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Low VOC Adhesives Market

Low VOC Adhesives Market

Low VOC Adhesives Market By Technology (Water-based, Hot-melt, Reactive), By End-use Industry (Building & Construction, Automotive & Transportation, Consumer Goods, Woodworking, Packaging), By Composition, By Region - Forecast to 2020-2030

Low VOC Adhesives Market

Low VOC Adhesives Market: About the Report

Since low VOC adhesives are eco-friendly adhesives exhibiting high strength and bonding capabilities, they are sought-after in a wide range of industries, especially paper & packaging and for transportation purposes. Demand for the hot-melt type is surging, especially leading to high market growth in Asia Pacific and North America. The report also touches upon how players are leveraging PVA and water-based adhesives to enhance their position in this competitive environment.

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Low VOC Adhesives Industry Overview

Low VOC adhesive compounds find application in various industries such as construction, paper & packaging, transportation, and consumer goods, among others. These are eco-friendly adhesives exhibiting high strength and bonding capabilities. The global low VOC adhesives market is projected to expand at a CAGR of more than 5% over the forecast period of 2020-2030.

Low VOC adhesives possess characteristics such as strength and adhesion, which are expected to boost demand for high performance adhesives. Growing demand from the paper & packaging industry, and shifting consumer preference to hot-melt adhesives, are some of the factors driving the expansion of the low VOC adhesives market.

However, unfavorable conditions that have come about due to the COVID-19 outbreak are hampering the growth of the global low VOC adhesives market.

High Investments in Transportation Industry to Create Opportunities

The transportation industry is one of the lucrative end users of low VOC adhesives. Rising demand for electric vehicles that are lightweight and emit less carbon are expected to drive market growth. Furthermore, low VOC adhesives are used extensively in applications related to aircraft and aerospace, along with automotive. Demand for reducing weight by deploying thinner gauge metals and plastics is creating opportunities for players in the low VOC adhesives market.

Moreover, government regulations regarding indoor air quality in passenger vehicles and stricter automotive OEM standards are expected to fuel market growth further in the near future.

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Rising Demand from Paper & Packaging Industry to Boost Growth

Growing use of low VOC adhesives in the packaging industry is expected to fuel demand in the near future. Food & beverage packaging and flexible packaging are key applications anticipated to drive market growth over the forecast period.

Also, packaging of paper, bags, book binding, leather binding, and wood assembly are some other applications projected to increase demand for low VOC adhesives. Moreover, the FDA has also granted clearance to low VOC adhesives for packaging, which is a key factor positively impacting the growth of the global low VOC adhesives market.

Volatile Raw Material Prices to Deter Market Growth

Growing demand for ecofriendly compounds is increasing the cost of raw materials. As government regulations are favoring ecofriendly compounds, cost of manufacturing is witnessing a rise. Thus, the market is expected to experience the impact of changing prices of raw materials, which is anticipated to act as a restraint for the global low VOC adhesives over the coming years.

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Regional Outlook on Low VOC Adhesives Market

The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the most lucrative low VOC adhesives market over the forecast period. This is due to rising demand from countries such as India, China, and Japan.

The North America low-VOC adhesives market is expected to witness sustainable growth along with Europe over the forecast period 2020-2030. Growth in the North American region can be attributed to augmentation and modernization of paper & packaging and transportation industries in the region.

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Low VOC Adhesives Market Insights by Composition

The low VOC adhesives market has been segregated into epoxy, polyurethane, polyvinyl acetate (PVA), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), polyacrylic ester (PAE), vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE), and others, on the basis of composition.

Among these, polyvinyl acetate (PVA) is projected to be the leading segment over the forecast period. PVA is widely used in adhesives as a synthetic resin. Apart from being ecofriendly, PVA also has superior properties such as waterborne nature, low content of VOCs, and excellent adhesion to different substrates. It also finds a wide range of application in bookbinding, paper bags, cartons, labels, foils, films, paperboard decals, wood assembly, automobile upholstery, and leather binding.

Low VOC Adhesives Market Insights by End User

The low VOC adhesives market is segmented based on end user as building & construction, automotive & transportation, consumer goods, woodworking, packaging, and others.

The paper & packaging industry is expected to dominate the end-user industry segment over the forecast period. This is because low VOC adhesives offer excellent adhesion to many substrates such as cases & cartons, corrugated boxes, and food & beverage and flexible packaging.

Low VOC Adhesives Market Insights by Technology

The global low VOC adhesives market is segmented based on technology as water-based, hot-melt, and reactive. Among these, the water-based adhesives segment is anticipated to dominate the market over the forecast period. This is due to their flexibility, low content of VOCs, and better efficiency as compared to other adhesives. Moreover, water-based adhesives are made from natural or synthetic polymers that are soluble and are absorbed by the substrate.

Also, these are easy to handle, which makes them the most favoured one among other types.

Low VOC Adhesives Market: Competitive Landscape

The global low VOC adhesives market is partially consolidated in nature. The market has a presence of a few major players dominating a significant portion of the market, along with regional manufacturers. Players are focusing on many organic and inorganic strategies to gain an edge over the competition. Companies are investing in research & development in order to come up with innovative applications.

For instance, 3M group’s product called 3M Hi-Strength 94 ET Spray Adhesive bonds on laminates, woods, metals and particleboard, soft foams, lighter weight materials, and substrates with more porous surfaces. The spray pattern for this adhesive is designed to prevent telegraphing through thin veneers and glossy laminates. In addition, it has a very high solid content, which correlates to more coverage per pound of adhesive.

The Analyst’s Quote

“The packaging industry is expected to be a major end user of the low VOC adhesives market. Adding to this, ease of clearance from the FDA for the packaging of food & beverages is projected to fuel demand further.”

COVID 19 Impact on Low VOC Adhesives Market

The recent outbreak of COVID 19 has disrupted life in many ways. Lockdowns imposed by governments across the world in order to curb the spread of the disease have further impacted supply chains, production, and every other aspect of business. It has brought challenges to the entire global business community.

The low VOC adhesives market has also suffered as manufacturing facilities were shut down completely. Transportation and supply chains were also affected due to the pandemic, which increased the industry’s woes. Low attendance of the workforce owing to restricted movement resulted in decreased production, hampering the overall low VOC adhesives market. However, as the effects of the pandemic begin to recede, the market is expected to regain its normal growth trajectory soon.

Low VOC Adhesives Market – Segmentation

Fact.MR’s research study assesses the global low VOC adhesives market in terms of technology, composition, end user, and region. This report presents extensive market dynamics and trends associated with different segments of the market, and their influence on the growth prospects of the global low VOC adhesives market.


  • Water-based
  • Hot-melt
  • Reactive


  • Epoxy
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA)
  • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
  • Polyacrylic Ester (PAE)
  • Vinyl Acetate Ethylene (VAE)
  • Others

End-use Industry

  • Building & Construction
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Consumer Goods
  • Woodworking
  • Packaging
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

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