The global spray adhesives market size was estimated at USD 5.03 billion in 2016. The rising requirements for minimizing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from adhesives, is likely to decline the usage of solvent-borne glue products and boost the consumption of waterborne and hot melt products over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe have been the key consuming regions of the product for the past few years. Spraying glues are widely utilized in industries that include woodworking, insulation drywall constructions, packaging, automotive interiors, and leather goods.
The U.S. accounted for the largest volume share in North America in 2016. The presence of stringent regulations as well as major market players is likely to govern the industry dynamics of aerosol adhesives during the forecast period. Additionally, the revival of the construction sector is estimated to play a key role in boosting product consumption in the next couple of years.
Strict pollution control standards are regulated over the use of synthetic glues such as chlorinated aerosols as they have a high global warming potential. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has recently revised its VOC limits for mist and web sprays and has also set Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) limits on the same.
The water-based segment accounted for the largest volume share in the U.S. industry in 2016 and is likely to be the fastest-growing segment followed by hot melts over the forecast period. The rise in the construction of green buildings in the country is expected to drive the demand in the country over the years ahead.
Prominent manufacturers such as H.B. Fuller Company and The 3M Company offer a wide range of spray adhesives that are approved and certified by GREENGUARD indoor air quality and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programs. The company recently introduced a couple of spray glues under various brands including 3M Hi-Strength 90 CA, Super 77 CA, and 3M Foam Fast 74 CA.
Water-based, solvent-based, and hot melts are the major product segments included in the research study. In terms of revenue, the water-based category accounted for a 38.3% share of the total industry in 2016. These products are formulated using both natural and synthetic polymers.
These products are formulated with water as a key diluent. They do not contain VOC emitting solvents, owing to which they can be utilized as low VOC adhesives for various industrial applications. Styrene-butadiene, polyvinyl acetate (PVAC), acrylics, and vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) are a couple of synthetic polymers used for manufacturing these products.
The water-based emulsion systems are suitable for high-speed general product assembly applications. Owing to the wet bonding characteristics of these adhesives, they are widely used on wood, leather paper, textiles, and other permeable substrates.
Solvent-borne aerosols was the second-largest segment in 2016. These products are expected to witness a declined market share during the forecast period. Owing to significantly high VOC content present in these products, the consumer preference is likely to get inclined towards the usage of waterborne and hot melt spray adhesives over the coming years.
These glues are formulated by the use of solvents that contain polyurethane, polychloroprene, acrylic, and synthetic and natural rubbers. Due to high VOC content, these products are considered as sources of smog formation and asthma irritants. Hence, they are subjected to strong regulations especially in the U.S., Germany, and other countries in Western Europe.
However, solvent-borne aerosol glues are still utilized in the Asia Pacific region. Availability at low costs and high drying rate as compared to aqua-based glues are a couple of the factors supporting the product usage. Additionally, they have good heat resistance and due to the presence of a significant amount of solvent, they depict less sensitivity towards surface contaminants.
Construction, furniture, automotive & transportation, packaging, and textile & leather are the key application segments of the global spray adhesives market. In terms of revenue, this category accounted for 27.7% industry share in 2016. Additionally, it is likely to be one of the fastest-growing sectors for spray glues over the years ahead.
Spray adhesives are bonded over a wide range of building material substrates drywalls, fiberglass, and plasters. Insulation of pipes, EPS foams, roofing membrane systems, and installation of carpet tiles are a few of the key uses of the product in the construction sector.
Henkel AG offers Loctite Power Grab Ultimate, based on its latest spray adhesive technology. These products are suitable for use in all climatic conditions and can be bonded on any substrate. They are GREENGUARD certified and are favorably used for both interior and exterior applications.
Furniture held the second-largest demand in the industry in 2016. This segment is expected to boost the product demand at the fastest growth rate over the years ahead. Generally, polyurethane is the most highly preferred material for glues used in furniture applications. Upholstery, cabinets, and other woodworking products extensively utilize aerosol glues.
Polyurethane products provide improved adhesion for a wide number of substrates, such as wood, plastic, and glass owing to their elasticity and other structural properties. These attributes coupled with continued technological advancement have broadened the use of polyurethane adhesives in furniture & upholstery projects.
Flexible foams, padding, office panel coverings, decorative veneers and cabinets, mattress assembly, high-pressure lamination to plywood, and particle board are the key sub-uses of spray adhesives. The polyurethane-based glues prevent widening or separation of cracks caused in wooden cabinets due to climate changes.
The rate of adoption of the product is significant in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. Asia Pacific held the largest revenue share and accounted for 40.5% in 2016. This region is likely to be one of the fastest-growing consumers of the product, owing to the presence of a well-established packaging, construction, woodworking, and automotive industries.
Asia Pacific is likely to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. The rising number of foreign investments coupled with government initiatives towards sustainable development is expected to promote the use of waterborne over solvent-borne products over the next couple of years. This scenario is likely to be reflected in China, India, and some countries in Southeast Asia.
The development of major application sectors including construction and automotive in countries such as China and India is expected to drive the global demand adhesives over the next eight years. Significant product usage in facades, wall insulation, carpet, and tile flooring, is estimated to provide scope for industry growth over the years ahead.
Expansion of product portfolio, acquisitions, significant forward integration in the value chain, sustainability development, penetration in regional and local markets are the major factors governing the competitiveness of the industry.
H, B, Fuller Company, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, The 3M Company, Ashland Inc., Sika AG, and BASF SE are some of the major players operating in the industry. In June 2017, BASF launched a new generation of eco-friendly spray foam insulation. This is expected to strengthen the company’s position as a forward integrated player in the global industry.
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2014 - 2015
2017 - 2025
Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa
U.S., Germany, China, Brazil
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This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends for each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global spray adhesives market on the basis of product, application, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
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Automotive & Transportation
Textile & Leather
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