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Adhesives and Sealants


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The $6.5-billion U.S. adhesive and sealant industry has entered a period of relatively mature growth. Opportunities continue to expand for epoxy adhesives, acrylic adheisves, and hot melts as well as general and special performance sealants and preformed tapes. These and other trends were uncovered in this Specialists in Business Information analysis of 22 adhesive and sealant product categories. The profile covers end-use markets, sales opportunities, exports, the competitive environment, new product trends and technologies, and much more. Profiles of over 30 worldwide manufacturers are included. Individual sections are available. Call for prices.


Section 1: U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Market Trends

  • Executive Summary
  • Industry Size and Growth Patterns
  • Changing Industry Product Mix
  • End-Use Market Opportunities
  • Growing World Markets
  • Consolidation to Boost Efficiency
  • Increased Competition From Global Manufacturers
  • Outlook
  • Table 1-1 Value of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Shipments: 1972-2003 (dollars): Total Industry, Adhesives, and Sealants
  • Table 1-2 Adhesive and Sealant's Share of U.S. Chemical and Allied Product Shipments: 1972-2003 (dollars and percent): Chemical and Allied Product Shipments, Percent Gross Domestic Product, and Adhesives and Sealants Share of Chemical and Allied Product Shipments
  • Table 1-3 Real U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Shipments: 1987-2003 (dollars): Total Industry, Adhesives, and Sealants
  • Table 1-4 Quantity U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Shipments: 1982-2003 (pounds): Adhesives and Synthetic Base Sealants
  • Table 1-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends for Synthetic Resin and Rubber Adhesives, Natural Base Glues and Adhesives, and Sealants: 1984-2003 (index)
  • Table 1-6 Growth Analysis for 22 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Product Lines: 1992-2003 (percent)
  • Table 1-7 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Purchases by Major End-Use Market: 1977-1997 (dollars): Construction, Motor Vehicles, Paper, Wood Products, Printing and Publishing, Plastic Products, Consumers, Paperboard Containers, Glass Containers, and Metal Stampings
  • Table 1-8 Gross Profit Margins for U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants Compared to the Total Chemical Industry: 1977-1998 (percent)
  • Scope and Methodology

Section 2: U.S. Adhesive Product Shipments

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • U.S. Shipment Trends
  • Growth-Oriented Product Lines
  • Table 2-1 Value of U.S. Adhesive Shipments by Base Material: 1972-2003 (dollars): Synthetic Resin and Rubber Adhesives, and Natural Base Glues and Adhesives
  • Table 2-2 Value of U.S. Adhesive Shipments by Type: 1977-2003 (dollars): Vinyl, Combinations, Natural Base, Hot Melt, Films, Epoxy, Rubber Cement, Phenolics, Acrylic, Styrenic, Urea, Cyanoacrylate, Polyester, Urethane, and Others
  • Table 2-3 Distribution of U.S. Dollar Adhesive Shipments by Type: 1977-2003 (percent): Vinyl, Combinations, Natural Base, Hot Melt, Films, Epoxy, Rubber Cement, Phenolics, Acrylic, Styrenic, Urea, Cyanoacrylate, Polyester, Urethane, and Others
  • Table 2-4 Quantity U.S. Adhesive Shipments by Type: 1977-2003 (pounds): Vinyl, Combinations, Natural Base, Hot Melt, Films, Epoxy, Phenolics, Acrylic, Styrenic, Urea, Cyanoacrylate, Polyester, Urethane, and Others
  • Table 2-5 Distribution of U.S. Quantity Adhesive Shipments by Type: 1977-2003 (percent): Vinyl, Combinations, Natural Base, Hot Melt, Films, Epoxy, Phenolics, Acrylic, Styrenic, Urea, Cyanoacrylate, Polyester, Urethane, and Others
  • Table 2-6 Average U.S. Value per Pound Shipped for Adhesives by Type: 1977-2003 (pounds): Vinyl, Combinations, Natural Base, Hot Melt, Films, Epoxy, Phenolics, Acrylic, Styrenic, Urea, Cyanoacrylate, Polyester, Urethane, and Others
  • Table 2-7 U.S. Shipments of Vinyl Type Adhesives by Type: 1982-1998 (pounds and dollars): Latex Type Polyvinyl Acetate, Solvent Type Polyvinyl Acetate, Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers, and Other Vinyl Polymer Type
  • Table 2-8 U.S. Shipments of Natural Base Glues and Adhesives by Type: 1982-1998 (pounds and dollars): Animal, Protein, Dextrines, Starches, and Other
  • Table 2-9 Value of U.S. Rubber Cement Shipments by Type: 1982-1998 (gallons and dollars): Latex and Solvent
  • Table 2-10 U.S. Producer Price Trends for Adhesives by Type: 1992-1997 (index): Epoxy, Synthetic Resin and Rubber, Vinyl Acrylic, Polyester, Hot Melts, Films, Combinations, and Other

