Home > Chemicals & Materials > Polyurethane Catalyst Market

Polyurethane Catalyst Market - By Product Type (Amine Catalysts, Metal Catalysts, Bismuth Catalysts, Organometallic Catalysts, Non-metal Catalysts), By Application, End-Use Industry (Construction, Automotive, Furniture & Bedding, Electronics, Footwear) & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7045
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Polyurethane Catalyst Market Size

Polyurethane Catalyst Market size was valued at around USD 2.2 Billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 3.9 Billion by 2032. Polyurethane Catalysts are chemicals crucial in accelerating the polymerization of polyurethane, essential in manufacturing products like foams, coatings, adhesives, and elastomers. The industry is growing due to the rising demand for polyurethane applications in construction, automotive, and furniture sectors, attributed to their durability and versatility.

Polyurethane Catalyst Market

To understand key trends  
Download Free Sample

This business expansion is driven by ongoing research and development efforts to optimize catalyst performance and explore new applications to meet evolving industry needs.

Competition from low-cost producers is a significant obstacle in the Polyurethane Catalysts market. It can lead to pricing pressures and decreased profit margins for established companies. To navigate this challenge, businesses need to emphasize innovation, operational efficiency, and the development of unique value propositions.


COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic initially disrupted the Polyurethane Catalysts market, causing supply chain interruptions and reduced demand from industries like construction and automotive. However, in the long term, the market saw a resurgence due to increased demand for polyurethane products in applications like personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, and insulation materials. This shift in demand, combined with a growing emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly formulations.

Polyurethane Catalyst Market Trends

In the market, several notable trends have emerged. Firstly, sustainability has become a prominent driver, with a growing demand for eco-friendly and bio-based catalysts, in response to environmental concerns and regulatory pressures. Secondly, the market is witnessing an increased focus on product innovation, leading to the development of more efficient and versatile catalysts to meet evolving industry needs. Thirdly, the construction and automotive sectors continue to be key growth areas, driving demand for polyurethane catalysts as these industries seek improved insulation, durability, and lightweight materials.

Polyurethane Catalyst Market Analysis:

Polyurethane Catalyst Market Size, By Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

To understand key market trends  
Download Free Sample

Based on product type, the market is segmented as amine catalysts, metal catalysts, bismuth catalysts, organometallic catalysts, non-metal catalysts and others. others held a majority market value of USD 990 Million in 2022. In the industry, a variety of catalyst types are employed to tailor the properties of polyurethane products. Amine Catalysts enhance product quality and control reaction rates, while Metal Catalysts, particularly tin-based ones, initiate the polyurethane reaction. Bismuth Catalysts are preferred for their low toxicity, and Organometallic Catalysts, including zinc and mercury-based options, are known for their efficiency. Non-metal Catalysts, typically organic, offer versatility and environmental advantages. These diverse catalysts are pivotal in meeting industry demands and aligning with sustainability and performance criteria in polyurethane applications.


Polyurethane Catalyst Market Revenue Share (%), By Application, (2022)

To understand key market trends  
Download Free Sample

Based on application, the polyurethane catalyst market is segmented as flexible foam, rigid foam, coatings, adhesives & sealants, elastomers and others. Flexible foam segment held a dominant market share of around 34% in 2022. In the business, various applications play distinct roles in industries, with polyurethane catalysts serving as essential components to tailor product properties. Rigid foam applications rely on catalysts to control insulation performance and foam density. For coatings, these catalysts are crucial for achieving the right curing properties and enhancing durability. Adhesives and sealants benefit from catalysts that ensure strong bonding and sealing capabilities. Elastomers in industries such as footwear and automotive depend on catalysts for flexibility and resilience.

Based on end use industry, the polyurethane catalyst market segmented as construction, automotive, furniture & bedding, electronics, footwear and others. The industry is segmented based on end-use industries, with a dominant presence in the construction sector. Polyurethane catalysts find extensive applications in construction, where they contribute to various products like insulation materials and coatings. Additionally, these catalysts are pivotal in the automotive industry for components like foams and adhesives. The furniture and bedding sector also benefits from polyurethane catalysts, enhancing the durability and comfort of products.

U.S. Polyurethane Catalyst Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Million)

To understand regional trends  Download Free Sample

U.S. dominated the North American region with majority polyurethane catalyst market share and a revenue of USD 502.9 million in 2022 due to its robust and diverse industrial landscape, including construction, automotive, and electronics sectors, which are key consumers of polyurethane products and catalysts. Secondly, the emphasis on sustainability and energy-efficient construction materials has driven the demand for polyurethane products, where catalysts play a crucial role in enhancing performance.

Polyurethane Catalyst Market Share

Major players operating in the Polyurethane Catalyst Industry include:

  • Huntsman International LLC
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
  • Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd.
  • Bayer AG
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
  • DIC Corporation
  • Covestro AG
  • Carpenter Co.
  • King Industries, Inc.
  • Umicore
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

BASF SE and Huntsman International LLC have captured substantial market shares in the Asia-Pacific market, driven by by companies in the Asia-Pacific region. This is primarily due to the rapid industrialization, expanding manufacturing sectors, and the growing demand for polyurethane-based products in countries like China and India. As these countries experience substantial economic expansion and urbanization, there is a greater need for construction materials, automotive components, and various polyurethane applications. Companies in the Asia-Pacific region are strategically positioned to meet these demands.

Polyurethane Catalyst Industry News

  • In August 2023, Covestro AG announces the launch of a new line of polyurethane catalysts for the construction industry. The new catalysts are said to offer improved performance and efficiency in the production of construction materials, such as insulation and adhesives.
  • In September 2022, BASF SE and Evonik Industries AG partner to develop new polyurethane catalysts for sustainable applications. The two companies will work together to develop new catalysts that are based on renewable raw materials and that have a lower environmental impact than traditional catalysts.

Polyurethane Catalyst 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:

Click here to Buy Section of this Report

By Product Type

  • Amine Catalysts
  • Metal Catalysts
  • Bismuth Catalysts
  • Organometallic Catalysts
  • Non-metal Catalysts
  • Others

By Application

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

By End Use Industry

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Furniture & Bedding
  • Electronics
  • Footwear
  • 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) :

Global market for polyurethane catalyst was valued at around USD 2.2 Billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 3.9 Billion by the end of 2032.

Flexible foam segment held a dominant market share of around 34% in 2022 and will continue to growing through 2032, as it provides enhanced comfort and versatility, alongside high performance.

The U.S. polyurethane catalyst industry was worth USD 502.9 million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace from 2023-2032, due to the region’s robust and diverse industrial landscape, including construction, automotive, and electronics sectors, which are key consumers of polyurethane products and catalysts.

BASF SE, Huntsman International LLC, Evonik Industries AG, Dow Chemical Company, Momentive Performance Materials Inc., Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd., LANXESS AG, Bayer AG, and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. among others.

Polyurethane Catalyst Market Scope

Buy Now

Access to only 1 person; cannot be shared; cannot be printed
Access for 2 to 5 users only within same department of one company
Access to a company wide audience; includes subsidiary companies or other companies within a group of companies

Premium Report Details

  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 16
  • Tables & Figures: 203
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 180
 Download Free Sample