According to a recent survey of product design engineers and general managers of 245 U.S. firms that manufacture heating equipment, the most critical physical properties of adhesives are high-temperature resistance, thermal conductivity, and electrical resistance.
Global consumption of radiation-cured products in 2005 was 270,000 metric tons (MT), with a value of $2.75 billion. Included in this number are products for coatings, inks and adhesives. According to the consulting firm Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney, a modest 6% annual rate of growth is forecast through 2010.
With the miniturization of packaging in areas such as electronics, medical devices and wafer fabrication, spatially controlled, precise-deposition of adhesives or adhesive-like materials into increasingly smaller spaces has become critically important.