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How Oil Prices Affect the Ultrasonic Flowmeter Market - Excerpt from the Market Barometer Report published by Flow Research

The inline ultrasonic flowmeter market is heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry. In fact, over 60 percent of inline ultrasonic flowmeters are sold into the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas business, as well as refining. This means that business is good for ultrasonic flowmeters when oil prices are high, and there is a great deal of oil and gas exploration and production going on. When oil prices drop, and exploration and production become less profitable, the demand for ultrasonic meters is likely to decline. Read More

Please note: This is an excerpt from the Market Barometer quarterly report published by Flow Research. A complete table of contents and information form can be found at the end of the document.

Oil's Wild Ride, 3rd Edition - A Worldflow White Paper from Flow Research, Inc.

The price of oil in barrels has been of major concern to flowmeter and other instrumentation suppliers for many years. The oil and gas industry is a major consumer of flowmeters, temperature sensors, pressure transmitters, and other instrumentation products at many different phases along the process stream from wellhead to distribution points.

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Process Automation Market Opportunities In The U.S. Oil Industry Midstream Segment – White Paper from Global Automation Research

The U.S. oil Industry midstream segment investment peaked in 2013-2014. Spending has since fallen off by over 50 percent in response to the decline in U.S. oil production. U.S. crude oil production began increasing in 2017, driven, in large part, by the elimination of crude oil export restrictions and a significant reduction in E&P costs, making new field development profitable at the lower crude oil prices.

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Navigating the Crest – The Economic Outlook from ITR Economics – November 2017

Currently, the economy is in an accelerating growth cycle. That means that economic forces are a tailwind—your business should be growing. The next six months represent your best opportunity to take on risk and be aggressive.

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U.S. Specialty Chemicals Markets Start Third Quarter on Solid Note– Press Release from American Chemistry Council

WASHINGTON (August 23, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that the third quarter started on a good note, with growth in U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes expanding 0.4 percent in July, following an upwardly revised 0.6 percent gain in June. Read More.

Index of Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) rose 0.6% in June 2017– Excerpt from American Chemistry Council

Following gains of 0.2% in April and May, the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators (LEI) rose 0.6% in June, ahead of expectations. Read More.

Industrial Production on the Rise – Excerpt from American Chemistry Council

Industrial production rose for a fifth consecutive month in June 2017, up 0.4%. Utility output was flat, but mining output continued to grow as the oil and gas sector rebuilds momentum. Read More.

Qatar – Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Brief – Insight from EIA courtesy of Global Automation Research

MCAA | Insights-MarketsAccording to the AP, the energy-rich Gulf nation of Qatar, facing further isolation from its neighbors amid an ongoing diplomatic rift, said Tuesday it plans to boost production of liquefied natural gas by 30 percent over the coming years. The timing of the announcement suggests that OPEC member Qatar, the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas, aims to project an image of business-as-usual economic strength as it weathers the crisis. MCAA Associate member Global Automation Research has provided a summary. Read More.

American Chemistry Council - Mid-Year 2017 Situation and Outlook reports at least 294 new or planned chemical projects

MCAA | Insights-MarketsIt’s no secret that the chemical industry is in a period of growth, at least when it comes to petrochemicals and plastics.

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the abundance of cheap natural gas has helped fuel at least 294 new or planned chemical projects as of March 2017. Those ‘planned’ plants will need new equipment. Read full report and project list here.

Guidance in Uncertain Times - 2017 Economic Forecast - Insight from Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics

Uncertainty and volatility are the prevailing challenges that business leaders confront today.  The critical questions facing the business community are “what will be the overall health and vibrancy of the US and global economies going forward?” and “how can I be profitable and make critical strategic decisions in the face of such economic volatility?”  Sifting through the often-conflicting maze of economic information, ITR Economics Senior Analyst Alex Chausovksy provides a timely snapshot of the economy today, where it is headed over the next three years and what it means to your business.  The session at the MCAA Industry Forum on April 25, 2017 provided ITR’s views of what to expect this year and beyond, covering such topics as industry trends, business to business activity, interest rates, oil prices, inflation, exchange rates and emerging economies.

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June 2017 NABE Outlook Looks for 2.2% GDP Growth in 2017

Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director of the American Chemistry Council publishes the Weekly Chemistry & Economic Trends Report.  In the June 9 edition, he summarizes the recent June 2017 Outlook Survey from the National Association for Business Economics.  The NABE panelists revised their expectations in June slightly downward from the first quarter but call for 2.2% GDP Growth.

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Economic Forecast: 2017 and Beyond - Insight from Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics

The American economy is expected to rise throughout 2017 and 2018 before experiencing a mild, macroeconomic recession in 2019. The US economy has been expanding for the past seven years and is currently 10% larger than it’s lowest point during the recession of 2008.

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Is TPP Good for the PI&A Industry - Insight from Bill Hendrick of Magnetrol

TPP is a large free trade deal between the United States and eleven other countries in the Asian-Pacific region (with China being notably absent). TPP’s primary objectives are to eliminate tariffs on goods and services, remove trade barriers, and streamline regulations among the parties to the agreement.

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Automation in Foodie Nation - Insight from Liz Veghte of HACH

MCAA’s 2016 Market Forecast estimates the food and beverage industry will add approximately $207 million in market value to Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) over the next five years.

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Will the UK Say "Cheerio" to the EU? - Insight from Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics and Dana Parmenter, CSA Group

MCAA wondered what a potential “Brexit” might mean for our members doing business in Europe. Industry leaders weigh in on the potential market and certification process implications.

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The Role of Control in Renewable Energy - Insights from ITR Economics, Peter Martin of Schneider Electric|Invensys and Bob Carrell of Hoffer Flow Controls

According to ITR Economics, solar, hydroelectric, and wind power will continue to offer new opportunities for market growth throughout 2016 and beyond. Solar energy is up 30.1% and wind energy has increased 8.5% over last year. Hydroelectric power is down 3.9%, but internal trends are showing signs of year- over-year growth.

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China devaluates currency - what does it mean for the US Macroeconomic Outlook? - Special Report from ITR Economics

In a Special Bulletin released in August, ITR cautions about the forecast for the balance of 2015. They noted that the Chinese had devalued their currency. The change in policy appears to be an attempt to stimulate China’s exports in light of the ongoing cyclical weakness in that economy. Two consequences to the current change are 1) a stronger US dollar and 2) weaker oil prices. Neither consequence is helpful to the macroeconomic status in the US.

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