Insights from BCC Research

Can Safflower Equal the Benefits of Olive Oil?

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 8, 2017 10:01:52 AM

safflower.jpgOleochemicals, such as fatty acids, will be a vital link in the supply chain as their outstanding functionality and versatility make them ideal to be used in a multitude of applications. In addition, the high reactivity of this acid enables the production of a range of derivatives that can be tailored to meet the needs of a number of end-user industries, which use the formulations to produce the ideal blend of functionality and performance, reports BCC Research.

Recently, a team of scientists successfully developed and tested three new varieties of safflower cultivars with an oleic content of up to 75 percent, which is similar to the level of oleic content found in olive oil. The varieties are also non-genetically modified.

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Topics: Chemicals

Slow-Release Fertilizer: Higher Crop Yield, Less Environmental Harm

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

agriculture marketBCC Research identifies the controlled release of a substance as a niche application because it comes at a premium and it’s used only during selected applications. One such niche is the agricultural market.

In developing countries, the cost of fertilizer remains relatively high and can limit food production. But researchers have discovered a simple way to make a benign, more efficient fertilizer that could contribute to a second food revolution.
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Topics: Membrane and Separation Technology

U.S. Rug Industry to Continue Growth Dominance over Carpet

Posted by Clayton Luz on Jun 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Residential Flooring.jpegThe U.S. rug business will continue its three-year reign over carpet, in terms of growth. Area rug sales should top $2.5 billion in 2016, a
3. 5% gain from 2015, reports FCNews Research.

Growing consumer demands for hard surfaces and custom rug programs have provided manufacturers with additional selling opportunities. According to FCNews, most traditional broadloom companies offer some variation of a custom rug program in which rugs are cut from broadloom and can be specifically tailored to the needs of consumers.

The trend represents an add-on opportunity that generates considerable revenue, one more flooring dealers and non-flooring outlets are leveraging. In fact, FCNews reports that some flooring retailers that previously diminished or even shelved the rug category are reconsidering its marketability, and using the Internet to push online sales.
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Topics: Advanced Materials

Blood Industry Gets a Transfusion from an Aging Population

Posted by Laurie L. Sullivan on Jun 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

1PHM1199B-blood.jpgEnsuring safety of the blood supply, the demand for plasma-derived therapeutics, and an aging population are factors driving growth in the global blood industry. The annual growth of plasma-derived therapies, used mostly to treat rare disorders, may exceed 10%. Hemophilia, hepatitis, cancer, and kidney failure are among the many conditions that are managed by blood transfusion or by therapy with plasma or plasma-derived products. An aging population suggests that there will be many more patients who need such products in the future. At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9%, BCC Research predicts the value of the global blood industry to increase from $33.5 billion in 2016 to $42.6 billion in 2021.

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Topics: Life Sciences, Healthcare