DALLAS – According to a newly released market report, global demand for coatings is forecast to rise 5.2 percent per year to 51.6 million metric tons in 2017, valued at $186 billion. Advances will be driven by a strong rebound in global building construction spending, particularly in North America, Europe and Japan, fueling increased demand for architectural paint. Manufacturing and specialty coatings demand will also grow at a more rapid pace compared to recent historical trends, benefiting from an improved outlook for motor vehicle production and overall industrial output. Gains will be limited by the increased use of higher-quality coatings in both the developed and developing worlds, reducing the volume necessary to complete a given paint job. Water-based coatings and other high-solids formulations will gain share over solventborne products in virtually all world markets, as coatings manufacturers continue to reduce emissions of VOCs in coatings to comply with government regulations and consumer preferences.

The Asia-Pacific region will continue to be the largest and fastest-growing coatings market through 2017, rising to account for half of global demand. Gains will be led by robust growth in China, the world's largest coatings market, although demand will slow somewhat from the double-digit pace of the 2002-2012 period. Even faster growth is forecast for the large Indian market, while other countries in Asia, such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, will experience strong gains as well. In North America, a marked turnaround in building construction activity will fuel healthy growth in coatings demand, while Western Europe and Japan will see similar (though slower) rebounds in coatings markets. Among the other areas of the world, best opportunities are expected in the Africa/Mideast region, where paint demand per capita is the lowest in the world.

Architectural markets will continue to account for the majority of coatings demand in 2017. Demand for architectural coatings will be fueled by an improved outlook for residential building activity in high-income countries, as well as rising urbanization and housing construction spending in the developing world. Coatings demand in manufacturing applications will benefit from a pickup in motor vehicle production, while the improvement in building construction activity will boost demand for furniture coatings. Maintenance and specialty markets will be driven by rising demand for protective coatings in industrial and oil and gas applications, while increasing rates of motor vehicle ownership will benefit demand for auto refinish paints and road and bridge coatings.

As coatings manufacturers increasingly seek to reduce the VOC content of their products to comply with environmental regulations, water-based paints and powder coatings will gain market share at the expense of solvent-based coatings. However, developing countries with little or no VOC regulations will see a slower trend toward water-based coatings than elsewhere in the world. Additionally, many markets will continue to be dominated by solvent-based formulations for the foreseeable future, including marine coatings, automotive refinishes, and corrosion-protection coatings

The study examines the global paint and coatings industry, dividing it into three markets: architectural, manufacturing, and maintenance and specialty. The coatings market is also examined by formulation, including water-based coatings, solvent-based coatings, powder coatings, and other products, including radiation-curable coatings. Excluded from the scope of the study are products such as paint thinners, solvents, and plasters, as well as adhesives and sealants.

The report, World Paint & Coatings to 2017, is published by The Freedonia Group and available through RnRMarketResearch.com. The complete report is available at http://www.rnrmarketresearch.com/world-paint-coatings-to-2017-market-report.html.