Section 3: U.S. Sealant Product Shipments

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • U.S. Shipment Trends
  • Structural Versus Non-Structural Products
  • Growth of Synthetic Base Sealants
  • Table 3-1 Value of U.S. Structural and Nonstructural Sealant Shipments by Type: 1972-2003 (dollars)
  • Table 3-2 Value of U.S. Sealant Shipments by Type: 1977-2003 (dollars): Oil and Bituminous Base Caulks; General and Special Performance Synthetic Base Sealants, and Preformed Tapes
  • Table 3-3 Value of U.S. Structural and Nonstructural Synthetic Base Sealant Shipments by Type: 1987-1998 (dollars): General Performance Sealants, Special Performance Sealants, and Preformed Tapes
  • Table 3-4 Quantity U.S. Synthetic Base Sealant Shipments by Type and Average Value per Pound Shipped: 1982-2003 (pounds and dollars): General Performance Sealants, Special Performance Sealants, and Preformed Tapes
  • Table 3-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends for Synthetic Base Sealants by Type: 1987-1997 (index): General Performance and Special Performance

Section 4: End-Use Markets and Factors Driving Domestic Demand

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • Industrial Markets
  • Construction Markets
  • Consumer Markets
  • Table 4-1 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Purchases by End-Use Market Sector: 1977-2003 (dollars): Industrial and Commercial, Construction, Consumer, and Government
  • Table 4-2 Distribution of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Purchases by End-Use Market Sector: 1977-2003 (percent): Industrial and Commercial, Construction, Consumer, and Government
  • Table 4-3 Purchases of Adhesives and Sealants for 29 U.S. Industrial and Commercial Markets: 1977-1997 (dollars)
  • Table 4-4 Distribution of Adhesive and Sealant Purchases for 29 U.S. Industrial and Commercial Markets: 1977-1997 (percent)
  • Table 4-5 Plant Purchases of Adhesives and Sealants for Forty U.S. Manufacturing Industries: 1987-1997 (dollars)
  • Table 4-6 Adhesives and Sealants' Share of Total Plant Material Inputs and Purchases per Plant for Forty U.S. Manufacturing Industries: 1987-1997 (percent and dollars)
  • Table 4-7 Production Trends for Sixteen Major U.S. End-Use Markets: 1992-1997 (index)
  • Table 4-8 Real U.S. Spending on Building Construction: 1977-1997 (dollars): Total Building, Residential Buildings, and Nonresidential Buildings
  • Table 4-9 Real U.S. Spending on Building Construction by Type of Structure: 1993-1997 (dollars): Residential and Nonresidential Buildings by Type, Private and Public Buildings by Type
  • Table 4-10 Total U.S. Housing Demand by Sector and by Region: 1992-1997 (units): Existing Home Resales, New Housing Units Completed, and Mobile Home Placements
  • Table 4-11 New U.S. Privately Owned Housing Units Started by Type of Structure: 1980-1997 (number): Total Starts, and in Structures With 1 Unit, 2 Units, 3 and 4 Units, and 5 Units or More
  • Table 4-12 Monthly Private U.S. Housing Units Authorized by 19,000 Building Permit Places and by Region: 1996 and 1997 (number): Total U.S., Northeast, Midwest, South, and West
  • Table 4-13 Average Size per New U.S. Housing Unit by Type of Unit and by Region: 1985-1996 (square feet): One-Family Homes, Multifamily Housing Units, and Mobile Homes
  • Table 4-14 U.S. Home Mortgage Interest Rates and Personal Income: 1980-1997 (percent and dollars): New Home Mortgage Interest Rates and Real Disposable Personal Income
  • Table 4-15 U.S. Residential Property Owner Expenditures for Improvements, Additions, Alterations, and Repairs: 1972-1997 (dollars)
  • Table 4-16 Construction Adhesives and Caulks and Sealants Brands Driving Sales at U.S. Home Center Chains, Spring 1997 (percent)

