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Global paints, coatings demand to rise 5.4%/year through 2015 - study

02.10.2012  | 

Global demand for paints and coatings is forecast to rise 5.4%/year to 45.6 million metric tons in 2015, according to a new study. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the leading consumer of paint and coatings through 2015, and will also see the most rapid gains, according to the report.

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Global demand for paints and coatings is forecast to rise 5.4%/year to 45.6 million metric tons in 2015, according to a new study from US-based market research firm The Freedonia Group.

Advances will be driven by a strong acceleration in world building construction spending, particularly residential construction, which is expected to rebound in North America and Western Europe, the report says.

Healthy growth in global manufacturing activity will also fuel increased demand for coatings used in the production of motor vehicles and other durable goods, as well as industrial maintenance applications.

Solvent-based paint and coatings will continue to see their share of the market decline in both developed and developing markets, as ongoing efforts to reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are spurring the rise of alternative formulations.

The Asia/Pacific region will remain the leading consumer of paint and coatings through 2015, and will also see the most rapid gains, according to the report.

Regional demand will be fueled by China and India, the two largest markets in Asia and two of the fastest-growing coatings markets in the world.

Additionally, an improved outlook for coatings demand in Japan will bolster gains in the Asia/Pacific region.

Above-average advances are also forecast for North America, rebounding strongly from the declining demand of the 2005-2010 period.

Coatings demand in the region will benefit from a greatly improved outlook for building construction and manufacturing activity in the US.

While paints and coatings demand in Western Europe will see a similar recovery from recent declines, the region will be the world’s slowest-growing regional market, Freedonia researchers say.

Architectural markets will continue to account for a majority of paint and coatings demand in 2015.

Demand for architectural paint will be fueled by healthy growth in residential construction spending, particularly in the US, Western Europe and Japan.

Coatings demand in manufacturing applications will benefit from a pickup in world motor vehicle production, as well as an improvement in building construction activity, which will drive demand for furniture coatings, according to the study.

Maintenance and specialty coatings markets will see moderately slower gains, restrained by a downturn in marine applications, as well as a more negative outlook for vehicle refinish coatings in the developed countries of the world.

For more details on the report including how to obtain a full copy, visit The Freedonia Group’s website by clicking here.


WORLD PAINTS & COATINGS DEMAND

(thousand metric tons)

% Annual Growth

Item

2005

2010

2015

2005-

2010

2010-

2015



Paint & Coatings Demand

29480

35060

45550

3.5

5.4

North America

7915

6810

8950

-3.0

5.6

Western Europe

6115

5570

6235

-1.8

2.3

Asia/Pacific

9300

15230

21250

10.4

6.9

Other

6150

7450

9115

3.9

4.1





© 2012 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.



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