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October 8, 2015
by Jessica Hamelburg
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Trends in the Fine and Specialty Chemicals Industries

Chemical manufacturers are seeing a growth in product demand. While some industry sections are experiencing only a small growth, other areas are showing a double-digit increase in sales. Fine and specialty chemicals are two of the sectors enjoying a significant upswing.
Pharmaceutical production is re-shoring, with an upswing in U.S. manufacturing. Concerns regarding the quality of drugs being produced is one factor in this change.
chemical1The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also approving new drugs more quickly. The time from Phase I (small group testing) to Phase III (large scale testing and marketing) has decreased. While clinical trials still account for a considerable portion of the development-to-market time, the FDA is reviewing up to 90 percent of new drugs within 10 months. Drugs considered a priority may be approved within six months.
A great deal of growth in the research and production of fine chemicals can be seen in new cancer treatments reaching the market. New methods of medical treatments also are contributing to industry increases. Neulasta, used after chemotherapy to increase white blood cell production, has been approved for use in an on-body injector. The patient no longer has to return for an injection; it can be received at home.
Due to the expiration of numerous patents for popular medications, generic versions are also leading to more production and strategic changes. Fortune predicts continued pharmaceutical growth as the world’s population ages and the demand for health solutions increases.
Up and Downs in Specialty Chemicals
Lower energy costs have both positive and negative effects on the chemical industry. Growth for biofuels may slow due to a reduction in oil costs. The need for chemicals used for fuel extraction may also decline. Manufacturers that diversify can avoid an impact by changes in focus.
Specialty chemicals used in plastics are expected to remain strong and the cosmetics industry should see growth. Polyethylene and polypropylene demands are predicted to increase by 5 percent yearly. Anti-aging products will remain in strong demand even as consumers look to ingredients that are more natural.
With growth in chemical markets comes the need for new technology and production methods. Equipment used in chemical manufacturing must also continue to improve to keep up with the production demands.

powderbulksolidlogoEquipNet will be exhibiting at the Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, October 13th – October 15th. Stop by and see us at Booth #129 to learn about our extensive asset management offerings for your powder and bulk solid needs and much more.







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October 7, 2015
by Ana Hernandez
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Coming Soon: Andina Pack 2015!

IMG_20150618_141656299_HDR Just a month until AndinaPack 2015 – one of the most important global events in the area of transformation, processing and packaging, covering the following industries: Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Mass Consumer Products. EquipNet is in preparation to exhibit at this highly respected forum.

andinapack2015The event will take place at Corferias, one of the most eminent venues in Bogota, Colombia, from November 10th–13th, 2015. We welcome you to stop by Booth #2111A, located in the 18th hall, where our experienced sales representatives will be able to provide you with all the information regarding our projects and services.

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October 7, 2015
by Jessica Hamelburg
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Technology Asset Recovery Improves Production and Revenue

Capture1Process improvement methodologies such as lean process management have targeted waste as a way to bolster bottom lines for years. One way to reduce waste in your organization is through proper asset management of your technology equipment, which recovers and manages resources in a way that supports revenue and production.
EquipNet’s IT Asset Recovery Management System (ARMSTM) and our project teams help you manage technology assets consistently to create savings and production wins.
Reuse and Recycle Resources
Technology asset recovery lets you manage electronic resources such as computers or telecom equipment and allows you to identify, track, locate and even view the certification for environmental recycling and/or hard drive sanitizing of all IT assets. Companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, telecommunications and financial services industries use IT ARMS to understand and track their IT assets.
Maintain Resources for Proper Production
Technology asset recovery management involves understanding the state of all technology assets in the organization, including documentation of hard drive sanitizing, remarketing and environmental recycling. Keeping track of maintenance and other documents can be tedious, which is why good technology asset management software is a boon to organizations that are equipment-driven.
Remove Resources that Are No Longer Useful
Recycling technology assets through your organization lets you optimize the value of each piece of equipment, but physical assets usually become obsolete for organizations at some point. Technology asset management software and services let you identify unnecessary equipment as soon as possible, which lets you remove the resources so they don’t take up space, hinder workflow, or cause confusion. Removing unnecessary assets might even be a critical requirement for safety in your organization.
Sell Used Resources to Fund New Purchases
When you identify technology assets for removal as soon as they are unnecessary to your process, you increase your chance of commanding strong resell value. Equipment that isn’t useful in your workflow can still be useful to someone else, especially if it hasn’t been sitting in a storeroom for years.
For many organizations, it’s difficult to attend to technology asset management on a daily basis because customer service, production and employee-facing issues demand so much attention. Outsourcing technology asset management lets you realize the production and revenue benefits above without taking away from time spent on other functions. Our IT ARMSTM software is run by an experienced project management team that takes some of the burden from your team and guides you to achieve productive technology asset management.

