Brian Balmer - Analyst Profile
Industry Principal, Performance Materials
Frost & Sullivan
Chemicals, Materials & Food
Twelve years of market expertise, with a focus on Performance Materials. Particular expertise in:
- Forecasting and assessing the impact of mega trends on chemical companies
- New application development, geographic expansion, and new product launch support
Experience base covering a broad range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants’ Senior Executives
- Green and sustainable materials
- Materials as enablers of downstream needs such as healthy buildings, and light-weighting for fuel efficiency in transportation
Over 20 published studies and 40 consulting engagements for Frost & Sullivan. A global perspective gained during a previous role as Global Program Manager for Frost & Sullivan's global Performance Materials research program.
PhD in Materials Science (ceramic superconductors) from Oxford University
MA in Chemistry (1st Class Hons) from Oxford University
Worked with the New Business Development team of Merck KGaA prior to joining Frost & Sullivan
Recent items from Brian Balmer
Transportation represents one of the most important end markets for chemicals; globalisation is one of four major Mega Trends driving change in the market. Globalisation encompasses many specific factors, including societal trends such as urbanisation, and automotive industry trends. This study assesses how each of these trends is affecting use of chemicals and materials within the transportation industry. It focuses primarily on automotive applications.
|Published: Feb 21 2013||Market Insights|
This week's news headlines included a very important announcement about the wasteful, and environmentally damaging, process of associated gas flaring. Ten years ago, the World Bank set up a group known as the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership. The partners convened at a conference this week in London, with the intention of setting targets...
|26 Oct 2012||Blog post|
New technology in the news today provides food for thought for chemists and materials scientists interested in sustainable technology and in industry convergence trends. The technology addresses the challenge of storing renewable energy generated at times when it is not needed, for example by wind farms during the night when electricity demand is...
|02 Oct 2012||Blog post|
Global Analysis of Opportunities for the Chemicals and Materials Industry
The concept of competition between natural and synthetic chemicals has a long history. Today, crude oil forms the largest feedstock material for the chemical industry in terms of volume. Currently, an enormous amount of work is being done by the chemical industry to develop both new bio-based chemicals and new bio-based routes to existing chemicals. The aim of this study is to bring together many of the most recent happenings in the market for bio-based chemicals into a more holistic and coherent analysis. It will, therefore, be most valuable to chemical companies that are in the process of formulating their own strategy for using bio-based chemicals.
|Published: Dec 27 2011||Market Research|
Mega Trends are global, sustained and macro economic forces of development that impact business, economy, society, cultures and personal lives thereby defining our future world and its increasing pace of change. Through 2010, Frost & Sullivan has been evaluating the impact that Mega Trends are having on society, and in particular what their impact will have been 10 years down the line in 2020. These Mega Trends were published in October 2010. This analysis summarises the likely impact of Frost & Sullivan's top Mega Trends, specifically on companies in the Chemicals and Materials sector.
|Published: Dec 07 2010||Market Research|
During our most recent Analyst Briefing, the Chemicals & Materials research team discussed the role that Globalisation as a megatrend is playing in the development of our industry. It is undoubtedly a complex issue, encompassing many individual factors. The first thing that may come to mind is the idea that the world is becoming "a smaller place" -...
|09 Mar 2010||Blog post|
At the beginning of 2009, I published a list of the top 10 megatrends that we felt would have an impact on the Performance Materials industry through 2009. For 2010 however, we will be taking a different perspective on the key dynamics in our industry. This change is an exciting one as it will allow us to more closely track the trends in our key...
|08 Jan 2010||Blog post|