Growth Opportunities for Adhesives in the U.S. Automotive Industry

According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the future of adhesives in the US automotive industry looks attractive with opportunities in the passenger car and light commercial vehicles. Adhesives in the US automotive industry are expected to reach an estimated $1,735.3 million by 2021. Adhesives in the US automotive industry are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% by value from 2016 to 2021. The major growth drivers for this market are growth in the production of light commercial vehicles and passenger car and increase in the demand for lightweight materials.

In this market, epoxy, polyurethane, and acrylic are the major adhesives by product types used in the automotive industry. On the basis of its comprehensive research, Lucintel forecasts that the polyurethane adhesives and epoxy adhesives segments are expected to show above average growth during the forecast period.

Within the adhesives in the US automotive industry, the polyurethane adhesive segment is expected to remain as the largest market. It has better mechanical properties and increase in automotive production is expected to drive adhesive consumption, which would spur growth for this segment over the forecast period.

In this market, light commercial vehicle is expected to remain the largest segment due to growth of light commercial vehicle production and increased use of lightweight materials in automotive applications.

For business expansion, report suggests innovation and new product development to reduce curing time, excellent adhesion, superior stress durability, improve cohesion strength and improve high temperature resistance. The report further suggests the development of partnerships with customers to create win-win situations and development of low-cost solutions for customers.

Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include increasing use of composites and lightweight materials in automotive applications, development of new silicone-based electrically conductive adhesives in automotive sensor applications, and development of fast cure adhesives. Henkel AG & Co KGaA, The 3M Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Sika AG, and H.B Fuller are the major manufacturers of adhesives in the US automotive industry.

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