The trends related to personal protective equipment are particularly of high concern to PPE manufacturers who like equipped with the knowledge of what's ahead in the industry?
Health and safety play a significant role in developing good cordial relations between workers and their employers.
At present, three questions need to be answered by any PPE manufacturer, concerning the health and safety equipment and systems at work and here's how experts from the International Safety Equipment Association, responded:
1. What are PPE trends happening now?
• The most important factor is to choose the right PPE for the job which is an ongoing problem across all industries. Many employees do not follow the rules intentionally and don't wear the PPE supplied by their employer.
• Those who are designing, producing and purchasing PPE, don't just need to understand employees' needs concerning the well-being and comfort but also the hazards that they can face. One size does not fit all, and worker engagement and involvement during product development is critical.
• As manufacturers attempt to help reduce accidents between pedestrians and powered industrial trucks, there is a visible trend of increased use of high-visibility clothing inside the factory which is essential.
2. What challenges are customers facing and even reaching you out with them?
• Companies trying to simplify PPE purchasing often try to find one cut-resistant glove that meets the highest cut hazard faced in their manufacturing operation.
• More requests for education and clarification regarding PPE for high-visibility disposable garments are seen.
3. What are the technological innovations trending?
• Innovation is continuing with synthetic fibers that enable development of work gloves, protective sleeves, and garments that offer maximum cut protection in thinner, more comfortable and more durable styles.
• There is a higher demand for garments that offer coolness, enhanced comfort, more durability and more protection for more area of the body.
The overall Oils, Grease and Lubricants industry, particularly one in the Saudi sector has experienced a steady development from the immense support gained via the government because it considers profitable to invest here since growth prospects are higher regarding achieving strategic and economic objectives of the Kingdom.
Efforts and developments need to be concentrated in the creation of required infrastructure, the establishment of industrial cities all over the Kingdom.
Uses of Lubricants
For lubricating internal combustion engines in different types of automotive, engine oils are widely used. Even, for applications, such as wear reduction, corrosion protection, and ensuring smooth operation of the engine internals.
The oils function by creating a thin film between the moving parts for enhancing heat transfer and reducing tension during contact of the parts.
How To Get Success in sales
For businesses to achieve success in the oil & lubricants sector, here are some note-worthy points.
• Identify strategic regions that you would like to start with, take baby steps before you develop an international presence.
• Gather relevant and strong intelligence about your current competitive positioning and do your business’s SWOT.
• Consideration of the pros and cons of a relatively small set of strategic actions, to help improve that position, and the advancement of a set of recommendations based on this analysis. For example: In North America and Europe the lubricants market is rather flat- so you should look into the market development within the BRICS countries. (Countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and Angola are becoming market players and Now is a great time to get the ball rolling by moving your products into these new territories).
• Be creative and identify a niche segment. Choose main market segments such as marine, automotive power generation, etc.
• Understand the customers and their purchasing power.
Some Important tips:
• Thoroughly identify the significant competitors in the Oils, Grease & Lubricants market.
• The end-user isn't spoiled with a consultative selling approach.
• Find and work with people who have a great passion for their industry (Oils, Grease & Lubricants).
In 2017, the construction industry witnessed an all-time high and is anticipated to be even stronger in 2018, and we have already started to get the feeler. Dodge data & analytics have reported that the industry will rise and expand their staffs and even enhance the usage of raw materials like marble, granite and stones for maintaining a healthy reputation.
Here are the top 3 commercial construction trends worth keeping an eye on in 2018:
1. Continued Labor Shortages
A recession leading to labor shortages is likely to stay in the industry in 2018 as firms struggle to maintain a balance between the skilled workers they employ and their spending. In 2017, the construction industry created about 210,000 jobs and a recent reduction in corporate tax rates is forecasted to develop better training programs to employ more workers to the industry and also by increasing wages to attract them.
