Europe, Middle East & Africa Hot-melt Adhesives Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019–2024)

The Market is Segmented by Resin Type (Polyolefins, Polyamide, Thermoplastic Polyurethane, Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, Styrene-butadiene Copolymers, and Others), by End-user Industry (Building and Construction, Paper, Board, and Packaging, Transportation, Woodworking and Joinery, Footwear and Leather, Healthcare, Electrical and Electronics, and Others), and Geography

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Market Overview

The Europe, Middle-East & Africa hot-melt adhesives market is expected to witness a healthy growth, at an estimated CAGR of 5.95%, during the forecast period (2019-2024). The major factors driving the market studied are the increasing demand from the automotive and packaging industries and rising environmental concerns regarding solvent-borne adhesives. Volatility in the availability and price of raw materials is forcing internal substitutions, and is expected to significantly hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • In 2017, ethylene vinyl acetate segment was estimated to have the largest share, with about 55 % of the Europe, Middle-East & Africa hot-melt adhesives market (in terms of revenue).
  • The healthcare industry is expected to witness the fastest CAGR in the market, of 6.35%, during the forecast period.
  • The adoption of bio-based hot-melt adhesives is likely to act as an opportunity for the market’s growth in the future.

Scope of the Report

The Europe, Middle East & Africa hot melt adhesives market report includes:     

Resin Type
Thermoplastic Polyurethane
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
Styrenic-butadiene Copolymers
Other Resin Types
End-user Industry
Building and Construction
Paper, Board, and Packaging
Woodworking and Joinery
Footwear and Leather
Electrical and Electronics
Other End-user Industries
Rest of Europe
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Footwear and Leather Industry

  • Hot-melt adhesives are used for bonding the flat soles of running shoes, edge folding, and shoe upper bonding, among others. The ease with which they can be applied makes hot-melt adhesives extremely attractive to footwear manufacturers.
  • They find applications in shoe manufacturing and leatherwork, making sports equipment, apparel, accessories, etc.
  • Moreover, properties, such as excellent bond strength, and resistance to temperature and weather conditions, provided by these adhesives are important requirements for the footwear segment. The water resistance offered by hot-melt adhesives helps in its application in creating waterproof bonds between linings and insoles.
  • The European footwear industry is expected to display moderate growth, due to increased demand for sports footwear, sports equipment, and apparel (made up of leather). Along with this, the growing demand for more comfort, new models, and lifestyle trends, among others, are contributing to the demand in the footwear industry.
  • Countries, such as Germany and France, are expected to witness moderate growth in the demand for PUR hot-melt adhesives used for footwear purposes, while the United Kingdom is expected to exhibit positive growth, owing to the consistently rising footwear expenditure in the country.
Segmentation - EMEA hot melt adhesives market

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Germany to Dominate the Market

  • Germany dominated the Europe, Middle East & Africa market in 2017. In 2017, the German automotive industry recorded a turnover of over EUR 400 billion, which was about 20% of the total revenue generated by the German industry. In Europe, Germany accounts for 30% of total passenger car manufacturing, and 20% of all new car registrations. 21 of the world’s top 100 automotive suppliers are German companies.
  • Automotive production in the country has been declining over the past few years, due to the high cost and shifting of production to countries like China. Moreover, sales have also been growing at a slow pace. However, there is still a significant demand from the automotive aftermarket, which is expected to contribute to the consumption of hot-melt adhesives during the forecast period.
  • The application of hot-melt adhesives in car seats, cables in the roof li0ner, bonding door sill protectors, anchor plates, emblems, and other plastic parts, etc., is expected to create an increased demand for these adhesives, with the simultaneous growth of the automotive industry.
  • In Europe, Germany holds the largest healthcare market. The annual expenditure on health in the country is estimated to be more than EUR 350 billion, excluding fitness and wellness. With demographic changes and digitalization, the country has been investing in mobile healthcare facilities, which have provided a platform for the further expansion of the German healthcare sector.
  • Hence, with the growth of the automotive, healthcare, construction and building, and other sectors in the country, the demand for hot-melt adhesives is expected to witness growth in the country in the upcoming years.
Regional - EMEA hot melt adhesives market1

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Competitive Landscape

The Europe, Middle East & Africa hot-melt adhesives market is a fragmented market, with numerous global and local players operating in the market. Major players in the market include Arkema Group (Bostik SA), Jowat SE, Sika AG, HB Fuller Co., and Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, among others

Major Players

  1. Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
  2. Arkema Group (Bostik SA)
  3. Jowat SE
  4. Sika AG
  5. H.B. Fuller Co.

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Market Concentration - EMEA hot melt adhesives market

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Automotive and Packaging Industries

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Environmental Concerns Regarding Solvent-borne Adhesives

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Volatility in the Availability and Price of Raw Materials, Forcing Internal Substitutions

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Resin Type

      1. 5.1.1 Polyolefins

      2. 5.1.2 Polyamide

      3. 5.1.3 Thermoplastic Polyurethane

      4. 5.1.4 Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

      5. 5.1.5 Styrenic-butadiene Copolymers

      6. 5.1.6 Other Resin Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Building and Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Paper, Board, and Packaging

      3. 5.2.3 Transportation

      4. 5.2.4 Woodworking and Joinery

      5. 5.2.5 Footwear and Leather

      6. 5.2.6 Healthcare

      7. 5.2.7 Electrical and Electronics

      8. 5.2.8 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      2. 5.3.2 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. United Arab Emirates

        4. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 3M

      2. 6.4.2 Alfa International Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Arkema Group (Bostik SA)

      4. 6.4.4 Ashland Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Avery Dennison Corp.

      6. 6.4.6 DowDuPont

      7. 6.4.7 Dymax Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 Franklin International

      9. 6.4.9 HB Fuller Company

      10. 6.4.10 Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

      11. 6.4.11 Hexcel Corporation

      12. 6.4.12 Hexion Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 Huntsman Corp.

      14. 6.4.14 Jowat SE

      15. 6.4.15 LORD Corp.

      16. 6.4.16 Mactac

      17. 6.4.17 Mapei SpA

      18. 6.4.18 Master Bond

      19. 6.4.19 Paramelt B

      20. 6.4.20 Pidilite Industries Ltd

      21. 6.4.21 Sika AG

      22. 6.4.22 Yokohama Industries

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Adoption of Bio-based Hot-melt Adhesives

    2. 7.2 Innovative Product Development to Gain Competitive Edge

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