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October 6, 2015
by Jessica Hamelburg
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Changes in Millennial Consumer Behavior

Millennial consumers are much more environmentally conscious than any generation before, and a number of observable trends have resulted from it. One of those is a new focus on health rather than wealth. Another is an insistence upon company integrity. A third is a tightening of the proverbial spending belt. According to the 2014 American Pantry Study, 94 percent of consumers in the U.S. intend to keep spending cautiously, even if the economy improves.
Consumers also have the benefits of smart phones and social media to communicate thoughts and reviews of their experiences. As a result, a good brand is not enough to sell products anymore. Consumers looking for quality and integrity share what they think of a product once they discover which way it falls.
Millennial Purchasing Trends
Included with environmental awareness is the expectation of corporate responsibility. How does a company treat its employees? Is the product healthy, both in what it provides for the consumer and in how it was produced? Does a product’s packaging match the quality of the product itself?
Here are some of things millennials are looking for:

    • Packaging and marketing that includes product benefits
    • Products that contribute to a sustainable lifestyle
    • A match between product quality and price (On the negative side is tricky advertising that makes a product look better than it really is. Millennials will post a warning about this)
    • Products that are made to last as long as possible and packaging that supports it — no more planned obsolescence
    • Good service – If purchased online, is the shipping timely? Does the product arrive in good condition?
    • Website information showing how the company benefits its community and watches out for its impact on the environment
    • Information consumers can share on social media about which brands are best to buy

    Consumer Purchasing and Social Media
    Have you ever looked to see what millennials share on social media sites? Products of all types are discussed on a regular basis. Consumers share reviews and create websites specifically for reviewing products, companies, neighborhoods and more.

      • Amazon.com provides a method for customers to rate products bought from the site and its affiliated stores. Customers who read those reviews quickly learn to differentiate between fake reviews and real ones. They use that information to choose between brands. Amazon also posts alternative brands that others have bought instead of the one under consideration.
      • Yelp is a well-used site that rates neighborhoods, companies and services. Reading through those reviews shows the power consumers have to influence each other’s purchases. Whereas the printed Consumer Reports utilizes professional reviewers writing about which brands offer the best value on specific products, Yelp provides a crowd-sourcing alternative for consumers actually using a product to share their personal experiences with it.

      Because of the success of these two sites, many other such sites are branching out to focus on specific categories of products and services. And new online marketplaces are including review functions for the products they sell.

      Two additional purchasing trends are worth mentioning here: the increase of online commerce and the trend toward purchasing and growing food locally. Both require adjustments in the thinking of consumer goods providers, always keeping in mind that millennial consumers share product experiences much more readily than ever before and that they have the means to do so.
      In preparation for such changes in consumer expectations and spending, a company may benefit from a number of asset management services to ensure their equipment and machinery is up to par. EquipNet offers a number of resources to help their client’s effectively manage their surplus assets, including an Asset Redeployment Management System (ARMSTM), Project Management Teams to help clients reach their goals and meet strict deadlines, Procurement options to allow companies to benefit from up to 75% savings on equipment and much more.

      supplysidewestlogoFrom October 7th – October 8th, EquipNet will be exhibiting at SupplySide West, the leading Expo bringing together suppliers & buyers who drive the dietary supplement, food, beverage, animal nutrition, personal care & cosmetic industries.
      Find us at Booth #1143 to learn about our extensive asset management services and much more.

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      October 1, 2015
      by Jessica Hamelburg
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      Trends in Bulk Powder Processing

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      The global bulk material handling products and technology market is growing, according to a recent report published by Transparency Market Research. While a handful of factors may slow the industry, the rapid growth of the industrial and construction sectors in emerging markets will likely spur global bulk material handling products and technologies market.
      The Report
      The report, titled “Bulk Material Handling Products & Technologies Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020” predicts the market to grow at a CAGR of 1.2% during the period between 2014 and 2020.
      The Transparency Market Research report segments the global bulk material handling products and technologies into two types: powder materials and others. While solid bulk materials account for the majority of the market – 89.8 percent – there is a growing demand for powder bulk materials, such as cement and fertilizers from the construction and agricultural sectors.
      The report also segments the bulk material handling products and technologies market according to industry. At 29.4 percent of the overall market, mining companies were the largest end user segment in 2013. Agriculture also emerged as a major end user segment in the market, although oil and gas companies, mining industries, chemical companies, saw mills, paper mills, construction companies, pharmaceutical companies and other industries also engaged in the bulk powder and bulk material processing market.
      The report breaks down the market into four key regions: Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. Accounting for a 34.5 percent share in the overall market, Europe was the dominate player in 2013, mostly due to the need for bulk equipment in construction and the increasing need for automation in manufacturing. Asia Pacific was a close second, taking a 32.4 percent share of the market that year. The industrial infrastructure and construction sectors of China, India and Japan are expanding, creating a great need for bulk material handling and bulk powder processing.

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