Flock Adhesives Market Size & Share, by Source (Waterborne, Solvent Borne); Type (Polyurethane, Acrylic, Epoxy); Application (Automotive, Textile, Printing, Paper & Packaging) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 4301
  • Published Date: Feb 24, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Flock Adhesives Market Definition

Flock adhesives are durable, friction resistant, washable, storable and heat & cold resistant. It is important to consider properties of substrate and adhesives before flocking. The end product after the flocking process needs to be solvent resistant, cleanable, rigid or flexible, pigmented, or flame retardant. Flock adhesives are used in various industries ranging from automotive, textile, packaging and others. Adhesive flocking is the process of combining fiber particles electro-statically into adhesive layers. Adhesive flock is generally applied on the glass, textiles, paper, metal, plastic, and paper and flock design can also be seen on various applications such as, greeting cards, trophies, garments, toys, books, and others.

Flock adhesives can be found everywhere in daily life, from carpet to paper people write on. Flocking is a process of applying monofilament fibers made from rayon, nylon, and others to a substrate coated with an adhesive. Also, decorative flocking is popular among the global population, where application methods such as, transfers, electrostatic, spraying, and beater bars are used. Flocking materials that are majorly used in the process are polyester, cotton, rayon, and nylon.

Flocks are mainly divided into two types, cut and milled, cotton is the primary materials to produce milled flocks, while cut flocks are made with monofilament synthetic materials. Flock adhesives comes in wide range of variety such as, catalyst curing and air drying.

Global Flock Adhesives Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 2 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 5 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Flock Adhesives Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

The global flock adhesives market is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 5 Billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. Further, the market generated a revenue of USD 2 Billion in the year 2022. The growth of the market can be attributed to significant growth in the textile industry across the globe owing to up-surged investments, notable expansion in the retail sector, government assistance, and an increment in the disposable income of the global population. Moreover, the high consumption of textiles is expected to increase the usage of flock adhesives in the textile industry. As per a recent report, it was estimated that the global textile industry garnered around USD 900 billion in 2018. This growth figure for the industry is projected to reach approximately USD 1,200 billion by 2024.


Global flock adhesives market trends such as, the growth in businesses in the textile industry is expected to increase the adoption rate of flock adhesives in the upcoming years, which is projected to hike the market growth over the forecast period. As per estimates, in 2021, the number of textile and clothing manufacturing companies in the European Union totaled 143,000. Flock adhesives are primarily used as binding agents for rubber, plastic, and metal substrates. The process of adhesive flocking is carried out by incorporating fiber particles electrostatically into numerous adhesive layers. These adhesive layers are further applied to dense textile fabrics. Furthermore, flock adhesives are highly consumed in the textile industry for various processes such as spraying or brushing.

Global Flock Adhesives Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Boom in the Automotive Industry – As per recent statistics, the revenue generation by the global automotive industry by 2030 is projected to reach USD 9 trillion.

The rise in consumer preference for vehicle comfort, coupled with the need for quality vehicle interiors, is expected to augment the sales of flock adhesives in the assessment period. Furthermore, the slip free force transmission, elimination of noise, and enhanced heat insulation provided by flock adhesives are other factors that are expected to expand the market’s growth.

  • Higher Demand for Flock Adhesives in the Construction Industry - The revenue collected by the global construction industry was almost USD 2 trillion in 2019. Flock adhesives are leading binding materials, highly utilized in the binding several substrates, for instance, metals, plastic, rubber, and others. This is the major factor that makes it suitable to be used in the construction industry, and it is anticipated to drive the growth of the global flock adhesives market.

  • Rise in Sales and Production Volume of Electric Vehicles – The International Energy Agency stated that global electric car sales reached to almost 3 million in 2020, an increase from 40% from 2019.

  • Growth in the Electronics Industry Across the Globe – As per recent estimates, the revenue generated by the U.S. electronics industry in 2019 stood up at USD 300 billion.


