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Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam Market Size - By Type (Bead Foam, Molded Foam, Fabricated Foam, Automotive Foam), Application (Automotive, Packaging, Consumer Goods, Aerospace, Building & Construction, Sports & Leisure), End-User Industry & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

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  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market Size

Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market was valued at around USD 400.1 Million in 2022 and is estimated to exhibit around 7.3% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, owing to the increased demand from the automotive sector, where EPP foam is valued for its lightweight and durable properties in applications like bumpers and interior components. The packaging industry is also witnessing a surge in EPP foam adoption due to its protective qualities. Manufacturers are innovating by introducing new EPP foam grades with enhanced attributes, expanding its application scope. Sustainability is a key focus as EPP foam is recyclable, aligning with the growing environmental consciousness.

Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market

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The expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam market is projected to grow steadily, yet several challenges could impede its progress. Raw material price fluctuations, stemming from polypropylene's petrochemical origin, can affect EPP foam's cost competitiveness. Stringent regulations, covering safety, emissions, and recyclability, can raise production costs and complexities.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a multifaceted impact on the expanded polypropylene foam market. Disruptions in the supply chain and production delays caused by lockdowns and safety measures initially challenged the industry, affecting various sectors like automotive and construction. However, the pandemic also brought new opportunities, with increased demand in healthcare and e-commerce, where EPP foam was sought for medical device packaging and protective e-commerce packaging. Changes in consumer behavior and hygiene concerns contributed to this shift. As economies recovered, the automotive and construction industries rebounded, offering prospects for EPP foam market growth. Throughout this dynamic period, the EPP foam market adapted to changing demand patterns and regulations.

Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market Trends

The Expanded Polypropylene foam industry is poised for steady growth, buoyed by diverse industry demand, with notable trends and factors shaping its trajectory. Key drivers include a rising automotive sector's preference for EPP foam, benefiting from its lightweight, energy-absorbing, and durable attributes. Simultaneously, the packaging industry is increasingly embracing EPP foam due to its protective and insulating properties, spanning electronics, appliances, and food packaging. Manufacturers' innovation in creating new EPP foam grades, marked by higher density, strength, and flame retardance, broadens its applications. Sustainability gains traction as EPP foam's recyclability aligns with evolving consumer and business eco-consciousness.

Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market Analysis:

Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam Market Size, By Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

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Based on type, the molded foam segment exceeded USD 165.8 Million in 2022. Bead Foam, composed of small beads, is widely used for its exceptional shock-absorbing and insulating properties, finding applications in packaging, automotive, and electronics. Fabricated Foam, known for its customization potential, caters to diverse industries seeking tailored solutions, such as medical devices and protective packaging. Automotive Foam has seen significant growth due to the automotive industry's increasing demand for lightweight, energy-absorbing materials, used in components like bumpers and headliners.

 Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam Market Revenue Share (%), By Application, (2022)

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Based on application, the vehicle segment held a dominant market share of around 31% in 2022. In packaging, it offers invaluable protection for electronics, appliances, and food in the growing e-commerce sector. Consumer goods rely on EPP foam for secure, customized packaging. Aerospace utilizes it for impact resistance and thermal insulation in aircraft interiors. Building & Construction benefits from EPP foam's insulation properties, contributing to energy-efficient structures. Sports & Leisure finds its lightweight and protective features ideal for various equipment. The versatility of EPP foam extends to the "Others" category, encompassing a wide range of applications, from automotive components to medical devices, fueling the market's growth and adaptability.

Based on end use, the automotive sector emerges as the dominant end-use segment. EPP foam's lightweight, energy-absorbing, and durable properties make it an ideal choice for various automotive applications, including bumpers, headliners, and interior components. Its significant role in enhancing vehicle safety, fuel efficiency, and overall performance has led to sustained and robust demand in this sector. While EPP foam enjoys applications across various industries, the automotive industry's preference for this versatile material continues to be a driving force in the market's growth and development.

U.S. Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Million)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 91.4 million in 2022, due to its robust automotive industry, where EPP foam is preferred for its lightweight and energy-absorbing properties. The significant growth in the e-commerce sector has fueled the demand for EPP foam in protective packaging, aligning with the country's increasing online shopping trends. The United States' advanced manufacturing capabilities and a culture of innovation have also played a pivotal role in the market's prominence, facilitating the development of new EPP foam applications and products across various industries. Thus, the above-mentioned variables would augment the Orange Compound business growth in the North America positively.

Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market Share

Major players operating in the expanded polypropylene foam industry include:

  • JSP Corporation
  • Kaneka Corporation
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
  • DS Smith PLC
  • Hanwha Corporation
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • The Woodbridge Group

JSP Corporation and BASF SE have captured substantial market shares in the Asia-Pacific expanded polypropylene foam industry, driven by strong regional economic growth across sectors like automotive, packaging, and consumer goods. Rapid urbanization offers fresh opportunities for EPP foam in construction and infrastructure, while government support through initiatives like subsidies and tax breaks bolsters the industry. With well-established regional presence, integrated manufacturing, and extensive product ranges, both companies are positioned for success in the Asia-Pacific market.

Expanded Polypropylene Foam Market News

  • In March 2022, Hanwha Solutions, a South Korean chemical company, is divesting its advanced materials business and selling a stake to private equity firm Glenwood PE for USD 491.4 million. The move is aimed at raising capital for investments in sectors like batteries and petrochemicals. The advanced materials unit includes Hanwha's EPP foam operations, known for their use in automotive, packaging, and sports equipment.
  • In February 2022, as part of the successful tender offer initiated by BEWI in November 2021, BEWI has acquired 121,870 shares of Izoblok, amounting to 9.62% of the company's capital share. It's important to mention that BEWI had previously obtained 54.21% of Izoblock's shares in August 2021. With this recent acquisition, BEWI now possesses a controlling interest of 63.83% in Izoblok.

This expanded polypropylene foam market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Kilo Tons from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Bead Foam
  • Molded Foam
  • Fabricated Foam
  • Automotive Foam
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Vehicle
  • Packaging
  • Consumer Goods
  • Aerospace
  • Building & Construction
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Others

Market, By End Use

  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Medical
  • Packaging
  • Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of expanded polypropylene foam was worth USD 400.1 million in 2022 and will reach USD 754.3 million by 2032, due to the higher demand from the global automotive sector, to offer lightweight and durable properties.

Expanded polypropylene foam market size from the molded foam type segment reached USD 165.8 million in 2022 and is expected to witness commendable growth from 2023 to 2032, on account of its exceptional shock-absorbing and insulating properties.

U.S. expanded polypropylene foam market size recorded USD 91.4 million in 2022 and is expected to witness commendable growth through 2032, owing to the presence of robust automotive sector and the growth of e-commerce in the region.

JSP Corporation, BASF SE, Kaneka Corporation, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., DS Smith PLC, and Hanwha Corporation are some of the major expanded polypropylene foam companies worldwide.

Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam Market Scope

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