I was thinking of writing something for this blog about how the collapse of one (or all) of the Big Three could impact the adhesives and sealants industry when I happened upon the following article from the Nov. 2008 issue ofASIconcerning the U.S. demand for automotive coatings, adhesives and sealants, which is expected to reach $5.3 billion in 2012:


While I concede that it is somewhat unusual to `happen upon’ an article that your own magazine published barely a month ago, I maintain that that’s exactly what happened: I opened the Nov. 2008 issue and – BOOM! Fascinating stuff…but will the numbers projected in the article hold up if even one of the Big Three auto manufacturers goes under?

Once you’ve read the article, be sure to come back and share your thoughts below.