Cheer Among Indian Alphonso Traders as EU Lifts Ban on Imports

The Commission Committee of the European Union (EU) has voted unanimously to revoke a ban on the importation of Alphonso mangoes that was slapped on India in 2014 on account of sub-standard quality. All shipments of the fruit from India to the EU were suspended in May 2014 after inspection officials found fruitflies in a number of consignments.
Speaking about the development, Britain’s minister for natural environment, Lord de Mauley, said that the decision to revoke the ban is reflective of the many improvements that India has brought about to its export system. He also added that it is imperative for India to uphold these quality benchmarks to keep trade between the two countries on the smooth track. Mauley said that it was also equally important to keep the health of consumers in Britain in mind.
Officials close to the development said that the EU would resume imports from India in about a month, after the EU adopts the new legislation formally, and the European Commission publishes it.
While this development brought much cheer for the mango trade committee in India, the same cannot be said about exporters dealing in four other banned products – bitter gourds, patra leaves, aubergines, and snake gourds. The imports of these vegetables continue to face a ban on account of sub-standard pest control standards, added de Mauley.
Sanjay Pansare, the director of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee, based in New Mumbai, said that the development marks good news for traders of Alphonso mangoes in India, especially after the ban caused losses to a number of exporters in the country last year.

As for the other vegetables that are still barred from being exported from India to the EU, officials from the latter said that they would review the possibility of revoking the ban only after they have enough evidence of the safety and pest-control standards. After the UK, the markets of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany are among the important ones for fruit and vegetable exporters from India.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Market, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate Industry and Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate is Expected to Reach USD 9.35 billion in 2020

A New Market Report Titled “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Market (SLS Liquid and SLS Dry), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate Industry (SLES) and Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) for Detergents & Cleaners, Personal Care, Textile & Leather, Oilfield Chemicals and Other Applications - Global Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020,” which observes that the global SLS, SLES & LAS market demand was valued at USD 6.60 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach USD 9.35 billion by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 5.1% from 2014 to 2020.

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Increasing sodium lauryl sulfate market (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulfate market (SLES) and linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) from detergents & cleaners and personal care industries is expected to drive the global SLS, SLES & LAS market in the next five years. However, hazardous effects of SLS & SLES on human skin are projected to hamper market growth. Furthermore, the shift towards bio-based surfactants, especially in developed countries, is likely to restrain the growth of the linear alkylbenzene sulfonate market in the near future. However, new applications and production methods for these surfactants are expected to offer immense opportunities for manufacturers in the industry.

Linear alkylbenzene sulfonate emerged as the biggest product segment of the global SLS, SLES & LAS market in 2013, accounting for a market share of 76.6%. Linear alkylbenzene sulfonate is a cheaper option and possesses good emulsifying, cleansing and foaming properties. Hence, it is widely used in household detergents & industrial cleaners. In terms of volume, sodium lauryl ether sulfate is projected to grow at a moderate rate owing to its milder nature as compared to sodium lauryl sulfate. In terms of volume and revenue, SLS is anticipated to grow at a sluggish rate during the forecast period owing to its adverse effects on human skin. There is high demand for SLS liquid as it is easily soluble and relatively cheaper.

Detergents & cleaners application was the largest consumer of SLS, SLES and LAS in 2013. In terms of volume, detergents & cleaners application was followed by personal care, which is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2014 to 2020. Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate are predominantly used in personal care applications due to their high skin penetration properties. However, demand for sodium lauryl sulfate in the personal care application is estimated to decrease in the next few years due to the toxic effects of sodium lauryl sulfate on human skin. Other emerging applications of SLS, SLES & LAS include oilfield chemicals, textile, leather, plastics, etc.

Asia Pacific dominated the global SLS, SLES & LAS market in 2013, in terms of volume and revenue. Increasing production of detergents & personal care products has been driving the market in Asia Pacific over the past few years. Additionally, rising disposable income in Middle East, Brazil, etc. is boosting Rest of the World market. Rest of the World emerged as the second-largest consumer of SLS, SLES and LAS in 2013. The market in Europe and North America has reached maturation; hence, these regions are expected to grow at a sluggish rate during the forecast period

The market is highly fragmented with no clear leader in the market. Major players in the market include Croda International, Rhodia SA, Solvay S.A, The Dow Chemical Company, Stepan Company, Clariant Corporation, Sasol Limited, BASF SE, Akzo Nobel N.V. and Oxiteno among others.

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Russian Chemist Union to Hold Polymeric Packaging Conference in June 2015 in Moscow

In June 2015, Moscow will host an international polymeric packaging conference conducted by the Russian Chemist Union (RCU). The conference will touch upon a number of issues ranging from chemical safety to plastic packaging restrictions to legislative initiatives and the supply dynamics within the polymeric materials market. The event will be a part of RosUpak, an exhibition dedicated to the packaging industry.

