Epoxy Adhesive Films and Preforms Market: Overview
Epoxy adhesive films and preforms are copolymers formed by mixing a resin and a hardener through a process known as curing. Under the curing process molecular chains react and forms a covalent bond between the resin and the hardener. This results in a cross-linkage of the polymer, with high rigidity and strength. Epoxy adhesive films and preforms are used as substitute to welding and rivets as welding can damage the object with application of heat.
Epoxy adhesive films and preforms are alternatives for liquid adhesives. They are exceptionally easy to handle and require no solvents for dilution or cleaning. These do not require metering or mixing vis-à-vis other adhesives, as epoxy adhesive films possess better ability to resist creep under sustained load.
Epoxy Adhesive Films and Preforms Market: Segmentation
In terms of product type, the global epoxy adhesive films and preforms market can be bifurcated into premixed frozen adhesive films and b-staged adhesive films. Premixed frozen adhesive films are a precise mixture of epoxy resin and hardeners and are shipped at lower temperature as they are fragile. They have a limited working life. Once thawed, these adhesives cure at slightly elevated temperatures, and offer a wide range of properties. B-staged adhesive films and preforms are solid epoxy adhesives that are partially cured by the formulator and are designed to be fully cured after application. B-staged adhesive films and preforms offer longer storage life with refrigeration and storage stability at ambient temperatures. B-staged adhesive films and preforms offer high bond strength and excellent resistance to chemicals and moisture. They are more rigid than premixed frozen adhesive films.
Based on end use, the epoxy adhesive films and preforms market can be divided into aerospace & defense, electronics & electrical and others (including marine). Under the electronics & electrical segment epoxy adhesive films are used for applications such as substrate, components, die, heat sink attachments, and lid sealing. Epoxy adhesive films and preforms are extensively employed in the electronics & electrical industry as they enable bonding of surface mount components on circuit board and does not produce volatiles at the time of curing. Adhesive films are also used to attach substrates onto microelectronic package housing and for applications involving sensors and other sensitive electronic components.
Epoxy Adhesive Films and Preforms Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of region, the global epoxy adhesives films and preforms market can be segregated into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America Asia Pacific is anticipated to constitute major share of the global epoxy adhesives films and preforms market during the forecast period. The epoxy adhesives films and preforms market in the region is likely to expand at a rapid pace due to expansion in developing economies such as China and India. Increase in demand for electronic gadgets led by the rise in disposable income has boosted the spending power of consumers. Additionally, technological advancement and increase in product innovation are anticipated to propel the epoxy adhesives films and preforms market.
Epoxy Adhesive Films and Preforms Market: Key Players
Prominent players operating in the globe epoxy adhesives films and preforms market includes MasterBond, Robert McKeown, APCM, LLC, 3M and Henkel. These are engaged in research and development activities, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions to gain market share.