Sector: Sealants

Market Overview: Sealant use in construction continues to steadily increase due to its importance in forming ever-critical air/water barriers. The barriers are energy efficient and serve to improve occupants' health by blocking out pests and pollution. As public interest in green building grows, so does the use of sealants. Water-based sealants are dominating the market with the concern over toxins from solvents. Additionally, manufacturers are moving to develop renewable alternatives for the petrochemical base of sealants. Vegetable oils are one base currently in use. The rate of new construction and renovations, along with worldwide legislation on solvent emissions, will continue to influence the growth of sealants. Demand for sealants is expected to outpace adhesives in the near term, enhancing manufacturing production levels and associated supply opportunities.

Large multinational companies—both domestic and foreign—dominate the market, with Henkel, 3M, H.B. Fuller, and Dow together having nearly 50% market share. Mergers and acquisitions in the sealant and chemical industries continue at a rapid pace. This can lead to some disruption in production as supplier product lists are consolidated and manufacturers have to reformulate. 

Transnational corporations also tailor compositions to local market conditions, reflecting regulations on content. Restrictions on the use of toxic substances vary greatly between states, countries, and chemicals regulated.

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Company Location
Imerys Performance Minerals Cockeysville, Maryland
Imerys Performance Minerals Talking Rock, Georgia
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA Seminole, Texas
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA Alvin, Texas
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA League City, Texas
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA La Porte, Texas
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA Long Beach, California
INEOS Oligomers USA LLC La Porte, Texas
INEOS Oxide Plaquemine, Louisiana
INEOS Oxide Freeport, Texas
International Group Inc. (IGI) The Oshkosh, Wisconsin
International Group Inc. (IGI) The Titusville, Pennsylvania
International Group Inc. (IGI) The Smethport, Pennsylvania
ITW Polymers Sealants North America Tucson, Arizona
ITW Polymers Sealants North America Irving, Texas
ITW Polymers Sealants North America Garden Grove, California
ITW Polymers Sealants North America Norcross, Georgia
ITW Polymers Sealants North America Rockland, Massachusetts
J. Rettenmaier USA LP Schoolcraft, Michigan
J. Rettenmaier USA LP Portage Fiber Plant Portage, Michigan
KaMin LLC Macon, Georgia
KaMin LLC Sandersville, Georgia
KaMin LLC Wrens, Georgia
Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc. Bayonne, New Jersey
Kimberly Carbonates LLC Kimberly, Wisconsin
King Industries Inc. Norwalk, Connecticut
Knauf Insulation Shelbyville, Indiana
Kraton Corporation Jacksonville, Florida
Kraton Corporation Belpre, Ohio
Kraton Corporation Panama City, Florida
Kraton Corporation Dover, Ohio
Kraton Corporation Pensacola, Florida
Kraton Corporation Houston, Texas
Kraton Corporation Savannah, Georgia
LANXESS Chardon, Ohio
LANXESS Memphis, Tennessee
LANXESS Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
LANXESS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
LANXESS Greensboro, North Carolina
LANXESS North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Lion Elastomers LLC Port Neches, Texas
Liquid Nails Adhesive Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Loctite LaGrange, Georgia
Loctite Cleveland, Ohio
Loctite Westlake, Ohio
Loctite Saba Grande, Puerto Rico
LyondellBasell Bay City, Texas
LyondellBasell Tuscola, Illinois
LyondellBasell Channelview, Texas
LyondellBasell Houston, Texas