Adhesives Industry Ceresana publishes market study 'Adhesives Europe'

Editor: Alexander Stark

According to Ceresana's latest study, adhesive revenues will rise worldwide by 1.9% per year until 2024.

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Market study on adhesives by Ceresana.
Market study on adhesives by Ceresana.
(Source: Ceresana)

For the third time, market research company Ceresana analysed the market for adhesives in Europe, which includes Russia, the Caucasus and Turkey. The new study examines in detail the adhesive types: vinyls, acrylics, polyurethane, elastomers, epoxy, and other types. Information regarding demand, production, import, and export since 2008 are offered for the 23 individual countries, including forecasts up to 2024.

"In 2016, almost 3.2 million tonnes of adhesives were consumed in Europe," says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. The most important type of adhesive in 2016 was vinyls, reporting a volume of 1.1 million tonnes.

Vinyls offer a broad range. Polyvinyl acetate (PVAC) adhesives are among the most important types. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), manufactured from polyvinyl acetate, is also used as an adhesive, for example, for porous materials, such as paper, cardboard, wood, cork, and leather. Main consumers of vinyl adhesives are the paper, packaging, wood processing and construction industries that use water borne adhesives or hot melts in particular.

Paper still leading, solvents increasingly replaced

The most important sales market for adhesives in 2016 was the paper and packaging sector – 29% of the total European demand was generated in this segment. The construction industry ranked a close second. Its demand for adhesives is increasing considerably. The market report also examines the use of adhesives in the segments wood processing, transportation, shoes and leather, consumer goods as well as other applications.

Market data on adhesives is also given in detail for the following individual technologies: water borne adhesives, hot melts, solvent borne adhesives, reactive adhesives and other products. Water borne adhesives reached about 53% of the total European demand in the past years. Demand for hot melts ranked a rather far second, followed by solvent borne adhesives and reactive adhesives.


Chapter 1 provides a description and analysis of the global adhesives market - including forecasts up to 2024: The development of revenues, demand volumes per application, trade and production analysis for each country. Additionally, the 8 largest countries are examined in detail with regard to adhesive technologies (water borne adhesives, hot melts, solvent borne adhesives, reactive adhesives, other technologies) as well as the types of adhesives.

Chapter 2 analyses several application areas of adhesives extensively: data and influencing factors on the use in paper and packaging, construction, wood processing, transportation, shoes and leather, consumer goods and other application areas.

Chapter 3 examines the demand for the individual adhesive types: vinyls, acrylics, polyurethane (PUR), elastomers, epoxy and other adhesives.

Chapter 4 offers a useful directory of the 77 most important producers, listed with contact details, revenues, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary and specific information on adhesives. The most important manufacturers include: 3M Europe N.V., Akzo Nobel N.V., Bolton Adhesives, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A., Dow Europe GmbH, Duslo, a.s., H.B. Fuller Europe GmbH, Henkel AG and Tesa SE.

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