SOURCE: The Freedonia Group, Inc.

June 16, 2005 09:44 ET

US Janitorial Equipment & Supplies Demand to Reach $6.4 Billion

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 16, 2005 -- US demand for janitorial equipment and supplies (excluding chemical products) is forecast to rise 3.4 percent annually through 2009 to $6.4 billion. Advances will be fueled by a continuing recovery in economic activity, which will loosen budgetary constraints for cleaning equipment. All product categories are expected to see an upswing in growth, with no category significantly outpacing another or the national average. This general overall growth will be supported by gains in the number of business establishments and nonresidential floor space, as well as the ongoing interest in indoor air quality and building maintenance standards. Notwithstanding this general growth, several product segments -- including wipes and backpack vacuums -- will post notable advances. However, market maturity, price competition and competition from household-grade products will work to temper gains. These and other trends are presented in Janitorial Equipment & Supplies, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Among the major product categories, manual cleaning products will see the fastest gains through 2009. A variety of factors will positively contribute to demand, including ongoing ergonomic and cross contamination concerns, and product and performance upgrades. Within the manual cleaning product segment, wipes will provide strong growth opportunities, advancing at a double-digit pace (from a small base). Wipes are increasing in popularity due to their convenience, portability and efficiency, among other factors. Despite below-average growth for automated floor cleaning equipment, backpack vacuums will see gains of nearly six percent per annum through 2009. These products will benefit from their ease of use, lightweight designs and ergonomic detailing.

All markets will see a slight increase in growth through 2009, with most posting gains at or just above the national average. The office buildings and institutional markets will remain the largest segments for janitorial equipment and supplies, together holding just over half of total demand in 2009. However, these segments have a relatively high level of market maturity, limiting growth somewhat. Other commercial buildings, also significant end users of cleaning equipment and supplies, will consume 16 percent of total demand in 2009. This market will benefit from increasing new construction spending and rising numbers of business establishments.

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