Salon Survival – Finding the Right Mix

Hair Salon
Hair Salon

The salon business is tough, which is not news for those in the trenches on a daily basis. According to Kline PRO, the first half of this year saw service transaction counts down 6%, while service revenues declined by just 1%. Hair product sales from salons to consumers fell across all categories. So, what can be done to survive and ideally thrive? Be open to change and leverage the major advantage you have over much of your competition—the stylist.

Competitors, such as the Internet and unauthorized sellers, do not have a trained professional that can personally consult with the client, assess needs, and create an ultimate experience that will fully meet the client’s requirements and expectations. The stylist does need support however. Training on current techniques partnered with information on the latest trends in both services and products will give salons a fighting chance. (more…)

Pain Management Devices Market Warms Up for the Sprint Ahead

Pain Management Devices
Pain Management Devices

Over 100 million Americans are affected by chronic pain, according to The American Academy of Pain Medicine. With the aging population, the number of people looking for pain relief solutions is set to grow. Currently, the most commonly used pain remedies are prescription drugs, OTC medications, rubs, and powered devices. According to Kline’s Nonprescription Drugs USA report,  manufacturers’ sales of OTC medications are valued at almost USD 3 billion, growing at a slow pace of 1.5%. The topical analgesics account for USD 450 million, showing 12% growth. Powered pain management devices, with a market value of USD 250 million, are growing at over 20% in 2017.
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Additive Manufacturing Technology:
A Hotbed of Opportunities

Additive Manufacturing Technologies
Additive Manufacturing Technology

The highly disruptive and rapidly growing additive manufacturing technology (AMT) promises a revolutionary change, not only in the large manufacturing industries, but also through average consumers. In addition to an economical alternative to traditional manufacturing, the 3D printing industry also provides the benefits of incorporating high levels of customization and complexity of design, as well as much lower lead times. This phenomenon of 3D printing, which until recently was mainly used for rapid prototyping, is now also increasingly being used in the production of end-parts and finished components in a wide range of applications, such as the automotive, aerospace, machine tools, electronics, medical, pharmaceuticals, and food industries.

3D printing has given rise to a rapidly growing multi-billion-dollar global market, offering highly profitable opportunities to companies along its supply chain. (more…)

Middle East Synthetic Latex Polymers Market:
A Unique Mix of Trends and Opportunities

Synthetic Latex Polymers Market in the Middle East
Synthetic Latex Polymers
Market in the Middle East

The Middle East accounts for approximately 5% of the global consumption of synthetic latex polymers, with a market value of about USD 1.3 billion in 2016. This region represents an interesting mix of diverse economies, displaying a combination of varying market characteristics, ranging from the advanced Turkish market, which closely follows European trends, to the highly price-sensitive Egyptian market.

Like in most regions, except Southeast Asia, paints and coatings and adhesives and sealants are the largest application sectors in the Middle East. However, the region exhibits some striking differences in the application mix. (more…)

New Horizons for Professional Beauty Marketers – Asia and the Middle East

Professional Beauty in the Middle East
Professional Beauty in Asia and the Middle East

Asia, which is important in size, but extremely fragmented with hundreds of local players having some important advantages over international brands, has nevertheless continued to attract foreign companies in terms of both professional hair care and nail care products. The region is the second largest after Europe when it comes to the salon hair care market, accounting for almost 30% of the global sales of professional hair care products. The three giants of Japan, China, and South Korea have experienced sluggish growth recently, and there are many smaller markets where sales show much higher dynamics. Among them, India leads the way with continuous double-digit growth. In fact, India has shown a compound annual growth rate in terms of salon hair care sales of 17% between 2011 and 2016, whereas Asia’s overall growth during that period has averaged to only 2.5%. Because the Asian market’s growth is driven by these smaller markets, such as India, our 2017 edition of Salon Hair Care Global Series will take a deeper look at 12 markets in Asia! (more…)

The Growing Business of Medical Care Providers

Professional Aesthetics
Professional Aesthetics

Globally, medical care providers tend to be the channel of choice among consumers seeking help with their skin care problems, ranging from fine lines and wrinkles, to brown spots, acne, and sagging skin. The channel includes dermatologists and plastic surgeons that offer an array of both surgical and non-surgical procedures and skin care treatments that attracts consumers. In 2016, Americans spend $6.4 billion on non-surgical procedures, up 18.5% from $5.4 billion in 2015, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgery.

Medical care providers is the key channel driving growth in the skin care sector across several markets, including China, Europe, and the United States, according to Kline’s upcoming Professional Skin Care Global Series report. The channel records strong growth of 28% in China, 10% in Europe, and continues to record mid single-digit growth in South Korea and the United States. (more…)

The Future of Beauty Retailing is a Mix of Internet, Specialty, and Boutique

Beauty Retailing
Beauty Retailing

It is an interesting time to be a brand in today’s beauty retailing environment. While retail is a unique experience for every brand and each brand must assess where their consumers are shopping, Kline’s latest Beauty Retailing: U.S. Channel Analysis and Opportunities study finds that there has been a shift in where consumers are shopping for cosmetics and toiletries. Among these market-moving channels, it is evident that there are sub-channels that will continue to push growth of the industry forward. Kline predicts that the sub-channels that will grow the strongest during the forecast period are the Internet, cosmetics specialty stores, and vertically integrated specialty stores. (more…)

Regulations, Innovative Formulations, and New Niches will Drive the Global Bio-lubricants Market

Bio-lubricants
Bio-lubricants

Plenty of space for growth resides within the finished lubricants market, particularly within niche markets, such as bio-lubricants. Currently comprised of roughly 1% of the total finished lubricant market and driven by governmental regulations, it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% over the next five years, according to the latest report Opportunities in Bio-lubricants: Global Market Analysis by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.

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The specialty excipients market for oral-solid-dosage-form pharmaceuticals will grow close to 6% during 2016-2021

Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form Pharmaceuticals
Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest and most essential industries worldwide. The global pharmaceutical market is worth over USD 1.1 trillion as of 2016 and is expected to grow in the range of 4%-7% annually over the next five years. Among the several routes of drug administration prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry, oral route is the most widely used, accounting for around 55% of the global pharmaceuticals market value. Furthermore, within orals, solid formulations are the most preferred dosages for their ease of administration, dosage accuracy, stability, and cost-effectiveness. OSDFs is a key growth segment for the global healthcare industry, especially with the growing emphasis on expanding affordable healthcare. (more…)

Beauty’s Big Movers: Indies and Beauty Boxes

Beauty by Subscription in USA
Beauty by Subscription in USA

We are about to kick off the 43rd edition of Cosmetics & Toiletries USA, our flagship report that takes a close look at the key drivers and trends, relevant product launches, changing competitive playing field, and evolving retail channel landscape that transform the beauty and personal care market, with a forward-looking analysis through 2022. Naira Aslanian, the report’s project manager, answers questions about key topics that will be investigated, including two agents that are helping to transform the industry landscape: indies and beauty boxes. (more…)