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
AB Specialty Silicones Waukegan, Illinois
Accella Polyurethane Systems Rancho Cucamonga, California
Accella Polyurethane Systems Maryland Heights, Missouri
Accella Polyurethane Systems Berea, Ohio
Accella Polyurethane Systems Chattanooga, Tennessee
Active Minerals International LLC Quincy, Florida
Active Minerals International LLC Climax, Georgia
Active Minerals International LLC Gordon, Georgia
Active Minerals International LLC Sparks, Maryland
Active Minerals International LLC Aiken, South Carolina
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Reserve, Louisiana
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Milton, Wisconsin
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Los Angeles, California
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Haysville, Kansas
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Calvert City, Kentucky
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemistry Axis, Alabama
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemistry Chicago, Illinois
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemistry Morris, Illinois
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemistry Pasadena, Texas
American eChem, Inc. Lufkin, Texas
American Sealants, Inc. Fort Wayne, Indiana
Arakawa Chemistry, Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Arctic Minerals LLC Jeffersonville, Indiana
Arctic Minerals LLC Chattanooga, Tennessee
Arkema Coating Resins Alsip, Illinois
Ashland, Inc. Covington, Kentucky
Ashland, Inc. Parlin, New Jersey
Ashland, Inc. Ashland, Ohio
Ashland, Inc. Lima, Ohio
Ashland, Inc. Hopewell, Virginia
BASF Construction Chemicals Brighton, Colorado
BASF Construction Chemicals Mattawan, Michigan
BASF Corporation West Memphis, Arkansas
BASF Corporation Kankakee, Illinois
BASF Corporation Geismar, Louisiana
BASF Corporation Wyandotte, Michigan
BASF Corporation Florham Park, New Jersey
BASF Corporation Cincinnati, Ohio
BASF Corporation Monaca, Pennsylvania
BASF Corporation Chattanooga, Tennessee
BASF Corporation Chattanooga, Tennessee
BASF Corporation Freeport, Texas
BASF Corporation Shakopee, Minnesota
Best Sand Corporation Chardon, Ohio
Bluestar Silicones East Brunswick, New Jersey
Bluestar Silicones York, South Carolina
Bostik, Inc. Temecula, California