Global Polyurethane Market Size, Segments, Outlook, and Revenue Forecast 2022-2028 by Product (Rigid Foam, Flexible Foam, Molded Foam, Elastomers, Adhesives & Sealants, and Coatings), By Raw Material (Polyol, MDI, and TDI), By End-user (Furniture & Interiors, Mattresses/ Bedding, Building and Construction, Electronics and Appliances, Automotive, Footwear, and Packaging), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, Africa).

Market Overview

Market Overview

Often abbreviated as PU or PUR, Polyurethane is an organic polymer that serves as a flexible and resilient material that can be used as a replacement for paint, cotton, rubber, metal, or wood in a variety of applications across a host of industry verticals.          

The Global Polyurethane Market is expected to record a positive CAGR of ~5% during the forecast period 2022-2028, and reach a revenue of US$ 100 Bn by 2028. Polyurethane demand is anticipated to increase throughout the forecast period due to rising building insulation demand brought on by environmental concerns. The chemistry of polyurethane enables for the creation of products in odd shapes without sacrificing quality, and it also improves industrial and consumer goods by incorporating comfort and convenience values.

The construction, electronics, and automotive industries are seeing an increase in customer demand for sturdy, lightweight products. PU Raw Materials for insulation are also contributing to this growth. The demand for polyurethane is expected to rise throughout the projection period as building insulation demand rises as a result of environmental concerns. Apart from meeting sustainability needs in the building construction market, Polyurethane materials are employed in a wide range of consumer items as well.

  • Due to the material's availability in a variety of forms, including rigid, flexible, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers, polyurethane sells through a network of well-established end markets. Another factor contributing to the possibility of continued market expansion is the consumer market's interest in sustainability.
  • Environmental awareness has accelerated manufacturers' move to raw materials and production techniques that are viewed as eco-friendlier and more sustainable than alternatives, which is influencing consumers' changing purchasing habits.
  • The main user of polyurethane foam is the building and construction sector. Industry numbers made available by Oxford Economics suggest that global construction production would increase by 42% or US$4.5 trillion between 2020 and 2030 to reach US$15.2 trillion from US$10.7 trillion in 2020 (in 2017 prices and exchange rates). For the interim period, it is anticipated that worldwide construction output will increase by US$2.6 trillion in the five years starting in 2020, reaching US$13.3 trillion by 2025.
  • Polyurethane is in demand from a variety of end-users including material suppliers, converters, and OEMs. However, the market is frequently constrained by problems such as shortage of raw materials, and high operational expenses.
  • The global construction sector is positioned to be a catalyst for COVID recovery and economic growth. The pace attained by the sector during the post-covid recovery phase helped boost the market of PU products. Many significant suppliers, along with emerging companies and startups, started delivering bio-based/recycled alternatives for Polyurethane feedstock.

Scope of the Report

The Polyurethane Market is segmented by Product, Raw Material, and End User Industries. In addition, the report also covers market size and forecasts for the four region’s Polyurethane Markets. The revenue used to size and forecast the market for each segment is USD billion.

By Product

  • Rigid Foam
  • Flexible Foam
  • Molded Foam
  • Elastomers
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Coatings
  • Others

By Raw Material

  • Polyol
  • Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate (MDI)
  • Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI)
  • Others

By End User

  • Furniture & Interiors
  • Mattresses/ Bedding
  • Building and Construction
  • Electronics and Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Footwear
  • Packaging
  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (USA, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)


Key Trends by Market Segment

By Product:  Rigid Foam segment holds the largest share of the Global Polyurethane Market in 2021 due to its durability, energy savings, moisture management, and insulating characteristics.

