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Not So Traditional Innovation Methods

Step Back to Look Ahead – Not So Traditional Innovation Methods

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

Neither Lipstick, nor Face Makeup, This Time Women Turned to Nail Polish During the Recession

Neither Lipstick, nor Face Makeup, This Time Women Turned to Nail Polish During the Recession

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

Chemicals Research

Kline’s Vice President to Present about Specialty Chemicals Strategy to Identify/Build Successful Portfolios in India at 11th Annual Chemical Weekly Business Outlook Conference

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.

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Advanced Technologies in Personal Care Formulations

Naturals Market Resists Recession, Posts Strong Global Growth

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…

Regional Rubber Process Oil Markets

Big Oil Faces Global Competition from National Oil Companies

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…

New Business Models to Succeed in Hot, Fresh Areas

The “New New”– Thoughts on Working out New Business Models to Succeed in Hot, Fresh Areas

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

Rubal Bajaj receiving the Award at Asia Retail Congress 2010

Kline Received Prestigious Reid & Taylor Retail Leadership Award at Asia 2010 Retail Congress

Kline’s Senior Vice President Susan Babinsky has been honored with the prestigious Reid & Taylor Retail Leadership Award at the Asia Retail Congress 2010. This award was accepted by Rubal Bajaj, senior consultant at Kline, who presented highlights from Kline’s Global Beauty Retailing report with a Focus on the BRIC Markets at this conference.

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Seed Treatments Expected To Surge

Kline Sees Continuous Growth on the Seed Treatment Market Due to its Cost Effectiveness in Protecting Valuable Seeds

The global seed treatment market is estimated at over $2.5 billion in 2009 and will continue to grow as it is considered a cost-effective method to protect the increasingly valuable seed. According to data from Seed Treatment 2009 Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities conducted by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company, the most rapidly growing markets are projected to be corn in Argentina and Brazil and soybeans in Brazil, growing at a rate above 7.5%.Continue reading

Opportunities in Coolants: Global Market Analysis

Kline Study Projects Shift to Emerging Countries and Environmentally Friendly Products will Boost Growth for Antifreeze and Coolants Globally

While North America maintains a leadership position in antifreeze and coolants used for consumer and commercial applications, Asia-Pacific takes the lead for the factory-fill business. According to data from the Antifreeze and Coolants 2009: A Hot Opportunity or Cold Comfort? report conducted by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company, over half of the antifreeze and coolants sold to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide for factory-fill can be attributed to Asia-Pacific alone.Continue reading