Will Knit Uppers Refashion the Athletic Footwear Industry?

Will Knit Uppers Refashion the Athletic Footwear Industry?

While consumers have embraced the look and feel of knitted shoes, footwear companies have become excited about the possibilities the new process provides...


When It Comes to Rubber, There’s Nothing Like The Real Thing

When It Comes to Rubber, There’s Nothing Like The Real Thing

Despite a variety of synthetic alternatives, natural rubber continues to be in high demand in the US. As market conditions shift, demand for the resource will only increase...


Wine Demand Growing Strong, Millennials Thirsty for More

Wine Demand Growing Strong, Millennials Thirsty for More

US wine demand by volume is forecast to reach 1.2 billion gallons in 2021. Increases will be driven by continued expansion in disposable personal income and demographic shifts, in which a larger percentage of the growing population will consume wine...


US Copper Miners Dig Deeper Into a Growing Market

US Copper Miners Dig Deeper Into a Growing Market

The market for copper is heating up, as robust gains in global construction and manufacturing activity bolster demand for this pliable, conductive metal. In terms of materials handled, and excluding mining for fuel sources (eg, coal), copper is the fastest-growing segment of the US mining and quarrying industry...


Amid Structural Challenges, Commercial Printers Find Opportunity in Packaging

Amid Structural Challenges, Commercial Printers Find Opportunity in Packaging

While the US commercial printing industry is forecast to undergo slight declines to 2021, some portions of the sector are expected to escape the broader funk and flourish...


Back to the Future: Retro Products and LEDs Light the Way for Christmas Decoration Demand

Back to the Future: Retro Products and LEDs Light the Way for Christmas Decoration Demand

US demand for Christmas lighting sets is forecast to total $515 million in 2021. Anticipated contraction in Christmas tree purchases in unit terms will weigh on demand for associated lights...


US Natural Gas Suppliers Enter the LNG Export Industry

US Natural Gas Suppliers Enter the LNG Export Industry

US natural gas producers are expected to benefit significantly from the emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade. Prior to 2016, only one LNG export facility operated in the US, located in Kenai, Alaska. However, by 2021 six LNG export facilities are projected to be operating in the lower 48 states...


Is the Airbnb Threat Overhyped?

Is the Airbnb Threat Overhyped?

A great deal of electronic ink has been spilled in recent years over the threat Airbnb poses to traditional hotel operators. Pundits often draw on the effects of ridesharing services on taxi companies to support claims that home sharing services will be the death of hotels. So US hotel operators are near collapse in the face of this inevitable march of progress, right?


Composting: The Next Frontier (in Waste Management)

Composting: The Next Frontier (in Waste Management)

Municipal solid waste (MSW) presents two major challenges for municipalities: collection and management. Over the past few decades, many cities have addressed collection by outsourcing it to firms...


The Rise of EAFs Provides Flexibility to Steel Producers

The Rise of EAFs Provides Flexibility to Steel Producers

In the US, steel is primarily produced in either basic oxygen furnaces (BOFs) or electric arc furnaces (EAFs). Of the approximately 80 million metric tons of raw steel produced in the US in 2016, 67% of it was created in EAFs...