New and Noteworthy Categories on for January 2022

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1. Chemical Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturing was one of the top five services by sourcing activity volume at for the third quarter of 2021. Chemical contract manufacturing is just one of the many types of contract manufacturing continuing to trend.

Chemical Contract Manufacturing

2. Scented Promotional Items & Products

Studies show 85% of individuals can recall the advertiser that gave them a promotional product, so it makes sense that sourcing for promotional products, including scented promotional items, is on the rise.

Scented Promotional Items

3. Private Label Baked Goods

Millennial consumers are embracing private label brands as sustainable, quality options. In fact, according to Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer magazine, while the typical grocery cart contains 25% private label products, in millennials’ carts, that number is 32% or more, which is good news for private label baked goods suppliers.

Private Label Baked Goods

4. Water Management Software

Many farms are investing in advanced technologies for water management, such as water management software. This is because research shows that climate change is exacerbating risk and unpredictability for farmers’ water demand.

Water Management Software

5. Wedge Lock Washers

Wedge lock washers are used to effectively secure bolt joints in even the most extreme environments, such as those that produce corrosion, stress, and vibration. They’re commonly used for construction equipment. Revenue for the construction machinery manufacturing industry reached just over $32 billion in 2017, and is expected to grow to almost $34 billion by 2023.

Wedge Lock Washers

6. Disposable Utensils

As businesses move towards sustainability, disposable utensils have shifted from plastic to paper and other fiber alternatives. In addition to that, New York’s recent plastic straw ban has led to a rise in demand for paper straws.

Disposable Utensils

7. Pot Magnets

Pot magnets, which are magnets encased in a steel shell, are typically used for magnetic bases and holders for sign mounting. There has been an increase in the need for magnets lately: one Kansas magnetic product manufacturer has recently expanded to meet increasing demand.

Pot Magnets

8. Synthetic Roofing Underlayments

Synthetic roofing underlayments are positioned between the shingles and the roof sheathing or roof deck as a secondary layer of protection from the elements. Roofing demand is predicted to rise in 2022, as the demand for contractors has gone up 250% this month due to growth in the construction sector.

Synthetic Roofing Underlayments

9. Pre-Applied Fasteners

Pre-applied fasteners are pre-coated with adhesives or sealants and are commonly used for aircraft. It’s estimated that more than 200 billion fasteners are used by the aerospace and aircraft industry in the U.S. every year.

Pre-Applied Fasteners

10. UPC Barcodes

For every UPC barcode, a scanner is needed. Camera-based image scanners now account for nearly three-quarters of the segment’s overall revenue as they gradually replace lasers for scanning these barcodes.

UPC Barcodes

11. Recycled Fiber

New advancements in 3D printing mean that recycled fiber can now be used to print large parts using recycled materials. One Cincinnati-based company has produced a 400-pound, 10-foot long mold out of recycled carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic and syntactic foam in seven hours.

Recycled Fiber

12. Bio-Based Composites

A bio-based composite is a material formed by the fusion of a matrix (resin) and a reinforcement of natural fibers. Biocomposites and bioplastics are hailed as one of the best replacement materials for plastics and metals in the automotive industry, with the bioplastic industry expected to rise in capacity from 2.11 million tons per year in 2018 to 2.6 million tons in 2023.

Bio-Based Composites

13. Electric Vehicle (EV) Castings

The rising demand for electric vehicles castings could be due to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that provides $7.5 billion in funding 500,000 EV chargers. To keep up with the demand for EVs, a leading manufacturer of permanent magnets just announced a new factory to supply U.S.-made magnets for General Motors’ electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Castings

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