Synthetic Latex Polymers

Performance vs. Cost: Demand Trends in Synthetic Latex Polymers

The market of synthetic latex polymers assumes a unique set of characteristics in every geography, from performance of the economy, purchasing power of the population, and industrialization to demand patterns, competition from alternate technologies, and performance of the polymers in specific end uses.

North America and China both represent the largest markets of synthetic latex polymers by volume, each accounting for an approximate 25% share of global consumption. Meanwhile, India, which has a much smaller share of around 5% of global consumption, is the fastest-growing market for synthetic latex polymers in the world. It is these three key geographical markets of North America, China, and India that Kline studies in depth this year in its continuous Synthetic Latex Polymers Global Series: Business Analysis and Opportunities program.Continue reading

Floor Care

New research study from Kline’s I&I practice on floor pads, cleaning tools, and mop heads

Kline & Company is well known in the industrial and institutional (I&I) cleaning industry for research, analysis, and insights on janitorial and foodservice cleaning chemicals, laundry chemicals, and cleaning wipes. This week, Kline is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new report for the industry — Floor Care Pads and Tools: Market Analysis and Opportunities. Research is kicking off this month and will focus on the markets for floor pads, mop heads and floor cleaning tools, key players, brands, and understanding end users’ preferences and usage patterns.

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Ingredients: 2017/2018 highlights

Ingredients: 2017/2018 highlights

This interview was originally published in Expression Cosmétique Guide des Ingrédients Cosmétiques 2018, p.28-30, www.editionsbgm.fr

The cosmetics industry and its upstream players are moving on with their transformation. Nikola Matic, Head of the Chemicals & Materials Department for Kline & Company, shares with us the main changes in the industry and the future trends.

Can you give us an update on the sales of ingredients in 2017?Continue reading

Cannabis is coming — what are the implications for the U.S. consumer products markets?

As of today, every province in Canada and eight U.S. states have legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use.  Other U.S. states are expected to follow suit in the short-term, seeing value in its therapeutic effects as well as tax revenues from the legal sale of such products.  In fact, New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy announced he may sign a bill to legalize cannabis use by the end of October if state lawmakers can agree on an acceptable tax rate, ranging anywhere from 10% to 25%.  The Trump administration announced last week that it intends to pursue legislation lifting the federal ban on cannabis after the mid-term election on November 6, 2018 and some predict this could happen as soon as Spring 2019.Continue reading

Strong cold and flu season drives OTC upper respiratory market up

Strong cold and flu season drives OTC upper respiratory market up

The second half of 2017 saw a significantly higher incidence of cold and flu which helped propel sales of OTC cold and sinus medications, cough syrups, cough drops, and nasal decongestants.  The OTC cold and sinus market grew 4.5% from 2016 to 2017, which is nearly three times the growth rate experienced in 2016.  Not only was the severity of the cold and flu season greater, but also the actual strains of flu experienced in 2017 mutated from the time the flu vaccines were developed and produced, making flu vaccines only about 15% effective.Continue reading

Suppliers of natural ingredients are the most attractive acquisition targets

Dynamic Personal Care Actives Market Draws Heightened M&A Activity, Particularly in the Naturals Space

Globally, the personal care active ingredients market is one of the most innovation-driven ingredients marketplaces after pharmaceuticals. The ever-increasing quest for natural products with high efficacy and visible results by consumers drives the industry towards a dynamic environment of research and technological competence. This dynamic marketplace, offering viable growth opportunities, is drawing investments within the personal care active ingredients market.Continue reading

High touch surfaces are prime breeding grounds for virus and bacteria

Clean Hands and Surfaces Help Commercial End Users Maintain Hygienic Facilities

The 2017-2018 cold and flu season has been unusually bad, and consumers and businesses know that clean hands and surfaces are crucial in staying healthy and maintaining hygienic facilities. Consumers understand the important role hand hygiene plays in maintaining good health. Awareness about frequent hand washing as a tool to prevent infection and the spread of disease is widespread. High touch surfaces, such as door handles, hand rails, elevator buttons, and shopping carts, are prime breeding grounds for virus and bacteria, and most facilities use sanitizing wipes to Continue reading

Additive Manufacturing Technology

Additive Manufacturing Technology: A Hotbed of Opportunities

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. Continue reading

Synthetic Latex Polymers Market in the Middle East

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

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.Continue reading

Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form Pharmaceuticals

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

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. Continue reading