  • Presence of Toxic Properties in Flock Adhesive – The raw materials used in manufacturing flock adhesives is generally toxic in nature. As a result, they are hazardous to human health as well as environment. There, the usage of toxic materials can be posed as a challenge in the market growth.
  • Inhalation of the Chemical can be Hazardous to Health
  • Stringent Rules by the Government

Market Segmentation

The global flock adhesives market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into automotive, textile, printing, paper & packaging, and others. Out of these types of segments, the automotive segment is estimated to gain the largest market share over the projected time frame. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the high number of vehicles on the road. The increased utilization rate of flock adhesives to upgrade the status of automotive. It has been observed that by the end of the first quarter of 2022, there were approximately 1.45 billion vehicles on the roads across the globe. In addition, there has been growing demand for electric vehicle across the globe, followed by the surging need to reduce the carbon emission from the vehicles are predicted to drive the segment’s growth in the market. Further, the effect of the burgeoning population is on the rising demand for automobiles to fulfill their needs. The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) estimated that the global sales of vehicles in the year 2021 rose to 82,684,788 units from 78,774,320 units in 2020; whereas, the global production was calculated to be 80,145,988 vehicles in 2021, an increase from 77,711,725 vehicles in 2020.

The global flock adhesives market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by type into polyurethane, acrylic, epoxy, others. Among these segments, the epoxy segment is expected to garner a significant share. Epoxy resin is one of the most recommended resins for flock adhesives and epoxy is observed to be the strongest adhesive. Hence, the demand and production of epoxy resin are growing exponentially, which is further expected to propel the segment growth over the forecast period. For instance, the total production of epoxy resin in Japan was projected to be around 120 thousand tons solely in Japan which was a rise from 100 thousand tons in 2020. Additionally, the demand for epoxy resin in Asia Pacific is projected to hit approximately USD 650 million by 2025. 

Our in-depth analysis of the global flock adhesives market includes the following segments:

                 By Source

  • Waterborne
  • Solvent Borne

                By Type

  • Polyurethane
  • Acrylic
  • Epoxy
  • Others

                By Application

  • Automotive
  • Textile
  • Printing
  • Paper & Packaging
  • Others

Global Flock Adhesives Market Regional Synopsis

The Asia Pacific flock adhesives market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the growth of the regional textile industry owing to the higher demand for textiles by the exponentially rising population, backed by the escalated export and production volumes of the textiles. In the recent period, it was calculated that China was the top-ranked global textile exporter in 2021 with a value of approximately USD 120 billion. Further, Bangladesh is also a leading textile exporter with a value around USD 40 billion. The rise in demand for the vehicles is another growth factor to propel the market growth in the region over the anticipated time frame. Flock adhesives are highly adopted by automotive manufacturers since it is used in the manufacturing of significant automotive parts such as, armrests, fiber insulation, center consoles, seats, gloveboxes, dashboards, and others. Such a higher demand for flock adhesives in the highly developed regional automotive industry is estimated to enlarge the market size over the forecast period. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturer (OICA), the sales and registration of new vehicles in the Asia Pacific region grew up to 42,663,736 units in 2021, a considerable increment from 2020 with 40,322,544 vehicles.


Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Flock Adhesives Market

  • Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Sika AG
  • Kiwo Inc
  • International Coatings Company, Inc.
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Stahl Holdings B.V.
  • Argent International, Inc.
  • Kissel + Wolf GmbH


In the News

  • H.B. FULLER COMPANY has entered into partnership with Enimac that is expected to combine the market and expertise with advanced knowledge on pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes to support the growing e-commerce packaging industry. Enimac is a leading manufacturer of international tape application equipment that serves in over 30 countries. With this partnership, the specialist of both companies has come together.

  • Sika AG has acquired United Gilsonite Laboratories (UGL) in the United States, manufacturer of products for consumer and DIY waterproofing applications. United Gilsonite Laboratories is supplying products to every corner of the country.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 4301
  • Published Date: Feb 24, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Boom in the automotive industry and higher demand for flock adhesives in construction industry are the major factors driving the market growth.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

Presence of toxic properties in flock adhesive are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are H.B. FULLER COMPANY, The Dow Chemical Company, Sika AG, Kiwo Inc, International Coatings Company, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corporation, Stahl Holdings B.V., Argent International, Inc., Kissel + Wolf GmbH, and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by source, type, application, and by region.

The automotive segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

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