Thursday, 26 May 2016

Takeovers & Consolidation in the farm industry to stir up competitive landscape in Fungicide Market

Prominent agrochemicals companies are moving towards consolidation, driven by factors such as large drop in commodity prices and the strategic benefits of collaboration between various seeds and pesticides markets

Applications of Fungicides an effective crop strategy

Fungicides are different types of pesticides used as protectants or eradicates to prevent plants against getting infested with fungi. The fungi cause mold, rot or diseases and impedes the proper development of saplings and crops. Fungicides has formed an effective crop strategy used by agriculturalists to augment the crop yield and a comprehensive solution to control disease in plants. Fungicides as pesticides are gaining traction across regions where the crop is likely to be infested by fungi, driven by need to improve the storage shelf life and to enhance the quality of agricultural produce; their applications help farmers to safeguard them against a significant produce loss that occurs after occur post-harvest, which results in huge money losses in agriculture.
Several ways of classifying fungicides exist: they are classified on the basis of chemical group, modes of action, and by the alteration of physical properties once inside the plant. Furthermore, on the basis of mode of action fungicides can be specific or general; general ones have a wide range of activity and are helpful for plant cultivators and plant growers to protect several types of pathogenic fungi, examples are sulfur, captan, and mancozeb. Apart from the preventing effects of fungicides they also exhibit curative properties; that is, they are effective against a wide range of pathogens that may have infected the plant, or is useful in those plants that tend to have a higher risk of pathogens developing resistance to common fungicides. Recent developments indicate fungicides to be potent pesticides in preventing stripe rust and other foliar fungal diseases infesting the crop wheat.

Unique Hydrogel Formulations Nurture Innovations

From nanoplatforms, three dimensional bio printing of human tissues to being a cyborg and more hydrogel market is seen embracing innovation. 

Over the past few years, combined attributes of hydrogels and steep rise in prototyping technologies has opened new routes for the development of tissue engineering scaffolds. Research analysts at Allied Market Research assessing the hydrogel marketed products size reveal that it represents an interesting material that can be used in the regeneration of both soft and hard tissues. Application of this material has proved beneficial in encapsulating the cells thereby increasing seeding capabilities of the fabricated structures. On the other hand, prototyping techniques have become highly important for producing scaffolds especially for seeding. By applying rapid prototyping designers can develop an interconnected 3D structure coupled with a pre-determined porosity. Here is a peek into latest hydrogels uses through innovative hydrogel tissue engineering.



Life Science Companies Innovate Hydrogel to Treat Inflammation 

Life science development firms working on hydrogel drug delivery techniques are seen announcing new startups to focus on treating acute inflammation. In a recent incident PureTech founder Robert Langer announced a new startup firm dubbed Alivio Therapeutics. Official sources reveal that company would be concentrating on applying hydrogel to treat cases involving acute and chronic inflammation. PureTech has established BioPharma to concentrate on CAR-T therapy. This type of cell therapy has presented positive results when it comes to treating blood cancer. Alivio is confident that the new design not only sticks to the inflamed tissue but successfully delivers drugs based on the inflammation level. 

Augmenting Human Body with Electronics Is No Fiction 
Human body is definitely a wonder, but not perfect. Defects such as ligament tear, fracture and illness often strikes with or without a warning. This has persuaded many companies to consider augmenting human body with electronics to solve defects. Earlier such equipment presented problems of their own. But recently a group of scientists at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a solution that promises hope. They’ve innovated a new kind of hydrogel that not only looks but also feels like tendons and muscles. These tiny electronics can easily monitor human insides, offer electrical stimulus and deliver medicine. Hydrogel is preferred for its flexibility and it can both twist and bend without tearing. Moreover, human body is built from such materials, so there’s less chance the body would reject this material. This has opened new avenues for the market. 

Hydrogel Nanoplatform Found Beneficial in Shrinking Tumors 

Functional nanoparticles have emerged as an important route of drug delivery especially for chemotherapeutics. But, receiving such nanoparticles to treat tumor has been difficult so far. Thus, some researchers are focusing on building hydrogels created of filamentous bacteriophage as well as gold nanoparticles. 

Team of experts from different universities located in the United States, Japan and Germany have created a hydrogel platform that would identify as well as shrink tumors. Besides this, it facilitates non – invasive imaging and deliver chemotherapeutic medicine. In addition, they presented that the platform is generalized to various targets as well as chemotherapeutics. 

Like Humans Robots Will Have Hydrogel Body 
Team of experts at MIT have outlined an advanced technique to build synthetic hydrogels. These polymer networks are infiltrated with water, which sticks easy to any surface; whether glass, silicon, metal, or human skin (as hydrogel dressing). Researcher also believe that hydrogel materials can be used to make soft robots. The material makes joints highly flexible like tendons in human body. 

