Water-Based Adhesive Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

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Water-Based Adhesive Market size may witness firm growth over the forecasted timeframe owing to the rise in demand for printing inks and flexible packaging. Rise in environmental and safety issues have further enhanced the growth as water-based adhesive is low in VOC. It is widely used in automotive, construction, packaging, paper and furniture industries.

Glue is any material capable of holding material together by surface attachment. Water-based adhesive contains carrier fluid and additives to reduce its viscosity, can be applied to substance efficiently at varying thickness. Global adhesive market is estimated to worth over USD 55 billion by 2024 owing to its increasing use in aerospace, consumer goods, electrical, food packaging and construction industries.

Water-based adhesive is developed either from natural polymers derived from vegetable sources, protein sources and animal or from soluble synthetic polymers including cellulose ethers, methylcellulose, carboxymethylcellulose and polyvinylpyrrolidone. Water-based adhesive is supplied either in the form of dry powder or pre-mixed solution in which water is mixed by the distributors.

Starch adhesives are not temperature sensitive and can be used at hot or cold temperature. It usually comes in the form of tasteless, odourless powder and must be mixed with water before use. Starch glue powder is composed of natural polymers and are mainly derived from wheat, corn, potatoes or rice. They are used in paper industry for corrugated boxes, envelope, paper-towel, wallpaper and paper bags. They possess more viscosity and economical. Global wall paper market size is estimated to reach over USD 35 billion by 2024 due to its increase in the real estate market along with increase in disposable income and growth in sophistication. Durability and convenience in installation along with the absence of harmful material including lead, may boost the water-based adhesive market growth.

Animal glue is obtained from collagen present in mammal or fish and casein glue is made from the protein present in animal milk. Depending on the origin and method of preparation, they may exhibit varied physical, mechanical and chemical properties. Collagen based animal glue is used in furniture industry, construction of pipe organ, conservation of artefacts and piano repairing. Casein glue is also used in furniture market and is more superior than animal glue owing to its improved moisture resistance and aging characteristics.

Polymers polyvinyl acetate (PVA) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) are used for water-based adhesive preparation. Fluid is mixed with polymers to obtain a resin adhesive which is an extremely strong and durable glue and adhere & bond well to various substrates. It is essentially used in glass, ceramic, plastic, metal and stone.

Another water-based adhesive which is made from emulsified elastomers or rubber is known as latex glue. It is applied on the substrate and must be allowed to dry to form either a solid bond or flexible bond depending upon the formulation. It is used for envelope, wood, fabric and leather.

Water-based adhesive market size may witness firm growth in footwear industry as it contains low VOC’s which makes it eco-friendly. Higher viscosity permits its penetration into the material, thereby making it suitable for porous materials. Increasing environmental awareness and health issues will escalate market demand in footwear applications. Global footwear industry is may reach over USD 275 billion by 2024 owing to rising demand for comfortable, fancy and trendy footwears among all age groups. Shift in consumer demand towards sportwear due to increasing sports activity    for health & fitness has further enhanced water-based adhesive market growth.

Metals are used in plethora of industries including rails, automobiles, aviation, construction, healthcare and military. Water-based adhesive is used for rubber to metal bonding as it eliminates the problem of toxicity and flammability associated with organic solvents and are less expensive than other counterparts.

Water-based adhesives market size from construction industry is expected to witness a significant growth over the forecast timeframe due to industrialization and increase in disposable income. It is used for attaching tiles, fixtures to walls, ceilings and for cementation. Global construction market is estimated to reach over USD 0.75 trillion by 2024 owing to the increasing population and urbanization along with increase in the demand for green buildings. Increasing spending on real estate investment and national infrastructure in China along with anticipated fiscal easing in the U.S. may stimulate water-based adhesive market growth.

North America driven by Canada and the U.S. water-based adhesive market size may witness an uptrend owing to the policies laid down by the government for environmental friendly products along with the increasing construction opportunities.

Asia Pacific driven by Japan, South Korea, India and China water-based adhesive market demand is expected to register substantial growth due to industrialization in these emerging economies. Increasing demand for environmental friendly product and presence of key players in packaging, construction, electronics are important drivers that will boost water-based adhesive market in the region.

Europe water-based adhesive market demand, led by UK, Germany, Spain and France may witness firm growth due to the increase in demand for construction, automobiles and military sectors. German construction industry is estimated to witness rapid growth due to increasing state spending on the bridges and roads and increasing company investment in buildings. Growth in urban population and increasing number of immigrants has further enhanced market growth. Increasing growth of furniture industry in UK due to low price and high-quality furniture offered to the consumers may escalate water-based adhesive market growth.


Global water-based adhesive market share is moderately fragmented. The key players operating in this industry are DIC, Dow Corning, Evonik, Huber Group, Illinois Tool Works, 3M Company, LLC and Franklin International. Major companies are focussing on construction and automotive sectors to enhance product portfolio and expand regional presence.

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Historical data coverage: 2016 to 2020; Growth Projections: 2021 to 2027.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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