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World Candle Congress illuminates business opportunities

BY HBSDealer Staff

According to the National Candle Association, the World Candle Congress, held in Hollywood, Fla. July 8-11, attracted more than 500 candle manufacturers and suppliers to the triannual event to trade information, insights and innovations.

The event, which featured technical presentations, a tradeshow and a plenary session, drew industry professionals from 30 countries ranging from Canada to South Africa.

Some of the overarching topics discussed were global petroleum crude refineries, paraffin wax, wick and burn performance, fragrance evaluation, Fischer Tropsch waxes and safety and regulatory compliance requirements. Dr. Rachel Herz, a cognitive neuroscientist, delivered a presentation on olfactory perception and cognition.

The World Candle Congress was sponsored by the Latin American Candle Manufacturers Association and the National Candle Association.

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BidClerk reports major construction gains in three metro areas

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BidClerk Construction Index has released its second-quarter results, which highlighted dramatic increases in year-over-year construction activity in the Atlanta, D.C., and New York metro regions.

In Atlanta, construction projects posted an 18.2% gain since Q2 in 2012, which is slightly less than Q1’s year-over-year increase of 19.3%. Comparitively, quarter-over-quarter growth largely flatlined, with no growth in private construction and a mere 0.4% jump in public projects. Private projects actually decreased since this time last year (-5.5%), which leaves public construction activity to bear the full weight of the recovery at a 33.5% year-over-year gain.

D.C. construction was up 24.4% in total construction, which was helped out by both the private and the public sectors (10.7% and 36.1%, respectively). The growth remains consistent on a quarter-by-quarter basis, with an overall 18.6% increase. It seems that Baltimore’s recovery is outpacing that of D.C.’s, with a 33.1% year-over-year gain, compared to D.C.’s 19.8%.

Meanwhile, the New York metro region posted superlative gains with a 75.9% year-over-year increase in construction activity. This was mostly due to a nearly doubled rate in public construction, which jumped 97.2%; private construction increased by a mere 3.9% (up from its previous -26.8% drop in last quarter’s year-over-year figures). Compared to last quarter, overall construction was up 30.1%.

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Scotch Tape gets jazzed up for back to school season

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Scotch Brand is brightening its wares in time for the school year with a new collection of patterned tape. Scotch Expressions Tapes will be availabe in more than 100 patterns and colors in four varieties: magic, washi, masking and shipping.

"We are excited about the new Scotch Expressions Tapes that allow anyone to add their own personal touch to everyday items," said Jennifer Higgins, Scotch Expressions Tapes marketing manager. "The best part about these tapes is the endless possibilities and combinations of colors, patterns, textures and widths that let you create something unique, every time."

Scotch Expressions Magic Tapes mirror the transparent giftwrapping function of the original Magic Tape, but in 12 solid colors and 16 patterns that can be written on with markers. Scotch Expressions Washi Tapes, available in 17 solids and 36 patterns, are repositionable and designed for use in paper craft projects. Scotch Expressions Masking Tapes are both hardy and decorative in eight colors and four patterns, and Scotch Expressions Packaging Tapes aim to personalize packages and storage containers with one solid color and 10 patterns.

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