In an official statement issued by the RCU, it says that the voices against polymeric packaging are getting stronger and sentiments toward using glass and aluminum in packaging are becoming more favorable. A large chunk of this criticism has been directed at plastic bottles, noted the RCU. According to the Union, about 40% of the entire packaging industry in Russia still relies on the use of polymeric materials, and this figure continues to rise year-on-year.

To prepare for the conference, the RCU will be setting up a committee that will feature industry experts ranging from researchers, chemical industrialists, public representatives, and scholars.
Some of the themes that will be touched upon during the conference include: the chemical safety associated with polymeric packaging, plastic waste recycling technologies, the regulatory environment, and trends in supply and packaging in both domestic and international markets.

A number of environmental organizations in Russia have been critical of the polymeric packaging industry of the country. Watchdogs also disprove of the fact that the biodegradable packaging materials that are used by the Russian packaging industry do not comply with the required benchmarks and are often marketed on false claims.

According to Mikhail Anshakov, who heads the Society for Consumer Rights Protection, the polymeric bio-packaging industry is Russia does is not developed and can often carry misleading information. Despite these gaps, the prices of the so-called ‘bio-packaging’ materials are up to three times higher than regular packaging.

UK’s Kier Group Bags Prestigious Construction Projects Worth US$220 Million in the Gulf Region

UK-based Kier Group, a leading player in the country’s construction sector, has bagged multiple contracts amounting to approximately US$ 220 million in the Gulf region. In an official statement issued by the company, it said that it had emerged as the preferred bidder for a development in Dubai that would be used for mixed purposes. This project is worth GBP 100 million. The company would also be commencing work on two other infrastructure contracts, together worth GBP 15 million, for an ambitious leisure park.
The group has also secured a project in Saudi Arabia, where it will work alongside a state-owned company in the country’s eastern region. The value of this project is pegged at GBP 30 million. Kier said that all of these projects will be kicked off in January 2015.
In its official statement, the company said that the new contracts are an addition to their substantial growth in the international business domain. Kier has doubled its revenue in the last year, and has been chosen for a number of prominent projects in the Middle East region. The company’s latest projects are being built for companies in verticals such as education, leisure and finance. Among these are: a GBP 105 million JV with an Abu Dhabi-based spa hotel, a joint project worth GBP 87 million with Mercury to construct UAE’s Bank’s new data center, a GBP 26 million construction for the Dubai University, and a GBP 47 million deal for Dubai Parks.

According to the CEO of Kier, Haydn Mursell, these prestigious international projects are reflective of the company’s strong presence and solid relationship with clients in the Middle East. He also said that the projects stand testimony to the company’s extensive capabilities in the construction sector.

Researchers Create Advanced Biosensors with Smelling Abilities at Par with Humans

A new biosensor, whose ability to smell exceeds that of humans, could pave the way for the development of a whole new breed of biosensors that can diagnose problems with a sniff. The breakthrough was achieved under the leadership of an Indian-origin researcher. The biosensor’s functioning is based on the fact that every odor possesses a specific pattern. By distinguishing these inherent patterns, the nose is able to tell one odor from another.
A machine that needs to accomplish this relies on a combination of proteins that are joined to transistors. With this, machines can tell the difference between two smells that bear a resemblance to one another. These are known as chiral molecules. This is the first time such a feat has been achieved, according to news reports.
The human nose is able to distinguish between different molecules that are similar to each other, but when present in disparate forms, can take on a different odor. Machines from the earlier generation weren’t evolved enough to spot this difference.
However, with this new development, a whole new generation of highly sensitive biosensors can be created. With their acute sense of smell, they can virtually ‘sniff’ out problems. Equipped with this advantage, the new-generation biosensors can be utilized for a variety of industrial uses, such as determining the level of pollution by ‘smelling’ the air.

This breakthrough was achieved by researchers from the UK’s University of Manchester and the Italy-based University of Bari in Italy. The teams have been successful in creating a biosensor that makes use of a special protein that binds odors – in the human body, they occur in the mucus lining of the nose. The pioneering move came after researchers found a way to artificially manufacture proteins in small quantities that could be integrated with biosensors.

