Global Polyurethane Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Sep 2016
  • Pages: 73
  • SKU: IRTNTR10289

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This market research report identifies players like BASF, Covestro, Dow Chemicals, DuPont, and Huntsman to be the key vendors in the global polyurethane market. This research report also presents a detailed segmentation of the market by product type (flexible foams, rigid foams, and CASE), by application (construction, furniture, automotive, electronics, and others), and by geography (the Americas, APAC, Europe, and ROW).

Overview of the global polyurethane market

According to Technavio’s polyurethane market forecast, the global polyurethane market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecast period.  One of the major drivers for this polyurethane market growth is the increased use of bio-based polyurethane in construction applications. Rigid polyurethane foam has extensive usage in thermal insulation of walls for buildings, vessels for refrigerated cargo, light-weight products used in construction and automotive applications, pipelines, and cryogenic wind tunnels. These foams have preference over conventional materials such as fiberglass and mineral wool due to the relatively higher insulation offered by them. Also, these foams increase the living space and offer excellent energy efficiency. In addition, the increased use of polyurethane coatings due to stringent government regulations for greener and sustainable environment is expected to provide tremendous opportunities for the market growth in the coming years.

APAC is the largest revenue-generating region in the polyurethane market and is anticipated to account for around 46% of the total market share. Much of the region’s growth is due to the rising demand from construction, bedding and furniture, packaging, automotive, footwear, and electronics industries. Urbanization and industrialization, coupled with the growing requirement for energy-efficient buildings are enhancing the need for insulation, which will boost the demand for bio-based polyurethane in the region in the coming years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global polyurethane market is extremely competitive with the presence of several players and is primarily dominated by the global players. These established vendors are planning to shift toward eco-friendly methods of production due to a rise in awareness regarding sustainability. Several vendors in the market are collaborating with biotechnology companies for developing advanced polymers to decrease the overall production expenses. The expansion and technological advancements in manufacturing techniques are likely to create immense growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.

Leading vendors in the market are -

  • BASF
  • Covestro
  • Dow Chemicals
  • DuPont
  • Huntsman

Other prominent vendors in the polyurethane market include Alliance Polymer and Services, Austin Novel Materials, Hitachi Chemical company, Mitsui Chemicals, RAMPF Polymer Solutions, Rhino Linings, Myriant, and SNP.

Segmentation by product type and analysis of the polyurethane market

  • Flexible foam
  • Rigid foams
  • CASE

The flexible foams segment accounts for the largest market share and is anticipated to occupy more than 41% of the overall market by the end of the predicted period. This segment is primarily driven by the use of flexible polyurethane foams in home furnishing products including interiors, carpet underlays, cushions, and bedding owing to their flexibility and durability. Several manufacturers are shifting toward bio-based foams due to the imposition of stringent government regulations regarding the control of carbon footprint. Moreover, the growing sales of passenger vehicles has led to the high demand for furnishing materials like flexible foams, which will boost the growth prospects for this segment over the forecast period.

Segmentation by application and analysis of the polyurethane market

  • Construction
  • Furniture
  • Automotive
  • Electronic

This global market research estimates that the construction sector will continue its dominance in the polyurethane market over the next four years and is likely to occupy around 34% of the total market share. Rigid polyurethane foam is used for thermal insulation and other applications in modern construction practices as they are relatively thinner than other insulating materials such as fiberglass. The growing trend towards sustainable and green infrastructure will increase the consumption of bio-based polyurethanes in the coming years.

 Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the polyurethane market share and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global polyurethane market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global polyurethane market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global polyurethane market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global polyurethane market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, Europe, and ROW.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global polyurethane market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Product definition and scope of use
  • Raw materials
  • Value chain analysis

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Global polyurethane market
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation  by product type

  • Outlook
  • Global polyurethane market in flexible foam segment
  • Global polyurethane market in rigid foam segment
  • Global polyurethane market in CASE segment

PART 07: Market segmentation by application

  • Market overview
  • Global polyurethane market in construction segment
  • Global polyurethane market in furniture segment
  • Global polyurethane market in automotive segment
  • Global polyurethane market in electronics segment
  • Global polyurethane market in others segment

PART 08: Geographical segmentation

  • Outlook
  • Polyurethane market in APAC
  • Polyurethane market in Americas
  • Polyurethane market in Europe
  • Polyurethane market in ROW

PART 09: Market drivers

  • Increased use of bio-based polyurethane in construction applications
  • High growth prospects in emerging economies
  • Augmented use of polyurethane in refrigeration applications

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

  • Higher production cost of bio-based polyurethane
  • Lack of awareness of eco-friendly products
  • Environmental regulations and high CO2 emissions

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Rising dependency on manufacturers in APAC
  • Growing demand from electronics industry
  • Increased investments in R&D

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key market vendors
  • Global customer base concentration
  • Porter's generic strategy
  • Buying criteria
  • Projected growth strategies for polyurethane manufacturers
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Key vendor analysis

  • BASF
  • Covestro
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • Huntsman

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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