Demand for water management chemicals in the U.S. is forecast to
increase 5%/yr to $4.3 billion in 2005. Volume growth will average
1.6%, to 15.8 billion pounds. In most major product types and in
nearly all markets and applications, higher-value formulations are
replacing low-cost commodities. The superior performance at lower
loadings will thus restrain volume growth while driving market
value gains through higher cost/pound. These are some findings of a
new report from The Freedonia Group (www.freedoniagroup.com).