  • Polyether or polyester polyols can be used to create flexible polyurethane foam slab stock. They have porous constructions, smaller bulk densities, and larger sag factors. Major application areas of flexible polyurethane foams are mattresses, acoustic dampers, and seat cushions.
  • Foams made of rigid polyurethane are dense and contain a lot of closed cells. Closed-cell foams make it difficult for air to escape from the foam. As a result, the foam has better water resistance, lower thermal conductivity, and stronger load-bearing capacity. Rigid polyurethane foams are thus suited as building and insulation materials. Along with lamination and spraying, rigid polyurethane foams can also be produced using slab stock and molding methods.
  • About 30% of the North American polyurethane market is made up of Flexible Polyurethane Foam.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy 2021, heating and cooling occupied the majority of a typical U.S. Home's Energy use, around 56% of total energy consumption, building contractors use rigid polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foam to maintain a consistent temperature and reduce noise levels in residential and commercial structures. These foams are good insulation materials that can be used for air barrier sealants, insulated windows, doors, and roof and wall insulation.
  • Demand for polyurethane products is increasing as building and construction activity increases globally in various regions.



By Raw Material:
The polyol segment is likely to hold the highest market share during the forecast period in Global Polyurethane Market

  • When the required polyurethane is going to be used to create flexible foams or thermoset elastomers, various polyether polyols, such as polyethylene glycol, polypropylene glycol, and polytetramethylene glycol, are generally used.
  • The major product that TDI produces is flexible polyurethane foam, which is utilized in a variety of common items like furniture, bedding, carpet underlay, and packaging. Some paints, sealants, adhesives, and elastomers are also made using TDI. TDI aids in the production of lighter car seats and headliners, reducing weight and increasing fuel efficiency.
  • MDI is generally utilized to create hard polyurethane foams for a variety of applications, including refrigerator and housing insulation. MDI insulation helps reduce energy consumption and heating and cooling expenses. MDI is also used to make car parts including dashboards, steering wheels, and bumpers.
  • Many household goods are made with TDI and MDI. They are combined to create different varieties of polyurethane. These polyurethanes are used to produce a variety of goods, such as carpet padding, waterproof sealants, and foam for furniture cushions.

By End Users: The Building and Construction segment holds the largest market share in the Global Polyurethane Market in 2021 as high-performance items that operate well, are robust but lightweight, durable, and versatile are made with polyurethanes. 

Polyurethane is commonly used in building and construction Raw Materials due to its great strength-to-weight ratio, insulating characteristics, durability, and adaptability.

  • The global construction industry generated US$10.7 trillion in output in 2020, and Oxford Economics projects that it will increase by 42%, or by US$4.5 trillion, between 2020 and 2030 to reach US$15.2 trillion by 2030.
  • There are several Raw Materials for PU materials in the automobile sector. It can be utilized in car bodywork, bumpers, doors, windows, and ceiling parts in addition to its typical use as foam to make car seats more pleasant. Reduced weight, improved fuel efficiency, strong insulation with optimum sound absorption, excellent passenger comfort, and high corrosion resistance features of Polyurethane - all contribute to higher automotive mileage.


By Geography:
TheAsia Pacificaccounts for the largest share among all Regions within the total Global Polyurethane market in 2021.

  • China is investing trillions of USD in infrastructure, a stimulus that may help the second-largest economy in the world far beyond the doom of Covid lockdowns and volatile real estate markets in 2022.
  • The government of Beijing, China will release 6.8 trillion yuan (about US$1 trillion) for construction projects in 2022, which is expected to stimulate the growth of the polyurethane industry shortly.


Competitive Landscape

The Polyurethane market is highly competitive with ~250 players which include globally diversified players, regional players as well as a large number of country-niche players. Most of the country-niche players are providers of foam-based products and suppliers of raw materials.

Large global players control about 40% of the market, while regional players hold the second largest share. Some of the major players in the market include BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, Convestro AG, Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd., Huntsman, Mitsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes, Inoac Corporation, Rogers Corporation, Tosoh Corporation, Saint- Goblin SA and among others.

The leading global specialist companies such as Foamcraft Inc and Laxness are highly focused on providing a significant number of polyurethane products that can be used across multiple industries, including furniture, building and constriction, and many more.


