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Global Polymer Foam Market By Resin Type (Polyurethane, Polystyrene, Others), By Foam Type (Rigid, Flexible, Others), By Application (Automotive, Building & Construction, Others) By Region, Forecast & Opportunities to 2026

The global polymer foam market accounted for a value of 85.4 billion in 2019. It is projected to register growth at a CAGR of 4.0% during forecast period.

COVID-19 has impacted the polymer foam market as supply chain got disrupted due to travel restriction and manufacturing units have to shut or halt its production due to lockdown. There demand from end-users industries is declined. The construction activities are reduced in the market which has direct effect on polymer foams.


Polymer foam can be produced by mixing gas and solid phase together which form polymer foam.  Polymer foams are of two type thermoplastics or thermosets. Thermoplastics can be recycled and can be broke down however thermosets are heavily cross-linked and harder to recycle.

Market Dynamics (Drivers/Opportunities):

Polymer foams are widely adopted used in various industries such as packaging, building & construction and automotive sector etc. This foam is used in food packaging, pipe covers, seats and furniture etc. The rising adoption of polymer foams by different industries is a major driving factor during forecast period.

The building and construction segment is growing and using various advanced products. It use foams for pipe covers, insulation and others. The awareness toward environment is increasing in the world and people are demanding sustainable products which do not harm environment. This drives growth in polymer foam market during forecast period.

Market Insights, by Application

On the basis of application, the polymer foam market is segmented into building & construction, packaging, automotive, furniture & bedding, footwear, sports & recreational and others. Building & construction segment is accounted for 37.3% market share in 2019. Polymer foam is used in insulation, flooring pipe, wire & cables and moldings applications in building & construction segment.

However, automotive sector is estimated to be fastest growing sector in polymer foam during forecast period. The polymer foam is majorly used in seats, dashboards, suspension bushings and power trains etc. The automobile sector is growing rapidly in various regions of the world and it is adopting better and advanced materials and technologies to provide maximum comfort and safety to consumers. This is likely to drive growth in automotive sector during forecast period.

Market Insights, by Resin Type

On the basis of resin type, the polymer foam market is segmented into polyurethane, polystyrene, polyolefin, phenolic and others. Polyurethane resin type segment accounted for largest market share in 2019 and it is estimated to dominate the market during forecast period. Polyurethane foam is used in various applications such as carpets, cushioning and furniture etc. it have various superior capabilities including they transfer low heat, dissipate high energy, high insulation and lightweight. The demand for these foams is increasing in commercial and residential sector. The high adoption of polyurethane foam by various industries across the globe is likely to drive growth in this segment during forecast period.

Regional Insights

The Asia-Pacific region accounted for 39.6% share in 2019. This region is estimated to be fastest growing market during forecast period. There are various favorable initiatives adopted by government in this region to support polymer foam market. The manufacturers are focusing on research and development sector to improve the products and to provide new technologies. The industrialization and urbanization is increasing in this region along with automotive sector and packaging sectors. These industries adopt polymer foam at large scale and this drives growth in this Asia-Pacific region during forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The key market players in polymer foam market are Armacell International, basf SE, Coverstro AG, Dow Chemical, Huntsman Inetrnational, JSP Corporation, Recicel NV/SA, Rogers Corporation, Sealed Air Corporation, Zotefoams PLC, ACH Foam Technologies, Arkema S.A., Boreals AG, Compagnie DE Saint-Gobain SA, Eurofoam Group, Foam Craft Inc., Foam Painter, Lanxess AG and Kaneka Corporation.

Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts The Global Polymer Foam Market, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2020 to 2026. For the purpose of this study, Our Company has segmented the global Polymer Foam market report on the basis of resin type, foam type and application.

Polymer Foam Market Size & Forecast (2017-2026)

  1. Research Framework
    • Market Definition and Product Overview
    • Market Segmentation
  2. Research Methodology
    • Qualitative Research
      • Primary & Secondary Sources
    • Quantitative Research
      • Primary & Secondary Sources
    • Breakdown of Primary Research Respondents, By Region
      • Secondary Research
      • Primary Research
    • Breakdown of Primary Research Respondents, By Industry Participants
      • Market Size Estimation
      • Assumption for the Study
      • Market Breakdown & Data Triangulation
  1. Executive Summary
    • Market Snapshot
  2. Industry Insights
    • Industry ecosystem analysis
      • Value Chain Analysis
    • Industry impact and forces
      • Growth Drivers
      • Challenges &Restraints
      • Opportunities
    • Disruptive Technological Analysis
    • Regulatory framework
      • North America
      • Europe
      • Asia Pacific
      • Middle East & Africa
      • South America
    • Growth potential analysis, 2019
    • Porter’s Five forces analysis
    • Pricing Analysis
      • North America
      • Europe
      • Asia Pacific
      • Middle East & Africa
      • South America
  1. COVID – Impact Analysis
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
    • South America
  2. Polymer Foam Market, By Resin Type, Market Size & Forecast To 2026

(USD Million 2017,2018, 2019, 2020, 2021-e-2026-p)

  • Introduction
  • Float
  • Fusion
  • Down-drown
  1. Polymer Foam Market, By Foam Type, Market Size & Forecast To 2026

(USD Million 2017,2018, 2019, 2020, 2021-e-2026-p)

