Summary of our market study

The global adhesives and glues market is showing substantial growth, and is set to rise from a value of US$60 billion in 2021 to US$102.6 billion by 2032, with an average annual growth rate of 5%. Despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a slight downturn in business, the market is recovering, propelled by diverse applications in industries such as construction, automotive and packaging.

In particular, the French market has seen a rebound in 2021, with 17% growth in sales of glues and adhesives after a 6% drop in 2020. The number of jobs in the sector remained stable at between 2,300 and 2,550. French foreign trade saw a 24% increase in glue and adhesive imports, despite a slight drop in 2020, while exports fell by around 0.5% over the same period, making France's trade balance in deficit.

Market trends in the glues and adhesives sector

Recent analysis of the glues and adhesives market in a specific country has identified several key trends. Firstly, demand for these products is largely driven by the industries they serve, including construction, automotive and packaging. Importantly, market performance is closely linked to the health of these sectors. The construction industry, including new builds and renovations, plays an important role in demand for glues and adhesives. In particular, the maintenance-renovation segment has seen a notable increase in household spending, rising by almost 20% in a recent year, reaching a financial impact of between 55 and 60 billion euros. This rise is attributed to factors such as the increase in existing housing transactions, government subsidies encouraging energy-efficient renovations and increasingly stringent technical controls.

conversely, the new housing market is experiencing a decline in production, which has fallen by 27% in the space of 12 years. Despite this decline, the automotive maintenance and repair sectors painted a more optimistic picture. The market has grown by around 36% in ten years, with progress largely influenced by the increase in the vehicle fleet, whose average lifespan is longer than in previous years. As far as car production is concerned, a steady increase in revenues has been observed, despite a drop in actual production volume. This suggests a trend towards the purchase of high-end vehicles rather than a proliferation of cars.

By contrast, the automotive maintenance sector enjoyed a healthy growth trajectory, with an average annual increase of 3.46%. The plastic and cardboard packaging sectors are also an integral part of the glue and adhesives market. The plastic packaging market rebounded with a spectacular increase of over 15% in one year after a pandemic-induced slump, mainly due to rising raw material and energy costs. Cartonboard packaging, meanwhile, has followed an upward trajectory, suggesting a shift away from plastic due to regulatory pressures.

In terms of market structure, the industry is concentrated, with a handful of major players dominating the majority of market shares. The four largest groups hold over 60% of the market, demonstrating a high degree of concentration and possibly barriers to entry for smaller competitors. Production costs have been rising steadily, with the glue production price index showing an upward trend of around 38% in the space of a decade. This trend is probably due to soaring prices for the chemical compounds and petroleum-derived materials used in the manufacturing process.

The main players in the glues and adhesives market dominate the industrial landscape

The glues and adhesives industry, a key element in various sectors, is characterized by the presence of several major players who define market dynamics. Among these important entities, some have earned a reputation for being at the forefront of innovation and market share.

  • 3M Group is undoubtedly one of the best-known conglomerates in this field, with an extensive portfolio including a variety of adhesive solutions. Renowned for its research and development prowess, 3M has distinguished itself by introducing new products that meet a wide range of industrial and consumer needs. Its contributions range from simple household adhesive solutions to sophisticated industrial bonding agents, making it an indispensable market player.

  • Arkema represents French ingenuity in chemical manufacturing and is another major player in the adhesives sector. It continues to distinguish itself through a strong commitment to sustainability and the development of environmentally-friendly products, serving customers who are increasingly aware of their impact on the environment.

  • Sika has consolidated its position as an international player, focusing on adhesives for construction and industry. Sika's expertise in waterproofing and bonding has enabled it to play a key role in crucial infrastructure and automotive projects, often where high performance and durability are imperative.

  • Bostik, now part of Arkema, has also made a name for itself, particularly in the field of innovative smart adhesive solutions. From home repairs to industrial applications, Bostik products seal the bonds between materials with reliability and efficiency.

  • While the major French and foreign chemical groups dominate the scene, there is also strategic positioning on the part of smaller manufacturers. These smaller entities often focus on high value-added sectors, such as aerospace, medical and electronics adhesives.this enables them to carve out niche markets and avoid the extreme fluctuations usually associated with more traditional markets.

