Falling Acreage of Planted Crops Weighing on Fertilizer Demand

Falling Acreage of Planted Crops Weighing on Fertilizer Demand

US demand for fertilizers is forecast to fall to 28.1 million metric tons in 2021. As structural changes in agricultural markets lead to declining acreage of planted crops, less fertilizer will be needed to sustain plant growth. Additionally, fertilizers are improving such that higher crop yields can be obtained with smaller volumes of fertilizer, inhibiting demand.


A Slowdown in Auto Production Has Metal Stampers Looking Elsewhere For Growth

A Slowdown in Auto Production Has Metal Stampers Looking Elsewhere For Growth

For the metal stamping industry, automotive manufacturing is the leading market, accounting for nearly 80% of demand in 2016. However, this market is expected to be tepid, prompting the industry to look elsewhere for growth.


The End of the Road for Truck & Van Sales Growth?

The End of the Road for Truck & Van Sales Growth?

Retail sales of new light-duty trucks and vans have vaulted motor vehicle retail sales to seven consecutive years of growth, achieving historical peaks in 2015 and 2016. However, growth has slowed, and continued gains are no longer a given.


US Consumers Less Gassy

US Consumers Less Gassy

US demand for refined petroleum products is forecast to total 6.2 billion barrels in 2021. The increasing fuel efficiency of US motor vehicles in use and demographic trends will reduce consumption volumes of gasoline, the largest demand segment.


More than Window Dressing: Energy-Efficient & Automated Products to Drive Growth

More than Window Dressing: Energy-Efficient & Automated Products to Drive Growth

US demand for window coverings is forecast to total $5.2 billion in 2021. Suppliers will benefit from increases in construction activity, particularly in the residential sector. Trends toward higher-end products in the replacement market will further support gains in value terms.


Can US Smelters Compete?

Can US Smelters Compete?

US aluminum production is at a historic low. Is this the result of anti-competitive practices by foreign suppliers, or an uncompetitive US industry?


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...