The adhesives industry is evolving, attributed to the stricter implementation of government regulations for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the ban on toxic chemicals in adhesive manufacturing, and the rising consumer demand for sustainable products.
In line with these transformative trends, adhesive manufacturers aim to offer sustainable solutions while moving toward sustainable production and consumption processes to meet Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals.
A new comprehensive study by ResearchAndMarkets, “Bio-based Adhesives: Technology and IP Analysis,” delves into the latest innovations within the adhesive industry, particularly those products that are sourced sustainably.
What are bio-based adhesives?
Bio-based adhesives and sealants consist of renewable, bio-based materials. This might include starches, vegetable oils, proteins, lignin, or natural resins. Not only are bio-based adhesives are completely environmentally friendly, but they generally offer beneficial mechanical and chemical properties that contribute to greater sustainability.
Bio-based adhesives impart lower mechanical and chemical performance than synthetic adhesives. Currently, a lot of research centers on the incorporation of functional nano materials and natural fibers (at the nanoscale) to improve bio-adhesives’ characteristics and performance.
Research is being driven by stakeholders trying to find innovative approaches to address the challenges associated with bio-based adhesives, which will boost these adhesives’ share and take the market from nascency to global commercial-scale deployment.
Focusing on bio-based adhesives, the ResearchAndMarkets’ report examines three key categories:
1. Plant-based adhesives
2. Bio-based polymer adhesives
3. Other bio-based adhesives, including bio-inspired and microalgae-derived adhesives
The adhesive industry is experiencing a significant evolution, largely driven by the enforcement of stringent government regulations on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the prohibition of toxic chemicals in adhesive manufacturing, and the surging consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.
Key discussion points:
- Factors driving bio-based adhesives’ development and adoption
- Overview of bio-based adhesive types
- Technology analysis, highlighting technical parameters, raw materials, R&D efforts, advantages and disadvantages, and technology readiness level
- Application outlook, including comparative assessment for the adoption of bio-based adhesives across various industries
- Stakeholder activities, emphasizing key focus areas of innovation
- Intellectual property analysis
- Growth opportunities