Polyurethanes (PU) Market Size By Product (Rigid Foam, Flexible Foam, Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants, Elastomers), By Application (Furniture and Interiors, Construction, Electronics & Appliances, Automotive, Footwear, Packaging), Industry Outlook Report, Regional Analysis, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2026

Published Date: Nov 2019  |  Report ID: GMI387  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Kritika Mamtani

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 170   |   Base Year: 2018

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Energy efficiency requirements in infrastructure development to escalate PU market growth

Polyurethanes Market size exceeded USD 59.5 billion, globally in 2018 and is estimated to grow at over 5.8% CAGR between 2019 and 2026.

Polyurethanes Market

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Polyurethanes are versatile plastic materials which are composed of organic units joined by carbamate links. The polymer is traditionally produced by a chemical reaction between diisocyanate and polyol. Polyurethanes are widely served in various industries such as automotive, electronics and packaging owing to their low temperature stability & durability. PU offers high load bearing capacity, tear resistance and effective electrical insulating properties which makes them suitable for harsh environmental conditions.

According to the department of energy, heating & cooling accounts for 48% of the energy use in the U.S. household. Polyurethanes offer sustainable solutions in improving energy efficiency of the buildings. With rising government initiatives to promote efficient building structures, manufacturers are now increasing the use of high performance thermosets to deliver high performance for a long run.

The versatility of PU makes it suitable for a broad range of construction applications. They are used in residential & commercial roofs, panels, doors and walls to reduce energy consumption owing to their superior insulating properties.

Global construction industry spending amounted to USD 11.4 trillion in 2018. Ongoing urbanization have boosted the demand for efficient infrastructure development. Insulation materials based on PU offer extremely low emission levels, provide high compressive strength and low thermal conductivity. The polymer offers superior bonding properties, high flexibility & provides protection against moisture.

The U.S. Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) evaluates potential risks from new, existing chemicals and acts to address any unreasonable risks chemicals may have on human health and environment. The act establishes a framework to identify commercial chemicals that present unreasonable risks and to regulate product lifecycle of a chemical so that it no longer presents any risks to the environment.

Polyurethanes (PU) Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018 Market Size in 2018: USD 59.5 Billion
Historical Data for: 2015 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2026
Forecast Period 2019 to 2026 CAGR: 5.8% 2026 Value Projection: USD 93.1 Billion
Pages: 170 Tables, Charts & Figures: 215
Geographies covered (22): U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE
Segments covered: Products & Applications
Companies covered (10): Bayer MaterialScience (Covestro), BASF, British Vita Unlimited, Foamex Innovations, Huntsman Corporation, Mitsui Chemicals, Nippon Polyurethane Industry Corporation Ltd., Recticel SA, The Dow Chemical Company (DowDuPont Inc.), Woodbridge Foam Corporation
Growth Drivers:
  • North America: Growing demand for light weight, high performance materials from automotive industry
  • Asia Pacific: Increasing construction spending in Asia Pacific
  • Europe: Government support for energy efficiency
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Increasing usage of substitutes in automotive interiors

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Environmental stability & high versatility to boost rigid PU foam growth

Polyurethanes Market By Rigid Foam

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Rigid foams market may witness significant gains at over 5% by the end of forecasted period. Polyurethane based rigid foams are used as insulating materials in electronics and construction industries owing to their high temperature & moisture control and ability to provide noise reduction. Rigid polyurethane foams are suitable for use in cavity walls, internal linings, pipes & tanks and pitched roofs as they are non-hazardous materials which do not require special handling, storage.

PUR rigid foams are widely served in various applications as an insulation material. These foams provide low thermal conductivity and high durability which makes them a suitable alternative for other plastic foams. Boosting infrastructure projects have shifted consumer inclination towards the use of energy saving construction materials which shows huge opportunities for product demand. PU is applied on different building components to enhance internal & external insulation, reduce heating & cooling loss and provide a comfortable living environment.

Furniture industry growth to drive PU demand

Polyurethanes Market By Furniture Application

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Furniture & interiors, construction, electronics & appliances, automotive, footwear and packaging are the major applications in the polyurethane market. With increasing consumer spending on home decor, manufacturers are focusing towards the development of high-quality luxury furniture. The market size of luxury furniture industry was valued at over USD 25 Billion in 2018 owing to rising number of commercial spaces and improving living standards.

PU polymer provide highly durable finish, offer resistance to heat & chemicals and are easy to apply. The polymer is used for beds, office chairs and tables owing to its comfort and sophisticated design. Increasing consumer expenditure on high quality interior designs which offer product longevity and add on to the aesthetic appeal should escalate polyurethanes market growth from the industry.

Automotive manufacturing to drive polyurethane demand in Europe

Germany polyurethanes market share from automotive applications may witness gains at above 4.5% by 2026. High durability coupled with energy conservation nature of PU makes them ideal for various automotive applications. Polyurethane foams are used in armrests, headrests and seats owing to their superior comfort and cushioning properties. The product is also used in the manufacture of headlights & signal lights as they ensure high bond strength and effective UV resistance.

High quality automotive interiors made from PU foams allow low heat transfer and ensure weight reduction which makes them suitable alternative to metallic components in vehicles. Presence of several automotive manufacturing plants in the region has resulted in stiffer environmental norms owing to growing carbon footprint. This has significantly promoted the use of low emission materials in vehicle manufacturing. PU market growth is attributed towards the emergence of sustainable polymer formulations which help reducing automotive weight, enhance fuel efficiency and contribute to minimal environmental degradation.

Collaboration among Industry players to remain key growth strategy

In March 2018, Huntsman Corporation announced the acquisition of Demilec, a manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications. This acquisition will integrate and expand Demilec into polyurethanes business and deliver improved energy efficiency solutions for various applications.

In August 2018, Mitsui Chemicals introduced its new polyurethane system house in India. The new system house known as MCNS Polyurethanes India Pvt. Ltd. operates as a joint venture of Mitsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes Co., Ltd. . This new subsidiary will be manufacturing and selling polyurethane products and has been built up with an annual capacity of 15,000 tons per year which will provide high-quality polyurethane foam material formulations to meet customer requirements.

In September 2018, BASF, a global manufacturer of chemicals, introduced its new polyurethane production facility in Taiwan. This expanded capacity will meet the growing demand for PU material across various industries and will serve customer requirements in Asia Pacific.

Several major players are involved in various strategic collaborations to improve their market presence and gain a competitive edge in the industry. Global polyurethanes market consists of players such as BASF, Bayer MaterialScience, Mitsui Chemicals, Huntsman Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.

The polyurethanes market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Tons revenue in USD from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

Market by Product

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

Insights by Application

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Furniture & Interiors
  • Electronics
  • Footwear
  • Packaging

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Polyurethane is a versatile plastic material which is composed of organic units joined by carbamate links. Polyurethane is widely served in various industries such as automotive, electronics and packaging owing to their low temperature stability & durability.
As per Global Market Insights, Inc. the worldwide PU market will register a CAGR of 5.8% over 2019-2026.
Report estimates that Germany polyurethanes market is majorly driven by automotive applications, which is expected to grow at 4.5% to 2026.

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Premium Report Details

  • Published Date: Nov 2019
  • Pages: 170
  • Tables: 185
  • Charts / Figures: 30
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Countries covered: 22

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