UK’s Shale Gas Revolution Moves at Snail’s Pace; Only 11 Exploratory Wells to be Dug in 2015

On paper, the UK government may have had ambitious plans for bringing about a shale gas revolution. But in reality, things haven’t been as exciting – at least that’s what the figures show. The plan for digging new exploratory wells was touted as a solution that would effectively address the country’s energy concerns. As things stand today, the project has barely moved beyond its starting blocks – only 11 new shale gas exploratory wells are planned this year. It is important to remember that the full impact of the rapidly sliding oil prices is yet to be fully felt across the industry.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has, on several occasions, reiterated that his government will be focusing intensely on shale gas exploration. However, the number of new wells that are scheduled in 2015 can be described as being a “handful” at best, according to media reports. Of these, fracking will be carried out at just nine wells, of which eight are new.

According to the UK Energy Research Centre’s director Professor Jim Watson—who has also recently authored a report on the possible potential that shale gas holds for the UK—the recent statements made by politicians regarding the potential of shale gas in the country could be termed as being “speculative”. Watson opined that the number of such wells that have been drilled in the United Kingdom are very low. This naturally translates into a low degree of real experience in producing shale gas. Hence, estimating how much shale gas could be obtained from these wells would be premature. Watson said that David Cameron’s statement that these new wells could meet the gas requirements of the UK for the next three decades come across as being optimistic.

Europe Wearable Technology Market is Expected to Reach USD 2545.51 Million in 2019

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Wearable Technology Market - European Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019,” this market was valued at USD 308.69 million in 2013, growing at a CAGR of 42.1% from 2014 to 2019 to account for USD 2545.51 million in 2019.

Wearable technology market is a niche market with current domination of a few players. As the technology is new and there are few players, the prices of the products are high. However, the applications of wearable devices are currently spanning across sectors such as fitness and wellness, infotainment, healthcare and medical and industrial and military. Additionally, the applications of these new technology products are expected to increase with further development in the devices, over the forecast period.

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The wearable technology market is segmented by application into fitness and wellness, infotainment, healthcare and medical, and industrial and military. Various products such as smart clothing and smart sports glasses, activity monitors, sleep sensors, smart watches, augmented reality headsets, and monitors in the wearable technology market are further included under these applications. These are further segmented into products with several features. For example, outdoor activity watches have been segmented into watches with altimeter, barometer and compass. Similarly, running watches have been segmented into watches with heart rate monitors and without heart rate monitors. Other products have been further segmented and covered in the report. Among these, the fitness and wellness segment accounted for the highest market share in 2012 and is expected to maintain its position throughout the forecast period due to rising adoption of wearable technology products.

Germany acquired the largest market for wearable technologies with a share of 32% in 2012. Technological innovations presented through various conferences on wearable technologies have created awareness and increased its adoption in the country. An example of such conference is Wearable Technology Conference (WTC) in Germany conducted by Wearable Technologies Service GmbH, a key player in the European market. This conference provides a platform for experts in this industry and further accelerates the growth of wearable technology in this country. In addition, developments are taking place in the field of self powering wearable devices in the country.

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A large number of developments have been taking place in the wearable technology market in UK. In 2014, Wearable Technology Show was held in London which showcased innovative products in wearable technology. Moreover, the UK show also saw an alternative to Google glass, Optinvent Ora. These augmented reality glasses put a see through screen which is three times larger than the Google Glass. Active developments are also taking place in the field of smart clothing. A UK based textile firm Intelligent Textiles develops electrically active woven fabrics for commercial products ranging from body armor to heated bedding and garments connected to iPods. This company supplies its fabric throughout Europe and the United States. Owing to all these technological developments and new product launches, the demand for wearable technology is expected to rise in UK in the coming years and thus the region is analyzed to grow at a CAGR of 41.8% over the forecast period.

Scandinavian region include three countries namely Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Wearable technology market players in these countries are involved in the development of new wearable products through technical innovations. In Sweden, scientists are developing ways to power wearable devices through blood. These devices will use naturally occurring processes in human body to generate electricity. The energy will be stored in biofuel cells and can be utilized to power medical applications of wearable technology. The developments in Denmark and Sweden are steady however; they are expected to increase with the entry of key players in these counties. Thus, the country is analyzed to witness a CAGR of 43.1% over the forecast period of 2014 to 2019.

For better understanding of the wearable technology market, we have included a detailed analysis of the value chain. A detailed Porter’s five forces analysis has been provided for a better understanding of the intensity of competition present in the market. Major market participants profiled in this report include Google Inc. Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, Nike and Adidas among others.

Wearable technology Market: By applications
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Infotainment
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Industrial and Military

Wearable technology Market: By products
  • Smart clothing and smart sport glasses
  • Activity monitors
  • Sleep sensors
  • Smart watches
  • Heads-Up displays
  • Smart glasses
  • Continuous glucose monitor
  • Drug delivery
  • Monitors
  • Wearable patches
  • Hand worn terminals
  • Augmented reality headsets

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