DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- This unique report covers both
technical and market information on adhesives and sealants in one volume. It
has been written by an author with extensive experience in research and
formulation of adhesives and sealants, and who has also been in senior
management, market research and consulting in the industry. It provides an
excellent analysis of the state-of-the-art in the adhesives and sealants
industry. It is clearly written and will be of interest to experts, designers
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The global adhesives and sealants market is worth in excess of US$20
Adhesives range in chemistry from the ancient use of blood, hide, casein
and starch products from nature to modern radiation cured synthetic polymers.
Commodity and general purpose adhesives, which are sold in relatively high
volumes, include: formaldehyde resins, starch and dextrin adhesives, styrene-
butadiene latex binders, natural rubber latex, hot melts, solvent based
adhesives, pressure sensitive adhesives and inorganic adhesives. Speciality
adhesives (high price, or formulated for specific applications) cover
polyurethane, reactive hot melt polyurethane, epoxies, cyanoacrylate,
anaerobics, reactive acrylics and radiation cured adhesives.
Applications vary widely, from the use of plant starch in box
manufacturing to the use of speciality, high value adhesives in electronics.
Major markets for adhesives include construction, packaging and labelling,
transportation, product assembly, medical, textiles and carpets. Applications
are increasing in scope as adhesives are offering better performance and lower
costs than other joining methods.
New developments are taking place in the industry, driven by factors such
as costs, new application areas, health and safety, and environmental issues.
Solvent-borne products which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on
curing are being phased out and replaced by systems such as water-borne
latices and hot melts. Radiation curing adhesives are gaining in popularity,
particularly methods employing UV radiation, although issues arise when a
section is thick.
The principle types of sealants are: RTV silicones, polyurethanes, latex,
polysulfide and vinyl plastisol. Construction is the main marketplace.
Silicones and polyurethanes are increasingly being specified because of their
ease of application, high performance and durability.
This book describes the chemistry and technology involved in producing and
using each adhesive and sealant type. It outlines the factors to be
considered in selection and illustrates appropriate applications for each
material. Key suppliers and market areas are named in appropriate sections.
The report covers global market data and focuses on Western Europe and
North America, with additional information about the emerging markets in the
Far East and Latin America.
This Rapra Adhesives and Sealants Market Report provides an excellent,
clear overview of the whole of the adhesives and sealants industry from
production and manufacturing methods to market applications, new technology,
key companies and potential for growth.
2 Executive Summary
4 Adhesive and Sealant Materials
5 Additives for Adhesives and Sealants
6 Classification and Comparison of Adhesives and Sealants
7 Applications and Markets for Adhesives and Sealants
8 Consumption by Global Region and Material Type
9 Industry Structure and Key Players
10 International Trends and Conclusions
11 Associations and Media
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