Increasing environmental awareness coupled with growing electronics industry is projected to drive the global UV coatings market over the forecast period. Surge in coatings demand for industrial applications is expected to positively influence the global UV coatings market. Low operational cost is expected to have direct impact on overall market growth. Minimum to zero percent volatile organic compounds emission and superior characteristics such as higher gloss finish and improved resistance are presumed to further aid the global market. Growing graphic arts & industrial applications such as wood, plastic, conformal, display and paper coatings are expected to compliment the market growth. Niche applications and low price competitiveness may hamper the market growth in the upcoming future. Newer low capacity markets coupled with wider and greener UV coatings applications offer promising opportunities to the market participants over the forecast period. Intensified efforts promoting environmental friendly products have resulted in increased innovations and are expected to open ample opportunities for market development. R&D and innovations such as bio-based U.V. coatings is expected to play a critical role in widening the global UV coatings market application scope.
Asia Pacific is a major regional UV coatings market. The regional market is fuelled by the increasing high performance electronics coating demand and manufacturing facilities. China dominated Asia Pacific market on account of the growing electronics industry, followed by Japan and South Korea. Asia Pacific is also expected to witness the highest U.V. coatings market growth over the forecast period. European market is characterized by increasing domestic and industrial applications demand, such as wood, paper and plastic coatings. Wood coating was the major application of UV coating in Europe, followed by high growth applications such as plastic and paper coating in 2013. North American market is characterized by over print varnish coating application demand, and is expected to witness significant growth over the next six years.
Backward integration and complete value chain control account as critical steps to consolidate and develop the global market. Prominent UV coatings market participants include Akzonobel N.V., BASF SE, Royal DSM N.V., The Valspar Corporation, PPG Industries Inc., DIC Corporation, Axalta Coatings Systems and Dymax Corporation, among others.
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