Coatings and Adhesives

  • Philip J. Chenier
Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)


Having treated three major end uses of polymers in the last three chapters, we now present the last two general areas of polymer use, coatings and adhesives. These are quite large areas of the chemical industry. The size of the coatings industry is best estimated by NAICS 325510, Paints and Coatings, which had 1998 U.S. shipments of $18.7 billion. The increase in this segment is graphed in Fig. 19.1 along with the three main subdivisions of the industry, Architectural Coatings (NAICS 3255101), Product Finishes for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) (NAICS 3255104), and Special Purpose Coatings (NAICS 3255107). It is 4% of Chemical Manufacturing, which is higher than that of fibers.


Natural Rubber Solubility Parameter Vinyl Acetate Unsaturated Polyester Alkyd Resin 
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Suggested Readings

  1. Kent, Riegel’s Handbook of Industrial Chemistry, pp. 1050–1067 and 708–734.Google Scholar
  2. Wittcoff and Reuben, Industrial Organic Chemicals in Perspective. Part Two: Technology, Formulation, and Use, pp. 143–181.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip J. Chenier
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin—Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA

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