Key Trends in the Adhesives and Sealants Market

The Adhesives and Sealants market in Ireland and the UK is currently experiencing significant growth and transformation in 2024 and several key trends have emerged, shaping the future of this industry.

The Adhesives and Sealants market is on an upward trajectory. The market is experiencing a shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions, with companies increasingly focusing on products free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful chemicals.

The building & construction sector offers substantial growth opportunities, with advancements in technology and architecture demanding innovative adhesive solutions. Additionally, there is a notable increase in the use of adhesives and sealants in the automotive industry, primarily to enhance soundproofing and reduce vibrations.

Worldwide the Asia Pacific region currently dominates the market, but the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region is also showing robust growth. In particular, the European market is seeing increased demand for adhesives and sealants, driven by the construction and automotive sectors. Key players like Henkel AG & Co., Sika AG, and Arkema Inc. are playing a significant role in the market’s development, with recent expansions and acquisitions aiming to cater to growing demands.

Challenges and Opportunities
While the market is growing, it faces challenges such as stringent environmental regulations regarding VOC emissions. However, this also presents an opportunity for innovation in the development of eco-friendly products. The industry is also capitalising on the expanding building and construction sector and increasing demand from the packaging industry.

In conclusion, the Adhesives and Sealants market in Ireland and the UK is poised for substantial growth, driven by innovations in product development, applications across diverse sectors, and an increasing emphasis on sustainability. As the industry continues to evolve, companies that adapt to these trends and focus on environmentally friendly solutions are likely to lead the market.

Bostik: All Weather Wide Jointing Compound

That time of the year again! Bostik All Weather Wide Jointing Compound is quick and easy to apply, in all weather – even in the rain. It requires no mixing so it is ready to use, it will not shrink or crack, it resists weed growth, dries to a tough and durable finish and cuts down on waste. It is water permeable, allowing the paving to drain.

Bostik All Weather Wide Jointing compound is simple and easy to apply with water and a squeegee. It is suitable for most types of domestic paving and can be used on paths and patios of natural stone, concrete, slate, granite slabs, terracotta and clay. It is suitable for joints from 5mm – 30mm and minimum depth of 25mm.

It is the perfect product for patio pointing – no matter what the weather has in store. It leaves an attractive finish in next to no time!

Bostik All Weather Wide Jointing Compound is available in three colours, natural, grey and basalt.

It is “the quick and easy way to a perfect patio”

“Perfect Pointing – whatever the weather”

For more information contact Bostik Industries Limited, Newtown, Swords, Co. Dublin
Phone: +353 1 862 4900
Fax: +353 1 840 2186

BOND IT – Your premier destination for high-performance building chemical

In the dynamic world of construction, where precision and reliability reign supreme, the BOND IT brand stands out for its commitment to excellence. Renowned for its innovative range of building chemicals, BOND IT has become synonymous with quality, durability, and efficiency in the construction industry.

From adhesives to sealants, grouts to fillers & powders, BOND IT offers a comprehensive suite of products designed to meet the diverse needs of builders, contractors, and DIY enthusiasts alike.

The all-encompassing BOND IT range features some top-quality products such as Gripbond Pro Hybrid Sealants and Adhesives & B3 Fill and Fix Expanding PU Foam, as well as the Builder Complete, Levelmaster, & Professional Tiling ranges.

As part of a belief in offering customers nothing short of the ‘complete’ package, Laydex combine this impressive product choice with a firm commitment to the highest levels of service, which includes excellent ex-stock product availability, expert technical advice, access to field-based sales professionals and the benefit of extensive stockist support including point-of-sale solutions.

In order to address the ever-evolving needs of their customers and keep the BOND IT range of building chemicals at the very forefront of technical innovation, Laydex continue to focus on the on-going enhancement and refinement of their offering.

To compliment the BOND IT range, Laydex offer a range of freestanding display options as well as other solutions to facilitate new shelving displays or the upgrade of existing. Their
Area Sales Managers will be delighted to discuss the range and the opportunities for you and your store.

Contact them at or on 01-642 6600,

Laydex Building Solutions announce Shelbourne FC Partnership

Laydex Building Solutions is proud to announce an exciting new primary partnership with Shelbourne FC, which will see their product ONE COAT ROOF SEAL, become the front-of-shirt sponsor on the newly launched away jersey.

The award-winning ONE COAT ROOF SEAL, is based on hybrid technology, making it an ideal roofing solution for Irish weather conditions. Its longevity and ease of use make it perfect for new roofs as well as old roof refurbishments. ROOF SEAL is a solvent-free, non-flammable formulation designed for professional and DIY roofing applications, and it’s readily available in Builders Merchants and DIY stores nationwide.

