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Strong and secure for eternity, elastic, heat-resistant, or removable without residue. Adhesives are tailor-maide for a broad range of applications: There are already more than 250,000 different adhesive formulations, and the number is steadily increasing. These mostly invisible helpers not only provide adhesion and bonding, they also offer thermal and sound insulation, protection against moisture, electrical conductivity, pest control and other innovative functions. Ceresana has analyzed the global market for adhesives for the sixth time: Around 13.5 million tonnes of adhesives are currently consumed every year.

The current edition of the adhesives market study provides key information on demand, production, imports and exports from 2020 onwards – and forecasts up to 2032. Volumes are stated in tonnes and revenues in both USD and EUR. This market report examines the following types of adhesives individually: vinyl, acrylic, polyurethane, elastomer, and epoxy adhesives, as well as other types of adhesives. The study does not cover sealants, cement, mortar, phenolic and other formaldehyde condensates.

Adhesives combine and protect

With a share of around 38.2% of global adhesives sales, Asia-Pacific is the largest adhesives market, followed by North America and Western Europe. In Europe, the “paper and packaging” segment uses the most adhesives. However, the construction industry is the most important sales market worldwide: Around 27.5% of global adhesive consumption is accounted for by wall and floor coverings, the repair and renovation of buildings, components such as cladding and panels and even insulation materials. In the automotive industry, lightweight car bodies and batteries for electromobility are further increasing the demand for adhesives; thermoset composite materials for wind turbine rotor blades are also bonded. However, adhesive consumption is currently growing most strongly in the “shoes, leather and textiles” application area. Even very old forging technology has competition: Hoof protection for horses is increasingly attached with superglue.

Data on adhesive application areas and technologies

Biobased adhesives, which are at least partially made from renewable raw materials, are developing dynamically – and not just in special applications such as bottle labels or wallpaper paste. However, conventional petrochemical products still have the largest market share. Vinyl adhesives represent the most important product type with a current annual demand of around 3.95 million tonnes. There is a wide variety of vinyl-based adhesives. Products based on polyvinyl acetate (PVAC) are among the most important ones. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), manufactured from polyvinyl acetate, is used as an adhesive for porous materials, such as paper, cardboard, wood, cork, and leather. Vinyl products are followed by acrylic-based adhesives, polyurethane, elastomers, epoxy and other adhesives. Polyurethane adhesives and reactive adhesives are currently experiencing the strongest growth. Water-based adhesives account for around 46% of total consumption. Hot-melt adhesives follow well behind.

Current Market Study “Adhesives – World (6th edition)”:

Chapter 1 provides a description and analysis of the global adhesives market, including forecasts up to 2032: The development of revenues, demand, and production is analyzed for each region. Regional markets for adhesives are analyzed extensively.

Data and influencing factors on the use in the application areas:

  • construction
  • paper and packaging
  • wood processing
  • transportation
  • shoes, leather, and textiles
  • consumer products
  • other areas.

Demand for adhesives is broken down by product type:

  • vinyl
  • acrylic
  • polyurethane (PUR)
  • elastomer
  • epoxy adhesives
  • other types of adhesives.

The various technologies are also covered individually:

  • water-based adhesives
  • hot-melt adhesives
  • solvent-borne adhesives
  • reactive adhesives
  • other adhesive technologies.

Chapter 2 analyzes the market for adhesives in the 17 most important countries: Global demand for, export and import of, as well as revenues generated with adhesives are given. In addition, these countries are also analyzed in detail regarding application area and adhesives technology. The current edition also breaks down the revenues by application areas. Market data on demand and production volume of each country is split for each type of adhesive.

