Pool Equipment and Maintenance Market

Sharks of the Pool Cleaning Business

Aqua Products, Hayward Industries, Maytronics, Pentair & Zodiac Pool Systems are the market leaders

An ocean would be a lot less interesting without sharks. And a market would be a lot less competitive without big players setting the benchmark for service and product innovation and excellence.

The pool equipment and maintenance market is no exception to this.

There has been an unprecedented growth in the number of swimming pools being constructed, in both the residential and commercial spaces across geographies, to keep pace with the growing tourism and hospitality industry, and to address the increasing awareness for fitness among the urban populace.

The more the swimming pools, the more is the need to maintain them and keep them clean and functional! And some pool cleaning service providers have taken the first opportunity to make their presence felt in this yet-not-totally tapped market.

One such service provider is the New Jersey based Aqua Products Inc. The innovative and forward-thinking Aqua Products raced towards the top of the market by successfully marrying-off traditional techniques with innovative technologies.  Its signature solution, Aquabot, was introduced in 1982. A robotic pool cleaning solution, Aquabot is designed, manufactured, and distributed by Aqua Products It offers the widest variety of innovative, technology-driven, efficient, and cost-effective pool cleaning products, helping it build on to and consolidate its position as a leader in the market.

Another New Jersey based service provider, Hayward Industries Inc. has been engaged in designing, manufacturing, and distributing pool cleaning equipments since 1925. Aiming to make “your pool experience worry and hassle-free”, Hayward has been focusing on manufacturing cutting edge, technologically advanced pool equipment that are efficient, require little maintenance and give high return on investment. Supporting the market demands across geographies, Hayward has consolidated its position as a leader in the market by ensuring quality and total pool cleaning equipment line.

The Israel based Maytronics Group, founded in 1983 and with subsidiaries in Australia, France, and the US, offers a wide range of automatic pool cleaners, pool safety products, and eco-friendly water treatment solutions for residential and commercial swimming pools worldwide. Maytronics pioneered the field of automatic pool cleaning, through Dolphin robotic pool cleaners. Constantly raising the bar with their state-of-the-art products and technologies that are an unmatched combination of innovation and high-end aesthetic design, Maytronics has consolidated their position as a trend-setter and a market leader.

Founded in 2013, Ireland based Pentair PLC is a relatively new entrant in the pool equipment and maintenance market, but is definitely not a pushover. A water and fluid control solution provider across industries ranging from mining and food processing to pharmaceuticals and telecommunication, Pentair also provides pool cleaning solutions. Kreepy Krauly Prowler, Pentair’s signature pool cleaning product is a robotic pool cleaning vacuum cleaner.

The California based Zodiac Pool Systems Inc. is another major player in the pool equipment and maintenance market. Incorporated in 1999, Zodiac is a leading manufacturer of automatic pool cleaners and swimming pool accessories. A subsidiary of Zodiac Marine Holding SAS, it sells its products under the brand names of Zodiac, Polaris, Jandy Pro Series, Caretaker, SAVI, Nature2, and Cover-Pools.

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Maternity Vitamins Market and Maternity Wear

Vitamins for Optimal Growth of Babies and Would-be Mothers

Fast-paced life, high stress, anxiety levels, and pollution can pose a major threat to the well-being of a pregnant woman along with her unborn child. Even after the delivery, both the mother and the new-born needs the right amount of nutrients to ensure a healthy recovery and growth.

This is not possible through regular food alone. Dietary supplements and vitamins are essential to overcome the nutritional deficiency. The global maternity vitamins market is an important part of the global maternity care market.

Global Maternity Vitamins Market: Trends and Forecast

According to a market research report, Maternity Vitamins Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017 – 2023 by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, the global maternity vitamins market is expected to grow at a staggering 2.68% over the next five years.

Vitamins and dietary supplements are equally essential both during the pre-natal and the post-natal stages. A majority of prenatal vitamins contain iron and folic acid, which are crucial for the development of the foetus. Prenatal vitamins are taken by women while conceiving the baby and during pregnancy. The demand is increasing, especially in developing countries, due to increased awareness through government initiatives and recommendations from healthcare professionals about the use of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy.

