Expanded Polystyrene Market Research Report- Forecast to 2030

Expanded Polystyrene Market Research Report Information by Type (White, Grey, Black), by Application (Construction & Buildings, Packaging, Automotive, and Others) ‚Äď Global Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/3407-HCR | 138 Pages | Author: Chitranshi Jaiswal | October 2023         

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Expanded Polystyrene Market

Globally and regionally the expanded polystyrene market is expected to occupy 7992.3 kilotons and extend to about 10,066.3 billion and projects at a CAGR of 5.50% during the forecast period of 2020 to 2030.

By Type White Grey Black
By Application Construction & Buildings Packaging Automotive Others
Key Players
Companies Profiled   BASF SE of Germany   ACH Foam Technologies Inc of the United States   Kaneka Corporation of Japan   SABIC of Saudi Arabia   Alpek S.A.B de C.v of Mexico   Synbra Holding of the Netherlands   NOVA Chemicals Corporation of Cannada   StyroChem of Cannada   Unipol Holand B.V of the Netherlands   Versalis S.P of Italy
Market Driving Forces   Cost-effective   Versatile   Usage of polystyrene expanded polystyrene industries
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Expanded Polystyrene Market Overview

Globally and regionally the expanded polystyrene market is expected to occupy 7992.3 kilotons and extend to about 10,066.3 billion and projects at a CAGR of 5.50% during the forecast period of 2020 to 2030. Moreover, it has also been noticed that more than 65% of companies in the construction sector were being affected by the inactivities so carried out. Expanded Polystyrene formed by the polymerization process. This is a thermoplastic product composed of styrene beads. It is lightweight, has high durability and is resistant to moisture, extremely versatile. They are used for construction, building, automotive, and packaging.


The outbreak of the pandemic had a great impact on the industry. A change in consumer behavior and a transformation in the current market trends were marked. Due to the imposition of lockdown, many production units stopped manufacturing EPS products. The decline in the growth of the construction and automotive industry was observed, which made a huge impact on the overall market sector. The industry faced an economic disruption.

 The government of many states imposed certain restrictions for the safety of nationwide people. He made strict rules and regulations for wearing masks and using sanitizers regularly.



Products made from expanded polystyrene are convenient to use, cost-effective, and versatile. Its recyclable nature and biocompatible nature are the reasons lying behind the usage of polystyrene expanded polystyrene industries. The expansion of business in the construction industry helps in driving the growth of the industry. A special hike in energy prices is forcing the users to rise their thermal efficiency for minimizing their energy consumption thus acting as a growth drives for the market.


The automotive industry is attracting manufacturers to donate a certain sum in this market. The growth in demand of emerging countries has given a great opportunity to the key players to cope up with the growth of markets. Recycling these products provides opportunities for expanding the growth of the business.


Variation in the costs of raw materials harms the manufacturing process of the market thus creating a huge challenge on the industry. Reduction in the availability of substituted solutions and materials also becomes a challenging factor.

Cumulative Growth

The growth of the expanded polystyrene market at first took place in the food industry where packing of food by bugger boxes and coffee cups were made. Highly using up of grey expanded polystyrene in construction purposes due to its insulating thermal property drives up the market. Its low water absorption capability, sound resistance capability, and mechanical resistance increase the growth of the market.


Stringent factors and laws imposed by the government may decrease the expanded polystyrene market size.


By type

Globally the expanded polystyrene market has been segmented into type and application. Based on type, the market is further divided into white, grey, and black expanded polystyrenes. Among all the white polystyrene markets cover a large expanded polystyrene market share. The white segment is used for various other applications like egg trays and fast foods. The grey segment covers a little large expanded polystyrene market share and shows moderate growth. Based on application, the expanded polystyrene market is divided into construction, buildings, packaging, automotive, and many more. The packaging segment occupies a large area and is famous for fish, poultry, and vegetables. The automotive segment occupies a high CAGR by replacing heavy metals with light-weight metals. The construction and building division grows at a high rate due to the usage of polystyrene in the roofs, walls, and flooring structures.

By technology

The advancement of technology had lessened its impact on the environment. The products of expanded polystyrene are made up of chlorofluorocarbons which makes the packaging non-toxic and inert. Technology has made it resistant to photolysis. Roplsturene products are not recyclable and can be reused both in the closed and open loo. Technology makes the use of recyclable products for the production of new modernized and durable polystyrene products. The adoption of Technology had led to the development of integrated chain regulated systems besides developing the recycling technology.


The expanded Polystyrene Industry is in high demand in five regions Asia-Pacific, North America, European region, Latin American region, Middle East, and African region. Asia Pacific region contributes much more for expansion of expanded polystyrene market size due to high growth in usage of this light-weight expanded polystyrene materials. In this region, this material is used for construction, automotive, building purposes, and many others. Here, the packaging segment is in high demand due to the growth in the substitution of cardboard products in the expanded polystyrene industry. This segment covers a large area of the expanded polystyrene market during the forecast period. Some regions of China, India, and Japan are the dominant competitors of the expanded polystyrene market.


