Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BCC Research Forecasts the Market for Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies to Reach $60.5 Billion in 2018

In the new report, Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies (Report Code: HLC047D), from BCC Research (, the U.S. disabled and elderly assistive technologies market (including glasses and contacts) was valued at $43.4 billion in 2012. The report forecasts total market value to reach $45.9 billion in 2013 and $60.5 billion in 2018, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7%.

BCC Research’s new report discusses how assistive technology products are designed to assist people who because of specific disabilities or the general infirmities that often accompany aging, would otherwise be unable to participate meaningfully in economic, social, political, cultural, and other forms of human activity in their communities. Assistive technology encompasses a broad range of devices, from “low-tech” products such as eyeglasses and large-print books, to technologically sophisticated products such as voice synthesizers, Braille readers, and wireless monitoring devices.
According to the report, the daily living aids market comprises the largest assistive technologies market (excluding eyeglasses) with a market share of 32.6%. The next two largest markets are the communication aids market and the mobility aids market with a market share of 24.1% and19.7% respectively.

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Progress in medical science as well as technology and healthcare, combined with demographic trends, societal evolution, and changing attitudes are driving the market for assistive technologies. There has been substantial growth in the number of persons with disability and the population of elderly citizens. As a result, these groups are living longer independent or semi-independent lives with the help of assistive technologies.

The societal shift that led to persons with disabilities and the elderly joining the mainstream of daily life in America was solidified in 1990 with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act forced all the major institutions of American life, including workplaces, government and commercial buildings, educational institutions, and public transportation to accommodate the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The next big shift for this marketplace will be seen after the passage and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. BCC Research has performed an in-depth analysis of how this act will impact the market for assistive technology products in this report.
This report has been written explicitly for those with an interest in disabled and elderly care issues, including healthcare professionals, manufacturers and distributors, regulators and health insurers, investors, and the financial and analyst community. This study is tailored especially for readers with an interest in the marketing, financial, and management dimensions of the assistive technologies industry. However, readers with a more general interest in disabled and elderly care will also find this report useful.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Global Markets For Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membranes And Components To Reach $8.1 Billion By 2018

According to a new technical market research report, MAJOR REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM COMPONENTS FOR WATER TREATMENT: THE GLOBAL MARKET (Report code: MST049D) from BCC Research (, the global reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and system components market is expected to reach $4.9 billion in 2013. BCC Research forecasts the market to reach $8.1 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.7% for the period 2013 to 2018.

The earth’s freshwater supply is fixed, while global water demand is growing. However, with each passing year the quality of the planet’s water deteriorates measurably. The need for pure water has become an area of global concern as individuals, communities, industries, nations, and their national institutions strive for ways to keep this essential resource available and suitable for use. Over the past 40 years, RO systems have emerged as an effective solution to transform saline, brackish, and contaminated water into a useable and/or potable product.

The water treatment market remains a fragmented, but highly competitive industrial sector. This is due to the number of competing technologies, both advanced and traditional, as well as the many components that may be needed to make up any one system.

This BCC Research report evaluates the global markets for RO system components, including pretreatment cartridges, pumps, pressure vessels/housings, RO membrane modules, and ancillary elements such as skids, valves, and gauges.

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The report studies the water needs and the role of RO in meeting these requirements for five global regions: Middle East/Africa, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America/Caribbean. Since the last version of this report was published, the Asia-Pacific region has overtaken the U.S. to emerge as the global leader in expenditures for RO equipment. According to BCC Research, the value of the Asia-Pacific market for RO membranes and system components is expected to reach $1.8 billion in 2013. The market is expected to reach $3.4 billion in 2018, and register a CAGR of 13.7%. As per BCC Research, the value of the U.S. market is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2013, and is predicted to reach $2.5 billion in 2018, registering a CAGR of 7.9%.

The falling costs of RO over the past two decades have made the process competitive with more conventional water supply options. The factors contributing to reduced costs include greater competition among equipment suppliers, improved productivity, reduced costs for membrane modules, improved energy recovery devices that cut plant energy requirements, and the global trend toward the privatization of water projects.

