A. Todd Muhleman

A. Todd Muhleman is manager of Strategic Planning for The ChemQuest Group Inc. an international strategic management consulting firm specializing in the adhesives, sealants and coatings industries, headquartered in Cincinnati. For more information, phone (513) 469-7555 or visit www.chemquest.com.

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Strategic Solutions: State of the U.S. Adhesives and Sealants Industry

U.S. adhesive and sealant manufacturers have benefited from an economy that has been growing quicker than other developed economic regions.
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The outlook for the U.S. adhesives and sealants industry at the mid-point of 2014 has slightly improved over 2013. After growing just 1.9% in 2013, most economists are predicting the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) will grow 3% for 2014.


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Strategic Solutions: A New Decision-Making Framework

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On a daily basis, television, newspaper, and radio fill their programming with “experts” who are all too eager to prognosticate where the stock market will be in 12 months, how quickly the sea will rise in the next 100 years, or who will win the Super Bowl and why.


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Strategic Solutions: Macro Outlook for Adhesives and Sealants

For 2013, ChemQuest expects volume to increase slightly.
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Current government austerity policies in the U.S. and Europe appear to be lowering GDP through reduced government spending and increased taxes. At the same time, central banks in developed countries around the world continue efforts to boost economic growth with unprecedented accommodative monetary policies.


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Strategic Solutions: Fuel Economy Standards and the Adhesives Market

Robust demand is expected to offer opportunities for adhesives.
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In August 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a joint final rule for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2017-2025.


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Strategic Solutions: Is the Construction Market Finally Turning Around?

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Construction-related end uses are among the largest categories of adhesive applications, making up approximately $4 billion of the $16 billion adhesive market in the U.S.


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Strategic Solutions: The 2012 Macroeconomic Environment

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The adhesives and sealants industry continues to face a challenging economy.
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STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS: Macro Economic Environment

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“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” -Herbert Stein
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STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS: Macroeconomic and Sector Trends Affecting Adhesives

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When a billion isn’t a billion.
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STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS: The Current State of the Construction and Remodeling Markets

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Historically, residential housing has led the economy into and out of recessions. Look to an increase in new housing builds as a leading indicator that the recession is near an end.
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STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS: Facing Strong Headwinds

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Housing, crude oil and natural gas afflict U.S. adhesives and sealants industry.
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