Recent Developments Related to Major Players

  • In January 2020, BASF announced a single-digit million euro investment in the capacity expansion of water-based polyurethane dispersions at its Castellbisbal location in Spain. BASF has also been investing in the development of the polyurethane dispersion business in Europe. BASF's production capacity will rise by 30% as a result of the expansion.
  • To fulfil the growing demand for Polyurethane Dispersions (PUDs) and elastomers, materials firm Covestro started construction on two new factories in Shanghai in July 2022. These new facilities will be situated within the Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai and represent a combined investment of mid-double-digit million euros. The largest Covestro production location now has a larger footprint, thanks to new plants.
  • In July 20, 2022, Huntsman Corporation stated that a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) splitter at its Geismar plant in Louisiana has started operating in a commercial capacity. Huntsman can now generate more high-value, distinctive grades from the crude MDI produced at the facility thanks to the USD$180 million splitter, enabling expansion in important client applications
  • Huntsman's footwear specialists assisted KEEN, Inc. (KEEN) in February 2022 in creating a revolutionary production innovation: a line of sneakers with plant-based soles. The Field to Foot (F2F) sneakers was designed by KEEN's Advanced Concepts Team using a specifically developed bio-based polyurethane system from Huntsman that contained agricultural processing by-products. The polyurethane system has a reduced carbon footprint than petroleum-based alternatives that are commercially available and are now the standard in the production of footwear since it has bio content ranging from 35% to 51%.

Conclusion

The Global Polyurethane Market is forecasted to continue at a steady growth rate that it has been witnessing since 2017, primarily driven by the unique physical characteristics of polyurethane, including versatility, strength-to-weight ratio, insulating capabilities, durability, and adaptability. Though the market is highly competitive with over 500 participants, few global players control the dominant share and regional players also hold a significant share.

 

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Key Topics Covered in the Report

  • Snapshot of Global Polyurethane Market
  • Industry Value Chain and Ecosystem Analysis
  • Market size and Segmentation of Global Polyurethane Market
  • Historic Growth of Overall Global Polyurethane Market and Segments
  • Competition Scenario of the Market and Key Developments of Competitors
  • Porter’s 5 Forces Analysis of Global  Polyurethane  Industry
  • Overview, Product Offerings, and Strength & Weakness of Key CompetitorsCOVID 19 Impact on the Overall Global Polyurethane Market
  • Future Market Forecast and Growth Rates of the Total Global Polyurethane Market and by Segments
  • Market Size of End User Segments with Historical CAGR and Future Forecasts
  • Analysis of Polyurethane Market in Major Regions
  • Major Production / Consumption Hubs in the Major Regions
  • Major Production/Supply and Consumption/Demand Hubs in Each Major Regions
  • Major Regions -wise Historic and Future Market Growth Rates of the Total Market and Segments
  • Overview of Notable Emerging Competitor Companies within Each Major Regions

Major Companies Mentioned in the Report

  • BASF
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Convestro AG
  • Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd.
  • Huntsman
  • Foamcraft, Inc
  • Mistsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes
  • Laxness
  • Inoac Corporation
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Tosoh Corporation

Notable Emerging Companies Mentioned in the Report

  • Cruzfoam
  • Bucha Bio
  • James & Co
  • Indresmat Sl
  • Polaris Renewables
  • Checkerspot
  • Novomer
  • Durfi

Key Target Audience – Organizations and Entities Who Can Benefit by Subscribing This Report

  • Manufacturers of polyurethane
  • Raw materials suppliers
  • Suppliers of manufacturing technologies
  • Industry associations
  • Manufacturers in Raw Materials such as coatings, adhesives & sealants, foams, elastomers, and others
  • Suppliers, traders, and dealers of polyurethane
  • Federal and regional agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and research institutions

Period Captured in the Report

  • Historical Period: 2017-2021
  • Forecast Period: 2022E-2028F

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Study Period of this Market Report?

