U.S. demand for janitorial equipment and supplies (excluding chemical products) is projected to rise 3.3 percent annually through 2011 to $7.6 billion. Substantial gains in nonresidential construction expenditures, an increase in nonresidential floor space, gains in resident population, and a rising number of business establishments will all support demand. Product advancement in all segments will be influenced by increasing concerns pertaining to ergonomics, the environment, indoor air quality, and health issues. These and other trends are presented in <i>Janitorial Equipment & Supplies</i>, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc.

Of the other major product segments, automated floor cleaners are projected to see the fastest gains through 2011. Among the more specific products, wipes are expected to see the highest gains (8.7 percent annually) due to their convenience, portability, efficiency, and ability to reduce cross contamination. Backpack vacuums are also expected to see notable gains, with a projected rate of 6.3 percent per annum through 2011. These vacuums have grown in popularity because of their ergonomic design as well as their ease of use.

While all markets are expected to see gains through 2011, the industrial building market is anticipated to significantly outpace all others, as industrial construction expenditures continue to rebound after a sharp decline in the 2001-2004 period. The office and industrial markets together comprised over one-half of total demand in 2006. While the institutional market will post above-average gains, the office market will see below-average advances.

Among U.S. regions, the South held the largest share of demand in 2006 and is expected to see the most significant gains through 2011. This region has a more favorable outlook in terms of construction activity, population growth, and overall growth in GDP. The West will fare almost as well, while the Midwest and the Northeast are anticipated to see below-average gains.