LONDON — A new report by the Freedonia Group estimates the United States demand for paints and coatings to approach $23 billion in 2012.

Volume gains are projected to accelerate from the sluggish 2002-2007 period, when the economic slowdown, high material costs and new, more stringent environmental regulations adversely affected the industry. According to the Freedonia Group, as more robust construction and manufacturing activity heats up, the paint and coating market is primed for a healthy rebound.

The report is available at

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