Demand for adhesives and sealants in Germany is forecast to climb 1.8% per year to 947,000 metric tons in 2022, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. Water-based adhesives and sealants will reportedly continue to capture the largest share of demand, supported by these products’ low emissions and use in a range of applications. Stringent environmental regulations enforced to restrict volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions have favored demand for water-based products in place of their solvent-based counterparts in interior building construction applications such as flooring adhesives.

Among adhesives and sealants, reactive types are expected to see the fastest rate of growth in Germany through 2022. Reactive adhesives and sealants benefit from Germany’s significant manufacturing industry that produces advanced industrial products, including fuel efficient motor vehicles and aerospace equipment. In addition to replacing mechanical fasteners, reactive products are also increasingly used for transportation equipment to bond aluminum structural components in this market.

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