Global Thermoplastic Elastomers: Adhesives, Sealants, & Coatings

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This study analyzes the global market for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) used in adhesives, sealants, and coatings by region and product. For the purposes of this study, a thermoplastic elastomer is defined as any thermoplastic material that exhibits elastomeric properties; TPEs therefore offer the functional performance characteristics of thermoset rubber but are processed using the methods and machinery of rigid thermoplastics.

TPEs covered in this report are:

  • polyolefin elastomers (POEs)
  • styrenic block copolymers (SBCs)
  • thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs)

SBCs that do not exhibit elastomeric properties (i.e., high styrene products that contain roughly 60% or more styrene) are excluded from the scope of this study.

In addition to products, demand is segmented by market application:

  • tapes and labels
  • nonwovens (e.g., disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence products)
  • packaging and other applications, including construction, transportation equipment, consumer goods, appliances, electrical and electronic products, furniture assembly, jewelry, machinery production, medical and dental products, and sporting goods

Historical data (2009, 2014, and 2019) and forecasts for 2024 and 2029 are presented for TPE demand for consumer markets in metric tons.

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