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U.S. municipal solid waste management market to accumulate hefty proceeds from paper & paperboard trash, New York to emerge as a lucrative growth avenue

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The remuneration graph of U.S. municipal solid waste management market has witnessed a phenomenal escalation in the past decade, owing to myriad economic & environmental advantages of effective waste management. The burgeoning challenges of solid waste due to tremendous surge in the population in the United States have further compelled the industry players to bring forth innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches of MSW across the country. It has been reported that in general, the waste generation is higher during the strong economic growth of the country and therefore effective solid waste management network forms a significant factor driving the GDP.

Pennsylvania Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Size, By Service, 2017 & 2024 (Million Tons)
Pennsylvania Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Size, By Service, 2017 & 2024 (Million Tons)

Reliable reports claim that the United States produced more than 250 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2014 – a significant high and approximately 4.4 million more than generated in the year earlier. It was further reported that the around 66.4 million tons of waste was recovered for recycling in 2014. Despite the tons of waste to handle, it was not until recently that the sanitation agencies took upon themselves to handle recycling and monitor third-party contractors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in this regard has been encouraging the regional regulators and governmental agencies to make efforts in assisting the upcoming solid waste management scenarios, to ensure proper storage, disposal, segregation, and recycling processes.

Recently for instance, Atlanta regulation agencies has deployed smart phones with waste management application in over 89 sanitation trucks & other vehicles as part of a MSW management pilot program. The use of the application to track truck routes lead them to evenly distribute and take efficient routes to the appropriate landfills and recycling facilities. With further governmental norms encouraging sustainable trash management, New York recycling & composting municipal solid waste management market is another lucrative region garnering hefty proceeds. Estimates claim the U.S. MSW management industry from New York to exceed a valuation over USD 450 million by 2024, owing to the influence of region’s rising population base residing in the urban areas and flourishing tourism industry leading to growing investment in waste management infrastructure.

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Further speaking of the expanding governmental investment in waste management, the U.S. President Donald Trump, recently signed a legislation committing the country to expand its efforts to clean and manage around 8 million metric tons of litter such as plastic, paper, and electronic waste polluting the oceans.

Currently, recycling & composting solid waste has gained immense traction, given the advancement in waste reprocessing and trash conversing technologies. Recycling the waste to convert it into reusable material is significantly helping MSW management agencies in reduced consumption of raw materials and energy usage as well as lowered water & air pollution. The process is further gaining momentum and managed to accumulate over USD 6 billion in 2017, because of the introduction of strict & rigorous anti-dumping laws by both the state & federal regulators and development of recycling approaches for sustainable economic status. For instance, the University of Minnesota has initiated a recycling drive under which it will be recycling more than 3,800 tons of recyclable materials that constitutes more than 40% of the total waste generated in the campus.

In addition to expanding recycling & composting services in the U.S. municipal solid waste management market, it is noteworthy to mention that the paper and paperboard trash accounted for a considerable 26% market share in 2017. Rapid progress of the packaging industry coupled with rising application of recycled paper and paperboard are expected to drive demand.

These above-mentioned trends significantly shed light on the progressive outlook of the U.S. municipal solid waste management market in the recent years. However, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that China’s ban on import waste has rocked the global solid waste management and recycling industry to gear up for managing their own waste and recycling efforts. It remains to be seen that how the U.S. municipal solid waste management industry will cope with the sudden change in policies as these new accumulating waste loads incur increasingly high rates in managing and recycling waste. Nonetheless, experts believe that as the export market for waste product dries up, the U.S. municipal solid waste management industry will be seen desperately recovering, recycling, and reducing the waste, while surpassing the overall remuneration portfolio of over USD 25 billion market by 2024.

Author NameOjaswita Kutepatil

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Metallic pigments market to garner significant returns from the automotive sector, rising demand for a flawless metallic finish to add a new growth dimension to the industry landscape

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The rising momentum of the automotive and construction sectors has been pivotal to the growth of the metallic pigments market that has registered increased demand lately due to the rising interest in enhanced aesthetics. Metallic pigments are becoming popular due to the enhanced visual effect that they offer in plastics, paints, coatings and inks. With a substantially improving macro-economic environment in Europe and North America as well as greater purchasing power of consumers in Asia-Pacific, metallic pigments market outlook has been witnessing increasing demand across the globe.

U.S. Metallic Pigments Market Size, By Product, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)
U.S. Metallic Pigments Market Size, By Product, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

It is rather overt that metallic pigments industry is certain to accrue mass traction from the automotive sector. As per estimates, global passenger car sales amounted to approximately more than 78 million vehicles in 2017. In terms of production and sales, China and the United Sates are touted to be the leaders in the global automotive market as is evident from the estimate that U.S. customers purchased around 6.9 million passenger cars in 2016 and produced approximately 4 million cars the same year. With major regional automotive markets such as the U.S. and China expanding by the day, the demand for metallic pigments to be used in automobile production and finish is only expected to soar. Furthermore, with established auto manufacturers quickly increasing investments in luxury and customized cars, metallic pigments industry is predicted to procure hefty proceeds from the automotive sector.

It is to prudent to note however, that metallic pigments are relatively high maintenance but have better resale value while being less susceptible to small damages that can cause more value depreciation. On these grounds, metallic pigments market size has been projected to gain quite some traction through increased automotive sales.

