Welcome to the Trends Library

Explore our growing series of expert trends commentaries, published by our different Business Groups.

Whether you’re working in a fast-moving consumer goods arena, or in a specialised field that takes longer to evolve. In this series, we explain how trends create opportunities throughout the industries we operate in. Each edition is based on unique industry and local insights from our experts around the globe.

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Each trends commentary reveals what IMCD experts have identified as the key trends to watch over the year and decade to follow. Expect eye-opening statistics, thoughtful interview sessions and intriguing case studies that bring to life the challenges we’re solving and the innovations we’re discovering across IMCD. 

Trends for 2022 and beyond: Food & Nutrition

While the pandemic continues to have a significant impact on everyday life, many consumers are choosing to embrace optimism and look forward to a healthier future – and this is reflected in their dietary choices. Our global team of food and nutrition experts identify the market dynamics that will shape the future of the industry in the year to come.

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Access our latest trend report, Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s Sustainable: Advanced Materials

Advanced materials play an essential role in the fabric of our society – just like sustainability does. In this trends commentary, IMCD experts explain how innovation is helping the industry do its part to reach the latest emissions reduction targets being set around the globe.

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Building Tomorrow: Coatings & Construction Trends 

In the Coatings & Construction industry, big-picture trends such as sustainability, healthy living and the digital revolution continue to evolve and open new windows of opportunity. This commentary takes a closer look at how such movements are informing product development in the space.

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Tomorrow’s Cleaner Living: Trends in Homecare and I&I

It’s no surprise that we’re all paying more attention to hygiene and sanitation lately, which means that trends in the industry are gaining momentum like never before. IMCD considers how the needs of consumers and professional customers have changed, and what they’ll be expecting from brands moving forward.

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Tomorrow’s Pharmaceutical Industry 

This trends commentary explores how global socio-cultural shifts are making an impact on pharmaceutical product development, and how new treatments are making life easier for patients.

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Powering Tomorrow: Trends in Lubricants & Energy

The energy conversation is more exciting than ever, as new alternative fuels, lubricants and additives enter the scene each year. At the same time, emissions regulation is ramping up as governments race to achieve big picture targets for 2050. How can those targets be brought to life? IMCD experts explore the solutions grabbing attention.

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Tomorrow’s Beauty: Personal Care Trends 

The ‘personal’ aspect of personal care now matters to consumers. Individuals around the world are working hard to identify who they are, what they stand for and how to express that. Brands in the space can now help them celebrate themselves and their world all at once – the IMCD team helps explain how to innovate against this backdrop.

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Tomorrow’s Menu: Food & Nutrition Trends

In 2021, a healthy plate – for people and planet – is more important than ever, but trying out new experiences at mealtimes has also gone up the priority list. As consumer tastes evolve, everything points to exciting opportunities for brands that IMCD experts sit down to discuss.

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Creating new opportunities through innovation
At IMCD, challenges are what excite us the most, because it only takes a change of perspective to see a challenge as an opportunity. We constantly find new perspectives by exploring consumer and market trends, on a global and local level. That’s what enables us to innovate, and to help our partners create innovative solutions that responds to the needs of people and planet, tomorrow and in the decades to come.