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Adhesives and Sealants

Tough Economy Unglues Some Players

11:53 AM MDT | October 3, 2008 | Kate Phillips and Esther D’Amico

The Weak European and U.S. economies, high raw material costs, and a sustained slump in the U.S. automotive and housing and construction markets are hurting many players in the $48-billion global adhesives and sealants industry. Volumes are down as formulators have been raising prices to try to offset raw material costs, especially for resins, analysts say. Major M&A continues to reshape the sector and analysts say the heavy consolidation seen for most of this decade will continue for at least another two years. “Whenever there is a significant downward...

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