Chapter 3 offers a useful directory of the 89 most important producers of adhesives, clearly arranged according to contact details, revenues, profit, product range, and production sites. Detailed company profiles are presented, for example, for 3M Company, Bolton Group B.V., Bostik S.A., H.B. Fuller Co., Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Huntsman International LLC, Illinois Tool Works Inc., Nagase & Co., Ltd., RPM International Inc., and Sika AG


Scope of the Report:



Base Year2022
Trend Period2019 – 2032
Forecast Period2023 – 2032
Application AreasPaper and Packaging, Construction, Wood Processing, Transportation, Shoes/Leather/Textiles, Consumer Goods, Other Applications
Product TypesVinyl, Acrylics, Polyurethane (PUR), Elastomers, Epoxy, Other Adhesives
TechnologiesWater-Based Adhesives, Hot Melts, Solvent-Borne Adhesives, Reactive Adhesives, Other Technologies
Company Profiles3M, Bolton, Bostik, Fuller, Henkel, Huntsman, ITW, Nagase, RPM, and Sika. (Selection)
Edition6th edition
PublicationFebruary 2024



What was the global consumption of adhesives in 2022?

In 2022, more than 13.5 million tonnes of adhesives were consumed worldwide.


What was the most important product type in 2022?

Vinyl adhesives represent the most important product type with a current annual demand of around 3.95 million tonnes.


What are the most important regions for adhesives in 2022?

With a share of around 38.2% of global adhesives sales, Asia-Pacific is the largest adhesives market, followed by North America and Western Europe.

1 Market Data: World and Regions

1.1 World

1.1.1 Demand

1.1.2 Revenues

1.1.3 Revenues per application Paper and packaging Construction Wood processing Transportation Shoes/ leather/ textiles Consumer goods Other applications

1.1.4 Production

1.1.5 Demand per application Paper and packaging Construction Wood processing Transportation Shoes/ leather/ textiles Consumer goods Other applications

1.1.6 Demand per product type Vinyl Acrylics Polyurethane (PUR) Elastomers Epoxy Other adhesives

1.1.7 Demand per technology Water-based adhesives Hot melts Solvent-borne adhesives Reactive adhesives Other technologies

1.2 Western Europe

1.2.1 Demand

1.2.2 Revenues

1.2.3 Production

1.2.4 Application, product & technology

1.3 Eastern Europe

1.3.1 Demand

1.3.2 Revenues

1.3.3 Production

1.3.4 Application, product & technology

1.4 North America

1.4.1 Demand

1.4.2 Revenues

1.4.3 Production

1.4.4 Application, product & technology

1.5 South America

1.5.1 Demand

1.5.2 Revenues

1.5.3 Production

1.5.4 Application, product & technology

1.6 Asia-Pacific

1.6.1 Demand

1.6.2 Revenues

1.6.3 Production

1.6.4 Application, product & technology

1.7 Middle East

1.7.1 Demand

1.7.2 Revenues

1.7.3 Production

1.7.4 Application, product & technology

1.8 Africa

1.8.1 Demand

1.8.2 Revenues

1.8.3 Production

1.8.4 Application, product & technology

2 Market Data: Country Profiles

(For each country: revenues, production, import & export, demand split by applications, technologies, and product types)

2.1 Western Europe

2.1.1 France

2.1.2 Germany

2.1.3 Italy

2.1.4 Spain

2.1.5 United Kingdom

2.1.6 Other Western Europe

2.2 Eastern Europe

2.2.1 Poland

2.2.2 Russia

2.2.3 Turkey

2.2.4 Other Eastern Europe

2.3 North America

2.3.1 Canada

2.3.2 Mexico

2.3.3 USA

2.4 South America

2.4.1 Brazil

2.4.2 Other South America

2.5 Asia-Pacific

2.5.1 China

2.5.2 India

2.5.3 Japan

2.5.4 South Korea

2.5.6 Taiwan

2.5.7 Other Asia-Pacific

3 Company Profiles*

3.1 Western Europe

Belgium (2 Producers)

Finland (1)

France (4)

Germany (16)

Italy (2)

Portugal (1)

Spain (1)

Sweden (1)

Switzerland (5)

The Netherlands (4)

United Kingdom (2)

3.2 Eastern Europe

Estonia (1)

Poland (1)

Slovakia (1)

Slovenia (1)

Turkey (2)

3.3 North America

Mexico (1)

USA (17)

3.4 South America

Brazil (1)

3.5 Asia-Pacific

China (4)

India (1)

Japan (15)

Malaysia (1)

Singapore (1)

South Korea (1)

Taiwan (1)

3.6 Africa

South Africa (1)


*Note: The profiles are assigned to the country in which the company or holding is headquartered. Profiles also include JVs and subsidiaries.

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