All these different players, with their varied specialties and targeted approaches, create a market structure that is both diversified and consolidated. Their collective influence creates a formidable industrial base, demonstrating that the strength of the glues and adhesives market lies in the ability of its major contributors to innovate and adapt to ever-changing demands.

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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Used to fix several surfaces together, glues and adhesives can be categorized according to their operating principle:

  • physical-setting adhesives: the polymer in the adhesive bonds with the materials it comes into contact with
  • chemical-setting adhesives: the polymer is formed by a chemical reaction (heating, UV radiation, etc.)

These are mainly used in construction, industry and by the general public, and therefore depend on different types of demand. As a result, the lack of growth in the construction and automotive sectors is likely to severely limit the growth of the glues and adhesives market in volume terms over the coming years. Dominated by major French and foreign chemical groups such as Sika and Bostik, smaller manufacturers are positioning themselves in high value-added sectors such as adhesives and sealants.e, such as adhesives and sealants for the aeronautics, medical and electronics sectors, so as not to be dependent on strong fluctuations in traditional main markets.

1.2 The global market

The global adhesives market is in good shape, valued in **** at US$** billion according to factmr. It is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate (***) of *% over the period ****-****, reaching sales of ***.* billion in ****.

evolution of adhesives market size World, ****-****, in billions of US dollars CAGR = *% Source: ...

1.3 The domestic market

According toAficam, the French glue market will represent sales of *.* billion euros by ****.

The graph below shows a certain stagnation in the glue manufacturing market over the period ****-****, with variations of no more than +/- *%. In ****, the market saw a stronger increase in sales than in the previous period, recording ...

1.4 Foreign trade

In order to study France's foreign trade in glues and adhesives, we have used customs code ****, which defines "products of all kinds used as glues or adhesives, put up for retail sale as glues or adhesives".products of all kinds for use as glues or adhesives, packaged for retail sale as ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Market demand for glues and adhesives depends on the health of certain sectors

Demand for glues and adhesives is highly dependent on the shape of several sectors. These include industrial production in general, or more specifically the automotive sector, the cardboard and plastic packaging sector, and the housing construction, repair and maintenance sector. On the other hand, the glue market is mainly linked to ...

2.2 Demand for building construction/repair/maintenance

Maintenance-renovation work drives the glue and adhesives market

In the maintenance-renovation segment, household spending has risen by **.*% in **** compared with ****, to **.* billion euros. [SDESsince ****, this market has grown by **. *%.

Household spending on home maintenance and renovation France, ****-****, € million and % Source: ****

Several factors may explain this growth. On the one hand, ...

2.3 Demand from the automotive industry

The automotive market relies heavily on glues and adhesives to assemble a large number of vehicle components.

Production (***) in the motor vehicle and parts market France, ****-****, € billion Source: Euromonitor Applying the same definition to the market scope as in section *.*, we see that the French automotive market has grown steadily ...

2.4 Demand from plastic and cardboard packaging

Plastic packaging

The French glues and adhesives market depends in part on the plastic packaging market, which in turn depends on the outlook for the following customer segments:

Cosmetics Food industry Cleaning products

Food industry products are particularly important, since the segment accounts for **.*% of packaging sold. [***]

Market growth is much ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Industry forces and organization

In order to determine the players present on the industrial glues and adhesives market, we will study the data relating to NAF code ****Z, which defines: "Manufacture of glues". This aggregate covers the manufacture of prepared glues and adhesives, including rubber-based glues and adhesives. It does not include the manufacture of ...

3.2 The different types of products and the sectors they affect


Glue is a liquid or gel-like substance used to join parts together. Glue is applied to the surface of the parts to be joined, which may be made of identical or different materials. Glue also has the property of being able to bond rough parts. Whether in aqueous or solvent-based ...

3.3 A market concentrated around a few major players

The glue and adhesives market is highly concentrated around a few major players, such as the *M group and France's Arkema. The * biggest groups in the sector account for **.*% of market share, which means that these players are over-dominated.

Weight of the * largest groups in the adhesive manufacturing market France, ****, in Source: ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Types of glue offer

There are many different types of adhesive for many different uses. Let's take a look at them and their characteristics.

Physical setting adhesives

Physical-setting adhesives are adhesives in which the polymer is already present. It simply has to be present in molten or liquid form in water or solvent prior to ...