This technical market research report from BCC Research is divided into specific system component chapters. Quantitative evaluations for the major market segments are provided historically as well as for a five-year horizon. This report will be of value to manufacturers, suppliers, and local, state, as well as federal and foreign governments. Engineers, utilities, and corporate planners will also benefit by understanding the global component market and demand drivers for RO systems by purchasing this report.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bcc Research Forecasts Chinese Market for Medical Polymers to Exceed $4 Billion by 2017

In the new report, THE CHINESE MARKET FOR MEDICAL POLYMERS (Report code: PLS074A), from BCC Research (, the Chinese market for medical polymers was valued at $1.7 billion in 2011 and at $1.9 billion in 2012. The report forecasts total market value to surpass $4 billion in 2017, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1%.

The Chinese medical polymer market is growing quickly due to its close relationship with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in China. The medical polymer market has grown steadily over the last twenty years and BCC Research predicts that this growth will continue over the next five years.

The Chinese medical polymer market is expected to be influenced by several factors such as the fast growth of the medical products market, establishment of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in China, shifts by polymer manufacturers towards medical applications, production efficiency improvement, low emission standards and solutions for environmental constraints.

According the report, the cardiovascular market is the fastest growing market in terms of consumption of medical polymers, although it is currently one of the smallest markets. Additionally, the report states that PLA will be the fastest-growing segment over the next five years and it will grow at a CAGR of more than 26% from 2012 through 2017.

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The research and development efforts for nontoxic polymers are increasing because of the high safety standards in the medical industry. The industry will also be significantly impacted by the increased environmental regulations in China. BCC Research has analyzed the impact of these new regulations and their impact on the medical polymer market specifically in this report.

BCC Research’s report discusses the three major segments of medical polymers: non-biodegradable medical resin and fibers, non-biodegradable medical elastomers, and biodegradable polymers. BCC Research has conducted a detailed valuation of the market for each of its segments, and has forecasted each segment’s growth over the next five years. The report segments the industry by region, product type, and market.

BCC Research then ranks each of these segments in terms of size and growth rate.
The medical polymers market and production centers are concentrated in five major regions in China, including the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, and Northern China. This report identifies the Yangtze River Delta as both the largest and fastest growing region for medical polymers in China.

The intended audience for this report includes medical polymer manufacturers and suppliers. Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and petrochemicals suppliers may also be interested in this report.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

U.S. Flexible Hose And Tubing Materials Volume To Reach 1 Billion Pounds By 2017

According to a new technical market research report, POLYMERIC FLEXIBLE HOSE AND TUBING (Report Code: PLS012F) from BCC Research (, the overall U.S. market for hose and tubing materials by volume was 891 million pounds in 2012. BCC Research expects the market to reach 1 billion pounds in 2017, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4%.

Flexible hose and tubing continues to be a vital industry, despite its modest growth rate and the rather staid general impression of garden hose and other everyday products. While there have been relatively few developments in recent years, some changes continue to add an interesting dynamic to an otherwise stable market.

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The goal of this report, which breaks the market into four main sectors (automotive, hydraulics, industrial and consumer/healthcare), is to provide the reader with a comprehensive update on the state of the U.S. flexible hose and tubing and ascertain its direction over the next five years. This report covers flexible hose/tubing made from polymeric materials (that is, what we commonly call plastics or rubber materials), as contrasted with rigid piping and rigid metal tubing (e.g., aluminum and copper tubing for automobiles and refrigerators), which is covered at length in a recent companion BCC Research report, Report code -PLS053A.

The broad base of the industry is illustrated both by the many different materials for hoses and tubing, including elastomeric and non-elastomeric, and also by the many different markets that are served by these materials and products. Relatively recent changes in the industry have brought about the development of newer materials that compete with more established and older synthetic resins and elastomers. This includes thermoplastic elastomers; products that can no longer be considered as new, but are still being developed and competing. The thermoplastic resins (non-elastomeric) polymeric materials segment by volume was 512 million pounds in 2012. With a CAGR of 2.4%, this market is expected to reach 576 million pounds by 2017.

The market for flexible hose and tubing is being driven by changes in the industry, particularly in the automotive segment. Engine innovations for example, are constantly being made in the very important automotive under–the–hood hose and tubing category. Additionally, an industry-wide change in primary auto air conditioner refrigerant, from CFC–12 (Freon–12) to HFC–134a, has necessitated changes in the hose and tubing used for such applications.

This updated BCC Research provides analyses of market trends, with data from 2012, and projections of CAGRs through 2017. The report also discusses older and newer technologies and their markets and provides market analysis for hose and tubing material in terms of pound volume.

