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U.S. paint & coatings industry continues recovery from global recession

Friday, 16 January 2015

Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney has announced the commencement of its fifth U.S. Paint & Coatings Industry study.

According to a study the U.S. coatings industry is continuing its recovery from the global recession of 2008-2009. Source: nazlisart/Fotolia

According to a study the U.S. coatings industry is continuing its recovery from the global recession of 2008-2009. Source: nazlisart/Fotolia

According to the firm the industry is continuing its recovery from the global recession of 2008-2009. Consumption is projected to be 8.8 billion dry pounds (excluding water and solvent) in 2015 valued at some EUR 23.88 billion. Despite being a mature industry, coatings continue to evolve to meet the challenges of regulations, growing consumer demands, increased emphasis on sustainable products, globalization, cost pressures. The recent sharp drop in oil prices could force coating prices lower if continued.

Architectural has grown modestly

Architectural coatings are projected to capture just over one-half of the pounds in 2015. Volume is still somewhat below the peak level of 2006 but has grown modestly in recent years.  Pricing is up as material costs have increased and products have become more sophisticated. Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) coatings are forecast to take one-quarter of the volume in 2015. Their growth varies among the end uses with automotive and aerospace growing strongly in recent years. Special purpose coatings are expected to be 24% of the 2015 volume. Industrial maintenance and specialty roof coatings are end uses which have grown with the economic recovery and increased construction spending.

Water-based technology is the leaders

Water-based technology is forecast to be 58% of the volume in 2015, up from a 48% share in 1996. Architectural paints are 71% of the WB pounds and industrial coatings, which includes both OEM and special purpose, represent 29%. Solvent-based technology is projected to capture 30% of the 2015 pounds which is down from a 42% share in 1996.  Just over 70% of the solvent-based coating in 2015 will be used in industrial applications. Powder, radcure and other 100% solids technologies are nearly exclusively confined to the industrial coatings segment. They are projected to garner 11% of the coating pounds in 2015. These technologies represent roughly 40% of the OEM volume and 5% of special purpose coatings. Powder has grown from 14% of the OEM coating volume in 1996 to just over a 20% share in 2015.

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