4.2 Adhesives product range typology

The main adhesives:

Rubber adhesive: Can be synthetic: synthetic resin and adhesive tape obtained by melting thermoplastic rubber. Or natural rubber with solvent: made from natural rubber and resin diluted with solvent. Main applications are masking (***), packaging, office, temporary bonding...Its main properties are : High versatility, low cost High initial tack ...

4.3 Production cost trends

Glue and adhesive production costs have been rising steadily over the past ** years. In fact, the graph below shows the evolution of the glue production price index, which has been rising steadily and consistently. Between **** and ****, the index rose by around **%. Only in ****, over the first * months, is there a noticeable ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulations

The Globally Harmonized System

The Globally Harmonized System(***) is an international labeling system for hazardous substances recommended by the United Nations. It enables each region of the world that chooses to apply it to classify chemicals as hazardous, using the same technical criteria and symbols. The harmonization introduced by the GHS ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Segmentation

  • 3M France
  • Arkema Adhesives
  • Sika
  • Henkel
  • Bostik
  • Leroy Merlin France (Adeo)
  • ITM Equipement (Bricorama, Bricomarché, Brico Cash)
  • Mr. Bricolage
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Ardemat
  • Foresa France

List of charts presented in this market study

  • Number of companies in the glue manufacturing sector
  • Change in the number of employees in the glue manufacturing sector
  • Sales index for the glue manufacturing market
  • French imports of all types of glues and adhesives, packaged for retail sale as glues or adhesives
  • French exports of products of all kinds for use as glues or adhesives, packaged for retail sale as glues or adhesives
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Why Bricomarché, Bricorama and Bricocash are opening up to franchising - 21/05/2024
  • - The number of existing Bricorama franchises: 34
  • - The year the Bricorama network was acquired: 2017
  • - Sales growth since 2018: 60%
  • - Market share in 2018: around 10%
  • - Current market share: around 15%
  • - Sales in 2023 for ITM Equipement de la maison: 3.4 billion euros
Mr.Bricolage expected to decline in 2023 - 14/03/2024
  • Mr.Bricolage group sales in 2023: 2.31 billion euros
  • In France, 902 stores generated sales of 1.96 billion euros in 2023
  • Number of stores by brand in 2023:
    • - Mr.Bricolage: 331 stores
    • - Les Briconautes: 101 stores
    • - Independent chains: 470 stores
  • Total number of stores at January 1, 2024: 1088 stores
Henkel reports 4.2% growth for sales of 21.5 billion euros - 05/03/2024
  • Group sales in Düsseldorf to 2023: €21.5 billion
  • - Group organic growth rate for 2023: 4.2
  • - Consumer business sales in 2023: 10.5 billion euros
  • - Adhesive division sales 2023: 10.8 billion euros
Closure of five Bricorama stores - 14/11/2023
  • Takeover of Bricorama by ITM Equipement de la maison (Mousquetaires group) almost six years ago.
  • The targeted stores are located in Meaux (77), Colombes (92), Saint Germain-lès-Arpajon (91), Belfort (90) and Guilherand-Granges (07).
  • In 2018, when Bricorama was taken over, 170 stores were part of the transaction.
  • Six years later, only 106 Bricorama outlets remain.
  • In 2020, there were 131 Bricorama stores.
Do-it-yourself: Les Mousquetaires group formalizes acquisition of Tridôme - 08/10/2023
  • Ten DIY stores and three garden centres
  • 600 employees
  • 150 million euros sales incl. VAT
  • Sales in 2022 for ITM Equipement de la maison: 3.318 billion euros
  • Number of ITM Equipement de la Maison stores in France (at December 31, 2022): 474 Bricomarché, 119 Bricorama, 49 Brico Cash
  • Over 15% total market share for ITM Equipement de la maison.
  • Market share data in 2021: Adeo 44.6%, Kingfisher 26.1%, ITM 14.1%, Mr.Bricolage 8.5%
Volkswagen overtakes Leroy Merlin in the ranking of foreign companies in Russia. - 03/10/2023
  • Leroy Merlin is now the 1st of the 50 largest foreign companies in Russia.
  • Leroy Merlin preserves the jobs of its 45,000 Russian employees.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

3M France
Arkema Adhesives
Leroy Merlin France (Adeo)
ITM Equipement (Bricorama, Bricomarché, Brico Cash)
Mr. Bricolage
Gorilla Glue
Foresa France

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