This report should be of interest to a wide group of organizations and individuals that are involved in the development, design, manufacture, sale, and use of hose, tubing and other related materials.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (Pemfc) And Membrane Electrode Assembly (Mea) Global Market To Reach $1.2 Billion In 2017

Wellesley, Mass. – According to a new technical market research report, MATERIALS FOR PROTON EXCHANGE MEMBRANES AND MEMBRANE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLIES FOR PEM FUEL CELLS (Report Code: FCB035D), from BCC Research (, the global PEMFC MEA market reached $444 million in 2012. According to the report, the market is projected to reach $1.2 billion in 2017, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.1%.

Identified as a practical solution to many of the technological and environmental problems facing the world today, PEMFCs are an increasingly attractive power source for transportation, stationary distributive power, and small-scale applications such as portable electronic products. This BCC Research report breaks the global market for PEMFC MEA into four segments: membranes, bipolar plates/collectors, inks and catalysts, and gaseous diffusion layer (GDL) and carbon -- with the membrane segment alone expected to be worth $489 million in 2017, and yielding a CAGR of 21.3%. Bipolar plates/collectors, the segment claiming the second-largest share, was valued at $117 million in 2012 and is expected to reach $304 million in 2017, registering a CAGR of 21.0%.

There are huge potential profits in this market and it is these prospective gains that are driving the technological innovation in a somewhat chaotic environment. However, there are barriers to wider scale use, especially in automotive transportation. Other market forces discussed in this report include consumer desire for premium portable power, limits in the power and durability of lithium ion/polymer battery technology, and impeding forces like environmental regulation. 

PEMFC development and commercialization is an ever-changing process. In the process of this evolution, the different PEMs and MEAs will evolve and be adapted to more specific uses. Identifying how researchers are searching for better membranes that have greater tolerances to poisoning, greater durability and lower costs is a major objective of this analysis.

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This report from BCC Research identifies the global market for materials for proton exchange membranes and membrane electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cells. It analyzes the market trends with data from 2011 and 2012, and projections of CAGRs through 2017. The study identifies the opportunities and technological requirements of the PEMFC and the MEA and the bipolar plates for the PEMFC. It also discusses the history and advancing technology of these components, the companies involved in these developments, the current and projected incentives, and the projected markets for such technologies. Finally, the report provides presentations of consensus, optimistic and pessimistic scenarios, patent analysis and a discussion for power sources and vehicle components, as well as comprehensive company profiles of major players.

This report is intended for potential fuel cell users and makers and can also provide valuable information to manufacturers, material suppliers, local, state and federal government entities, and anyone who is interested in the precious metals market, nanomaterials, or alternative catalysts.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Positive Growth Predictions Lead Big Pharma to Take a Second Look at the Dermatology Market

At any one point in time roughly one-third of the world’s population is battling at least one active skin condition.
Ranging from relatively mild conditions such as acne and dermatitis to more severe conditions such as lupus and melanoma, skin conditions cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year.

While the prevalence of skin conditions in the U.S. rivals obesity, hypertension, and cancer, the dermatology market has largely been ignored by major pharmaceuticals since the mid-20th century.

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According to BCC Research’s report, Skin Disease Treatment Technologies and Global Markets, the global dermatology market reached $15.8 billion in 2012, and is expected to reach $18.5 billion by 2018, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8%.

BCC Research predicts that much of the developed world will see moderate growth due to the continuing recession, whereas more positive growth from emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China is anticipated by 2018.

The U.S. dermatology market was valued at $7.2 billion in 2012, and is expected to show moderate growth over the next 5 years to reach a total value of $7.8 billion by 2018, after registering a CAGR of 1.4%.

The dermatology market in the top five economies of the European Union (EU5) was valued at $3.4 billion in 2012, and is expected to reach $3.9 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 2.6%.

With moderate to positive growth predicted in this market and potentially high profit margins, both mid-sized and major pharmaceuticals are taking a second look at the dermatology market.

Skin Disease Treatment Technologies and Global Markets provides a detailed analysis of market, technology, and industry trends to help leaders in the pharmaceutical field quantify and qualify the market for drugs used in the treatment of major skin diseases. The study also includes a 5-year global sales forecast for major drug categories.

This report is designed to satisfy the information needs of a wide variety of individuals involved in the dermatology marketplace. The study is also aimed at providing managers and executives in marketing, research, planning, and sales departments with readable, comprehensive, and up-to-date marketplace background information.
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