coatings, adhesives & sealants demand to exceed $7 billion in 2010.
Demand for automotive
coatings, adhesives and sealants in the United States is forecast to rise
4.1% per year to over $7 billion in 2010. Growth in OEM demand will be
supported by U.S.
motor vehicle production, which will rebound from declines posted during the
2000-2005 period. However, these gains
will be mostly linked to passenger cars, which consume reduced amounts of
coatings, adhesives and sealants per vehicle than larger vehicles. Aftermarket
demand will benefit from gains in the number of vehicles in use, which will
rise 1.5% annually through 2010. These and other trends are presented in Automotive
Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants
, a new study from The Freedonia
Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.
In addition to growth in vehicle production and vehicles in use, demand for
coatings, adhesives, and sealants will benefit from other factors that will
increase usage rates of these materials. For example, although consumer tastes
have tended to favor larger, heavier vehicles over the last decade, automotive
designers continue to stress weight reduction and improved fuel efficiency
while focusing on safety, aesthetics, and durability. Taken together, these
efforts are promoting greater use of structural adhesives, such as epoxies and
polyurethanes, at the expense of mechanical fasteners, both to reduce weight
and to eliminate potential corrosion problems. Similarly, sealant demand has directly
benefited from efforts to make car cabins quieter and better insulated.
Aftermarket demand will continue to benefit from a change in the product mix
over the last decade favoring larger light vehicles, particularly sport-utility
vehicles (SUVs). Although demand for light trucks and vans (including SUVs) is
slowing compared to recent years due to high fuel prices and market saturation,
the number of such large light vehicles will continue to increase as a
percentage of total light vehicles in use. Because of the relatively recent
emergence of light trucks, vans and SUVs, fewer of them are being retired from
the light vehicle park relative to conventional automobiles. The resultant
shift in composition of the vehicle park will favor the aftermarket for
coatings, adhesives and sealants, as larger light vehicles require more
materials on a per-vehicle basis than conventional automobiles.
For more information, contact Corinne Gangloff, The Freedonia Group
Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326;
phone (440) 684-9600; fax (440) 646-0484; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.freedoniagroup.com.