Manufacturing & Environmental Uses to Spur Lime Demand Through 2021

Manufacturing & Environmental Uses to Spur Lime Demand Through 2021

US lime demand is forecast to reach 18.9 million metric tons in 2021. Rising manufacturing output and construction activity will support lime consumption.


Shift in Vehicle Transmissions Steering Developments in US Market

Shift in Vehicle Transmissions Steering Developments in US Market

MV transmissions and powertrain parts compose the largest product segment of the US power transmission component market. Rising fuel economy standards have spurred the development of advanced transmissions, such as continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) and dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs), that improve fuel efficiency and boost product value. As standards continue to rise, demand for these transmissions will expand further.


Customizable, Durable Products Represent Countertrend to Fast Fashion

Customizable, Durable Products Represent Countertrend to Fast Fashion

Fast fashion – the trend toward selling clothing featuring the latest designs to consumers as quickly and cheaply as possible – has long been the driving force in the apparel market. To the annoyance of many consumers, two consequences of this trend have been that clothing has become less durable and less unique.


Consolidation Continues in the US Paper & Paperboard Industry

Consolidation Continues in the US Paper & Paperboard Industry

Due to continued competitive pressures, such as a slow-growing market for their products, the US paper and paperboard industry - already dominated by large, vertically integrated firms - continues to consolidate.


Two Alternatives to Conventional Insurance: Self-Funded & Provider-Owned

Two Alternatives to Conventional Insurance: Self-Funded & Provider-Owned

Self-funded plans represent one alternative to conventional risk-based insurance. In addition, healthcare providers (eg, hospital systems) are offering another option, provider-owned plans.


Lego’s Loss May Not be Competitors’ Gain

Lego’s Loss May Not be Competitors’ Gain

Earlier this month, Lego announced that it would cut 1,400 jobs after reporting revenue and profit both fell in the first half of 2017, driven by declines in US sales. Much of the discussion around this story has focused on contributing factors within the company. However, these declines may also signal waning popularity in construction toys.


Trucks Are the Next Major Frontier in Electric Vehicles

Trucks Are the Next Major Frontier in Electric Vehicles

In the highly competitive trucking industry, fleet operators seek to increase fuel efficiency as a means to reduce operating costs. In addition, regulations are prompting medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) vehicle manufactures to increase investments in technologies that can to boost fuel economy and limit emissions.


Housing Market Shifting to Satisfy Millennials

Housing Market Shifting to Satisfy Millennials

US housing starts are forecast to reach 1.6 million units in 2021, with homebuilders benefiting from strengthening consumer finances and rising levels of employment. At the same time, sales of existing homes are expected to reach 6.0 million units, with the fastest gains occurring in the South. Although economic recovery has helped consumers achieve higher incomes to purchase homes, rising home prices and a shortage of available properties is presently a detriment to first-time homebuyers, especially millennials.


Shift to Cans Gaining Steam Among Craft Brewers

Shift to Cans Gaining Steam Among Craft Brewers

US beer demand is forecast to reach 6.6 billion gallons in 2021. Rising disposable personal income levels will stimulate consumer spending on beer. However, over the 2006-2016 period, demand for beer in volume terms fell at an average annual rate of 0.3% as the market matured and beer lost market share to other alcoholic beverages, especially among key demographics including baby boomers and millennials.


Will Healthcare Inflation Remain at Historically Low Rates?

Will Healthcare Inflation Remain at Historically Low Rates?

The slowdown in healthcare cost inflation, often attributed to the 2007-2009 recession, has generated questions such as what caused it and whether it will last. Notably, as Figure 1 shows, the rate of healthcare inflation has dropped to historically low levels, suggesting structural factors could also be a major driver of the slowdown.