Performance Coatings
Market overview

Our Performance Coatings business is represented in most market segments of this industry, holding many leading positions.

Market and business characteristics

The size of the global market for performance coatings is around €40 billion.

General industrial coatings

Metal and plastic coatings for a wide range of applications – from huge industrial equipment to the latest mobile phones and music players, computers, espresso machines and sporting goods.

Protective coatings

Corrosion and fire protection across a range of industries including upstream and downstream oil and gas facilities, chemical and petrochemical installations, high value infrastructure such as airports and stadia and power generation stations.


Vehicle refinishes
Refinishing or recoating of automobile bodies when vehicles are repaired.

Coatings for commercial vehicles (trucks and buses) and automotive plastic components.

Aerospace coatings

Coatings for small and large aircraft. Primers for structural components and coatings for high performance exterior finishes.

Powder coatings

Powder technology involves a coating being applied electrostatically. It is sprayed and then subsequently cured by applying heat, either in an oven or by using infrared or UV light irradiation.

Wood coatings and adhesives

Wood coatings beautify and protect anything made from wood, including home and office furniture, flooring, kitchen and bath cabinetry, windows and doors. Adhesives are the bonding agents for wood composites and laminates used in these applications.

Marine coatings, including yacht

Coatings for deep sea and inland marine vessels, super yachts and leisure craft, which provide corrosion protection and resistance to organic fouling.

Coil and extrusion coatings

Coil coatings are applied to coiled steel for HVAC and appliances, and in commercial and residential construction to protect metal roofs and building components. Extrusion coatings give aluminum lasting beauty when used on metal building fascias and window frames and provide protection from the elements.

Packaging coatings

Coatings for packaging which are applied to the internal and external surfaces for food and drink cans, caps and closures and cardboard and plastic packaging.


We serve a large range of customers including ship and yacht builders and architects, consumer electronics and appliance companies, steel manufacturers, the construction industry, furniture makers, aircraft, bus and truck producers, bodyshops and can makers.

Global market drivers

  • Growing populations and GDP growth
  • Steel production
  • Consumer confidence
  • Infrastructure development
  • Housing market activities.

High growth markets

Projected industry growth is strong, particularly in Asia Pacific. Around 45 percent of our Performance Coatings revenue is in high growth markets.


  • Automobile scratch repair systems
  • Low-bake powder coatings
  • Self-repairing clearcoat
  • Foul release coatings
  • Waterborne coatings technology.

Market leadership positions



Marine and Protective Coatings











Car Refinishes








Commercial vehicle OEM


Automotive plastic coatings



Industrial Coatings




Coil and extrusion coatings


Specialty plastics coatings


Packaging coatings



Powder Coatings







Wood Finishes and Adhesives







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