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will help you investigate industry and market conditions for new technologies
Demographics and characteristics of consumer markets
U.S. Government reports
Agencies of the federal government often support entrepreneurial
efforts, and produce market-oriented reports, in their areas. Do a
google search ending in "site:.gov" to limit to governmental sources. Examples:
Find industry leaders, statistics, current status, future trends, histories and profiles here.
Frost & Sullivan
Detailed market reports and analysis on technology aspects of many industries. i.e. Electricity Storage Technologies
- click on .pdf for 67-page report. (Many reports are read-only, but you can request a .pdf from email@example.com. For academic use only.)
GlobalData Power (formerly Alternative Energy eTrack)
Covers the alternate/renewable energy industries : wind, hydro, solar, ocean, geothermal, biofuels, fuel cells, nuclear, carbon trading, etc. Includes news, deals, analysis, forecasts, and more. NOTE: Click on the "If you have IP access click here" link.
Statistical data in handy formats on markets and industries
Gartner Core Research
specializes in technology products and services used by corporations, sample: "Cool Vendors in Consumer Energy Management". (Note: Dataquest reports are not in our subscription.)
Robotics Business Review
Market research, news, trends,reports and top companies in the business of robotics.
In-depth industry market research reports with analysis, data, conditions, segmentation, market share, primary companies, and outlook for over 700 industries in the US, UK, China, and globally, i.e. Power Conversion Equipment Manufacturing in the US
Passport GMID (Euromonitor)
If your industry is considered a Consumer Product or Service, or concerns Packaging, you'll find tons of data and analysis here, including market size.
MANUFACTURERS & SUPPLIERS
ThomasNet (formerly Thomas Register)
Provides access to the products and services of over 650,000 industrial companies. Can be searched by product category, keyword, brand name, or company name.
1. Select "Supplier Discovery"
2. Type in your product to get a list of suppliers
News sources on markets, industries
Reports on niche or new industries often appear in trade journals - found in these databases. Use search terms such as “market,” “forecast,” “trends,” “overview,” etc. along with your own market identifier, i.e. “transceiver". Example: "A Low-Power Miniaturized 315 MHz Transceiver Module for Biosignal Transmission."
Business Source Premier
academic and trade journals and magazines in all business disciplines; also industry reports, company profiles, and country economic reports.
Mega-database that searches many interdisciplinary databases together - journals, newspapers, magazines; also industry reports.
LexisNexis Academic (now Nexis Uni)
International database: newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, reports, blogs, case law, government documents, broadcasts, and more. Update: LexisNexis Academic has been replaced with Nexis Uni.
Articles in communications, computer science, engineering, environmental science, IT, operations research, physics and robotics.