From L – R: Gavin Molloy (Shelbourne FC Player), Peter Woods (Managing Director at Laydex), Sean Gannon (Player), Keith McDarby (Commercial Director at Shelbourne FC) & Andrew Woods (Commercial Manager at Laydex

This partnership represents the club and the company’s shared commitment to innovation and community engagement. As Shelbourne FC continues to grow and thrive, Laydex are thrilled to be on board in support of this exciting journey.

Peter Woods, Managing Director said: “Laydex is delighted to have an agreement in place with Shelbourne Football Club to become an official Club sponsor for the upcoming season. We are proud to have our award-winning product, Roof Seal, featured on club jerseys this season and hope to contribute in some small way to what we hope will be another successful season for the club in what will be Tolka Park’s centenary year.”

MS Polymers, a sealant for every application

Since they were first launched twenty years ago, MS Polymer sealants and adhesives have continued to grow in popularity due to their versatility. Here, Andy Cummins, Senior Product Manager at Geocel discusses the differences between silicones and acrylic sealants, while also highlighting the performance benefits of MS Polymers and their unique characteristics.

Fundamentally and back to basics, construction sealants are used to prevent fluids, air, heat, sound and fire from passing through material surfaces, joints, or openings. Sealants are also typically used to fill openings that are too small for other materials to be used. They have a crucial role in a wide range of applications, from large scale projects to smaller, everyday tasks for trade professionals.

The reliability of a product is key when choosing a sealant, with callbacks not just a hassle but a waste of precious and valuable time. As a result, it is crucial for tradespeople to use only high-quality sealants and adhesives that are guaranteed to perform for the intended job.

While silicones and acrylics are many tradespeople’s go-to, the emergence of MS Polymers has meant that there are now a wide variety of products to choose from. This makes selecting what to buy and use on the job a more complex task, so it is useful to understand the key differences between each type of sealant and the multi-use applications that each has to offer.

A popular choice due to their versatility, silicone sealants adhere well to a wide range of construction substrates while providing durability. Silicones are available in a variety of colours and offer excellent UV and colour stability in addition to extreme temperature resistance.

Silicones are also renowned for their elastic and water-resistant properties. As such, they are ideal for use on expansion and connection joints in sanitary areas, floors, walls and glazing applications. Furthermore, silicones have an established heritage due to years of usage across all areas of construction.

This means users can be assured that the product will reliably perform as intended from projects ranging from the most complex to the day to day.

Acrylic sealants are best used for applications where there is low movement, and little or no contact with water. While acrylics do not offer the same flexibility or weather resistance as silicones, the products are ideal for jointing, caulking and filling gaps on materials like plastered walls, masonry and wood. With no sanding required, acrylics can provide the ideal solution for simple, construction jobs.

MS Polymers
Over the past decade, MS Polymers have continued to grow in popularity.
First introduced to the trade market 20 years ago by Geocel, MS Polymers feature many of the attributes found in traditional sealants – the flexibility and UV stability of silicones, the paintability of acrylics and the durability and toughness of polysulphides.

However, MS Polymers also offer some unique advantages of their own. Their non-staining properties on natural stone make the sealant ideal not only just for facades but also for projects such as sealing marble or granite kitchen work tops. The excellent adhesion properties – superior to ‘grab’ adhesives can also enable direct use on wet or dry surfaces, including most plastics, tiles, wood, stone, metal, brick, glass, concrete or plasterboard and can even bond and cure underwater. Finally, once applied they won’t attack synthetic materials, unlike solvent grab adhesives.

Simply put – MS Polymers are ideal multi-use products, perfect for ‘odd job’ type projects, which may otherwise prove tricky to find a suitable solution. By using these products, trade professionals can seal, fill and bond almost any surface, wet or dry, inside or out – a really good and effective all-rounder to keeping the back of the van.

Geocel – pioneer of the initial MS Polymer products – has THE WORKS PRO range. A construction sealant and adhesive with the brand’s most advanced formulation yet, THE WORKS PRO provides an extremely secure bond and flexible seal. Also available as a high grab construction adhesive and cleaner spray, the range is designed for tradespeople that require a premium product for versatile use.

When it comes to selecting high quality sealants and adhesives, using products that provide lasting performance, workability, fast curing times and a long-lasting finish is crucial. For tradespeople looking for versatile products that can provide a solution to a wide range of applications, then it is worthwhile considering MS Polymers such as THE WORKS PRO range.

For more information on THE WORKS PRO range, please visit