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  • Published In : Apr 2024
  • Code : CMI4928
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

The global masking tapes market is estimated to be valued at USD 5,653.7 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 7,745.6 Mn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Masking Tapes Market Key Factors

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Masking tapes are widely used across various end-use industries such as automotive, building & construction, healthcare, electronics, packaging, and others. Increased construction activities along with rapid industrialization in emerging nations of Asia Pacific and the Middle East & Africa are fueling the demand for masking tapes. The masking tapes market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Growing popularity of DIY projects among individuals is propelling the sales of masking tapes. In addition, stringent environmental regulations regarding the use of hazardous substances in masking tapes are prompting market players to introduce eco-friendly product varieties made from natural rubber, which is further supporting the market expansion. However, the availability of substitute products like painter tapes act as a challenge.

Growth in Construction and Manufacturing Applications

Masking tapes find wide applications in these industries for masking, marking, binding, and packaging purposes. As per data from the World Bank in 2021, the construction sector witnessed a growth of 3.6% in 2021 driven by increased infrastructure spending and residential construction in major economies. The infrastructure push by governments on projects like bridges, highways, metros, and rail networks requires the extensive use of masking tapes for markings during construction activities. Similarly, various reports from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization suggest that the global manufacturing sector output grew by around 6% in 2021 compared to the previous year. The recovery of manufacturing from the pandemic slump and expansion into new categories has increased the demand for masking tapes from this sector. Within manufacturing, automotive and electronics assembly lines extensively use masking tapes for holding, joining, and protecting surfaces during pre-treatment, painting, and component fitting processes. The thriving automotive and electronics manufacturing industries especially in Asia Pacific are major consumers of specialized tape solutions. Going forward, the global construction and manufacturing sectors are expected to continue their steady growth trajectory in the coming years. Projects under national infrastructure development plans and investments in smart city projects will sustain construction spending. Similarly, policies promoting local manufacturing and new trade agreements will help expand production volumes globally. This sustained growth of end-use industries will translate into the growing demand for masking and protective tapes, thereby driving the global masking tapes market upwards in the long run.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Masking Tapes Market Concentration By Players

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Expanding Applications of Acrylic Adhesive Masking Tapes

Acrylic adhesive masking tapes have witnessed increased usage across multiple industrial applications over the past few years, driving robust growth in the global masking tapes market. These tapes are extensively used in automotive, building & construction, and general industrial activities which require the protection of surfaces from paints, primers, and other finishing.  In the automotive industry, acrylic masking tapes have emerged as the preferred option for masking various body parts, trims, and emblems during the painting process of vehicles. Their strong adhesion and easy removability without leaving residue has boosted their popularity. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), automotive production increased by over 4% globally in 2021 versus 2020. The accelerating production schedules pointed to by OICA are expected to sustain the demand for masking tapes from automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and body shops over the coming years. In building & construction as well, acrylic tapes have found widespread usage in masking doors, windows, and flooring during interior renovation and painting activities. As per the statistics by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the global construction sector output is projected to increase by over 85% between 2016 and 2030, predominantly driven by China, the U.S., and India. This growth in construction expenditures bodes well for sustained demand rise from associated end-use industries like paints, coatings, and masking tapes over the coming decade.  

Masking Tapes Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Challenges: Volatility in raw material prices

Masking tapes primarily use backings made from polyester or paper, and adhesives derived from petroleum-based chemicals. In the last two years, prices of these key raw materials have witnessed unprecedented fluctuations due to multiple macroeconomic and geopolitical factors. Petrochemical prices directly depend on international crude oil rates, which are driven by supply-side dynamics of OPEC+ nations and geopolitical tensions. During 2021-22, crude oil prices surged to multi-year high levels of over US$ 100 per barrel multiple times due to declining inventories, rebounding demand post pandemic lockdowns, and geopolitical issues such as the Russia-Ukraine war. This translated to a substantial increase in prices of raw materials such as polymer resins and hydrocarbon solvents used for masking tape adhesives. According to the World Bank Pink Sheet database, average monthly Brent crude oil prices increased by over 60% during 2021 compared to 2020 levels.

Opportunities: Emergence of new end-use industries

The emergence of new end-use industries is presenting significant opportunities for growth in the global masking tapes market. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, innovative new sectors are developing that require specialized masking tapes for various applications. One such area showing great promise is renewable energy. As concerns grow around climate change and fossil fuel reliance, investments in areas like solar, wind, geothermal, and green hydrogen are surging worldwide. According to the IEA's 2021 report, global capacity additions of wind and solar PV energy reached record highs in 2020, and these trends are projected to continue steadily through 2026 and beyond. The manufacturing and installation processes for renewable energy infrastructure involve the substantial usage of masking tapes to sections parts, temporary bonds, and protect surfaces during treatment and assembly.

Masking Tapes Market By Type

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Insights By Type: Convenience and Cost Effectiveness Drive the Demand for Single Side Masking Tapes

In terms of type, single side is expected to contribute 61.2% share of the market owing to its convenience of use and cost effectiveness in 2024. Single side tapes have adhesive on one side only, which makes them easy to handle and apply even for semi-skilled workers. Their simple straightforward application process reduces labor costs involved. Since the adhesive is present on one side only, minimal adhesive is used which keeps production costs low. This ensures Single Side tapes remain highly affordable for use even in mass production and assembly line environments. The convenient one-sided adhesive properties coupled with low price point has made single side tapes the obvious choice for basic masking needs across multiple industries.