Post childbirth, eating a well-balanced diet is important but not sufficient to get the nutrients necessary to maintain optimal health. The demand for post-natal vitamins is low, even in developed economies such as North America. However, it is expected that over the next five years, the demand for post-natal vitamins will increase with increasing awareness on the importance of postnatal supplements.

Global Maternity Vitamins Market: Manufacturer Dynamics

The global manufacturers in the maternity vitamins markets such as The Honest Company, Nature Made, One A Day and others along with local vitamins brands in various geographies are investing on research and development to capitalize on this forecasted growth in the market, both in the developed as well as developing economies.


Maternity Vitamins Market and Maternity Wear

Fashion-savvy Would-be Mothers and the Maternity Wear Market

The baby bump is no longer taboo. It’s what would-be-mothers want to flaunt fashionably!

Pregnancy is no longer a reason for women to stay indoors. Improved healthcare facilities, increased professional commitments, and greater awareness of global styles and trends are changing the way women look at pregnancy. This is bringing about a paradigm shift in the global maternity apparels market as well. Comfort is no longer the only keyword. Style, functionality, and health-benefits are now ranked equally high, if not higher.

And to cash-in on this change, global and local maternity wear manufacturers are incorporating innovative designs and health benefits in the apparels manufactured by them. From maternity wear made out of bamboo fabric to those that protect the yet-to-be born from harmful radiations of cellular phones, the pregnancy apparels manufacturers are investing in research and development to make maternity wear more appealing to the mothers juggling professional and personal lives with aplomb.

According to a market research report, Maternity Apparels Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017 – 2023 by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, more and more maternity wear manufacturers are aligning their research and development to offer innovative, functional, and easy-to-use pregnancy apparels that will strike a chord with the would-be-mothers of today.

Global Maternity Apparels Market: Trends and Forecast

An upward moving per capita GDP and increase in dual-income households across the globe, coupled with higher life expectancy and birth rates are slowly opening up the maternity apparels market in the developing economies.

Although currently, North America dominates the global maternity apparels market with a market share of 33.11% followed by Europe, one can expect a definite change in the numbers with the increasing demand for stylish and functional maternity wear in the developing economies. This is opening up opportunities for not only the established global players in the market but also for the local players who are targeting the market in their own countries or regions.

Global Maternity Apparels Market: Manufacturer Dynamics

The maternity apparels market dominated the global maternity care market with a share of 84.98% in 2016, followed by the maternity personal care market and the maternity vitamins market. To cash-in on this forecasted growth,  pregnancy apparel manufacturers, are focusing on either one or the individual segments of the market namely, the maternity daywear market, the maternity nightwear market, and the maternity innerwear market, or on all the three market segments.

Maternity apparels manufacturers such as ASOS, Séraphine, Cake Maternity, Destination Maternity, PinkBlush Maternity, Milk Nursingwear, Hotmilk Lingerie, Cache Coeur, H&M, GAP, and Topshop are aggressively investing on innovation and research to capitalize on the increasing demands in the market.

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Interactive Baby Monitors Market Analysis

Introduction of technology-driven Products to Lead Interactive Baby Monitors Market

Baby care products are driven by the need to exchange data and information between parents and hi-tech gadgets. These gadgets are meant to inform parents about their baby’s activities.  According to a report, Interactive Baby Monitors Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017 – 2022, published by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, the interactive baby monitors market is also getting influenced by the ongoing trends of digital consumerism, which is reshaping the need and requirement for smart parenting. Increased influx of technology on baby care products along with the increase in the dual-income households has created a need for devices that help parents to keep an eye on their babies 24×7.

The global interactive baby monitors market is witnessing a rapid development not only in baby monitoring technology but also for smart devices to keep a check on the baby’s vitals. Vendors have identified end-users’ concerns and are introducing smart connected devices for the same. Further, many vendors have introduced smart baby monitors in the market to cater to the need of modern day parents.

