The market for commercial laundry chemicals.

Commercial Laundry Chemicals: New Report from Kline Buttons Up the Latest Trends

Understanding the needs of professional end users, such as commercial laundry processors, hospitals, lodging establishments, restaurants, extended care facilities, prisons/jails, and other on-premise laundries, are key for laundry chemical suppliers. Trends in product usage, channels of distribution, penetration of textile rental firms, the role of machinery/equipment, such as extractors, continuous batch washers or tunnels, and dispensing systems, and cost structures for processing laundry are key variables that have a direct impact on the demand for laundry chemicals.Continue reading

Consumer Perceptions of Natural OTCs

Understanding Consumer Perceptions of Natural OTCs Important for Driving Traditional OTC Brand Gains

The U.S. market for OTCs has shown a compound annual growth rate of only 2.6% from 2011 through 2016. Most years during that five-year period the market have shown 3.0% or less year-over-year growth, with the exception of 2014 to 2015, when the market was up nearly 5.0%. This was largely driven by the return to market of previously recalled brands. By comparison, natural OTCs (which refers to non-drug, non-monograph, plant- or supplement-based, or homeopathic products that often make claims of support, prevention, maintenance, and/or treatment of minor conditions or ailments) have grown strongly by double digit gains over the same timeframe.Continue reading

Rapidly expanding channels of distribution

How much disruption have office supply stores and websites caused in the U.S. jan/san market?

Staples, Staples Advantage, Office Depot, Office Max, and others have become a rapidly expanding channel of distribution of janitorial cleaning chemicals to professionals in the away-from-home market. Office buildings and other small, independent commercial end users often take advantage of the convenience of getting their cleaning supplies along with paper products, coffee and break room supplies, and other office supply needs from such retailers. Kline has recently completed the latest edition of its venerable Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA study, which covers the market from 2015 to 2017 and is based on over 1,000 end user surveys. The findings are surprising.Continue reading

Chemicals for Unconventional Oil and Gas Fields

Three Reasons for Chemical Suppliers to Focus on Shale Oil and Gas

The rebounded prices for crude oil help the production of shale oil and gas to recover, after the all-time low in 2016. Manufacturing costs for shale oil and gas, specifically in the United States, have also fallen by almost 25-30% in the last few years, resulting in increased production from these sources. The United States and Canada are the leading suppliers of oil and gas from shale and tight resources, together accounting for more than 90% of the global market. In the long term, U.S. production of shale oil and shale gas is expected to double by 2035 and 2040, respectively. Canada will also double the production of shale gas by 2040. As a result, the consumption of chemical additives used in the development of these fields is set to grow.Continue reading

Emerging trends in the jansan cleaning chemicals market

Revealing important changes in the jansan cleaning industry

What are the key changes and emerging trends in the jansan cleaning chemicals market? Kline reveals important findings from its upcoming Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities research program.

Increased square footage of resilient hard surface flooring has reduced the need to strip/wax floors. Rubber flooring, solid vinyl tile, linoleum, and synthetic resin are becoming popular options for high-traffic commercial spaces, as they often offer lower maintenance requirements. As a result, the market for floor finishes and coatings shows a decrease compared to 2014 market data.Continue reading

Rx-to-OTC Switch Forecasts

Safety and caution characterize the next frontier of Rx-to-OTC switches

Companies are being more selective in the Rx-to-OTC switches they pursue, according to new research just published by Kline & Company in the 13th study in its venerable syndicated series, Rx-to-OTC Switch Forecasts USA: Next Frontier.

Safety is paramount, and the sophistication of clinical studies required to gain approval has increased the cost burden and risk to switch sponsors. Most future switches will depend on a combination of market-driven forces and safety, as determined by regulators. Continue reading

Specialty Biocides: China, Europe, India, United States

Specialty Biocides: The Reasons Behind Unexpected Industry Dynamics

Changing industry regulations and continuous developments across end-use applications are the key factors affecting the USD 4.5 billion market for specialty biocides in China, Europe, India, and the United States, according to Kline’s recently published chapters of its Specialty Biocides: Regional Market Analysis study.

Due to their nature and the variety of applications they are used in, biocides are often a key component in chemical formulations. The fact that some chemistries are under scrutiny in many countries makes this sizeable and rather mature market an unexpectedly dynamic industry, where regional markets are characterized by sets of completely different trends.Continue reading

Pet Care Ingredients Market

Interview With Industry Experts: the Potential of the Pet Care Ingredients Market

Did you know that the market for pet care ingredients grows faster than the personal care market? Kline’s Chemicals & Materials industry experts reveal key drivers behind this trend and why it is important to keep an eye on this highly promising segment.

 

How do you define pet care ingredients?

These are all the major ingredients used in pet grooming product formulations, both for home and professional use. Continue reading

Trends in the U.S. jan/san market

The Game-changing Jan/San Market Trends

Kline is now working on our largest I&I market study, Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, and we have uncovered several trends that will significantly change the market in the near future.

Rising labor costs with minimum wage increases are driving industrial and institutional (I&I) end users to cut back on costs, which includes less spending on cleaning chemicals and/or reduced frequency of performing certain cleaning tasks. There is also some growth in private-label cleaning chemicals as end users seek low prices and value from their jan/san products. There are cycles of outsourcing and doing the work in-house among end users, such as office buildings and industrial parks. Continue reading

HI&I cleaning products in CHina, India, and the U.S.

The markets for ingredients for HI&I cleaning products in China, India, and the United States are characterized by strong regional specificities

The markets for HI&I ingredients in the United States, China, and India—the three regions from the upcoming global HI&I ingredients report—are rather diverse in terms of growth, value, and volume. While there are differences in the size of these markets and their growth potentials, qualitative attributes also differ widely.

The consumption of ingredients in all three countries represents a large chunk of the total market, accounting for over USD 10 billion, driven by the United States, which represents more than half of this total. In terms of future outlook, India is forecast to post the strongest growth among these three countries, of almost 13% during the forecast period of 2014-2019. Continue reading