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Adhesives and Adhesive Applying Equipment: Technologies and Global Markets

  • August 2015
  • 341 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 3326181


Table of Contents

Use this report to:
- Receive information about the global and regional markets for various adhesives.
- Learn about various applications for adhesive and adhesive applying equipments.
- Know about recently developed adhesives such as nanoglues.
- Gain insight into mergers and acquisitions in the field.

- The global market for adhesive and adhesive-applying equipment reached $45.1 billion in 2014 and increased to about $46.9 billion in 2015. This market is expected to reach $48.7 billion by 2016 and is projected to grow to $62.1 billion in 2021, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.0% from 2016-2021.
- Adhesives as a segment is expected to grow from $35.2 billion in 2015 to $36.6 billion in 2016 and further to $47.2 billion in 2021, increasing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2016-2021.
- Adhesive-applying equipment as a segment will grow from nearly $11.7 billion in 2015 to $12.1 billion in 2016 and further to about $15.0 billion in 2021, at a 4.3% CAGR for the period 2016-2021.

Introduction & Scope

An adhesive is any substance applied to the surfaces of materials that binds them together and resists separation. Its principal attribute is its ability to form strong bonds with the surfaces of a wide range of materials and to retain bond strength under expected use conditions. The use of adhesives offers many advantages over binding techniques such as sewing, mechanical fastening and thermal bonding. These include the ability to bind different materials together, the ability to distribute stress more efficiently across a joint, cost effectiveness of an easily mechanized process, an improvement in aesthetic design and increased design flexibility. Most adhesives do not have excellent bulk properties, so it is important that adhesive films are kept thin. Materials such as epoxies have bulk properties that qualify them as engineering materials, and they thus can be used in multifunctional applications. Adhesive is a general term that includes among cement, glue, mucilage and paste. All of these terms are loosely used interchangeably.

The principal advantages of adhesives include the ability to:
- Bond similar to dissimilar materials of different thicknesses.
- Enable the fabrication of complex shapes not feasible by other fastening means.
- Smooth external joint surfaces.
- Permit economic and rapid assembly.
- Distribute stresses uniformly cover-joined interfaces.
- Provide weight reduction in critical structures via the elimination of fasteners.
- Dampen vibrations.
- Prevent or reduce galvanic corrosion.
- Provide thermal and electrical insulation.
The limitations of adhesives depend on the specific adhesive and application. These may include the necessity of surface preparation, long curing times, service temperature limitations, loss of properties during service, toxicity of flammability during assembly or use and the tendency of many adhesives to creep under sustained load.

This report studies the global and regional markets for adhesives with the purpose of locating newer markets and expanding the present market position for various adhesive types. A realistic forecast has been made for the future market for various adhesives. The various technologies involved in the manufacturing of different adhesive types are studied, including the value of such products produced and utilized globally and in
different regions during the last three years, as well as the forecast for the next five years. The application for each adhesive type is discussed in detail, with a view to establish the global and regional usage of different types in various applications. A future forecast has been made for such applications. A broad look is taken into the increasing utilization of adhesives in place of various fasteners types and different methods of joining in an ever-increasing number of applications, along with the impact of such newer methods on the economy as a whole. The environmental impact of utilization of various adhesives is also studied. The report
studies the raw material requirements for global and regional adhesive production and the effect of raw material supply over the production, pricing and distribution of these products. Various new raw materials being used with increasing newer applications have also been studied. Various manufacturers of different raw materials needed for adhesive production and the market shares of such manufacturers and suppliers are also discussed.

The report also studies the product lifestyle and technology lifestyle (TLC) of various adhesives and the methods employed by manufacturers and users in maintaining ecological balance. Recently developed adhesives such as nanoglues, which are becoming more popular in various applications, are also studied. Finally, the report profiles major adhesive manufacturers and suppliers. Mergers and acquisitions in this field have also been studied

Successful operation of any company in a competitive market depends on the identification of product opportunities from the viewpoint of the company’s strengths. It is therefore necessary to understand the size and growth rate of any opportunity and the competitive atmosphere in which the company exists. This report presents the ideal medium to understand the exciting and growing opportunities in the field of adhesives and sealants, and it will help prospective manufacturers, distributors and users succeed in this growing field.

This report is intended to help marketing managers identify newer market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for adhesives. Research and development (R&D) professionals can use this report to stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for adhesives to develop new products, as well as for newer applications. Advertising agencies working with clients in the adhesive and sealant industry will be able to understand the products to develop messages and images that will influence consumers to purchase these products. Business development executives can use this report to understand the market’s dynamics and
identify possible new markets. This report provides information and research center librarians with the information necessary to provide market researchers and brand and product managers with the information they need to do their jobs more effectively.

The report has been prepared in a simple format that can be easily understood through tables and figures. Its scope includes a detailed study of global and regional markets for various adhesives, with the reasons given for variations in the growth of the industry in certain regions. The report also studies the equipment used for applying adhesives and its global and regional markets.

Both primary and secondary information sources were used to prepare this report. Interviews were conducted with raw material suppliers for the manufacture of these products, major users, research organizations, governmental agencies, trade associations and application equipment suppliers. Secondary research included databases, trade literature, specialized journals, literature from manufacturers and government statistics.

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