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Soft-Touch Polyurethane Coatings Market To Surpass US$ 14.06 Bn By 2030

Soft-Touch Polyurethane Coatings Market To Surpass US$ 14.06 Bn By 2030 - Coherent Market Insights

Publish In: May 18, 2023

Soft-Touch Polyurethane Coatings Offer a soft feel to the applied surface and are available in water-based and solvent-based forms. They provide excellent resistance to heat, chemicals, and other environmental factors. They are generally used across premium electronic goods such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Soft-touch polyurethane coatings offer primary protection to the body of electronic devices and give a premium feel to the product to enhance handling. Moreover, they are also used across other applications such as automotive and aircraft interior components, furniture, and doors. They are widely used in the automotive industry for coating interior components such as door trims, steering wheels, and airbags compartments.

The global soft-touch polyurethane coatings market was estimated to be valued at over US$ 7.08 billion in terms of revenue in 2022 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 8.95% during the forecast period (2023 to 2030)


Stringent government regulations

Strict governmental regulations subjected to the rising environmental concerns are encouraging coating industry players to produce a coating with low or no volatile organic content (VOC). Water-based low VOC content coating has low VOC emission than solvent-based coatings as this is produced by using low molecular weight polymers and reactive diluents. Hence, the growing demand for environmental-friendly coatings is expected to augment the market growth of soft-touch polyurethane coatings.

Market Opportunities

Rising demand for the high premium product among consumers due to increasing disposable income is expected to propel the market growth of soft feels PU coatings. Due to this, many manufacturing industries such as electronics, automotive, and packaging among others are focusing on product offerings with enhanced surface properties such as soft touch and rich look. Thus, the growing demand for premium products will favor market growth.

Market Restraints

Complexities in manufacturing water-based soft-touch PU coatings

Complications in the production of water-based soft touch PU coatings are expected to hinder the market growth of soft-touch polyurethane coatings. This factor is expected to curb the market growth over the forecast period.

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Key Takeaways

On the basis of base type, solvent-based dominated the global soft-touch polyurethane coatings market in 2022 with around 58% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by water-based respectively.

Market Trends

Various manufacturers are developing innovative matting agents for soft-touch coatings and this is expected to accelerate the market growth of soft feel PU coatings. For instance, in February 2021, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH introduced ACEMATT 3400 a new matting agent for high-transparency clear coatings and soft-touch coatings with smooth surfaces. It is surface-treated, thermal silica with a medium-particle size of 7.5 µm and offers a smooth surface finish with outstanding optical and haptic properties.

Growth in the furniture and wood industry is expected to offer significant growth to the market over the forecast period. According to the Woodworking Network, North America is the largest market for office furniture, with sales recorded at US$ 16.53 billion in 2018. Therefore, growth in the furniture industry is expected to foster the market growth of soft-touch PU coating over the forecast period.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global soft-touch polyurethane coatings market are The Sherwin Williams Company, Akzo Nobel N.V., PPG Industries Ltd Axalta Coatings Systems, Rust-Oleum - RPM International Inc., Aexcel Coatings., Sokan New Materials, and Jotun AS

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