Known for publishing reports on technology advancements, Allied Market Research has recently unveiled a report titled “World Hydrogel Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022”. As per the report the sector will register a CAGR of 6.3 percent by 2022. Researchers are confident that industry will garner about $ 27.2 billion by the same year. Stakeholders, product developers and entrepreneurs looking for extensive study of the market size, share, demands, opportunities, restraints, adoption rate would find the research relevant and valuable.  



3D printing adds new dimensions to aerogel market

Graphene aerogel based supercapacitors are in. Novel development techniques unearth ground breaking applications in the aerogel market.

Since its induction, aerogels gained market publicity, owing to innovative applications that its ultra-low density properties could be put through. The magic created by these open celled porous substances reiterated through market verticals such as fashion, defense, electronics, stellar explorations, and environmental cleaning. With three dimensional printing technology at hand, experts ventured out to experiment with structures and materials to manipulate existing aerogels as well as to construct new ones. Graphene aerogels has hit the market with the promise of immense energy storage capabilities duly incorporated to create supercapacitors for electronic industries.

Reinforced honeycomb sandwich material market

Incorporating newer elements in presently used honeycomb sandwich material to add structural strength yields fresh possibilities.

Honeycomb sandwich materials: industry beats

The latest entrant among sandwich panels, where thermoplastic polymer honeycomb structure meets metal end-sheets is setting serious market trends. ThermHex’s patented thermoplastic honeycomb core structure, laminated with aluminum skins, has all desired mechanical properties, minus a fifty-percent of its previous weight with usual heavy polymer. Realizing market potential for the technology, TATA Steel announced the launch of Coretinium, under a license agreement with EconCore, for construction and transportation applications. In recent news, EconCore and DuPont also announced collaborative development of panels with ultra-light cores. Commendable material transformation by DuPont have enabled customer-centric customization in these panels.
The much sought after technology, which allows continuous and efficient production of honeycomb core sandwich composite panels from a single polypropylene sheet, is patented by EconCore. Consecutive in-line thermoforming, folding, and bonding result in panels with enhanced mechanical properties. Business segments, based on end-use include aerospace & ship-building, construction, transportation, furnishing & laminates, power & energy, and automotive.



Honeycomb sandwich structure and materials

Honeycomb sandwich structure is crucial to industrial applications as it adds basic economic advantage that comes with light-weight architectures. They are achievable in an industrial scenario using three techniques; basically – expansion, corrugation, molding, and more recently extrusion as well as certain others. Quite literally imitating a natural honeycomb, these structures are tough, stiff, and have high-resilience to compressive forces plus have insulating benefits.
Automated systems render precise tuning of core thickness and density, maintaining sustainability in material usage. A wide range of thermoplastic polymers, carbon fibers, resin-coated papers, fiber paper, and other composites are now available, along with traditionally used metals and alloys in this industry.

Prospects in honeycomb sandwich material market

Analysts suggest manufacturing of around 1700 aircraft units by the mid of upcoming decade. 
GE aviation, a leading aircraft manufacturer, intends a dedicated composites and metal fabrication facility in its new plant at Batesville for aircraft engine parts. Honda’s advent into light jet manufacturing with HondaJet, introduces an entire fuselage built of honeycomb sandwich composite rather than conventional aluminum.
Pipeline industries have made the most out of what has been available on their plate this long. Yet, preposterous dormancy in research and development activities among material developers and vendors, demands extended facilities to put scholarly quests to test. Graphene poses tremendous possibilities as a honeycomb sandwich material for developing superconductive electronic components. Novice applications await industry’s attention and focused investment and are bound to return high profit ratios.
According to an analytical report, “Honeycomb Sandwich Material Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022,” recently published by Allied Market Research, net market evaluation by 2022 is expected to reach $760.1 million, growing at a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period. The report includes a detailed presentation of key drivers and restraints that affect dynamic structure of the industry. Opportunity segments have been carefully outlined, all segments viewed with stakeholder’s perspective. In-depth company profiles help them strategize their investment policies and plays a vital role in shaping future trends.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Technology Advancements to Drive Medical Imaging Market

Medical/diagnostic imaging market offerings refer to different imaging modalities to get visual representations of the interior of body for various diagnostic and therapeutic ends. Medical imaging is constantly evolving and is fast transforming clinical and healthcare outcomes; the developments are mainly driven by innovative technologies such as 3D & 4D imaging, interoperability among various systems, adoption of big data analytics and some fundamental shifts experienced by the industry.

Over the past few years, the healthcare industry has markedly witnessed the shift from a fee-for-service world to value-based care—an industry shifts from volume to value; this has kept the diagnostic imaging solutions and radiology continuously evolving. Integrating of various clinical and imaging data with the help of high-end medical automation technologies coupled with workflow informatics technologies like big data analytics will help the patients and payers make the desired shift. The demand for high-end analytics solutions to not only achieve more effective and efficient diagnostics, but help improving operational metrics, as well.  