Some of the competitors operating in the expanded polystyrene market are

  • BASF SE of Germany

  • ACH Foam Technologies Inc of the United States 

  • Kaneka Corporation of Japan

  • SABIC of Saudi Arabia

  • Alpek S.A.B de C.v of Mexico

  • Synbra Holding of the Netherlands 

  • NOVA Chemicals Corporation of Cannada 

  • StyroChem of Cannada 

  • Unipol Holand B.V of the Netherlands 

  •  Versalis S.P of Italy 

and many more. Investing of funds, merging and acquisitions are the major strategies operating in the industrial sector.


  • March 2021 : Around 18 European brands operating in the expanded polystyrene market covering packaging, manufacturing, recycling and raw materials, have come up with an initiative called Smart Packaging Europe. This initiative highlights the economic, social, and environmental advantages of expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging. This initiative has come up right as the European policymakers are trying to incentivize circular packaging and resource-efficient while preventing the negative effects on the environment. Smart Packaging Europe strives to show that EPS plays a vital role in the packaging market’s future and can be an ideal environment-friendly packaging solution for numerous applications.

  • August 2021 : Dixons Carphone, UK-based technology developer, has launched a new scheme that lets consumers at Currys PC World stores recycle expanded polystyrene packaging. The EPS recycling initiative indicates the company’s aim to create 100% of its own proprietary plastic packaging recyclable technology, with reducing the environmental impact being the bigger picture.

  • May 22, 2020 -Agilyx Corporation (the US), a leading player in the chemical recycling of post-use plastics, announced its collaboration with Oregon Metro (Metro - the US), a regional government group, to pilot a polystyrene foam collection program. Agilyx is engaged in converting waste plastic into synthetic crude oil. It uses the chemical recycling process to convert post-use plastics back into polymers, chemicals, and low carbon fuels.

  • In the year of January 2018, BEWiSynbra merged with Ruukin EPS and manufactured insulation materials. Due to this partnership, the company was highlighted to cover better areas of covering the region geographically and regionally, in Finland, and offers a wide variety of polystyrene insulation materials and good quality packaging solutions as it is being carried out in the rest of Nordics.

  • In October 2016, the most renounceable company named Atlas Roofing rebuilt its expanded polystyrene facility in the regions of Perryville, Missouri which was being damaged by a fire.

  • In January 2016, BEWiSyndra again launched green EPS which was manufactured from the recycled material of EPS.

  • Synthia along with HBCD in May 2015, developed an EPS named Synthia EPS and thus offered packaging applications which was an improvement to other EPS components offered by Synthia.


The report gives market analysis about the geographical region spread out throughout the market. The EPS market summarises the proper segmentation of the markets. The report covers in-depth analysis about the expanded polystyrene market size and gives information about the forecast of its expansion majorly in the emerging countries.

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030: USD 10,066.3 Billion
¬†¬†CAGR ¬†¬†5.50% (2022‚Äď2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022 to 2030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Type and Region
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
¬†¬†Key Vendors ¬†¬†BASF SE (Germany), ACH Foam Technologies, Inc (U.S.), Kaneka Corporation (Japan), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), Alpek S.A.B. de C.V (Mexico), Synbra Holding bv (the Netherlands), NOVA Chemicals Corporation (Canada), StyroChem¬ģ (Canada), Unipol Holland B.V. (the Netherlands), and Versalis S.p.A (Italy) among others.
  Key Market Opportunities    The lightweight, durable, moisture resistance, versatile and easy use properties of the product are the important trends
  Key Market Drivers   Its growing use in packaging applications such egg trays, fast foods owing to its cost effective, convenient to use, and versatile nature.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Due to the increase in usage of polystyrene in packaging, building, and construction the North American region is growing at a high rate due to the increase in disposable income and rise in expanded polystyrene market revenue by the end-users industries drive the market and increase its size. The United States, China, and India have shown growth in the use of polystyrene products which has propelled up the market growth.

The European market has increased its value and volume due to it following the rules and regulations of the government. The government has been impressed by the use up of lightweight and biocompatible ex[anded polystyrene products. Here market has experienced growth in all the sectors. Manufacturing of innovative products by using advanced technology helps in steering up the market in the regions of the United Kingdom, France, Italy.

Latin American region experiences development due to rise in usage of low density, humid obstruction materials, using the environment-friendly products enhances the expanded polystyrene market value. The Middle East and African regions are expanding their business due to the use of polystyrene in buildings and construction purposes.

It is the dominant and fastest-growing market where the expanded polystyrene products have physical and mechanical properties satisfying the insulating needs. It is the greatest choice for green building construction and offers environmental benefits which increase energy efficiency which improves the quality of the environment.

In some regions, the use of extended polystyrene products has been banned. The products of styrofoam are a type of extended polystyrene that is unable to be recycled. As it being non-biodegradable, some of the consumers are unable to use single-throw products. The major challenging factor is the use of certain polystyrene foam products like cups and plates for the packaging of peanuts.

Floorings and ceiling sector covers the largest portion of their market followed by roofing systems. EPS is being preferred for roofing systems because it gives proper thermal insulation to them.

Key Questions Answered

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  • In-depth analysis of global and regional trends
  • Analyze and identify the major players in the market, their market share, key developments, etc.
  • To understand the capability of the major players based on products offered, financials, and strategies.
  • Identify disrupting products, companies, and trends.
  • To identify opportunities in the market.
  • Analyze the key challenges in the market.
  • Analyze the regional penetration of players, products, and services in the market.
  • Comparison of major players‚Äô financial performance.
  • Evaluate strategies adopted by major players.
  • Recommendations
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