  • Introduction
  • Rigid Foam
  • Flexible Foam
  1. Polymer Foam Market, By Application, Market Size & Forecast To 2026

(USD Million 2017,2018, 2019, 2020, 2021-e-2026-p)

  • Introduction
  • Building & Construction
  • Packaging
  • Automotive
  • Furniture & Bedding
  • Footwear, Sports & Recreational
  • Others
  1. Polymer Foam Market, By Region, Market Size & Forecast To 2026

(USD Million 2017,2018, 2019, 2020, 2021-e-2026-p)

  • Introduction
  • North America Market Size & Forecast To 2026
    • Market Overview
    • COVID-19 Impact
    • By Resin Type
    • By Foam Type
    • By Application
    • By Country
      • USA
        • By Application
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America Market Size & Forecast To 2026
      • Market Overview
      • COVID-19 Impact
      • By Resin Type
      • By Foam Type
      • By Application
      • By Country
        • Brazil
          • By Application
        • Argentina
        • Chile
        • Rest of South America
      • Europe Market Size & Forecast To 2026
        • Market Overview
        • COVID-19 Impact
        • By Resin Type
        • By Foam Type
        • By Application
        • By Country
          • UK
            • By Application
          • Germany
          • France
          • Italy
          • Rest of Europe
        • APAC Market Size & Forecast To 2026
          • Market Overview
          • COVID-19 Impact
          • By Resin Type
          • By Foam Type
          • By Application
          • By Country
            • China
              • By Application
            • India
            • Japan
            • South Korea
            • Australia
            • Rest of APAC
          • Middle East & Africa Market Size & Forecast To 2026
            • Market Overview
            • COVID-19 Impact
            • By Resin Type
            • By Foam Type
            • By Application
            • By Country
              • Saudi Arabia
                • By Application
              • UAE
              • Qatar
              • Kuwait
              • South Africa
              • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  1. Competitive Landscaping
    • Competitive Benchmarking
      • Market Share Analysis, 2019
      • Global Presence and Growth Strategies
        • Mergers & Acquisitions
        • New Product Launches
        • Investments Trends
        • R&D Initiatives
  1. Company Profile
    • Kaneka Corporation
      • Company Overview
      • Financial Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Recent Developments
      • SWOT Analysis
      • Strategic Outlook
    • Armacell International
    • Basf SE
    • Coverstro AG
    • Dow Chemical
    • Huntsman Inetrnational
    • JSP Corporation
    • Recicel NV/SA
    • Rogers Corporation
    • Sealed Air Corporation
    • Zotefoams PLC
    • ACH Foam Technologies
    • Arkema S.A.
    • Boreals AG
    • Compagnie DE Saint-Gobain SA
    • Eurofoam Group
    • Foam Craft Inc.
    • Foam Painter
    • Lanxess AG
  2. Appendix
    • Interrelated Market


Research Methodology

1.1     Research Methodology

The process of market research at PAN Market Consulting is very intuitive being iterative in nature and usually follows the path where Information gathered from secondary research is used to build data models, which are than validated from primary participants. Then same cycle repeats where, according to inputs from primary participants, additional secondary research is done, and new information type is again incorporated into data model. The process continues till desired level of information is not generated.

To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of the product/services. The revenue generated from the sales of product/services has been calculated through primary and secondary research. The report also analyses the key players operating in the market at the global level which are identified through secondary research and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top vendors in the market. The market size calculation also includes product segmentation determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.

1.2     Secondary Research

The secondary research source that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to:

  • Company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations and SEC filings
  • Internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases
  • National government documents, statistical databases and market reports
  • News articles, press releases and web-casts specific to the companies operating in the market

The source for secondary research includes but is not limited to Factiva, Hoovers and Statista


1.3     Primary Research

We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. A typical research interview fulfills the following end users:

  • It provides first-hand information on the market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, future outlook etc.
  • Helps in validating and strengthening the secondary research findings
  • Further develops the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding
  • Primary research involves E-mail interactions, telephonic interviews as well as face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment and sub-segment across geographies

The participants who typically take part in such a process include, but are not limited to:

  • Industry participants: CEOs, VPs, marketing/ product managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers
  • Purchasing managers, technical personnel, distributors and resellers
  • Outside experts: Investment bankers, valuation experts, research analysts specializing in specific markets
  • Key opinion leaders specializing in different areas corresponding to different industry end users

1.4     Models

Where no hard data is available, we use modeling and estimates in order to produce comprehensive data sets. A rigorous methodology is adopted in which the available hard data is cross referenced with the following data products to produce estimates:

  • Demographic data: Population split by segment
  • Macro-economic indicators: GDP, etc.
  • Industry indicators: Expenditure, product stage & infrastructure, sector growth and facilities.

Data is then cross checked by the expert panel.

1.4.1 Company Share Analysis Model

Company share analysis is used to derive the size of global market. As well as study of revenues of companies for last three to five years also provide the base for forecasting the market size and its growth rate. This model is built in following steps:


1.4.2 Revenue Based Modeling

Revenue based models can be built in two ways – Top-Down or Bottom-Up irrespective of industry. Market size estimated from company share analysis acts as a validation point for bottom-up approach whereas it acts as starting point for top-down approach.


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