Sealant trends: What to expect in the coming years.

In recent years, more manufacturers have avoided fastening components together with bolts, welds or screws and have embraced the use of sealants and adhesives, owing to the superior adhesion properties and the need for exacting fits. That’s why the sealant and adhesive industry is expecting robust growth; globally, the marketplace is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 5.6 percent through 2025.

There are several factors impacting the trend, with expected growth in the packaging, furniture, footwear and construction markets. In addition, more manufacturing sectors are looking to use lighter weight components, necessitating the need for the use of sealants and adhesives. For example, fuel economy standards have encouraged automakers to use lighter components; shaving off weight by replacing welds and bolts with adhesives accomplishes that goal.

Another trend that will impact the sealants and adhesive industry moving forward: environmental concerns and sustainability. Many manufacturers are focusing on a reduction in potentially toxic volatile organic compounds in their processes, causing providers to research bio-based adhesives and sealants.

Internationally, China will continue to become an emerging market for water-based, solvent-based, hot melt and reactive adhesives, with manufacturers and assemblers migrating away from piecework and hand assembly into more highly automated processes.

As a global leader in fluid application systems and solutions, Designetics is ready to meet the challenges posed by shifting market demands and growth. Designetics creates applicators, brush heads, and dispensing equipment to ensure that current—and future—production processes are efficient. For example, workers or robotics systems in a wide variety of industries can quickly and efficiently apply fluid to substrates in an exacting fashion—with the right thickness and dimensions—in highly repeatable ways using Designetics applicators and application systems.

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