipment

  Consumer Goods      Industry Studies      Machinery & Equipment    

Sherwin Williams & Valspar: Creating a US Paint Powerhouse

Sherwin Williams & Valspar: Creating a US Paint Powerhouse

As competitors in the architectural paint market lost ground during the Great Recession, Valspar boldly revamped its branding, making it one of the most popular DIY paint brands in just a few years. However, sinking sales in 2015 and 2016 led market leader Sherwin-Williams to acquire the company. A Freedonia analyst explains what this means for the overall market.

  Chemicals      Consumer Goods      Industry Studies    

Sweet Dreams: Reducing Extra Sugar in the Average American Diet

Sweet Dreams:  Reducing Extra Sugar in the Average American Diet

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the new Nutrition Facts label, including specific information on “added sugars.” In response to this change, as well as growing consumer concern, food and beverage producers have instituted sweeping programs to reduce sugar in their products, with rippling impacts in the alternative sweetener industry.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Tough times for bromine flame retardants means mergers (almost) all around

Tough times for bromine flame retardants means mergers (almost) all around

Weak demand for bromine-based flame retardants is generating new merger and acquisition activity. Concerns about the environmental risk associated with bromide flame retardant compounds have triggered regulatory and consumer backlash, while the ever-shrinking size of consumer electronics -- the leading outlet for brominated retardants -- limits volume demand growth. What do these shifts mean for the market?

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Using Soy Can Benefit Your Health…But Not How You Think: Soy-based Air Filters

Using Soy Can Benefit Your Health…But Not How You Think: Soy-based Air Filters

Agricultural crops, such as corn or soybeans, are increasingly used in non-food applications, particularly among companies looking to up their sustainability cred with biodegradable or bio-based products. One such innovation is soy air filters, which use biodegradable soy protein and bacterial cellulose to filter particulate matter. Learn more about the future of these products.

  Consumer Goods      Industrial Components      Industry Studies    

Innovation and Growth in the Biopesticides Market: 4 New Products

Innovation and Growth in the Biopesticides Market: 4 New Products

Although biopesticides account for just a fraction of the massive agricultural pesticide market, human health and environmental protection interests have boosted their use and encouraged new product innovations. Learn more about why biopesticides are used and how several new products fit into the overall market.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies    

Manufactured Housing Industry Continues to Consolidate

Manufactured Housing Industry Continues to Consolidate

The manufactured housing industry makes up about one-tenth of new single-family housing in the US. In recent years, a competitive environment for new units has destabilized many small manufacturers. Consequently, the industry has become increasingly concentrated as small producers close or are acquired by larger manufacturers. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on recent industry restructuring.


Plant Openings Help Flooring Producers Cover New Markets

Plant Openings Help Flooring Producers Cover New Markets

Expansion has always been key to the global floor covering industry. Most flooring products are fairly heavy and expensive to ship, and prompt delivery to project sites is extremely important. As a result, more companies have been expanding in developing areas in recent years, where production costs are typically lower and the less mature markets have greater growth potential.