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
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.
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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