The Global Polyurethane Market is covered from 2017 – 2028 in this report, which includes a forecast for the period 2022-2028.

  • What is the Future Growth Rate of the Global Polyurethane Market?

The Global Polyurethane Market is expected to witness a CAGR of ~5% over the next 6 years.

  • What are the Key Factors Driving the Global Polyurethane Market?

The rising demand for versatility, strength-to-weight ratio, insulating capabilities, durability, adaptability, and increasing end-users for polyurethane in construction and refrigeration are expected to be the primary drivers of this market.

  • Which is the Largest Product Segment within the Global Polyurethane Market?

Rigid Foam holds the largest share of the Global Polyurethane Market in 2021

  • Who are the Key Players in Global Polyurethane Market?

BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, Convestro AG, Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd., Huntsman, Foamcraft, Inc, Mitsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes, Laxness, Inoac Corporation, Rogers Corporation, Tosoh Corporation, and Saint-Goblin among others are the major companies operating in Global Polyurethane Market.

Scope

Scope

  1. 1.  Executive Summary

1.1   Highlights of Global Polyurethane Market Historic Growth & Forecast

1.2   Highlights of Market Trends, Challenges, and Competition

1.3   Highlights of Market Revenue Share by Segments

  1. 2.  Market Overview and Key Trends Impacting Growth

2.1   Global Polyurethane Market Taxonomy

2.2   Industry Value Chain

2.3   The Ecosystem of Major Entities in Global’s Polyurethane Market

2.4   Government Regulations & Developments

2.5   Key Growth Drivers & Challenges Impacting the Market

2.6   COVID-19 Impact on Global’s Polyurethane Market

2.7   Total Global Polyurethane Market Historic Growth by Segment Type, 2017-2021

2.7.1      By Product

2.7.2      By Raw Material

2.7.3      By End Users

2.7.4      By Major Regions

2.8   Total Global Polyurethane Market Historic Growth and Forecast, 2017-2028

2.9   Key Takeaways

  1. 3. Total Global - Market Segmentation by Products, Historic Growth, Outlook & Forecasts

3.1   Market Definition - Segmentation by Product

3.2   Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook and Forecasts by Products, 2017-2028

3.2.1      Rigid Foam

3.2.2      Flexible Foam

3.2.3      Molded Foam

3.2.4      Elastomers

3.2.5      Adhesives & Sealants

3.2.6      Coatings

3.2.7      Others

3.2.8      Key Takeaways from Market Segmentation by Product

  1. 4.  Total Global - Market Segmentation by Raw Material, Historic Growth, Outlook & Forecasts

4.1   Market Definition - Segmentation by Raw Material

4.2   Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Raw Material, 2017-2028

4.2.1      Polyol

4.2.2      MDI

4.2.3      TDI

4.2.4      Others

4.2.5      Key Takeaways from Market Segmentation by Raw Material

  1. 5. Total Global - Market Segmentation by End-User, Historic Growth, Outlook & Forecasts

5.1   Market Definition - Segmentation by End Users

5.2   Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by End Users, 2017-2028

5.2.1      Furniture & Interiors

5.2.2      Mattresses/ Bedding

5.2.3      Building and Construction

5.2.4      Electronics and Appliances

5.2.5      Automotive

5.2.6      Footwear

5.2.7      Packaging

5.2.8      Others

5.2.9      Key Takeaways from Market Segmentation by Generation and Delivery Mode

  1. 6. Industry / Competition Analysis - Competitive Landscape

6.1   Types of Players (Competitors) & Business Models

6.2   Porter’s 5 Forces Analysis of Global Polyurethane Competitors

6.3   Key Developments in the Global Polyurethane Sector Impacting Market Growth

6.4   Comparison of Leading Competitors within Global’s Polyurethane Market, 2021

6.5   Comparison of Leading Competitors within Global Polyurethane Market by Coverage of Product Segments, 2021

6.6   Comparison of Leading Competitors within Global Polyurethane Market by Coverage of Raw Material, 2021

6.7   Comparison of Leading Competitors within Global Polyurethane Market by Coverage of End Users, 2021

6.8   Key Takeaways from Competitive Landscape

  1. 7.  Key Competitor Profiles (Company Overview, Product Offerings, SWOT Analysis)

7.1   BASF

7.2   The Dow Chemical Company

7.3   Convestro AG

7.4   Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd.