Smart wearable technologies have been penetrating the traditional monitor market since the last three years. These products are meant to address the product commoditization of the traditional baby monitors market. A motion-detection or movement monitor is relatively a niche product category, and recently, many vendors have come up with their offerings in this domain. Rapid innovation and funding of new start-ups in the movement monitor market have facilitated the introduction of new products in the interactive baby monitors market. These new products are having additional functionalities such as ECG, oxygen level, and temperature monitoring with traditional movement sensing function. Such product differentiation offers additional value to consumers that are tech-savvy and eager to obtain information about their babies.

Product Description
Babble Band
(Summer Infant)
The first ever wearable audio monitor
Baby Gigl Smart baby bottle holder; tracks feeding stats
Baby Monitor Light
(Blue Brain Waves)
Monitors breathing
Mimo Monitors sleeping temperature, movement, body position, and activity level; smart onesie
MonBaby Monitors sleeping position, orientation, movement, and activity levels
Owlet Monitors movement and oxygen levels
Pacif-I (Blue Maestro) A smart pacifier monitors temperature and medication effects
Pixie Scientific Smart diapers
Safetosleep Monitors sleeping and breathing patterns
Snuza HeroMD Monitors breathing
Starling by VersaMe Tracks the number of words that the baby speaks and hears throughout a day
Sproutling Monitors ECG, and detects movement; also detects emotions
TempTraq (Blue Spark Technologies) Monitors temperature
Tommee Tippee Monitors sound, movement, and temperature
Unisar BébéSounds BR143 Fever Monitor Monitors body temperature

Further, smart parenting bands such as Parent + Baby SmartBand by Project Nursery have also been making a market presence. Project Nursery, in October 2016, introduced a smart band Parent + Baby SmartBand, specifically designed for parents. This smart band does tracking functions such as logging important events (for example, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, prenatal vitamins and post-natal vitamins, child weight and naps diaper changes, medications, pumping, and fetal movements) and acts as a tracker for parents’ weight, hydration, exercise, sleep, and diet. This device is available at a retail price tag of $150 at stores such as Buy Buy Baby, Giggle, Babies “R” Us, and Brixy, and online stores such as Amazon and Project Nursery Shop.

The technological landscape for interactive baby monitors has advanced rapidly, and this has resulted in the development of advanced and highly sophisticated baby monitors. For instance, there are baby sound monitors available in analog and digital models with clear sound and high-resolution image quality, infrared night vision, tilt, zoom, a high sensitivity microphone, and pre-recorded lullabies. Also, certain interactive baby monitors for motion detection have sensors that are fitted under the mattress of a crib to detect the movement of the baby. The alarm is set off if the baby does not move for more than 20 seconds. Some vendors have designed motion monitors that can transmit sound to enable parents to listen to breathing and crying of their babies from another location. These types of monitors are increasingly being used for premature babies or babies that are born with health issues. The adoption of interactive baby monitors equipped with advanced technologies is expected to pave the way for market growth in the future.

The interactive baby monitors market is likely to get influenced by upcoming technologies. Further, a rapid advancement in technological space will push vendors to launch innovative products in the market, thereby reducing commoditization and promoting innovation in the market during the forecast period.

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Erectile Dysfunction market

Topical Premature Ejaculation Market Likely to Witness High Growth

In terms of route of administration, the global premature ejaculation market can be classified into two segments: oral therapies and topical therapies. In 2016, the global oral PE drugs segment accounted for a major share of 75.72% of the global PE market, according to the recent report, Premature Ejaculation Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017 – 2022 published by Arizton Advisory and Intelligence. The report published states that the topical PE market is expected to witness growth at a higher pace than the oral premature ejaculation market. However, the oral PE drugs market is likely to retain its market share until the end of the forecast period 2016–2022.

Oral administration refers to the route of administration where the drug is administered through the mouth. Oral therapies can be in the form of tablets, capsules, solutions, and suspensions. Currently, oral therapies for the PE market comprises tablets only.

