Global Packaging Foams Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Aug 2017
  • Pages: 68
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This market research study identifies Arkema, BASF, Borealis, Sealed Air, and Zetofoams as the leading players in the global packaging foams market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by structure type (flexible and rigid) and by geography (APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW).

Overview of the global packaging foams market

One of the most commonly used packaging foams is polyurethane foams. Some of the leading manufacturers of polyurethane chemicals include INOAC and Williams Foam. The increasing demand for packaging materials in the e-commerce industry in emerging economies such as Russia, China, India, and others will boost the application of polyurethane foams for packaging applications. Technavio's market research report identifies that the increasing use of polyurethane foam in packaging industry will be one of the primary growth drivers for the global packaging foams market till 2021. PU-cored foams have many advantages that include lightweight construction, superb thermal insulation, and rapid and economical construction technique. The strong adherence ability and exceptional mechanical and insulating properties of polyurethane foams make them ideal for packaging applications.  Technavio's market research analysts predict that this market will grow at a CAGR of more than 6% by 2021.

One of the key trends that will gain traction in the global packaging foams market during the estimated period is the development of environment-friendly foams. The use of environmental friendly rigid foams maintains the ecological balance of the atmosphere in the vicinity by reducing the VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The developing regions such as India, Japan, and Indonesia and developed regions are extensively focusing on the development of energy-saving rigid protective foam due to their environmental friendly nature.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The packaging foams market is fragmented and characterized by the presence of major vendors. These vendors are taking efforts to manufacture products that comply with the fluctuation of oil prices. Other vendors are trying to compete against major global players by focusing on new technologies and ideas. The introduction of new products and services by new vendors will strengthen the competitive environment of the market. Furthermore, major players are adopting strategic partnerships to expand their geographical presence, widen their production facilities, and possess operational capacities.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Arkema
  • BASF
  • Borealis
  • Sealed Air
  • Zetofoams

Other prominent vendors in the market include ACH Foam Technologies, Armacell, INOAC, JSP, Kaneka Corporation, Pregis, Premier Foam, SEKISUI CHEMICAL, Tosoh Corporation, Total, UFP Technologies, and Williams Foam.

Segmentation by structure type and analysis of the packaging foams market

  • Flexible
  • Rigid

Various end-user applications such as automotive, medical, e-commerce, logistics and others widely use flexible foams for packaging purposes due to their low density. These flexible foams protect lightweight, fragile, and shock-sensitive, and delicate devices from damage. The popularity of flexible foams will continue to increase over rigid foams because they can be molded into any shape and are appropriate for packaging a wide range of items of different shapes and sizes. The segment will continue to grow until the end of 2021 due to their superior packaging properties. Healthcare equipment, footwear, and personal care items are packaged using flexible polyurethane foams.

Segmentation by geography and analysis of the packaging foams market

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • North America
  • ROW

The demand for packaging foams is high in APAC due to the availability of inexpensive raw materials and low cost of production. The adoption of packaging foams by various end-users will increase due to the rising demand for premium and better-quality products. Furthermore, the rise in disposable income of individuals and economic stability in growing economies such as India, Philippines, and others will foster the growth of packaging foams market in APAC.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global packaging foams market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global packaging foams market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global packaging foams market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global packaging foams market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global packaging foams market?

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Packaging foams are made of materials such as PU, PS, PVC, or PO and are used for the manufacturing of flotation devices, insulation, egg cartons, sandwich and hamburger boxes, and coffee mugs. The upcoming report on the global packaging foams market is an integral part of Technavio's chemicals and aterials industry which consists of numerous reports from similar markets such as plastics, polymers, and elastomers. The upcoming research report on the global packaging foams market explores the market size, market growth potential and emerging geographical regions in-depth to provide valuable decision inputs to the client. 

In order to accurately forecast the global growth prospects, our market research experts follow an extensive research approach of both primary and secondary research and carry out an in-depth analysis of factors such as technological advancements, total market size, and market attractiveness. The use of complex research tools such as statistical models, trend forecasting, and forecasts using exponential smoothing also helps the client in understanding the impact of their business decisions on the organization, and thus help them choose optimal alternatives. 

Arkema, ACH Foam Technologies, Armacell LLC, BASF SE, Borealis AG, and Foampartner Group are few of the many vendors existing in this market space. The report also provides segment-wise data and insights using multiple segmentation criteria, to give clients specific information pertaining to lucrative market segments. The industry report also provides geographical data by covering regions such as APAC, the Americas, and EMEAOur analysts believe that the market could see growth due to the growing consumption of nanocomposites for foams.  

The upcoming research report on the global packaging foams market also includes market intelligence parameters such as technological advancements, competitive landscape, seasonal buying patterns and opportunities and challenges faced by the industry. Also, it identifies key innovations in this market for raidly growth niche segmets like metals and mineralsspecialty chemicals, and glass and ceramics. 

Our market research methodology for the global packaging foams market 

Global Packaging Foams Market Size 

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PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of the report

PART 03: Research Methodology

PART 04: Introduction

  • Market outline

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation  by structure type

  • Global packaging foams market by structure type
  • Global packaging foams market by flexible foams
  • Global packaging foams market by rigid foams

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Global packaging foams market by geography
  • Packaging foams market in APAC
  • Packaging foams market in Europe
  • Packaging foams market in North America
  • Packaging foams market in ROW

PART 08: Decision framework

PART 09: Drivers and challenges

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 10: Market trends

  • Growing number of manufacturers in APAC
  • Development of environment-friendly foams
  • Use of green foams in packaging

PART 11: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Major market vendors
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 12: Key vendor analysis

  • Arkema
  • BASF
  • Borealis
  • Sealed Air
  • Zetofoams

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations   

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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