2. Offsite Construction
A few years ago hiking interest rates were like an open warning, but now it has become less risky as there are renewed interest rates. For most clients, the big draw of offsite construction is the condensed construction schedule. Building in a controlled environment means there will be no delays due to changing weather conditions and there is a much safer environment for workers since it eliminates many hazards existing in traditional construction sites.
Although technological proliferation has been slow in the construction industry, it is already solving some major problems like safety, productivity, and labor shortages.
• They are using equipment which is autonomous, for earthmoving and site work operations.
• Robots are handling monotonous, repetitive tasks like laying bricks and tying rebar.
• Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other construction software are being integrated with virtual and augmented reality to help visualize projects, perform clash detections before construction, increase productivity and improve communication and collaboration.
• VR simulators are also being used to train construction workers on heavy equipment.
• Wearables for monitoring workers to keep them safe as well as track movement to improve productivity is another tech-friendly trend to keep an eye on in 2018.
E-commerce has revolutionized how artisans and makers sell their handmade items. It has become increasingly more comfortable for creative DIY entrepreneurs to build and grow a handmade goods business, from scratch, online.
Merchants that create their leather goods and accessories by hand invest much more in their products. They are passionate about them and pour their heart, soul, and energy into each item they produce.
So, for some artisans, it might not just be a business opportunity or the opportunity to make a living or side-income from their passion. Instead, they may see it as an opportunity to build a real brand from their creations, not just selling one-off products. The key here is - to pay attention to detail and be as organized as possible to work towards your passion which is a unique idea in the market.
Some entrepreneurs have turned their passion into an online store, trying to penetrate in the markets, building their brand, their identity, product values – rightly - Right from scratch! Thereby, achieving a competitive edge.
Competing with large businesses is not their primary goal. The purpose is their passion, and they strive hard towards it each day. When starting a new business, our recommendation is first to create a product and business model , if not done yet. It is not required to reinvent the wheel at this point, but it is how you use your creativity to establish something that is genuinely different, and unique.
Along with all this, having a professional website and being very active on social media, even planning for the possibility of your product gaining quick popularity can be very successful. Focus on networking (online & physically) and build online or social media communities. With all this, do your best to accommodate towards the demand and always remember - just because you start off small doesn't mean you should think small. Think big, and others will feel the same about your business.…
Water conservation has become more crucial than ever in the decision-making process. International process licensors and engineering companies are finding themselves adapting their designs to local water usage regulations.
Solid/liquid separators play an essential role in these processes. Selecting the right filters and filtration systems can minimize process downtime, reduce maintenance and waste disposal costs, limit worker exposure to the fluids, and improve product quality. However, proper filter selection can vary from industrial applications, water filtrations, boilers, and irrigation.
When determining which liquid process to use, consider these three primary filters or filtration systems:
1. Bag Filters
Liquid bag filters operate by capturing solids inside the filter media "bag," and tend to be low cost. They have smaller surface areas than comparable cartridge systems. Due to their full range of process conditions, they're an excellent choice for a variety of applications, including paints, water treatment, food processing, pharmaceutical, and more.
2. Cartridge Filters
Cartridge filters remove suspended solids for applications with have lower flow rates, where exposure to the process liquid is not an issue. They are the same initial cost as bag filters but contain a higher operational price. We recommend both bag filters and cartridges if the operator and environmental exposure to the liquids are acceptable, and requires removal of loss solids. When choosing a filter for liquid processing, it's important to thoroughly consider the cost, flow requirements, and operator exposure risks.
3. Clean-In-Place (CIP)
• It is best used or applied where flow rates are high, filter media replacement units are on top, or exposure of the process liquid to workers or the environment is unwanted
• Used to remove suspended solids of approx.1 micro and more significant for all types of liquid process streams
• Higher initial costs when compared to bag and cartridge filters & filtration systems, but lower operational costs
"Rising technological developments and product innovations are projected to take place in the next five years in countries like China, India, Japan and South Korea, says Dr. Mosongo Moukwa" - in a great read in the business standard, concerning the cosmetics & personal care industry.
