Polymers in liquid formulations (PLFs) are found in millions of household and industrial products. They play a vital role in our society by improving food productivity, treating wastewater and protecting buildings, infrastructure and transport, as well as creating consumer products that promote health and wellbeing.
PLFs are used in eight key markets, which have a combined estimated global value of $1.27 trillion. These are: adhesives and sealants, agriculture, household cleaning, inks and coatings, lubricants, paints and coatings, personal care and cosmetics, and water treatment.
A significant proportion of the 36 million tonnes of all PLFs made and sold each year – over 31 million metric tonnes – are sold in the paints and coatings, inks and coatings, and adhesives and sealants markets.