Global Rigid Foams Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Jun 2017
  • Pages: 70
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This market research study identifies BASF, Covestro, Huntsman International, Saint-Gobain, and The Dow Chemical Company as the leading players in the global rigid foams market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by type (polyurethane and others), by the application (building and construction, appliances, packaging, and others), and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global rigid foams market

According to Technavio’s market research report, the global rigid foams market will grow at a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period. The increasing demand for rigid foams from the construction industry will drive the growth prospects for the market during the forecast period of 2017 to 2021. It has been noted that the construction industry will continue to grow due to the increasing population and improvements in the living standards of the people. As a result, it can be estimated that the growth in residential, non-residential, and infrastructure industries will drive the demand for rigid foams over the next couple of years.

The rigid foams market in APAC accounted for the majority market share during 2016 due to the growing demand for new residential buildings in the region. By 2030, the building and construction market in India is expected to grow almost twice as China since the urban population in India is expected to grow to more than 160 million. This recent rise in the population will drive the demand for rigid foams in the building and construction industry during the estimated period.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The rigid foams market is characterized by the presence of well-diversified international, regional, and local vendors. Many vendors dominate the market as they have a vast geographical presence and maintain large production facilities, which are located throughout the world. Factors such as the increase in product extensions and product innovations in terms of technology will strengthen the competitive environment of the market. These vendors are increasingly competing against each other based on factors such as innovation, price, operational cost, and product quality. It has also been noted that vendors with better financial, technological, and other resources can withstand the changes in market conditions.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • BASF
  • Covestro
  • Huntsman International
  • Saint-Gobain
  • The Dow Chemical Company

Other prominent vendors in the market include Armacell, Europur, Foam Partner, FXI, JSP, Rogers, Recticel, Ube Industries, Vita, Woodbridge Foam, and Zotefoams.

Segmentation by type and analysis of the rigid foams market

  • Polyurethane
  • Others

Polyurethane is the biggest category of cellular polymeric foams and includes two major constituents, namely methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). The rigid foams market by polyurethane accounted for the maximum market  shares during 2016 due to the continual demand from building and construction, transportation, electronics, and packaging sectors. These industries highly rely on polyurethane foams as they are environment-friendly. Some of these environmental benefits include clean incineration, pollutant filtration, and reduced wastage.

Segmentation by application and analysis of the rigid foams market

  • Building and construction
  • Appliances
  • Packaging

It has been estimated that the global energy consumption could be reduced by more than 20% if all the buildings were effectively insulated. The building and construction industry increasingly incorporates rigid foams because they help in the reduction of energy consumption. The rigid foams market for building and construction applications will account for the largest market share until the end of 2021 because rigid insulations are used in various forms such as insulated panels, insulation board and block, technical insulation, and pipe insulation.

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 rigid foams market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global rigid foams market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global rigid foams market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global rigid foams market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global rigid foams market?

Technavio also offers customization on reports based on specific client requirement.

During the construction of a building, insulation is an important factor. It is important to insulate rooms, floors, and roofs in a proper manner to maintain a proper room temperature. Various options are available for insulation from fiberglass, mineral wool, plastic fibers, concrete, cellulose. Of these, rigid foams provide higher R-value (materials resistance to heat transfer) in a thin package, and are stronger than other alternatives. There are three options for a rigid foam installation, namely, expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS), and polyisocyanurate (ISO) with differing R-value and cost. To help the clients in chemicals and materials industry gain a broad overview of the market, Technavio provides a comprehensive collection of reports from related industries such as paints, coatings, and pigments, additives, adhesives and sealants, metals and minerals, and specialty chemicals. Also, the upcoming report on the global rigid foam market provides a detailed analysis of major vendor, their product offerings, and overall growth potential of the industry.

To gain a deeper understanding of the current market composition, research experts at Technavio follow a blended approach of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies by considering factors such as market size, current buying patterns, consumer behavior, and demand-supply shifts. Also, by analyzing data collected from vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, research and development teams, constructors, and other key stakeholders, our upcoming report on the global rigid foam market for the forecast period of 2017 to 2021 will help the client understand the current market landscape of this business.

The upcoming report on global rigid foam market also considers the growth of related markets such as global polymer fillers market and global polyethylene (PE) foam market, which are expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% and 6%, respectively, for the forecast period of 2017 to 2021. Manufacturers are looking for technologies which can make rigid foam more efficient, which means greater R-value within the same density, and also lowered manufacturing cost. With the reduction of cost, the demand for the rigid foams may also go up. Apart from applications in household insulation, rigid foam is getting its share of attention in soundproofing applications. This is expected to create an additional demand for rigid foam in the near future.  To help clients understand  the demand for rigid foams across various geographical markets, Technavio also customizes research report to meet the need of the clients.

The upcoming report on rigid foam market also includes analysis of key drivers of the market, emerging trends, and opportunities and challenges faced by the industry. The report also offers a  basic outlook of related markets such as textile, fiber, and composites, glass and ceramics, chemical engineering equipment, and personal protective equipment.

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PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of  the report

PART 03: Research Methodology

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Overview

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation  by type

  • Global rigid foams market by type
  • Global rigid foams market by polyurethane
  • Global rigid foams market by other foams

PART 07: Market segmentation by application

  • Global rigid foams market by application
  • Global rigid foams market for building and construction
  • Global rigid foams market for appliances
  • Global rigid foams market for packaging
  • Global rigid foams market for other applications

PART 08: Geographical segmentation

  • Global rigid foams market by geography
  • Rigid foams market in APAC
  • Rigid foams market in EMEA
  • Rigid foams market in Americas

PART 09: Decision framework

PART 10: Drivers and challenges

  • Market drivers
  • Impact of drivers on key geographies
  • Market challenges
  • Impact of challenges on key geographies

PART 11: Market trends

  • Rising investment in construction industry
  • Increase in R&D activities
  • Growing number of manufacturers in APAC
  • Development of environment-friendly rigid foams

PART 12: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Other prominent vendors
  • BASF
  • Covestro
  • Huntsman International
  • Saint-Gobain
  • The Dow Chemical Company

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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