Section 5: U.S. International Trade Activity and Canadian Industry Data

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • U.S. Exports
  • Major Foreign Markets
  • U.S. Imports and Foreign Competition
  • Canadian Market Trends
  • Table 5-1 U.S. Exports of Adhesives and Sealants: 1977-1997 (pounds and dollars)
  • Table 5-2 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Exports by Product Type: 1992-1997 (pounds and dollars): Casein Glues, Starch Based Glues, Other Natural Base Glues, Synthetic Based Adhesives, and Other Products
  • Table 5-3 Value of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Exports by the Top Thirty Countries of Destination: 1992-1997 (dollars)
  • Table 5-4 Quantity U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Exports by the Top Thirty Countries of Destination and Average Value per Pound Exported: 1992-1997 (pounds and dollars)
  • Table 5-5 U.S. Imports of Adhesives and Sealants: 1977-1997 (pounds and dollars)
  • Table 5-6 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Imports by Product Type: 1992-1997 (pounds and dollars): Casein Glues, Fish Glue, Starch Based Glues, Other Natural Base Glues, Synthetic Based Adhesives, and Other Products
  • Table 5-7 Value of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Imports by the Top Fifteen Countries of Origin: 1992-1997 (dollars)
  • Table 5-8 Quantity U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Imports by the Top Fifteen Countries of Origin and Average Value per Pound Imported: 1992-1997 (pounds and dollars)
  • Table 5-9 Canadian Market Sales of Prepared Glues and Adhesives Packaged for Retail Sale: 1991-1996 (Canadian dollars)
  • Table 5-10 Canadian Imports of Prepared Glues and Adhesives Packaged for Retail Sale by Type and by Major Country of Origin: 1992-1996 (dollars)
  • Table 5-11 Canadian Adhesives Industry Analysis: 1990-1994 (number, dollars, and percent): Number of Plants, Plant Shipments, Payroll and Material Costs Percent Shipments, Employees; Average Production Workers, Wages, and Hours; Nonproduction Workers and Annual Salary

