Global Pressure Sensitive Tapes

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Specialty Tapes

This study analyzes the global pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA, or self-adhesive) tape market.

Included in the scope of the study are single- and double-coated tapes, covering such products as:

  • carton sealing tape
  • masking tape (e.g., general purpose, high-temperature)
  • double-sided tape
  • adhesive transfer tape
  • duct tape
  • electrical tape
  • other tape products, such as:
    • clean room tapes
    • medical tapes
    • electronic tapes
    • personal hygiene product tapes
    • splicing tape
    • drywall tape
    • bag sealing tape
    • foil tape
    • lane marking tape
    • gaffer tape
    • safety and reflective tape
    • sports and athletic tapes
    • strapping and bundling tape
    • surface protection tape
    • weather stripping tape

Pressure sensitive tapes typically include three components – backing, pressure sensitive adhesive, and one or more release coatings. Among backing materials used are:

  • polypropylene
  • polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • other plastic (e.g., cellulose acetate, fluoropolymer, nylon, polyester, polyethylene, polyimide)
  • paper
  • other materials such as cloth, rubber, glass fabric, foam, foil, and nonwovens

Excluded from the scope of the study are water-activated/gummed, heat-activated, and other non-pressure sensitive tapes; related pressure sensitive items such as adhesive bandages and medical patches, pipeline tapes, contact papers, and protective films; and PSA labels. Also excluded are electronic tapes used for “masking” functions in electronic components and production operations. Please note that pressure sensitive medical tapes are included.

Markets evaluated in the study include:

  • packaging and shipping
  • manufacturing, such as:
    • appliance production
    • electronics and electrical equipment manufacturing
    • medical device assembly
    • motor vehicles and other transportation equipment
    • packaging and printing production
    • personal care product manufacturing
  • building and construction
  • consumer and office
  • healthcare and medical
  • other markets (e.g., automotive aftermarket, event setup, law enforcement, libraries, museums, picture framing, schools, signs and graphics, warehouses, movie sets and theater/concert venues)

For markets, a given tape is included in the application in which it is used. For example, manufacturing tapes include PSA tapes that are used in joining, sealing, protecting, and mounting various components. When this product is packaged for sale (such as an appliance being placed in a box), this is considered to be the packaging and shipping market.

Historical data are provided for 2010, 2015, and 2020, with forecasts for 2025 and 2030. The term “demand” refers to “apparent consumption” and is defined as production (also referred to variously as “shipments”, “output”, or “supply”) from a country’s domestic manufacturing facilities plus imports, minus exports. “Demand” is used interchangeably with the terms “market”, “sales”, and “consumption”. Data are presented in thousands of metric tons and millions of US dollars.

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