Three Segments to Watch in the US Energy Industry

Three Segments to Watch in the US Energy Industry

US energy production is forecast to total 98.0 quadrillion British thermal units (But) in 2021, representing 3.1% annual gains from 84.0 quadrillion Btu in 2016. Three segments will drive the majority of these gains.


Three Companies to Watch in the RV Industry

Three Companies to Watch in the RV Industry

US demand for RVs is forecast to reach $16.6 billion in 2021. Rising disposable personal income levels will support gains. In addition, sales stand to benefit from population growth among the age cohorts most likely to buy RVs.


What Sequestration? Naval Expansion to Fuel Shipbuilder Growth

What Sequestration? Naval Expansion to Fuel Shipbuilder Growth

From 2013 through 2016, sequestration, a system of budget cuts meant to enforce spending caps set by the Budget Control Act, led to stagnation in US shipbuilding output. Now, plans to dramatically increase the size of the US naval fleet from 275 ships to 355 promise to reinvigorate US shipbuilders.


3D Printing Soars in the Aerospace Industry

3D Printing Soars in the Aerospace Industry

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has the potential to revolutionize both prototyping and manufacturing in the field of industrial casting. By fusing metal powders, manufacturers can rapidly create near-net castings from designs, reducing the costs of metal finishing and material removal. The aerospace industry is ground zero for such innovation, with players like GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric, taking the lead.


How Are Millennials Disrupting the Restaurant Industry?

How Are Millennials Disrupting the Restaurant Industry?

US restaurant and foodservice revenues are forecast to total $990 billion in 2021. Advances will be driven by increases in population and disposable personal income, as consumers dine out more often and purchase higher-priced offerings. Over the 2006-2016 period, revenues increased briskly, with 2009 representing the only year of decline as the recession prompted consumers to curb discretionary purchases.


Bubble Trouble: Carbonated Soft Drinks Facing Production Declines

Bubble Trouble: Carbonated Soft Drinks Facing Production Declines

US beverage production is forecast to reach 48.4 billion gallons in 2021. Increasing population and disposable personal income levels will help drive volume gains as consumers purchase more beverages. Rising output of drinks in categories such as bottled water and alcoholic beverages will offset declines in carbonated soft drink (CSD) production.


Explosives Set to Boom as Coal Heats Back Up

Explosives Set to Boom as Coal Heats Back Up

Despite historic declines in coal production volumes, coal mining represented the largest market for explosives in 2016. Although it never came into effect, the announcement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, among other regulations, encouraged a shift away from coal and towards cleaner, cheaper alternatives like natural gas. However, with the change to the Trump administration came promises to roll back these proposed restrictions an d potentially increase demand for coal, which would boost sales of explosives to the coal mining industry.


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.