Insights By Adhesive Type: Superior Binding Strength Makes Rubber-based Adhesives Highly Popular

In terms of adhesive type, rubber-based adhesive is expected to contribute 35.6% share of the market owing to its superior bonding strength in 2024. Rubber-based adhesives form extremely strong bonds able to withstand harsh environmental conditions like heat, moisture, chemicals etc. without compromising. This high bonding strength is crucial in applications that involve finishing, painting, wrapping etc. where the tape is expected to hold edges firmly during processes. The strong yet flexible bonds provided by rubber-based formulations help prevent paint bleed, protect surfaces and ensure a neat finish. Their durable adhesive properties suit demanding industrial use as well as do-it-yourself home projects.

Insights By Backing Material: Foam Backing Provides Conformal Adhesion for Intricate Surfaces

In terms of backing material, foam contributes 32.5% share of the market due to its ability to conform to intricate surfaces in 2024. Foam backed tapes easily mold to the underlying substrate contours without bridging or forming air pockets. This conformal contact allows the tape to achieve strong adhesion even on rough, curved, or complex surfaces that other materials cannot adhere to well. The conformable nature suits automotive, construction, and special surface applications. It is especially useful while masking complex contours in applications such as graphics, surface coating, etc. Foam tapes thus see heightened demand wherever uniform, defect-free finishes are required on intricate, imperfect surfaces.

Regional Insights

Masking Tapes Market Regional Insights

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North America has established itself as the dominant region in the global masking tapes market in 34.5% share in 2024. This can be attributed to the strong industrial base of end-use industries such as automotive, building & construction, and general manufacturing in countries like the U.S. and Canada. The region has heavy presence of major OEMs and component manufacturers who are largest consumers of masking tapes for application in automotive manufacturing, shipbuilding, and aircraft parts. Moreover, North American masking tapes market benefits from technological advancements by key players to develop specialized product varieties like foil masking tape, low noise masking tape, and UHB tapes to meet evolving requirements across different industries.

The Asia Pacific region is seen as the fastest growing market for masking tapes globally. Rapid industrialization and urbanization in China, India, Indonesia, and other developing economies have propelled the demand from the construction as well as automotive manufacturing sectors. Regional players are expanding their footprints while international brands are also enhancing local sourcing and distribution networks to leverage rising opportunities. Rising per capita income and growing inclination towards Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects in residential sector provide impetus to the sales of consumer variant masking tapes in APAC countries. Shorter product development cycles and cost competitive manufacturing structures help regional manufacturers to quickly launch differentiated products and target emerging application areas.

Market Report Scope

Masking Tapes Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 5,653.7 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 4.6% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 7,745.6 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Single Side and Double Side
  • By Adhesive Type: Silicon-based Adhesive , Acrylic-based Adhesive , Rubber-based Adhesive , and Others
  • By Backing Material: Plastic , Paper , Foam , and Others
  • By End Use: Automotive , Building & Construction , Healthcare , Electrical & Electronics , Packaging , Aerospace , and Others 
Companies covered:

3M , PPM Industries SpA, Mas Corporation, CMS Group of Companies, TESA India, Nitto Denko India Pvt. Ltd, Intertape Polymer Group, Avery Dennison Corporation, Berry Global, Scapa , Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Ajit Industries Private Limited, Lohmann Adhesive Tapes, Adhesive Specialities, Mirka India Pvt. Ltd., STARCKE ABRASIVES INDIA PVT. LTD., Klingspor India Pvt. Ltd., Sumax Engineering (P) LTD, KOVAX CORPORATION, and TOYOCHEM Co. Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Growth in Construction and Manufacturing Applications
  • Expanding Applications of Acrylic Adhesive Masking Tapes 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Volatility in Raw Material Prices
  • Availability of Substitute Products 

Key Developments

  • In February 2024, Rogers Corporation introduces the DeWAL Plasma X Plasma Spray Masking Tape to the market.
  • In October 2021, Norton unveils a new automotive masking tape, expanding its product line in the automotive industry.
  • In 2020, tesa introduced a user-friendly masking tape aimed at assisting manufacturers and operators in streamlining painting processes.
  • In 2022, Bostik Unveils Two New Tape and Label Adhesives in India

*Definition: The global masking tapes market involves the sales of various types of masking tapes that are used for masking and protecting surfaces during painting, finishing, or other surface preparation processes. Masking tapes are made up of a thin and easy-to-tear paper or plastic carrier material coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. They are available in various sizes and are used across industries like automotive, building & construction, aerospace, and others.

Market Segmentation

Detailed Segmentation-

  • By Type:
    • Single Side
    • Double Side
  • By Adhesive Type:
    • Silicon-based Adhesive
    • Acrylic-based Adhesive
    • Rubber-based Adhesive
    • Others
  • By Backing Material:
    • Plastic
    • Paper
    • Foam
    • Others
  • By End Use:
    • Automotive
    • Building & Construction
    • Healthcare
    • Electrical & Electronics
    • Packaging
    • Aerospace
    • Others
  • By Region:
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the global masking tapes market is projected to be 4.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Growth in Construction and manufacturing applications and expanding applications of acrylic adhesive masking tapes are the major factors driving the growth of the global masking tapes market.

Volatility in raw material prices and availability of substitute products are the major factor hampering the growth of the global masking tapes market.

In terms of type, single side is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

3M , PPM Industries SpA, Mas Corporation, CMS Group of Companies, TESA India, Nitto Denko India Pvt. Ltd, Intertape Polymer Group, Avery Dennison Corporation, Berry Global, Scapa , Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Ajit Industries Private Limited, Lohmann Adhesive Tapes, Adhesive Specialities, Mirka India Pvt. Ltd., STARCKE ABRASIVES INDIA PVT. LTD., Klingspor India Pvt. Ltd., Sumax Engineering (P) LTD, KOVAX CORPORATION, and TOYOCHEM Co. Ltd. are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global masking tapes market.

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