Section 6: Cost Structure and Profitability of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • Industry Operating Ratios and Profitability
  • Sector Profit Margins
  • Material and Labor Input Situation
  • Table 6-1 Operating Ratios and Profit Margins for U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants: 1977-1998 (percent): Adhesives and Glues, Sealants, and Total Industry; Payroll, Material Costs, and Gross Profit Margin Percent Shipments
  • Table 6-2 Operating Ratios of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants by Sector: 1977-1998 (percent): Natural Base Glues and Adhesive Plants, Synthetic Resin and Rubber Adhesive Plants, Structural Sealants, and Nonstructural Caulking Compounds and Sealants; Payroll and Materials Percent Shipments
  • Table 6-3 Value of Materials Purchased by U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants by Type: 1987-1997 (dollars): Plastic Resins, Synthetic Rubber, Starch and Dextrin, Other Industrial Chemicals, Refined Petroleum Products, Nonmetallic Minerals and Earths, Containers by Type, and All Others
  • Table 6-4 Quantity Purchases of Plastic Resins, Synthetic Rubber, and Starch and Dextrin by U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants and Average Value per Pound Purchased: 1977-1997 (pounds and dollars)
  • Table 6-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends for Major Material Inputs: 1992-1998 (index): Inorganic and Organic Chemicals, Plastics Resins and Materials, Synthetic Rubber, Paperboard Containers, Plastic Packaging, and Metal Containers
  • Table 6-6 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plant Labor Situation: 1977-1998 (number and dollars): Number of Employees, Shipments per Employee, Production Workers Percent Total Employees, Average Hourly Wages, and Average Weekly Hours; Adhesives and Glues, Sealants, and Total Industry
  • Table 6-7 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plant Labor Situation by Sector: 1977-1998 (number and dollars): Number of Employees, Shipments per Employee, Production Workers Percent Total Employees, Average Hourly Wages, and Average Weekly Hours; Natural Base Glues and Adhesive Plants, Synthetic Resin and Rubber Adhesives Plants; Structural Sealants, and Nonstructural Caulking Compounds and Sealants
  • Table 6-8 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plant New Capital Expenditures: 1977-1998 (dollars and percent): Total New Capital Expenditures and Percent Value Added; Adhesives, Sealants, and Total Industry
  • Table 6-9 U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plant New Capital Expenditures by Sector: 1977-1995 (dollars and percent): Total New Capital Expenditures and Percent Value Added; Natural Base Glues and Adhesives, Synthetic Resin and Rubber Adhesives, Structural Sealants, and Nonstructural Caulking Compounds and Sealants
  • Table 6-10 Number of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants, Plant Shipments, and Operating Ratios by State: 1992 and 1994 (number, dollars, and percent)

Section 7: U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Industry Competitive Environment

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • Declining Number of Industry Players and Plants
  • Industry Concentration
  • Increased Competition From Foreign-Based Global Manufacturers
  • Table 7-1 Number and Revenues of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants: 1977-1998 (number and dollars): Adhesives and Glues, Sealants, and Total Industry
  • Table 7-2 Number and Revenues of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants by Sector: 1977-1998 (number and dollars): Natural Base Glues and Adhesive Plants, Synthetic Resin and Rubber Adhesive Plants, and Structural Sealants and Nonstructural Caulking Compounds and Sealants
  • Table 7-3 Distribution of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plants, Revenues, and Operating Ratios by Number of Employees at Facility: 1987-1994 (number, dollars, and percent)
  • Table 7-4 Number and Average Revenues of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Manufacturers by Type: 1982-1992 (number and dollars)
  • Table 7-5 Share of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plant Shipments by Company Group Category: 1977-1996 (percent): 4, 8, 20, 50 Largest Companies
  • Table 7-6 Share of U.S. Adhesive and Sealant Plant Shipments by the Top Eight Manufacturers: 1996 (percent)
  • Table 7-7 Sales and Profit Trends for Nine Adhesive and Sealant Manufacturers: 1994-1997 (dollars and percent)

Section 8: Competitor Intelligence: Company Profiles and Recent Developments

  • Summary of Major Findings
  • U.S. Manufacturers Consolidate and Reorganize
  • Globalization
  • New Products and Technologies
  • Methodology, Sources, and Objectives
  • Adco Technologies, Inc.
  • Avery Dennison Corp.
  • Borden, Inc.
  • BTP PLC
  • Ciba-Geigy Ltd.
  • Cohesant Technologies, Inc.
  • Croda International PLC
  • The Dexter Corp.
  • The Dow Chemical Co.
  • Elf Atochem SA
  • Ems-Chemie Holding AG
  • Flamemaster Corp.
  • H.B. Fuller Co.
  • W.R. Grace & Co.
  • Henkel Kgaa
  • Hexcel Corp.
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Imperial Chemical Industries PLC
  • Laporte PLC
  • Loctite Corp.
  • Lord Corp.
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.
  • Morton International Inc.
  • NS Group, Inc.
  • Pacer Technology Inc.
  • Polymer Solutions, Inc.
  • Sika Finanz AG
  • Sonoco Products Co.
  • Sony Chemicals Corp.
  • Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
  • Total SA
  • Uniroyal Technology Corp.
  • Wassall, PLC

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