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The Global Market for Polymer Foams 2022-2032

  • Report
  • 133 Pages
  • June 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Future Markets, Inc
  • ID: 5617332

A polymer foam is a two-phase system that contains statistically distributed gas bubbles in a polymer matrix. Polymer foams can be rigid, flexible, or elastomeric, and can be produced from a wide range of polymers, such as polyurethane (PUR), polystyrene (PS), polyisocyanurate (PIR), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), poly(ethylene-vinyl acetate) (EVA), nitrile rubber (NBR), poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), or other polyolefins. The market is dominated by PUR foams, followed by PS, PP and PVC foams. Innovations in materials and additives for polymer foams are spurring further growth in the market. 

Polymer foam products possess advantages including low density, good heat and sound insulation, and excellent energy absorption (impact resistance) and consequently are used in a wide variety of applications. The market of polymer foams continues to grow, especially in developing countries, with global annual consumption of polymer foams exceeding 26 million tonnes.  Polymer foams are extensively used in markets including automotive and transportation, building and construction, packaging, furniture, sports equipment, medical, aerospace etc. 

The Global Market for Polymer Foams 2022-2032 covers a wide variety of markets and applications for foamed plastics as well as the broad range of processes and technologies that can be used to create and shape these materials.

Report contents include:

  • Analysis of types of polymer foams including 
  • Analysis of end user markets for polymer foams including automotive, construction, medical, packaging, sports and leisure and others.
  • Analysis of the global consumption of polymer foams, by types, markets and regions, 2017-2032. 
  • Analysis of market drivers and trends in polymer foams. 
  • Analysis of recent developments in polymer foams including nanocomposite foams and biobased foams.
  • Profiles of 48 polymer foam producers. Companies profiled include Arkema, Armacell, BASF, Borealis, CellMat Technologies S.L., foamplant, Groam, Trocellen GmbH and Zotefoams plc

