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Global demand for Emulsion Polymers to exceed 13 million metric tons in 2016.

Global demand for emulsion polymers is forecast to rise over 5 percent per year to 13.3 million metric tons (dry basis) in 2016. Advances will be fueled by increased production of water-based paints, coatings, and adhesives, which are displacing solventborne formulations in virtually all parts of the world. In the developed world, where emulsion polymer markets are more mature, gains will benefit from a rebound in construction spending and manufacturing activity, as well as the adoption of more stringent environmental regulations concerning the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Acrylics will remain the largest and fastest growing emulsion polymer product type through 2016, when they will account for nearly 40 percent of the world market. These and other trends are presented in World Emulsion Polymers, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

Water-based paints, paper and paperboard coatings, and general purpose adhesives accounted for over three-quarters of global demand in 2011. The most rapid gains through 2016 will be for emulsion polymers in paint and coatings, where water-based formulations are steadily increasing their share of the market. Even in industrialized regions such as North America and Western Europe, where water-based paints are dominant in the architectural sector, there remain ample opportunities for emulsion polymers in the industrial and specialty coatings markets. More moderate gains in demand are expected in the adhesives market, where emulsion polymers are facing competition from other low-VOC technologies such as hot melts. Below average advances in emulsion polymer demand are forecast for the highly mature and slow growing paper and paperboard coatings market.

Driven by strong gains during the 2001-2011 period, the Asia/Pacific region has overtaken North America and Western Europe to become the leading regional market for emulsion polymers. The Asia/Pacific region will continue to see above average gains in demand through 2016, fueled by strong growth in India and China, the two fastest growing national markets for emulsions in the world. While demand in North America and Western Europe will rise at a subpar pace, advances will represent a notable rebound from the declining demand of the recession-plagued 2006-2011 period. Other world regions, which accounted for 12 percent of emulsion polymer demand in 2011, will see healthy gains in aggregate demand through 2016, with the best opportunities expected in the Africa/Mideast region.


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(thousand metric tons)

 Annual Growth

Item 2006 2011 2016 2006- 2011-
 2011 2016

Emulsion Polymer Demand 9110 10330 13250 2.5 5.1
 North America 2757 2460 3010 -2.3 4.1
 Western Europe 2664 2582 2870 -0.6 2.1
 Asia/Pacific 2748 4078 5760 8.2 7.2
 Other Regions 941 1210 1610 5.2 5.9
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Title Annotation:NEWS RELEASE
Publication:Research Studies - Freedonia Group
Date:Oct 18, 2012
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