The global market for cosmetics and personal care products is rapidly expanding, and rising technological developments and innovations of skin & personal care items will happen, especially in the next five years in countries like China, India, Japan and South Korea. Nail products, lip products, facial make-up, and hair color products are the primary areas where these would take off.
As consumer behaviors are changing, so are their needs also. There are more choices and varieties in the markets available, empowering them to create their ideal cosmetics & personal care products, tailored to their individual needs. Much of that is also due to various product innovations and subsequent changes in the way consumers perceive their skin care needs and products they use to address those needs then.
Another exciting aspect of the cosmetics & personal care industry is the rise of ‘medicalised' and organic skin care products, and devices are some of the developments.
Large cosmetics & personal care product manufacturers are catching on, introducing hundreds of new products every year. The most recent product customization innovations include new product formats, textures, and functions. Many others provide more ‘tweaking' and ‘missing' than full customization.
There is a growing number of Asia-inspired cosmetics & personal care products and innovation in international markets. This so-called ‘Asianification' trend is expected to grow stronger and deliver more product personalization concepts
Overall, presently, makers of cosmetics & personal care products are establishing their businesses/shops in emerging markets of Asia because that is that is where growth is. On the other hand, Africa and the Middle East have maintained double-digit growth despite the political instability in the region.…
Yes - In recent years breakfast cereals seem to have lost their snap, crackle, and pop. The market for ‘ready-to-eat' cereals, between 2012 and 2015, according to Euromonitor (a data firm), shrank by 9% in America and Britain, overall sales fell by 6%. Why the decline in sales? - Mainly due to consumers shunning the idea of having cereals containing carbohydrates, gluten, genetically modified (GM) grain and artificial flavors.
The big brands are merely being replaced by the small ‘authentic' ones as they are providing better quality, using healthier ingredients in the production process – making the big brands suffer from soggy sales.
The audience is becoming more aware of what they should eat, therefore; companies should be able to meet the demand to keep their business from suffering any losses, and it might take hard work to revive the flaky industry.
The finding above shows that since 2006 till 2015, there has been a downfall in the sales statistics of cereals over the years. Makers are also spending to revive their leading brands. For instance, Kellogg had put in more fruit in its Special K Red Berries cereal, and General Mills stripped GM ingredients and gluten from Cheerios.
However, in 2018, it is planned to remove all artificial flavors and colors from its cereals. Some analysts do have questions concerning whether the changes are worth the extra costs, but Robert Moskow of Credit Suisse, a bank, had reckoned it back in 2016 that cereals and food grains industries can compensate by cutting overheads and streamlining supply chains; which can be applied even today.…
As the health and fitness trend goes global, prospects for growth of the sportswear sector are getting stronger. Those firms operating in it are going to see a huge boost in the sales. According to a report from Morgan Stanley Research in 2016, it was stated “Global Athletic Wear: Very Bullish Five-Year Outlook”.
Recently, sports apparel and sports shoes sales have jumped 42% to $270 billion over the past seven years. It’s the kind of winning streak that raises eyebrows—and investor skepticism. The one question of high concern - What do yoga moms, high school athletes, and Chinese school kids have in common? They're all helping to power global sales of athletic wear!
The graph below shows how Asia is the biggest contributor to Athletic wear and what the sales growth is since 2015.
The sports we play (or watch) can shape what we wear—and buy. A focus on fitness and healthy living have translated into more active lifestyles, especially among the youth. For example, in North America, participation in sports games among high-schoolers has overall, jumped from 25% to more than 35% over the past 35 years, led by a near doubling among girls, from 17% to 32% over that period. Moreover, studies by US professional sports leagues show that consumers’ interest in sports is highly influenced by whether they played when younger.
As these consumers mature and move into prime apparel and footwear/sports shoes buying years, we imagine they will stay active.