Oral therapy is the most dominant segment of the global premature ejaculation market due to the presence of a wide range of drugs recommended by physicians for the management of the condition.

Topical medications refer to the drugs that are applied to the skin. Topical drug formulations include creams, gels, sprays, powders, emulsion, solutions, and ointments. Currently, creams, sprays, and gels are the common topical therapies.

Almost all the topical PE drug formulations are amide anesthetics, which comprise lidocaine, benzocaine or a combination of lidocaine and prilocaine. These formulations are available as OTC drugs, which can be purchased by the consumer without physicians’ prescription. This is the key factor, which boosts the product uptake of topical therapies in a vast majority of PE patients.

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Agricultural Tractor Tires Market - Key Vendors

Bridgestone, Michelin, and Titan International to Lead Global Agricultural Tractor Tires Market

Agricultural tractor tires are responsible for transmitting power from the tractor to the field. The demand for agricultural tractor tires is strongly correlated with the global tractors market. A recent report by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, Agricultural Tractor Tires Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017 – 2022, states that the global market is expected to reach 20,905.61 thousand units by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.06%.

With the increase in revenue and sales, the market is likely to be lucrative for vendors. Bridgestone (catering geographies through Firestone), Michelin, and Titan International are major companies that dominate the global agricultural tractor tires market with a market share of more than 80%. These players dominate the market with a comprehensive range of product portfolios in all the tractor segments, radial-ply as well as bias-ply, for each range of HP tractors. They also have a wide series of the front as well as rear tractor tires across the geography. Another key leading player in the global market is BKT, which is an Indian tractor tire manufacturer.

The threat of rivalry is high in the global agricultural tractor tires market with more than 80% of the share belonging to the three key players. These players are thriving on innovation in the global tractor tire market. The leading players in the global agriculture tractor market are increasingly investing in developing product lines with advanced tires technology.

BridgeStone

Bridgestone is one of the leading players in the agriculture tractor tires market. The company operates in the market through its brand, Firestone. Firestone is a part of Bridgestone Corp., the leading manufacturer of tire and rubber company. The company continues to focus on implementing new technologies in the agricultural tractor tires segment.

Michelin

Michelin is a leading vendor and is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The company has a strong presence in developed markets, including Europe and North America.

Titan International Inc.

Titan International, along with its subsidiaries (Titan or the Company) is a global wheel and undercarriage industrial manufacturer and supplier, servicing customers across its target markets. The company is a leading manufacturer in the off-highway industry. The company’s ability to manufacture both wheels and tires allows Titan to mount and deliver one of the largest selections of off-highway assemblies in North America.

Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT)

BKT is one of the leading manufacturers of the off-highway tire. Under the agricultural segment, the company majorly offers tires for 2WD tractor, compact utility tractors, high power tractors, and small tractors. It offers both radial and bias tires depending on the application.

It is expected that large tires will be in the market from Group 50. Another factor on which tire manufacturers are competing is the width and stubble resistance.

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3D printing solutions market

Growing Market Consolidation to Boost 3D Printing Solutions Market

Unlike other markets, the global 3D printing solutions market is witnessing consolidation worldwide. The industry has been succeeding on an innovative and entrepreneurial enthusiasm to increase its end-user base and improve profitability in the market.

Major 3D printer equipment manufacturers and existing service providers are aggressively involving in M&A activities in the global 3D printing solutions market as these companies are expanding their market presence in this domain and are increasing their market potential through M&A worldwide.  According to a report, 3D Printing Services Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017–2022, the unprecedented growth of the market is likely to drive global companies to acquire small and regional suppliers to increase their market presence. It is expected to help vendors improve their distribution channels and expand their market reach.

Some of the recent acquisitions by major vendors in the 3D printing solutions market are enlisted in the report.

Companies can strengthen their businesses by acquiring other company having a similar business model. The combined synergies of the parent and the acquired company can help in bringing up advanced products. Thus, the launch of new products and services along with various collaborations with the combined effort of acquired or merged companies would help vendors to improve their operational and customer base.

