Global Aerospace Foam Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Sep 2016
  • Pages: 61
  • SKU: IRTNTR10342

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This market research report identifies players like Armacell, BASF, Evonik, Rogers, and SABIC to be the key vendors in the global aerospace foam market. This research report also presents a detailed segmentation of the market by end-use industry (general aviation, commercial aircraft, and military aircraft), by material (PU foam, metal foam, PE foam, melamine foam and other foams), and by geography (APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW).

Global outlook of the aerospace foam market

Market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global aerospace foam market will grow at a CAGR of almost 8% between 2016 and 2020. With the rising demand of low-cost-carrier (LLC) airlines in the emerging regions, the production of aircraft has been continuously increasing, which is boosting the global aerospace foam market. LCC airlines have proved quite economical and beneficial to all-purpose modes of transportation in the market, particularly in the developing economies of APAC and Central and South America owing to changing lifestyle and increasing per capita income. The growing demand for single-aisle aircraft in the developing regions will lead to an increase in the manufacture of aircraft suited for LCC airlines. The manufacturing of new aircraft requires polyurethane (PU) foams, metal foams, and other types of foams These foams are required for the production of interior and exterior parts of aircraft as they are lightweight and have excellent properties such as rigidness, tensile strength, and are more durable than the normal metals. The high projected growth of the military aircraft manufacturing industry will further boost the growth prospects for the aerospace foam market in the coming years.

North America held the largest market for aerospace foam in 2015 and will continue to dominate the market during the forecast period, accounting for around 37% of the total market share.  Much of the region’s growth can be attributed to the presence of key aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus North America, and Bombardier in the region. These manufacturers primarily use PU foams to make aircraft interiors and exteriors due to their low price, easy availability, and excellent properties including strength. The increasing global demand for the new generation aircraft will increase the consumption of aerospace foams in the region over the forecast period.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global aerospace foam market is highly fragmented and competitive with the existence of a large number of key players such as BASF, Evonik, Rogers, SABIC, and Armacell. These players have a vast geographical presence with large production facilities across the globe. However, competition in the market is expected to intensify in the coming years due to the presence of a sizeable number of small local and regional vendors who hold significant shares in the market.

Leading vendors in the market are -

  • Armacell
  • BASF
  • Evonik
  • Rogers

Other prominent vendors in the aerospace foam market include Foam Partner, ERG Materials and Aerospace, and Boyd.

Segmentation by end-use industry and analysis of the aerospace foam market

  • General aviation
  • Commercial aircraft
  • Military aircraft

The general aviation industry is the largest user of aerospace foams and will occupy around 45% of the total market share by 2020. This segment involves the use of aircraft by the high net worth individuals (HNWI) or for the chartered flights for business trips. The primary factors driving the growth of this segment include growing number of HNWI in the emerging regions and increasing demand for business jets in APAC and the Middle East. With the addition of approximately 9,000 business jets to the global aircraft fleet by 2024, this segment will witness robust growth over the next few years.

Segmentation by material and analysis of the aerospace foam market

  • Polyurethane (PU) foam
  • Metal foam
  • Polyethylene (PE) foam
  • Melamine foam

The PU foam segment is anticipated to grow at a market growth rate of around 7% during the forecast period. PU foam, a thermosetting polymer, is a highly versatile foam used across various applications including seating, airframes, and interiors, and packaging in the aerospace industry. These foams are available in different forms, ranging from low to high density with varying rigidity, which makes them compatible to be used different aerospace areas. Some of the most beneficial properties of PU foams are durability, lightweight, and recyclability that offer aerospace manufacturers the ease of assembling, dissembling, and recycling of aircraft seating. PU foams also offer advantages such as increased comfort, corrosion resistance, and thermal and acoustic insulation, which will further boost the growth of this segment in the coming years.

 Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global aerospace foam market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global aerospace foam market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global aerospace foam market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global aerospace foam market?
  • 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 aerospace foam market?

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The report, global aerospace foam market, is part of Technavio’s chemicals and materials research portfolio. This portfolio provides a comprehensive market analysis along with the market share, market sizing, and market segmentations covering areas such as additives, adhesives and sealantsagrochemicals and fertilizersbio-chemicals and bio-materialschemical engineering equipmentglass and ceramicsindustrial gasesmetals and mineralsolefinspaints, coatings, and pigmentspersonal protective equipmentplastics, polymers, and elastomers, and specialty chemicals. These market research reports provide a perspective on the various market opportunities and market threats along with the key trends that would influence the market growth during the forecast period. It presents insights into the changing competitive landscape and a detailed profiling and market analysis of the vendors. Also covered in the research are the key regions or countries that would have an impact on the market during the assessment years.

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

PART 05:  Market landscape

  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis
  • Value chain analysis

PART 06:  Market segmentation by end-use industry

  • Global aerospace foam market by end-use industry
  • Global aerospace foam market by general aviation
  • Global aerospace foam market by commercial aircraft
  • Global aerospace foam market by military aircraft

PART 07:  Market segmentation by material

  • Global aerospace foam market by material
  • PU foam
  • Metal foam
  • PE foam
  • Melamine foam
  • Other foams

PART 08:  Market segmentation by geography

  • Global aerospace foam market by geography
  • Aerospace foam market in North America
  • Aerospace foam market in APAC
  • Aerospace foam market in Europe
  • Aerospace foam market in ROW

PART 09:  Market drivers

  • Growing use of LCCs in developing regions
  • Versatility and unique properties of PU and melamine foams

PART 10:  Impact of drivers

PART 11:  Market challenges

  • Reduction in defense disbursements by developed economies
  • Proper disposal and recycling techniques of aerospace foams
  • Volatility in raw material prices

PART 12:  Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13:  Market trends

  • Renewable feedstock for manufacturing green PU foams
  • Projected growth trend in aircraft manufacturing

PART 14:  Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Growth strategies for aircraft manufacturers in 2015
  • Global customer base concentration
  • Major market vendors
  • Other prominent vendors
  • Armacell
  • BASF
  • Evonik
  • Rogers

PART 15:  Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 16:  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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