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Automotive Foam - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 120 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5025896
The Automotive Foam Market size is estimated at USD 11.44 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 14.74 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.18% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

In the year 2020, the breakdown of Covid-19 and the imposition of lockdowns negatively affected the automotive industry causing a decline in sales and production. However, the easing of lockdowns and economies gaining momentum helped the industry to gain back momentum in the years 2021 and 2022.

Key Highlights

  • Factors such as growing emphasis on the sustainable production of automotive foams and the growing need for weight reduction in vehicles are expected to drive the market over the forecast period.
  • However, the availability of eco-friendly bio-foams and the decline in automotive production in major economies of Europe is expected to hinder the market growth over the forecast period.
  • The growing demand from electric vehicles and other factors are expected to act as an opportunity for the market over the forecast period.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market with an increased demand from countries like India, China, and others.

Automotive Foam Market Trends

Interior Applications to Dominate the Market

  • In interior applications, automotive foams are mainly used for dashboards, chassis components, cable sheathing, headrests, steering wheels, gear knobs, seats, bumpers and door trims, and others.
  • For these applications, polyurethane foam is the most used foam worldwide. This foam provides benefits like insulation properties, cushioning, window encapsulation, and acoustical properties.
  • As these foams are lightweight, they help in reducing the total weight of the car, which can improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. By providing acoustical insulation properties, these foams help in reducing noise levels inside the car, making the car more pleasurable to drive. Hence, polyurethane foams have gained popularity amongst manufacturers for various interior applications in ICEs and EVs.
  • According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), in the year 2022, the production of vehicles increased globally by 6% with a total of 85.01 units manufactured as compared to the previois year. Hence, such trends are likely to increase the demand for foams to reduce the weight of vehicles and increase efficiency.
  • According to EV Volumes, in the year 2022, the total sales of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) were 10.5 million worldwide, registering a growth of 60% as compared with the previous year.
  • According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global electric vehicle sales are expected to reach 125 million in 2030, as per the New Policies Scenario (excluding two/three-wheelers).
  • Hence, such trends in the automotive industry are likely to increase the demand for foams used in interior applications over the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific region dominates the global market for automotive foams owing to the growing polyurethane consumption in countries such as China, India, and ASEAN Countries.
  • According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Chinese carmakers produced 27.02 million units in 2022, up by 3.4% Y-o-Y compared to 26.09 million units in 2021, while sales rose by 2.1% to 26.86 million units.
  • Further, China is the biggest market for electric vehicles in the world. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), in February 2023, the production of BEVs and PHEVs was 552 thousand while in the month of January, it was 425 thousand registering a growth of 30% which is likely to drive the market growth for automotive foams.
  • India is also home to some of the world's largest automakers. According to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the Indian passenger car market is expected to reach USD 54.84 billion by 2027 while registering a CAGR of over 9% between 2022-27.
  • According to OICA, the total production of vehicles in the country in the year 2022 was 5.45 million units while in the year 2021, it was 4.39 million units registering a growth of 24% year-on-year.
  • Hence, such trends in the automotive industry in the region is expected to drive the market for automotive foams during the forecast period.

Automotive Foam Industry Overview

The automotive foam market is partially consolidated, with top players accounting for a considerable share of the market. Some of the major companies include (not in any particular order) BASF SE, Dow, Huntsman International LLC., Covestro AG, and Bridgestone Corporation among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Growing Emphasis on the Sustainable Production of Automotive Foams
4.1.2 Growing Need for Weight Reduction
4.1.3 Other Drivers
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Declining Automotive Production in Major Economies of Europe
4.2.2 Availability of Eco-Friendly Bio-Foams
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Polyurethane Foams(PUFs) Flexible Polyurethane Foam Rigid Polyurethane Foam
5.1.2 Expanded Polypropylene Foam
5.1.3 PET Foam
5.1.4 Other Types
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Interior
5.2.2 Exterior
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.3.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%) Analysis **/Market Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 BASF SE
6.4.2 Bridgestone Corporation
6.4.3 Covestro AG
6.4.4 Dow
6.4.5 Huntsman Corporation
6.4.6 Recticel
6.4.7 Rogers Corporation
6.4.8 Saint-Gobain
6.4.9 Vita (Holdings) Limited
6.4.10 Woodbridge Foam Corporation
7.1 Growing Demand from Electric Vehicles
7.2 Other Opportunities

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Bridgestone Corporation
  • Recticel
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Woodbridge Foam Corporation
  • Covestro
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Vitafoams