Also, factors such as the requirement of financial assistance to expand business across the globe and the need to have established retail chains for the distribution of products are also driving the 3D printing solutions market consolidation.

Thus, increased M&A activities are expected to help vendors expand their customer base and add revenue to the global market during the forecast period.

Emergence of Cloud-based 3D Printing Service Providers among Latest Opportunities 

The 3D printing services market is witnessing the emergence of cloud-based 3D printing solutions offered by many service providers worldwide. Many vendors have started to offer cloud-based software solutions for 3D printing services. Using the cloud technology, end-users can customize the design of any product using smartphones or tablets. Earlier such offerings were introduced by companies such as Shapeways and Sculpteo who gave designers and engineers the tools to produce their objects using a scalable and cost-effective process to democratize the mass production. These attempts have started to shift the decade-old established centralized production toward more distributed manufacturing innovations. Service providers use cloud-based 3D services to deliver 3D printing solutions, standard and customized, to enterprises over online networks.

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Pet Food Market in US

Why the Pet Food Market in US is a Recession Proof Industry?

While consumers during the recession period had reduced their retail spending on food, beverages, and other items, the spending on pet food was not affected during this period.

A recent report on the Pet Food Market in US – Industry Outlook and Forecast 2017-2022, by Arizton says that the average household spending on pet food alone was $183 in 2011, which was much higher than the spending on bread, candy, cereal, chicken, and beverages.  This clearly shows that the trend of treating pets as family members is the major factor driving the pet food market in US.

According to the report, the pet expenditure in the US increased tremendously during the recession period. The expenditure includes pet food, pet services, pet monitoring devices, pet supplies, medicine, and veterinary services. Thus, with an increase of more than 250% between 2007 and 2016, the pet industry has increased exponentially than other retail markets. Thus, it is expected that the demand for pet food will remain stable irrespective of economic conditions in the country.

The report also includes other factors that show that the pet food market in US is going to witness a high growth. Following are a few factors discussed in the report:

Increased Tendency to Treat Pets as Humans among Pet Owners to Drive the  Growth of Pet Food Market in US

Pet owners have started treating pets as their family members and spend more on pet food, treats, toys, and others. The number of households with pets is higher than the number of households with kids. Therfore, the spending on pets has increased in the region. Additionally, baby boomers and millennials are the largest segments owning a pet and are the major contributors on pet spending.

Increasing Pet Penetration through Adoption Leading to the Growth of Pet Food Market in US

To increase the adoption of shelter pets, many organizations have eased regulations and other barriers for adoption. Many animal shelters are increasing awareness through different campaigns to adopt shelter animals. Thus, this has led to increased adoption of shelter animals. Many shelters are turning to “open adoptions”, where owners can easily adopt a pet without undergoing through tedious procedure of background check, regulations, and other procedures to increase the number of adoption.


Wheelchair Lift Market Analysis

Revolutionary Shift in Automotive Designs and Rise of Electric Vehicles to Boost Wheelchair Lift Market

From alternative fuel engines to self-driving vehicles, technology is transforming the automotive industry radically both in terms of design and performance. All the aspects of a car including exterior, the placement and use of key components, and the look and feel of the interiors are being experimented and optimized. The look and feel of the future cars is set to change radically in a couple of decades.

According to a recent report by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, the global wheelchair lift market is going to witness a high growth, and changing shift in automotive designs is one of the latest trends that is likely to impact the market.

Some of the sweeping trends in the industry that are driving fundamental changes in automotive designs are as follows:

Evolution of Customer Expectations

Consumer preferences can be termed rather dynamic when it comes to automotive variants. To address and accommodate expectations of a wide range of users, there has been an expansion in base variants being offered for most of the automotive models. The same is not only to suit the price and performance expectations of a wide range of audience but also to enable to meet customization requirements of specific target users including disabled. For instance, Allied Mobility offers 2014 Peugeot Expert, which can accommodate five passengers and a wheelchair with customization, including manual rear ramp and lowered floor. Similarly, such customization is also witnessed in Ford Galaxy 2012. More than 600 automotive models have already been customized to make them wheelchair friendly.