Across radiology, medical imaging professionals deliver more value by reducing length of patient stay, improving compliance, augmenting revenue, mitigating risks and minimizing medical errors, along with boosting clinical outcomes and quality. Governments in various countries have taken active initiative in establishing value-based payment models and will take some time to attain its full implications in radiology. In the U.S., value-based payments are mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by using merit-based incentive payment systems and alternative payment models.

Emergence of big data analytics to drive advancements in imaging informatics technology


The application of big data analytics by clinicians and healthcare providers have enabled them to corroborate image findings with patient outcomes. As, Dr. Eliot Siegel, a researcher in the University of Maryland, asserts: “Medicine will increasingly go from anecdotal to data-driven using big data and analytics.” Combined with various machine-learning methods such as artificial intelligence, big data is expected to constantly transform the approach and access to reliable and accurate medical image analysis. Advancements in imaging informatics technology using 3D- ultrasound tool and their integration with cloud technology have profusely impacted the developments in medical/diagnostic imaging market. The ground-breaking technology in radiology have attracted industry stalwarts to take initiatives in various projects and make considerable investments. Some of the prominent initiatives expected to have profound impact on the medical imaging market are IBM's Watson Health project and GE Healthcare's Health Cloud offering, and include Dell Medical's partnership with Zebra Medical Systems.

Recent Trends & Developments In Imaging Modalities Shape Up Competitive Landscape


Increased adoption of breast cancer screening is a prominent trend gaining traction with radiologists and healthcare providers; especially in the U.S., mammography skeptics have emphasized the harmful effects in terms of screening false positives and downstream tests and the debate have gained momentum. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have taken initiatives to develop a single set of uniform guidelines for breast screening that will help to bring consensus between the two opposing groups—one, which endorse mammography among younger women and the other, which harp on the negative effects on screening.

These upheavals have led to some notable technology innovations and will lead to more research on adjunctive screening technologies such as abbreviated breast MRI protocols and will rev up developments in contrast-enhanced dual-energy mammography. Tomosynthesis is fast gaining traction among women's imaging.

Finding ways to improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment through high-end medical imaging technologies will help in better understanding of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Recently, a massive project—considered as the world's largest medical imaging study will scan 100,000 Britons—was launched in U.K. will help doctors and clinicians in understanding the effect of environmental parameters, genetics, lifestyle changes and diet effect on human health; this is being considered as seminal development in diagnosis of diseases worldwide. Researchers taking part in the project hope to gain deeper insights into the causes of frailty in old age—how heart and lung functions and the health of the brain changes over age. The data will be shared with other scientists across various regions.


Market Growth


Innovative healthcare technologies by vendors focus on automated patient guidance and engagement solutions which would offer reliable and accurate medical image analysis. These disruptive technologies shape up the diagnostics, treatments and delivery of quality care of the future. As per a recent report by Allied Market Research titled “World Medical/Diagnostic Imaging Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022”, the world medical/diagnostic imaging market is expected to reach $45 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period; the growth is primarily driven by technological advancements in diagnostic imaging devices, rising incidences of chronic diseases, application of numerous medical imaging procedures, and growing concerns for an early diagnosis of various clinical disorders across regions. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Advanced water treatment technologies mandates the use of treatment chemicals

Market is driven by technological advancements in water treatment processes, equipment replacement, and application of innovative products and chemicals

"Water treatment technologies through the use of uses various chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors, coagulants and flocculants serve community and businesses safe and purified water and meets stringent regulations by government"

Water treatment technologies to be driven by demand for clean and purified water


World over, the demand for clean and purified water is increasing dramatically for human consumption and across various end-use industries. Clean water that is free from different pathogens and harmful chemicals is needed for drinking and other day-to-day uses; safe and purified water is necessary for protecting the health of citizens. The demand for clean water is rising rapidly for various industrial processes and business uses, as well. Water treatment is carried out mainly for the removal of total suspended solids (TSS)—solids not soluble in water such as clay, fine sand, and dust— and various particles, bacteria and pathogenic disease-causing organisms to make it suitable for human consumption. Water treatment plants use various ultrafiltration systems and technologies along with chemicals to provide residents and businesses safe and clean water. Modern treatment technologies include pumping and membrane filtration such as reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration. These technologies uses various chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors, coagulants and flocculants; the application of the chemicals in water is based on various factors such as its hardness, pH balance, and solids (TDS).

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Asia’s Cosmetics Market Players Spoil Buyer with Choices

In a bid to lure both males and female customers big brands are exploring new regions and innovations. 


Leading cosmetic brands are working towards capturing growth in the Asia – Pacific region. Players such as Proctor & Gamble, Biotique and Oriflame Cosmetics among others have already expanded their business there. Research analysts weighing up on the growth rate, opportunities and share and size in the cosmetics market revealed that manufacturers will continue to chase profitability via product launches and market entry in countries such as India, Korea, China and Japan. Men today play a significant part when it comes to keeping the future of the sun care and skin care cosmetics line, robust. On the other hand, women are seen dominating the sales of color cosmetics and sun care sales across different nations in the region.