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
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
Most of the leading personal care marketers were hit by higher costs of goods caused by the recent recession. While the high crude oil prices from the beginning of 2008 resulted in higher raw material, processing, packaging, and distribution costs, these normalized in the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009. The recession brought about other significant challenges for personal care marketers during this time. Cosmetic companies had to develop a wide range of strategies in order to keep pace with their competitors.Continue reading
The four BRIC countries accounted for over one-quarter of global finished lubricants demand in 2009. According to data from The Impact of the Global Recession on BRIC Countries, the positive outlook for economic and manufacturing activity coupled with a growing and financially strong middle class will have these countries accounting for nearly one-third of global lubricant demand by 2013. Continue reading
We are please to announce the debut of KlinePulse, Consumer Insights of Personal Care Innovation 2010, which represents an exclusive look into the nuances of consumer perspectives on personal care innovation based on original consumer feedback to reveal complex underlying attitudes, behaviors, and experiences that drive purchasing decisions.
The second natural cosmetics conference was held in Nuremberg on 22 and 23 September 2009 in the Congress Center CCN Ost. The program was wide-ranging, with 13 presentations and three panel discussions attended by 120 participants, who learned about new market developments, trends, the results of market research and basic issues like brand management, design and labels.Continue reading
McDonald has Big Shoes to Fill at P&G Lafley’s tenure was a profitable one that will be tough to top, says Carrie Mellage of Kline.
On January 1, 2010, Robert McDonald will succeed A.G. Lafley as Chairman of the Board of Procter & Gamble after assuming the role of CEO and President earlier this year, and Lafley will officially retire from the company effective February 25, 2010. Though the last year has been rough for P&G (who hasn’t it been rough for?), Lafley’s tenure marks one of the more prosperous periods for the company—an era which will be tough to top. More…
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As developing nations continue to embrace modern retail formats, beauty marketers in the Western world are working overtime to devise market-specific strategies to keep up with changing consumer behavior. According to data from Beauty Retailing Global Series, the latest research conducted by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company, the nuances of each individual market demand that beauty brands evolve alongside consumers to compete on the worldwide stage. More…
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Chemical Week recently published a ranking of the largest chemical companies in the world by revenues and Rob Westervelt, CW’s editor-in-chief, has commented on the rapid shifts taking placing in the sector. Only BASF, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Shell remain in the top ten from the first time CW published its ranking 15 years ago. Meanwhile, SABIC and Sinopec have grown rapidly and are now top ten players.Continue reading
Amid the drumbeat of dismal economic news from the past year, the market for specialty pesticides has been notable in that its decline was less than most other finished goods products. The agricultural/specialty pesticides markets actually held up well in 2008, but recent quarterly reports from basic producers indicates that the economy has now caught up with crop protection. With the buzz of the biofuels boom behind us, at least temporarily, growth in the agricultural market has tempered somewhat. However, even though consumer spending, consumer confidence, and nearly all other consumer market indicators are down, the consumer pesticides market shows some bright promise in the coming year—ironically, some of it driven by the economic downturn. For manufacturers and service providers in the lawn, garden, and pet products categories, there just may be a touch of silver lining the economic storm cloud. More…