Democratization of Design

The rapidly evolving mid-income segment in key emerging economies of Brazil, India, China is driving an interesting trend in automotive designs. Sleeker candid designs that once are only limited to luxury car models are increasingly being inspired upon by peers to incorporate the same in the entry-level economy model. Thus, automotive customization to accommodate mobility aids for the disabled, which was once an option in certain mid to high-end automotive models, is eventually expanding to many models with a growing design parity.

Increased Acceptance of Hybrid Cars and Electric Vehicles

Electric and hybrid cars, which once were termed as a fad, have evolved and have merged as a meaningful segment. While federal emissions and fuel efficiency targets, coupled with rising consumer awareness are pivotal in driving the preference for these cars, incentives and subsidies are decisive in making the purchases. The rise of electric vehicles demands a fundamental shift in vehicle design, especially in engine placements and battery storages. Several hybrid vehicles in the market are not yet to be pruned to accommodate enough customization, especially for disabled population. However, electric vehicles are expected to be a major subject for accommodating wheelchairs.

Growth and Standardization of Safety Mandates

Finally, standardization in safety regulations and increased fuel standards are challenging automakers to make cars safer and energy efficient through alterations in designs. The placement of wheelchairs and passengers, compact lift designs, and lifts that can accommodate a wide variety of mobility vehicles, automated ramps, and comfortable cushioning and impact insulation are some of the segments being improved upon by vendors.

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Surgical Robots in Surgical Equipment Market

Impact of Surgical Robots on Global Surgical Equipment Market

Modern invention and innovation in technology has captivated almost all industries and is continuously influencing the market growth across the world.  The surgical equipment market is also influenced due to product innovations.

A recent report by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, which includes the study of global surgical equipment market has provided some evident that the launch of advanced products is likely to impact the global market. The report Surgical Equipment Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2017-2022, states that the advent of surgical robots is expected to drive the market growth.

Demand for surgical robots to drive global surgical equipment market growth

The increased need for robotic surgery will likely drive the demand for surgical equipment. Robotic assisted surgeries require the integration of various surgical equipment, including power tools to perform various procedures. For instance, surgical robots work with four arms, which increased the demand for various surgical equipment, including power tools. For instance, the University of Washington has developed surgical robots that can use multiple surgical tools during operations. Surgical robots are self-powered, computer-controlled devices that can be programmed to aid the positioning and manipulation of surgical instruments. Advantages associated with these systems will drive the adoption substantially. For instance, surgical robotic systems provide less post-surgical complications and help in reducing labor cost. Therefore, large-scale hospitals in developed and developing economies are looking to prefer automated surgical robots that can be integrated with surgical equipment. For instance, the number of surgical procedures that use Intuitive Surgical’s robotic machines stood at approximately 0.7 million in 2015 (worldwide), indicating an increase of 15% over the previous fiscal year. In developing countries such as India, the demand for robotic surgeries is expected to increase and hospitals are increasingly adopting surgical robots. About 30 healthcare facilities in India have already adopted surgical robots to provide better patient care. This indicates that there is an increased adoption of surgical equipment required to carry out robotic surgeries. For instance, in 2015, more than 4,000 surgical procedures were witnessed in India. Therefore, the shift to robotic-assisted surgeries will increase the demand for surgical equipment.

The report also provides a detailed study of major trends in the global market that are likely to affect the growth during the forecast period.

Innovation likely to change global surgical equipment market dynamics

Continuous focus of innovation will certainly bring substantial growth opportunities in the market. Vendors are increasingly pursuing new product development strategies to bring innovative products into the market. For instance, in October 2016, In’Tech Medical SAS, a launched a new Wayvio platform, which is dedicated to drive standalone surgical instruments with smart communication tools.

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