The global aviation adhesives and sealants market size was valued at USD 685.8 million in 2016 and is likely to register a CAGR of over 6.2% over the forecast period. Technological advancements in the sector coupled with increasing demand for aircrafts are likely to drive the market by 2025. Changing customer preferences and trends along with growing research and development activities are expected to drive the market over the forecast period.
Product demand for aviation adhesives and sealants is expected to witness substantial growth owing to evolving technology including the use of polyurethanes and silicon, especially due to the heat and pressure bearing attributes offered by these materials. The growing adoption of these new technologies due to the distinct advantages offered by them is likely to drive the market demand over the forecast period. Rising demand for air travel in regions including North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific is expected to positively influence the industry growth.
U.S. aviation adhesives and sealants market, by technology, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)
However, uncertainty in investments in airline manufacturing sector, especially for commercial and military aviation applications is likely to restrain the market growth.
In terms of technology, the market has been segmented into solvent-based and water-based products. Abundant availability of raw materials for manufacturing water-based adhesives and sealants is a key factor that is likely to boost the segment growth. A large number of consumers are moving toward water-based solvents as the products are ideal for porous and non-porous substrates and find wide application in numerous sectors.
Solvent-based technology segment was valued at USD 226.1 million in 2016. The segment is projected to emerge as the fastest growing over the forecast period due to the robust initial bond strength depending on the polymer formulation of the product.
Epoxy resin segment held the maximum share in the global market in 2016 on account of superior mechanical properties, strong anti-corrosion attributes, and high resistance to degradation & thermal stress over a longer period time. These attributes have significantly contributed toward the increased adoption of epoxy resins in the manufacturing of aviation adhesives and sealants.
Silicon resin segment is projected to witness a growth of 7.0% by 2025, owing to its increasing adoption in aircraft manufacturing industry. Silicon resins have a harder surface in comparison to soft rubber coating usually offered by silicone. This attribute gives silicon adhesives and sealants a longer shelf life and stronger glaze in comparison to other variants available in the market. Polyurethane resins segment was valued at USD 187.6 million in 2016. The resins are resistant to oil and chemicals & grease, which makes them nearly impenetrable as adhesives and sealants on aircrafts. The resins are abrasion resistant and do not tear away easily.
Global aviation adhesives and sealants market revenue, by resin, 2016 (%)
In terms of product, the market has been segmented into adhesives and sealants. Sealants product segment dominated the market in 2016 and the trend is likely to continue over the forecast period. In terms of revenue, the segment is likely to be valued at USD 696.1 million by 2025. On the other hand, adhesives are projected to register a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period due to an increase in aircraft manufacturing.
Sealants typically have a higher elongation in comparison to adhesives, although they have lower strength to corrosion. When sealants are applied between two substrates possessing varied thermal coefficients of expansion, or different elongation under physical stress, they are required to possess suitable elongation and flexibility. Sealants usually contain some inert filler material and are formulated by using elastomer to achieve the required elongation and flexibility.
General aviation was the fastest-growing end-use application in 2016 and is expected to register a 6.5% CAGR over the forecast period. Increasing per capita income coupled with the willingness of consumers to spend on air travel has significantly triggered the demand for new aircrafts, which in turn, is likely to further boost the growth of general and commercial aviation sectors.
Commercial aviation was the largest end-use application in 2016, valued at over USD 270.5 million. The decrease in oil prices has impacted jet fuel prices leading to reduced fuel expenses. In addition, it has also significantly contributed to air travel operators’ bottom-line. Military aviation segment is likely to be valued at USD 390.1 million by 2025. Uncertainty in military spending by countries including the U.S. and France among others is predicted to contribute to sluggish market growth.
The U.S. market accounted for 77.8% of North American revenue in 2016 due to technological advancements and increasing demand from military aviation industry. The growing use of solvent-based products in defense and commercial aircraft manufacturing sectors is also likely to boost industry growth over the forecast period.
The demand for aviation adhesives and sealants in Asia Pacific was valued at USD 253.3 million in 2016. The growth can be attributed to the research & development activities undertaken to manufacture high-quality products to cater to increasing demand from aircraft manufacturers, especially in China. Asia Pacific is predicted to be the largest market over the forecast period. Changing consumer preferences for eco-friendly products and government support through incentives and financial aids are expected to positively impact the market growth in Europe.
Key players in the market include 3M; Henkel AG; PPG Industries; Illinois Tool Works; Huntsman International; Bostik; Dow Corning; H.B. Fuller; Hexcel Corporation; Royal Adhesives; and Sealants among others.
The aviation adhesives and sealants manufacturers are increasingly focusing on developing innovative and effective products at affordable prices coupled with growing technological advancements. These developments are likely to help in increasing the market share by 2025. Companies are making large-scale investments in research & development to augment the product quality.
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2014 and 2015
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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South & Central America, and Middle East & Africa
U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Russia, Italy, China, India, Japan, and South Korea, Australia, Iran, Israel, Brazil, and Argentina
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Aviation adhesives and sealants market on the basis of technology, resin, product, end use, and region:
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