The U.S. OTC market is often a challenging market to make predictions about. There are so many instances where companies, brands, consumers, and even regulators buck trends that there are often reasons to look at things on a case-by case basis. However, when it came to predicting the impact the economic recession of 2008-2009 would have on the industry, Kline turned to our vast historical data to make predictions. Continue reading
The passenger car lubricants market in India is witnessing a massive shift in OEM-recommended viscosity grades, according to the latest findings from the Opportunities in Lubricants 2010: India Market Analysis report by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company.
While the older passenger cars in India are still running on viscosity grades such as SAE 20W-40 and SAE 20W-50, the OEMs are recommending SAE 5W-30 and SAE 5W-40 for new passenger cars due to their superior fuel economy characteristics. This significant development will help the Indian consumer lubricants market up thequality curve faster.Continue reading
In today’s tumultuous economy it has become increasingly difficult for marketers of higher-priced professional skin care products to compete with general market/retail brands. Marketers can enhance their sales through taking the following steps:Continue reading
In a recent article for Happi “The Expert’s Opinion” column Nancy Mills, Kline’s industry manager, consumer products practice, urged executives to look at problems and situations in a new light.
She wrote about types of innovation and interesting ways to get there. For example, there are business models and network structures, process innovation, organizational, and delivery, among others. Furthermore there are different levels of innovation; for example, incremental vs. disruptive, where the former is building a better widget, and the latter renders widgets obsolete and creates new industries or segments.Continue reading
According to the freshly released data by worldwide research and consulting firm Kline & Company, U.S. sales in the cosmetics and toiletries market declined by 0.8% in 2009, not a detrimental drop considering the recent market situation and the last major recession of 1991, when sales declined by 1.9%. The data released for Cosmetics & Toiletries USA 2009 report indicate that sales have reached a total of $35.5 billion at the manufacturers’ level.Continue reading
Dilip Chandwani, Vice President with Kline & Company, leading the firm’s Technology & Manufacturing Economics Practice will present at the 11th Annual Chemical Weekly Business Outlook Conference on Wednesday, April 14, at 9:10 a.m. at the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Sahar, in Mumbai. He will speak about Specialty Chemicals Strategy to Identify/Build Successful Portfolios in India.
The topics covered will include:Continue reading
2009 was a year of change for the synthetic latex polymers industry—not only were latex emulsion customers battling with the recession, resulting in latex emulsion orders dropping significantly, but merger and acquisition activity affected the supplier base in major consuming regions.Continue reading
The market for natural personal care products has persevered through the recession, posting strong gains around the world. Spurred by growing consumer awareness, better raw material supplies, and wider availability of more affordable products, the naturals market posted double-digit gains in 2009. It is a sustained pattern of strong growth that has personal care product marketers of all sizes looking to seize the growing opportunities in worldwide markets to tap into this attractive industry. More…
Until recently, nationalized oil companies (NOCs) posed a competitive threat to international oil companies (IOCs) only in their home country. However, a number of factors have now converged to prompt once-isolated NOCs to expand their reach on a global scale. This emerging threat will force IOCs to devise new strategies to compete in the worldwide marketplace against nationalized companies, for which profits and shareholder satisfaction are not the only motivating factors. More…
It is often the case that consultancies act as a weather vane for the health of the chemical and related industries. If the industry is doing well, consultancies tend to thrive. We all know that since Q4 2008 all has not been well in the chemical sector and the economy in general. But now….now we at least are getting to see some “green shoots” of economic recovery. Companies who had frozen all discretionary spending over the past year or so are now coming out of their bunkers and beginning to talk again about projects previously put on hold. Things are still a little delicate and cautious. Some enquiries are still asking, “How much would it cost to…?”, “What if we wanted to do this…?”, and “How can we get growth after such a period of stagnation…?” Some are actually signing off and going ahead with projects, while others are holding their fire until the next quarter results. Petrochemical companies have been particularly cautious to spend any money at all.
I talk to a lot of CEOs and senior business developers. Hot areas seem to be solar energy/photovoltaics, biotech, bio-based chemicals and polymers, green chemistry, and general sustainability. Many have read or heard a lot about these areas, and the questions often asked are “How can we participate in this sector? Where? What kind of volume/value business can we expect and after how long?”Continue reading