The specialty chemical category referred to as CASE – coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers – are essential materials throughout industrial and consumer product manufacturing. CASE provide advanced functional characteristics – e.g. performance, protection, operation, strength, and durability – that support a broad range of industries including medical, electronics, construction, automotive, aerospace, marine, packaging, renewable energies like solar and wind, and innumerable others. The formulations and varieties of CASE chemicals are almost endless as manufacturers constantly evolve to innovate new products and processes to meet the changing needs of their customers.
This white paper discusses each of the four CASE components, particularly their global market characteristics and industry trends. Recent innovative materials and applications are also considered along with key challenges facing the industry.