London -- IAL Consultants has published the seventh edition of its report on the European sealants market, covering 15 western European countries.
Total demand for sealants in Europe was estimated to be 424 kilotonnes in 2006. IAL's analysis shows that polyurethanes and silicones shared half of this market.
The report gives detailed country-by-country information on European suppliers and supply structures as well as review of the end-use market.
According to the study, the sealants market across western Europe has been affected by the investment of large multinationals in eastern Europe. Small and medium-size companies manufacturing sealants that require low technology are disappearing in western Europe and the growth markets are mostly in the east, said IAL.
The use of sealants in DIY and glazing applications is growing, whereas use in the transport sector is forecast to be stagnant, said IAL. Consumption in the construction industry continues to grow in Spain and is recovering in Germany, whereas Italy and France show very little sign of growth, the company reports.
Data on silicones, acrylics, one-part and two-part polyurethanes and polysulphides, butyls as well as oil-based, bitumen and pitch, plastisols and modified silicones are is presented in the 155-page report.
The report is available from IAL and costs €3000 ($4284).