Adhesives are predominantly comprised of polymers, which harden either in a physical way or as a result of a chemical reaction, and are generally classified on the basis of their curing, or bonding, mechanism. On the other hand, a sealant is a viscous material that changes state to become solid, once applied, and is used mainly to prevent the penetration of air, as, noise, dust, fire, smoke or liquid from one location through a barrier into another. Adhesives and sealants are categorized on the basis of whether the bonding involves a physical or chemical mechanism.
Adhesives and sealants find applications in many industries, some of them are packaging, automotive, electronics, footwear, construction repair and remodeling, textiles, consumer goods, shipbuilding. Among all the applications, construction industry consumes the largest amount of adhesives and sealants, followed by packaging and transportation. North America and the Europe have been the largest markets for adhesives and sealants, together accounting for about two-thirds of the global market. The share of the emerging economies like Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East is expected to increase in the coming years.
The end use markets for the adhesives and sealants are highly correlated with the global economic conditions and the GDP. Therefore, the global adhesive and sealant market had shown a decline in 2008 and 2009. The market is likely to be driven by the growth in the emerging economies, and rising demand for more sustainable products. Also, the application of adhesives in the medical applications is expected to bring new opportunities to the market. The primary issue in the adhesives and sealants industry is the volatility in the prices of raw materials and stringent regulations.
The current report analyzes the global adhesives and sealants market, with special emphasis on the global formulated adhesives market. Also, the major geographical segments of the industry, North America, Europe, the UK, Japan, and China have been discussed in detail. The four leading companies in the market, including Henkel, Sika, 3M and HB Fuller have been profiled in the report along with their strategies for growth. The key trends, drivers and challenges of the industry have been discussed in the report.
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