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Analysis of the Global Automotive Adhesives and Sealants Market : Increasing Vehicle Lightweighting Activities to Spur Growth

  • February 2015
  • 198 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2757358


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Key Findings

•The automotive adhesives and sealants market is at the forefront of technological advancements. It is mainly focused on improving bonding attributes of dissimilar substrates and enhancing their handling ease.
•Adhesives and sealants are sought as a replacement for welding because of their low overall cost. More automotive industry applications are expected to accelerate demand over the forecast period.
•Fuel economy regulations in developed regions have resulted in redesigned vehicles that use lightweight materials such as aluminum and composites in place of steel. Automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) globally are looking to reduce vehicle weight and make them more compact, which will increase usage of adhesives and sealants.
•Adhesives and sealants are increasingly penetrating body in white (BIW) and assembly applications—the most attractive growth segments. Rapid adoption of aluminum and composites in these segments increases bonding needs and will drive market revenue.
•The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region will continue to lead the market in size and growth rate because of its faster-growing automotive industry. Rest of World (ROW) is expected to be the second-fastest growing market, with Brazil and Mexico emerging as the hotspots for automotive OEMs. Europe and North America continue to use the highest average volume of adhesives and sealants per vehicle.
•Efficient technical support, product performance, and close relationships with OEMs will remain the key differentiating factors among market participants.

Strategic Factsheet

•The global automotive adhesives and sealants market was valued at $ x million in 2014.
•OEMs’ focus on BIW weight reduction is expected to drive adhesives demand for bonding dissimilar substrates, making it the most attractive segment.
•The market is consolidated across all regions and applications; brand equity is a key competitive factor.
•Product performance, competitive price, technological innovation, and close relationships with OEMs also are competitive factors.
•Market revenue is expected to reach $ x million by 2021.
•Volume shipment is expected to reach x kilotons (kt) by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of x % from 2014 to 2021.
•Increasing penetration of plastics and composites in BIW and assembly applications is expected to drive demand for bonding and sealing materials.
•The global market will primarily be driven by opportunities in the APAC region.

CEO’s Perspective

Manufacturers use a combination of proactive and reactive approaches to remain competitive.
High-level technical expertise and long-term relationships with OEMs are critical to cater to the rapidly evolving needs of the automotive industry. Market entry barriers are high for new participants.
Strong growth in the automotive industry and increasing penetration of adhesives and sealants in vehicles produced in the APAC and ROW regions are expected to drive market revenue.
Manufacturers are expected to focus on developing novel adhesive technologies to effectively bond dissimilar substrates, especially for the BIW and assembly segments, as use of lightweight materials increases.
Consolidation is expected as larger companies acquire regional or segment-specific participants to increase market share and diversify their product portfolios.

Market Definitions

•This study presents an assessment of the current status and future prospects of the global automotive adhesives and sealants market for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (LCVs). It takes into account revenue generated from adhesive and sealant material sales from 2011 to 2021. Revenue is recorded at the manufacturer level.
•The study analyzes key technological trends of automotive OEMs, and discusses industry challenges as well as market drivers and restraints.
•The effects of lightweighting trends on the design of adhesives and sealants are discussed. Strategic recommendations are provided.
Adhesives and sealants play an integral role in automotive construction for aesthetics and performance. Adhesives traditionally were used in laminating, bonding, and assembling components of automotive interiors. The evolution of adhesives is significant—now playing a decisive functional role in OEMs’ weight reduction strategies. Adhesives suppliers are expected to assume an important role in automotive construction.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

At what stage is the market life cycle, and how is it expected to grow?
What are the key factors driving and restraining market growth?
What are the dynamics influencing application segments?
What are the growth opportunities for the different application segments?
What are the key chemistries for the different application segments?
Who are the leading market participants?
What are the key competitive factors governing the market?

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