Sector: Joint 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 toxicants 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.

Company Location
3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division St. Paul, Minnesota
3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division Springfield, Missouri
American Sealants Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bostik, Inc. Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Bostik, Inc. Temecula, California
Bostik, Inc. Conyers, Georgia
Bostik, Inc. Paulsboro, New Jersey
Bostik, Inc. Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Chem Link, Inc. Schoolcraft, Michigan
Color Rite Yukon, Oklahoma
Conklin Company, Inc. Shakopee, Minnesota
Conklin Company, Inc. Kansas City, Missouri
DAP Global Inc. Baltimore, Maryland
DAP Products, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland
DAP Products, Inc. Tipp City, Ohio
DAP Products, Inc. Dallas, Texas
Dow Chemical Company Midland, Michigan
Dow Silicones Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Dow Silicones Auburn, Michigan
Dow Silicones Auburn, Michigan
Dow Silicones Midland, Michigan
Dow Silicones Kendalville, Indiana
Dow Silicones Carrollton, Kentucky
DuPont Richmond, Virginia
DuPont Performance Building Solutions Wilmington, Delaware
Edge Adhesives Elkhart, Indiana
Edge Adhesives Grove City, Ohio
Edge Adhesives Fort Worth, Texas
Elkem East Brunswick, New Jersey
Elkem York, South Carolina
EPMAR Corporation Whittier, California
Everkem Diversified Products Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Franklin International New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Franklin International Columbus, Ohio
Gardner-Gibson, Inc. Tampa, Florida
Garland Company, The Cleveland, Ohio
Geocel Products Group Elkhart, Indiana
H.B. Fuller Michigan Center, Michigan
H.B. Fuller South Bend, Indiana
H.B. Fuller St. Paul, Minnesota
Henkel Corporation Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Henkel Corporation Richmond, Missouri
Henkel Corporation Cleveland, Ohio
Henkel Corporation Saba Grande, Puerto Rico
Henkel Corporation Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Henkel Corporation Mentor, Ohio
Henkel Corporation LaGrange, Georgia
Henry Company El Segundo, California
Henry Company Houston, Texas
Henry Company El Segundo, California