Surprisingly, as per our findings – among the top factors driving athletic apparel and sports shoe sales are ‘cultural factors’. US investors may not grasp how big the China and emerging market opportunities are, and Asian investors may be similarly surprised at US strength. Through research, it was found that the industry could add $83 billion in sales by 2020, or more than 30% growth.
China, in particular, will be a key market to watch. The government has already emphasized the need to support youth athletic participation, develop sports infrastructure and business overall, with plans to build 60% more sports facilities by 2025 and get 500 million of its citizens to exercise and play sports regularly.…
What Is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is generated from natural resources – such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat and various forms of biomass.
Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. Sunlight, or solar power, can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and other buildings, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of commercial and industrial uses like producing solar & renewable energy products.
In The New Era
Today, a fifth of the world's electricity is produced by renewable energy. The figure below shows the change in primary energy demand in 2016. It was the first year in history that added solar capacity, and it outstripped any other electricity-producing technology. There were more clean energy installations which also lead to the creating a better future for solar and renewable energy products, but about 10% more was done in 2015, keeping the costs four quaters lower than the current one.
New solar power gave the biggest boost, providing half of all new capacity; followed by wind power, which gave 15%.
Success is through making right decisions
It is that time where we need renewable energy more than ever as the global environment continues to face many challenges and stands at a critical juncture. It is a worldwide phenomenon which is rapidly increasing, and it can improve many industrial operations. For renewable energy to advance and bring forth a sustainable future for the world – As a solution, priorities need to be set, and the right decisions need to be taken. Careful protection and introduction of laws, promoting more of renewable energy and public & private partnerships, subsidies for the energy sector, liberalization, and balance between fair competitions around can all lead to progress.
New companies belonging to different parts of the world are all set to gain from investments in technology that are geared and planned in the energy sector. New companies or investors from different countries like China or other South Asian countries can contribute in the installation of a fully powered, stable and clean supply – combined with storage options and smart grids too.…
Most advances of human society over the past century have been facilitated by the use of plastics. Plastics are composed of a network of molecular monomers bound together to form macromolecules of infinite use in human society. Today, according to the research of Association of Plastic Manufacturers Europe (APME), there are more than 20 different major types of plastics in use worldwide.
Benefits to the society
Plastics continue to benefit society in innumerable ways, although the publically they have many hazardous effects too, in particular, concerning human health and the environment, endocrine-disrupting properties and long-term pollution.
The benefits of plastics are particularly apparent in medicine and public health. Plastics are versatile, cost-effective, require less energy to produce than alternative materials like metal or glass and can be manufactured to have many different properties. Due to these characteristics, polymers are used in diverse health applications, such as disposable syringes and intravenous bags, sterile packaging for medical instruments as well as in joint replacements, tissue engineering, etc.
Dangers to the society
Do you think all current uses of plastics are prudent and sustainable? The answer is, of course not, because of the existence of widespread, unwanted human exposure to endocrine-disrupting bisphenol-A (BPA) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), leading to large quantities of plastic being disposed of and depletion of non-renewable petroleum resources as a result of ever-increasing mass-production of plastic consumer articles.
Focus on the road ahead
What were require in the society – is – to focus on continuing with the efforts to phase out DEHP and BPA in the healthcare and food industry, and look for biodegradable options at higher levels for plastic packaging, opportunities for reducing plastic medical waste, and recycling in medical facilities in the quest to reap a maximum of benefits from polymers without compromising human health or the environment in the process. The benefits and downsides of plastics and identities opportunities to change the composition and disposal practices of these invaluable polymers for a more sustainable future consumption need to be reviewed with scrutiny.
It is time to rethink the current management model of the production and disposal of plastics and to move towards a model that considers the entire life-cycle of these abundant, essential materials. Disposal of plastics in landfills ultimately is unsustainable and diminishes land resources fit for other uses of higher societal value.…