Table of Contents

1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1.1 Markets for polymer foams
1.2 Market trends and drivers
1.3 Global market for polymer foams, tonnes and revenues
1.3.1 Global consumption in million tonnes, by type of polymer foam
1.3.2 Global consumption in million tonnes, by market
1.3.3 Global consumption in million tonnes, by region
1.4 Market and technology challenges
1.5 Sustainability in the polymer foam market
2 TYPES OF POLYMER FOAMS
2.1 Classification of polymer foams
2.2 Structural properties
2.3 Foaming processes
2.3.1 Methods
2.4 Blowing agents
2.4.1 Physical blowing agents
2.4.2 Chemical blowing agents
2.4.3 Expandable beads
2.5 Processing techniques
2.5.1 Foam Extrusion Molding
2.5.2 Foam Injection Molding
2.6 Recycling polymer foams
2.7 Recent technology developments
2.8 Polyurethane (PUR) foams
2.8.1 Properties
2.8.2 Markets and applications
2.8.3 Global consumption of polyurethane foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
2.9 Polystyrene (PS) foams
2.9.1 Markets and applications
2.9.2 Global consumption of polystyrene foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
2.10 Polypropylene (PP) foams
2.10.1 Markets and applications
2.10.2 Global consumption of polypropylene foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
2.11 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Foams
2.11.1 Markets and applications
2.11.2 Global consumption of Polyvinyl Chloride foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
2.12 Nitrile rubber (NBR) foams
2.13 Microcellular foam
2.14 Other foams
2.14.1 Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
2.14.2 Polyethylene (PE)
2.14.3 Poly(ethylene-vinyl acetate) (EVA)
2.14.4 Polyethersulfone (PESU)
2.15 Biobased polymer foams
2.16 Polymer bead foams
2.17 Polymer nanocomposite foams
2.17.1 Carbon nanotubes
2.17.2 Graphene
2.17.3 Cellulose nanofibers
3 MARKETS FOR POLYMER FOAMS
3.1 Automotive
3.1.1 Applications
3.1.2 Global consumption of polymer foams in automotive (tonnes)
3.2 Building and construction
3.2.1 Applications
3.2.2 Global consumption of polymer foams in automotive (tonnes)
3.3 Medical
3.3.1 Applications
3.3.2 Global consumption of polymer foams in medical (tonnes)
3.4 Packaging
3.4.1 Applications
3.4.2 Global consumption of polymer foams in packaging (tonnes)
3.5 Sports and Leisure
3.5.1 Applications
3.5.2 Global consumption of polymer foams in sports and leisure (tonnes)
3.6 Other
4 PRODUCERS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPER PROFILES5 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
6 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
6.1 Primary research
6.2 Secondary research
7 REFERENCES
LIST OF TABLES
Table 1. Market trends and drivers in polymer foams
Table 2. Global market for polymer foams, by type, 2017-2032 (million tonnes)
Table 3. Global market for polymer foams, by market, 2017-2032 (million tonnes)
Table 4. Global market for polymer foams, by region, 2017-2032 (million tonnes)
Table 5. Advantages and Disadvantages of Polymeric Foams in Comparison to Solid Polymers
Table 6. Markets and applications of polyurethane foams
Table 7. Global consumption of polyurethane foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
Table 8. Markets and applications of Polystyrene foams
Table 9. Global consumption of polystyrene foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
Table 10. Markets and applications of polypropylene foams
Table 11. Global consumption of polypropylene foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
Table 12. Markets and applications of Polyvinyl Chloride foams
Table 13. Global consumption of Polyvinyl Chloride foams (tonnes)
Table 14. Applications of polymer foams in the automotive sector
Table 15. Global consumption of polymer of foams in automotive (tonnes)
Table 16. Applications of polymer foams in the construction sector
Table 17. Global consumption of polymer foams in building and construction (tonnes)
Table 18. Applications of polymer foams in the medical sector
Table 19. Global consumption of polymer foams in medical (tonnes)
Table 20. Applications of polymer foams in the packaging sector
Table 21. Global consumption of polymer foams in packaging (tonnes)
Table 22. Applications of polymer foams in the sports and leisure sector
Table 23. Global consumption of polymer foams in sports and leisure (tonnes)
Table 24. Other market applications of polymer foams
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1. Global market for polymer foams, by type, 2017-2032 (million tonnes)
Figure 2. Global market for polymer foams, by market, 2017-2032 (million tonnes)
Figure 3. Global market for polymer foams, by region, 2017-2032 (million tonnes)
Figure 4. Scanning electron microscope images of open-cell polyurethane (? = 28 kg/m3) and closed cell low-density polyethylene foam (? = 24 kg/m3)
Figure 5. Schematic diagram of the foaming process
Figure 6. Global consumption of polyurethane foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
Figure 7. Global consumption of polystyrene foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
Figure 8. Global consumption of polypropylene foams 2017-2032 (tonnes)
Figure 9. Global consumption of Polyvinyl Chloride foams (tonnes)
Figure 10. Global consumption of polymer foams in automotive (tonnes)
Figure 11. Global consumption of polymer foams in building and construction (tonnes)
Figure 12. Global consumption of polymer foams in medical (tonnes)
Figure 13. Polymer foam cushion curves in packaging
Figure 14. Global consumption of polymer foams in packaging (tonnes)
Figure 15. Global consumption of polymer foams in sports and leisure (tonnes)

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Arkema Group
  • Armacell International S.A. 
  • BASF SE
  • Borealis AG
  • CellMat Technologies S.L. 
  • Covestro AG
  • Crown General 
  • Dupont 
  • EKSEN 
  • Evonik Industries AG 
  • Foamplant 
  • Fritz Nauer AG
  • Greiner Group AG 
  • Groam 
  • HOWA TRAMICO
  • Interep 
  • Isofom Srl
  • Huntsman International LLC
  • JSP Corporation
  • Koepp Schaum GmbH 
  • Natural Polymers, LLC 
  • NEVEON Holding GmbH 
  • Palziv 
  • Polymer Technologies, Inc
  • Recticel NV
  • Rogers Corporation 
  • Sabic 
  • Saint-Gobain 
  • Sealed Air Corp
  • Sekisui Alveo AG 
  • Toray Industries, Inc. 
  • SABIC 
  • Sanitized AG 
  • Synthos S.A
  • Tosoh Corporation 
  • TotalEnergies
  • TRAMACO GmbH 
  • Trelleborg AB
  • Trocellen GmbH
  • UFM Bt
  • Uttam plastomers pvt ltd
  • The Vita Group
  • W. KÖPP GmbH & Co. KG
  • Wanhua Chemical Corporation
  • Woodbridge Foam Corporation
  • XOnano Smartfoam 
  • Zetaesse SPA 
  • Zotefoams plc

Methodology

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