An adhesive is a substance that is used to bond two different surfaces together. Contact adhesives also are known as semi-structural adhesives and are typically utilized for high strength bonding of a variety of materials. The only difference between other adhesives and contact adhesives is that contact adhesives form a permanent fix even when little pressure is applied. These adhesives are available in liquid form, which may either be solvent-based or water-based.
Increasing Consumption and Production of Automobiles
The sales of automobiles and production capacity have constantly been increasing since the last decade on account of growing industrialization and globalization, particularly in developing economies. Increasing disposable per capita income, an increase in expenditure by consumers, and shifting trends toward a high standard and comfortable lifestyle have increased the demand for vehicles. The automobile industry is shifting from welding activities of engine parts assembly to contact adhesive. Ongoing efforts in the automobile industry to replace the metal component with composites to improve fuel-efficiency are projected to propel contact adhesives market growth during the forecast period.
Applications of Contact Adhesives
Contact adhesives, owing to their enhanced characteristics and superior physical properties such as excellent adhesion and cohesion, the high elastic modulus of a substrate, and resistance against thermal expansion, UV light, corrosion, and other weathering conditions, are extensively used in the building and construction industry. Their primary applications are in wooden flooring and artificial turfs due to their property of strain crystallization. The recovery of North America’s construction market is projected to increase the market growth. For instance, in the U.S., single-family housing has been witnessing double-digit growth coupled with spending on non-residential construction activities.
Overall, population growth, rapid urbanization, increasing disposable incomes, especially in emerging economies of India and China, and low unemployment rate are driving the growth of the building and construction sector globally, which is positively impacting the growth of the contact adhesives market.
Apart from the construction, packaging, and footwear industries, leather production processes also consume contact adhesives on a large scale in their daily activities to manufacture products. Additionally, the growing trend of replacing several conventional materials with high-performance contact adhesives and increasing engineering works in industries are demanding contact adhesives to attain a differentiation in designs and other features. These aforementioned aspects project the rapid growth of the contact adhesives market.
Polyurethane Finds a Wide Range of Applications
The polyurethane segment is the largest of all and is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period, with a CAGR of 5.7%. The growth of the segment is attributed to increased resistance to plasticizer migration and surging usage of this solvent-based adhesive in a number of industrial sectors such as building and construction, industrial assembly, and woodworking. Furthermore, polyurethane contact adhesives also find applications in bonding metals, glass, and almost any other material. Additionally, market players are significantly investing in building brand image and creating a strong global presence. For instance, in August 2018, Huntsman Corporation, a chemical manufacturer, recently opened a new, multi-use facility near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for its polyurethanes and advanced materials businesses, which contains the manufacturing of assets, research and development capabilities, and a technical service center.
Construction Sector Drives the Contact Adhesives Market
On the basis of application, at 42.67%, the construction sector undoubtedly holds a significant share of the global contact adhesives market. The demand for individual apartments, residential and commercial construction, and expansions and refurbishing of existing infrastructure has propelled the construction industry, therefore driving the global contact adhesives market. For instance, according to the World Bank, by 2020, the global construction industry expenditure is projected to reach around USD 11.9 trillion.
Solvent-Based Contact Adhesives Technology
Based on technology, the solvent-based segment has led to the growth of the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period 2018–2025. These solvents dissolve various rubbers and resins to develop the perfect emulsion and spread efficiently. Immediate evaporation of the solvent allows the polymer solution to dry quickly and attain higher adhesive effectiveness. Additionally, it is more efficient than other available types.
Favorable Conditions Drive North America’s Contact Adhesives Market
North America contributed a significant share to the contact adhesives market and will grow at a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. Increased production of manufactured goods and an improved standard of living are key factors driving the growth of North America’s contact adhesives market. Moreover, the increase in the demand for cars, better housing, furniture, consumer electronics, and telecommunication is propelling market growth in this region. For instance, low fuel prices, and low unemployment and interest rates played a key role in the purchase of new cars in the U.S. Consumers in the U.S. bought a record number of new cars and trucks in 2016. According to Autodata Corp., the U.S. sold 17.55 million vehicles in 2016 as compared to 17.47 million in 2015. Additionally, in July 2018, North America increased the prices of all polymers and water-based adhesives products by 7%–12%.
Mergers and Acquisitions Propel Europe’s Contact Adhesives Market
Europe has a stronghold in the global contact adhesives market and the same trend is expected to continue during the forecast period, owing to the rapid growth in the automotive, healthcare, and building and construction sectors. The manufacturers of automobiles and aerospace equipment are largely adopting adhesives technologies to reduce vehicle weight and enhance fuel efficiency. For instance, in January 2017, Ellsworth Adhesives Europe, one of the leading suppliers of adhesives and adhesive dispensing equipment, purchased TRB Lightweight Structure’s Lord adhesive business to increase its share in the European market. Several prominent companies in Europe have adopted organic strategies of acquisition and collaboration, which are expected to drive the European adhesives market in the coming years.
Infrastructure Propels LAMEA’s Contact Adhesives Market Growth
LAMEA (Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa) is estimated to grow at a rapid pace from 2018–2025 and comprises many emerging economies that have the potential to witness strong growth in the construction, automobile, and manufacturing industries. According to the World Economic Forum, with 80% of its population living in cities, Latin America is the most urbanized region on the planet, where the countries in the region face massive infrastructure gaps, leading to an increase in the demand for contact adhesives. For instance, in 2022, the FIFA football World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar, which is projected to attract rapid investment in infrastructures such as building new roads, football stadiums, and other facilities to support the tournament.
Contact Adhesives Market: Key Players
Prominent players studied in the global contact adhesives market include 3M (U.S.),Bostik, Inc.(An Arkema Company) (France), H.B. Fuller(U.S.), Huntsman Corporation (U.S.), Henkel AG and Co. KGaA (Germany), Jubilant Industries Ltd (India), Illinois Tool Works (U.S.), Inc., Pidilite Industries Limited (India), Sika AG (Switzerland), Wacker Chemie AG (Germany) and Royal Adhesives and Sealants (U.S.). Acquisitions, geographical expansion, product launch and product development, along with research and development, are a few fundamental strategies implemented by market players.
H.B Fuller, a leading adhesives company, focused on offering perfect adhesives to strengthen its footprint in the global market. For instance, in 2017, it acquired Adecol, Royal Adhesives, and Wisdom Adhesives. The company has also launched new product Active Alignment (AA) adhesives that are primarily designed for camera module assembly. Bostik Inc. is investing a significant sum in core technologies such as elastic bonding and acrylic adhesives. Its research and development expenses increased to 3.1% in 2016 from 2.3% in 2010.
Contact Adhesives Market: Segmentation
- Footwear and Leather
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest of LAMEA
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Construction Application Segment is expected to be a leading segment in Contact Adhesives Market during the forecast period.
3M,Bostik, Inc., H.B. Fuller, Huntsman Corporation, Henkel AG and Co. KGaA, Jubilant Industries Ltd, Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Pidilite Industries Limited, Sika AG, Wacker Chemie AG are the top players in Contact Adhesives Market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in Contact Adhesives Market.
Increasing consumption and production of automobiles, increased production of manufactured goods and an improved standard of living are the key factors expected to drive Contact Adhesives Market during the forecast period.
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