7.5   Huntsman

7.6   Foamcraft, Inc

7.7   Mistsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes

7.8   Laxness

7.9   Inoac Corporation

7.10        Rogers Corporation

7.11        Tosoh Corporation

  1. 8.  Geographic Analysis & Major Countries Market Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts

8.1   Major Countries Comparison of Macroeconomic Factors

8.2   Global- Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook and Forecasts by Geography, 2017-2028

8.3   Major Countries Market Analysis, Historic Growth, Outlook & Forecasts

8.4   North America – Polyurethane Market Analysis

8.4.1      Major Production and Consumption Hubs in North America

8.4.2      Notable Emerging Polyurethane Companies in North America

8.4.3      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook and Forecasts by Product Type, 2017-2028

8.4.4      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Raw Material, 2017-2028

8.4.5      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by End User, 2017-2028

8.4.6      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Major Countries, 2017-2028

-      USA

-      Canada

-      Mexico

8.5   Europe – Polyurethane Market Analysis

8.5.1      Major Production and Consumption Hubs in Europe

8.5.2      Notable Emerging Polyurethane Companies in Europe

8.5.3      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook and Forecasts by Product Type, 2017-2028

8.5.4      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Raw Material, 2017-2028

8.5.5      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by End User, 2017-2028

8.5.6      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Major Countries, 2017-2028

-      Germany

-      UK

-      France

-      Italy

-      Spain

-      Rest of Europe

8.6   Asia Pacific – Polyurethane Market Analysis

8.6.1      Major Production and Consumption Hubs in the Asia Pacific

8.6.2      Notable Emerging Polyurethane Companies in the Asia Pacific

8.6.3      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook and Forecasts by Product Type, 2017-2028

8.6.4      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Raw Material, 2017-2028

8.6.5      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by End User, 2017-2028

8.6.6      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Major Countries, 2017-2028

-      China

-      Japan

-      India

-      Australia

-      South Korea

-      Indonesia

-      Rest of Asia Pacific

8.7   LAMEA – Polyurethane Market Analysis

8.7.1      Major Production and Consumption Hubs in LAMEA

8.7.2      Notable Emerging Polyurethane Companies in LAMEA

8.7.3      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook and Forecasts by Product Type, 2017-2028

8.7.4      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Raw Material, 2017-2028

8.7.5      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by End Users, 2017-2028

8.7.6      Market Revenue Share, Historic Growth, Outlook, and Forecasts by Major Sub-Regions, 2017-2028

-      Latin America

-      Middle East

-      Africa

  1. 9.     Industry Expert’s Opinions/Perspectives

9.1   Notable Statements/Quotes from Industry Experts and C-Level Executives on Current Status and Future Outlook of the Market

  1. 10.  Analyst Recommendation

10.1 Analyst Recommendations on Identified Major Opportunities and Potential Strategies to Gain from Opportunities

  1. 11.  Appendix

11.1        Research Methodology - Market Size Estimation, Forecast, and Sanity Check Approach

11.2        Sample Discussion Guide

11.3        Disclaimer

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Major Companies Mentioned in the Report

  • BASF
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Convestro AG
  • Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd.
  • Huntsman
  • Foamcraft, Inc
  • Mistsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes
  • Laxness
  • Inoac Corporation
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Tosoh Corporation

Notable Emerging Companies Mentioned in the Report

  • Cruzfoam
  • Bucha Bio
  • James & Co
  • Indresmat Sl
  • Polaris Renewables
  • Checkerspot
  • Novomer
  • Durfi

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