Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the polyurethane adhesives market was affected in terms of production, operations, sales, marketing and distribution across the globe. The economic closedown led to the complete shutdown of polyurethane adhesives industry. The various restrictions in the inter-country business, imports and exports lead to the slide of growth in the polyurethane adhesives market. The polyurethane adhesives market top 10 companies also incurred huge losses due to the economic shutdown. This caused massive consequences in the industry such as unemployment, crash of markets, insolvencies and others. However, the polyurethane adhesives market is witnessed a gradual growth by the end of the year 2020 and is expected to continue.
Polyurethane Adhesives Market Segment Analysis By Product Type
Thermoplastic held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market in the year 2021. Thermoplastics are widely used in structural and load bearing applications in the building and construction industry. The properties of thermoplastic such as adjustable sealing temperature, high tackiness, excellent adherence to different surfaces such as rubber, wood, metals and others, is further driving the use of thermoplastic in the polyurethane adhesives market. Thermoplastic is extensively used in the construction and automobile industries which is one of the main driving factors of the thermoplastics segment in the polyurethane adhesives market.
Polyurethane Adhesives Market Segment Analysis By Curing Type
Moisture-Curing held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market in the year 2021. Moisture curing polyurethanes are isocyanates terminated polymers which is used for curing with water. Isocyanates are low molecular weight chemicals which is advantageous since it makes the polyurethane adhesives less slimy and provides better tackiness. These are solvent based adhesives which cures with the evaporation of water and also by reacting with the moisture in the air. This has huge advantages over other types of curing adhesives, since it requires minimal efforts and protection which helps in saving time and costs. Moisture-curing polyurethane adhesives have improved bonding, sealing, fixation and adhesive properties. It is also easy to handle and reduces the step of process for mixing and applying.
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Polyurethane Adhesives Market Segment Analysis By Technology
Hot-melt technology held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market in the year 2021. Hot melt can be used in various applications such as window sealants, gaskets, fabrics and light metal applications. The biggest advantage of hot-melt adhesives is that they have a faster curing period. This makes it the most used adhesive in applications such as floorings, countertops in residential buildings, commercials buildings and shower walls, as they are water resistant. It also acts as an excellent sealant, which makes it suitable for heavy applications. For instance, the flooring industry recorded a revenue of US $ 23 billion in the year 2019. This is driving the hot melt adhesives segment in the polyurethane adhesives market.
Polyurethane Adhesives Market Segment Analysis By Application
PVC segment held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market in the year 2021. PVC is extensively used in the construction sector in various applications like roofing, fencing, decking, wall-coverings, flooring, piping etc. PVC is moisture resistant, corrosion resistant and chemical resistant, which makes it an effective material compared to traditional products like copper, metal etc. For instance, the total production of PVC in the European market in the year 2019 was 5 metric tonnes. Also, the global construction industry is estimated to reach US $ 8 trillion by the year 2030. This is set to drive the use of PVC in the construction industry, which is set to drive the growth of the polyurethane adhesives segment, as it is one of the most used adhesives/sealants on PVC.
Polyurethane Adhesives Market Segment Analysis By End-Use Industry
Building and Construction segment held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market in the year 2021. The increase in the population of middle-class coupled with urbanization is increasing the need for infrastructure to accommodate the growing population. The construction industry is estimated to reach a value of US $ 738.5 billion by the year 2022, which will eventually contribute to the growth of polyurethane adhesives since it is extensively used in various applications and activities in the building and construction industry. This leads to the increase in the use of polyurethane adhesives/sealants in the construction industries for various activities including roofing, piping, insulating and in fencing and fixtures.
Polyurethane Adhesives Market Segment Analysis By Geography
Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market in the year 2021. The growth of the construction industry and automobile industry in the Asia-Pacific region countries like China, India, South Korea and Japan is driving the polyurethane market. Polyurethane adhesives are used widely as sealants in the automobile sector for bonding and sealing automobile parts. For instance, the Chinese government set a long-term development plan for automotive industry to reach an annual sales of 2 million for their new energy vehicles (NEV) in the year 2020. This will drive the growth of automobile industry which will increase the demand for polyurethane adhesives market in the region.
Polyurethane Adhesives Market Drivers
Increase in Government Initiatives Regarding Infrastructure
Polyurethane adhesives are extensively used in the construction sector as it is used as sealants in various construction activities such as repair and maintenance, plumbing, fixtures, masonry activities etc. The increase in number of construction activities in the present days is driving the demand for polyurethane adhesives. The increase in the construction activities, especially in Asia Pacific countries such as India, China and Japan is contributing to the demand for polyurethane adhesives. For instance, the New Type Urbanization Plan by the Chinese Government which aims at developing Chinas infrastructure by the year 2020 is increasing the number of construction related activities in the country which in turn is contributing to the growth of polyurethane adhesives market.
Rising Demand from Automobile Industry
The rising demand for polyurethane adhesives and sealants from the automobile industry is driving the polyurethane adhesives market. Polyurethane adhesives and sealants are extensively used for bonding and sealing of automobile parts. Polyurethane adhesives are highly flexible to temperature changes, corrosion resistant, chemical resistant which is increasing the use of polyurethane adhesives and sealants in the automobile industry. The total production of cars and commercial vehicles amounted to 91.78 million units globally in the year 2019. The increase in the production of automobile over the years is eventually driving the use and demand of polyurethane adhesives in the automobile industry.
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Polyurethane Adhesives Market Challenges
Volatility in Price of Raw Materials
The prices of raw material used for producing polyurethane adhesives such as formaldehyde is highly volatile. The price keeps changing within a short span of time making the market highly unpredictable. For example the price of formaldehyde is Rs.458 per litre during the year 2020, which is acting as one of the biggest challenge for the polyurethane adhesives market. Formaldehyde is required in mass quantities for the preparation of polyurethane adhesives which is a costly affair for the manufacturer as it is quite expensive and the prices are also fluctuating.
Polyurethane Adhesives Industry Outlook
Expansion, new product launches, investments, collaborations, partnerships, acquisitions and mergers are some of the key strategies adopted by players in the Polyurethane Adhesives Market. Polyurethane Adhesives top 10 companies include:
Avery Dennison Corporation
Scott Bader Company Ltd.
The Dow Company
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Huntsman Corporation among others.
On January 4, 2021, Avery Dennison Corporation acquired ACPO Ltd. for a US $ 87.6 million. This acquisition will help in combining the capabilities of both the companies in developing products of expertise in the adhesives and lables.
On November 18, 2019 Avery Dennison Medical introduced MED 5710SI (right)a soft-skin silicone adhesive nonwoven material. It consists a new five-layer foam dressing from of a soft-skin silicone wound contact layer, a polyurethane (PU) foam and super-absorbent fiber composite pad.
Asia-Pacific market held the largest share in the polyurethane adhesives market due to the increase middle class population coupled with the urbanization which is increasing the standard of living of the population which in turn is driving the construction industry, electronic industry and automobile industry.
The increase in construction activities and other repair and maintenance activities in the construction sector is driving the demand for polyurethane adhesives market.
Increasing demand for bio-based PU hot-melt adhesives is contributing to the growth of the polyurethane adhesives market.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the polyurethane adhesives market witnessed a lot of setbacks in terms of production, supply and distribution. It is however set to improve in the coming months of 2021.
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