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The automotive industry has often been a trend setter when it has come to colors and finishes. Rising number of surveys indicate that consumer demand for gold, silver and bronze finish is now on a rise. A marked rise in demand has been noted for silver pigments which is increasingly being used as a coating color for teletronics such as TV sets, stereos, computers and laptops. According to a global color popularity survey conducted by DuPont, silver was found to be the most popular color for vehicles in North America, Europe and Asia. Whether silver is just a trend or has become a part of the basic color palette is still a debated question but from the demand of silver metallic pigments experts have opined that silver has obtained itself the position of being the conservative color of the millennium.

Many paint companies are capitalizing on rising consumer interest and have been adding metallic finishes in their collections. For instance, the UK based company ICI offers a Dulux Discovery range which comprises shades such as eastern gold, copper pot and brushed steel. According to a report published by the company the metallics have exceeded Dulux’s predictions by almost 200%, clearly indicating the future growth prospects for the metallic pigments industry.

With the phenomenal growth of the metallic pigments market, pigment suppliers have been shaping new technologies to suit the industry needs for coatings and paint formulators. Such products, which can create mirror and chrome like finishes are rapidly gaining momentum in the industry. Parameters like increased competition and demand for enhanced performance are also urging metallic pigments market players to increase investment in research and development programs.

Prominent pigment manufacturers are striving to bring about innovation in their product range by committing towards value addition in the basic metallic pigment properties instead of producing just a one-dimensional metallic pigment. Aided by the efforts of eminent product developers and the expansion across end-use sectors such as automotive and construction, metallic pigments market is predicted to register commendable growth over 2018-2024.

Author NameParoma Bhattacharya

Phosphorescent pigments market to garner lucrative proceeds over 2017-2024 via massive product demand from the paints & coatings and construction arenas

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An exclusively discernible example of an industry famous among all and sundry, though not by its christened name, phosphorescent pigments market stands as one of most popularly reputed spheres at the grassroot level. Owing to their widespread popularity, phosphorescent pigments industry players have been continually involved in R&D programs that would enhance the application landscape of this business sphere. Say for instance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), as recent as early 2017, tested four different types of surface materials on a 1,300-foot stretch of Singapore’s Rail Corridor behind a metro station in Bukit Panjang, in order to make the trial safer and more reliable for public use, without the necessity for street lighting. While the response to the luminous trail has been slightly underwhelming, it has been satisfying enough for the notion to gain weightage, prompting regional phosphorescent pigments market players to expand their R&D programs and explore the idea further with regards to practical implementation.

U.S. Phosphorescent Pigments Market Size, by End-user, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Phosphorescent Pigments Market Size, by End-user, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

Phosphorescent pigments market may dynamically transform street lighting & energy consumption

These products, better known by their colloquial name – ‘glow in the dark’ paints, find tremendous applications across the paints and coatings, plastics, and construction sectors, pertaining to their exclusive property of light absorption and quick, controlled emission in a dark environment. Endowed with excellent temperature resistance and longer emission times, these pigments ensure the long-term appearance of a luminous effect, which can be aptly credited for the expansive end-use spectrum of phosphorescent pigments market that includes novelty toys, roads, military equipment, plastic sheets, automobile interiors, wheel coatings, fire exits, and emergency signboards. One of the domains however, that may extensively benefit from these pigments and prove to be a profitable avenue for phosphorescent pigments industry growth, is the energy sector. In recent years, in a bid to save energy and reduce expenditure on highway lighting, companies have been tapping the notion of using bright glow paint signs on roads that would guide the driver and eliminate the necessity of lighting, thereby providing a lucrative growth ground for phosphorescent pigments market players. The concept had been brought under the scanner by a Dutch company in 2014 – Studio Roosegaarde, that joined hands with a Dutch civil engineering firm called Heijmans, with the intention of developing a phosphorescent paint that can glow brightly in the dark, on the outside, creating sufficient luminescence for drivers to see the pathway ahead. Despite not being globally commercialized, the perception, back then, successfully debuted in phosphorescent pigments industry.

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Phosphorescent pigments market outlook characterized by myriad R&D programs

As on today, ‘glow in the dark’ paint is being deployed across a plethora of applications in order to reduce energy consumption, which may substantially pave the way for phosphorescent pigments market expansion. Phosphorescent paint for instance, is being used to create luminous cement, that may transform the way the urban landscape is lit. Phosphorescent pigments industry firms have even been researching ways of developing ‘glow in the dark’ plants, that may direct the global populace toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. The pigments are specifically used for emergency exit signages, given the gravity of the situation. In fact, just recently, Councilor Mabel Acosta of Philippines stated that it would be mandatory for all the establishments to install glowing emergency exits that may help people escape during unforeseen calamities.

Traditionally manufactured from an amalgamation of copper and zinc sulfide crystals, phosphorescence pigments attribute their characteristic to the unique properties of crystalline zinc sulfide and the ability of copper to activate the crystals for absorbing light and emitting the same gradually to generate a phosphorescent sheen. However, these pigments have also been developed from alkaline earth metals such as strontium, after Nemoto & Company, a Japan phosphorescent pigments market player introduced a strontium-based product under the brand name of LumiNova. Apparently, these pigments possess a higher rate of durability and brightness than the traditional zinc sulfide based products – technically speaking, these pigments have an afterglow period that is ten times higher than ZnS-based pigments, and they are also known to be free of radioactive substances, while exhibiting excellent weather resistance. In consequence, this has generated a slew of growth avenues for phosphorescent pigments industry players to come up other unique products that can be used for highlighting the phosphorescence effect, without compromise. The overtly robust demand for the product for emergency exits, lighting, and signage boards, in addition to the rapid transformation in the lighting and construction sectors, will further provide a boost to phosphorescent pigments market trends. As per estimates, phosphorescent pigments industry size is slated to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% over 2017-2024.

Author Name : Saipriya Iyer