Construction sealants: China is ahead, where is Russia?

 

REFERENCE

Sealants are used for the impaction of abutting joints and connections in construction structures, clearance deletion, joint closure, waterproofing of different spaces and assemblies, and impermeability to wind of wooden houses and framed structures’ panels, etc.

The market offers multiple types of sealants, each of which is for a definite type of material: brick, ceramic tile, painted and uncovered metal, wood, etc.

The accompanying instructions, as a rule, depict the use of a sealant in the assigned technological conditions and determine the types of working materials, and contain the list of necessary security measures.

 

EXPERT OPINION

The market of sealants will fall or at least stagnate

Top-manager of the “Korsil Trade” company, Ilya SMIRNOV, has shared his assessment of the Russian market of sealants:

— What is the share of imported construction sealants on the Russian market? Does it change?

— From my point of view, the share of import is about 95%. One might write “made in Russia” on the packaging as much as he wants, but the basic primary materials are from Europe and China. This relates to unvulcanised rubber, accelerating agents and fillers. The share does not change as there is no alternative. It may rise in the future.

— What sealants are the most demanded?

— The most demanded sealants are the cheapest, both acidic and neutral.

— What are the capacities of the Russian producers of sealants?

— The capacities are limited by the capacities of suppliers. I do not see any desire to invest in the updating of the production. The condition of the economy is not suitable.

— What might be expected on the Russian market after Momentive’s closing up the production of siloxanes and the rise of prices for this primary material by other suppliers?

— This resulted in the primary materials’ deficit. Many European plants close for maintenance, taking from two weeks to a month. These plants are focused on the local customer. Additionally, the European market grows faster than the Russian one. Big volumes are assigned for months on end.

The prices for sealants will grow by 10—20% due to the lack of primary materials, and it will now be felt in June—July, 2017. 

— What are, from your standpoint, the prospects of the further development of the sealants sector on the Russian market?

— In the current condition I expect a fall, or at least a stagnation. To develop the sealant sector it is necessary to develop primary materials production in order to produce the basic components.

Vladimir BREUS

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