Demand for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA), or self-adhesive, labels is expected to rise 3.5% per year to $15.1 billion in 2021. Demand for pressure sensitives, which accounted for 76% of total label demand in 2016, will benefit from greater demand for value-added types and smart labels.

Demand for insulated shipping containers is projected to increase 4.7% annually to $1.0 billion in 2021. Gains will be fueled by the rising online sales of meal kits and other perishable food and beverage products.

Demand for silicone liquid-applied roof coatings is forecast to rise 5.1% annually to 2.44 million squares in 2021. This above average growth rate will be spurred by rapid gains for cool roofing applications as roofing professionals opt for coatings that meet CRRC cool roofing guidelines while also offering superior performance properties.

China is by far the largest exporter of plumbing products in the world, running a $3.4 billion trade surplus for 2016. China is the leading exporter of these products to the United States, which is the second largest consumer of plumbing products in the world.

The degree of industry fragmentation in the automotive aftermarket varies considerably from one product segment to another. Batteries, lamps and lighting, and spark plugs and other ignition system components are the most concentrated.

The automotive aftermarket in Mexico totaled US$4.3 billion in 2016 and represented 8% of North American demand. The value of the Mexican peso relative to the US dollar declined during the 2011-2016 period, with the result that sales fell through 2016.

A recent article in FoodDIVE featured the announcement from Coca-Cola that it plans to launch a new carbonated soft drink sweetened with stevia in 2018. Despite unsuccessful attempts to launch stevia-sweetened beverages in the past by the company and others, Coca-Cola believes they have overcome previous drawbacks associated with stevia to woo back former soft drink consumers who have moved to “healthier” beverages.

Demand for garden hoses in the US is forecast to rise 3% per year to $435 million in 2021. Growth will be driven by an improved economy and the development of the higher quality products that are most desired by consumers.

Global demand for forestry equipment is forecast to reach $9.2 billion in 2021 on gains of 4.5% per year, more than four times faster than in the 2011-2016 period. Gains will be driven by the transition from manual to mechanical logging solutions in the developing economies of the Africa/Mideast and Asia/Pacific regions and Latin America, as well as the rise of logging methods, such as cut-to-length, that require more sophisticated (and expensive) forestry equipment in industrialized nations like Canada and Finland.

Demand for consumer water treatment systems in the US is expected to increase 4.4% annually to $1.6 billion in 2021. The integration of advanced technologies such as smartphone apps that allow consumers to monitor their systems anywhere Wi-Fi is available will support value gains going forward, as will raised consumer awareness of water quality problems such as the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan.