Polymer Foam Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2030

Polymer Foam Market Research Report Information By Form (Flexible Foam and Rigid Foam), Product [Polyurethane (PU), Polystyrene (PS), Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Others], Application (Building & Construction, Automotive, Packaging, Furniture, Wind Turbine Blade, and Others), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) โ€“ Market Forecast Till 2030.

ID: MRFR/CnM/3532-HCR | 139 Pages | Author: Chitranshi Jaiswal | June 2023         

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Global Polymer Foam Market Overview


Polymer Foam Market Size was valued at USD 129 Billion in 2022. The Polymer Foam market industry is projected to grow from USD 135 Billion in 2023 to USD 161 Billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.00% during the forecast period (2023 - 2030). Growing demand for the product from rapidly increasing aerospace & defense and automotive industries. Increasing the application of polymer foam in business and construction activities, rising demand in electronics packaging, and growing disposable income are the key market drivers enhancing market growth.
Polymer Foam Market Overview
Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Polymer Foam Market Trends




  • Rising demand in electronics packaging to boost market growth




Polymer foams have been widely used in the electronics packaging industry due to their lightweight, cushioning, and thermal insulation properties. The rising demand for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics has led to an increase in demand for polymer foam packaging materials. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years, as the global electronics industry is projected to grow at a steady pace.


Polymer foams are used in a wide range of applications such as automotive, building and construction, furniture and bedding, and packaging, among others. The market for polymer foam is driven by multiple factors such as its superior insulation properties, lightweight, cost-effectiveness, and recyclability. In the automotive industry, polymer foam is used for sound insulation, shock absorption, and thermal management. In the building and construction industry, it is used for insulation and as a structural material. In the furniture and bedding industry, polymer foam is used for cushioning and comfort. The versatility and cost-effectiveness of polymer foams have made them an attractive option for a wide range of industries, and the demand for these materials is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. Therefore, such factors related to Polymer Foam have enhanced the Polymer Foam market CAGR across the globe in recent years.


Polymer Foam Market Segment Insights


Polymer Foam Form Insights


The Polymer Foam Market segmentation, based on form, includes Flexible Foam and Rigid Foam. The Flexible Foam segment held the majority share in 2022 of the Polymer Foam Market revenue. Flexible foam is one of the largest segments of the Polymer Foam Market, and it includes materials such as polyurethane foam, polystyrene foam, and polyethylene foam. These foams are widely used in applications such as bedding and furniture, automotive seating, packaging, and insulation. The demand for flexible foam is driven by factors such as increasing urbanization, rising disposable income, and growing demand for comfortable and energy-efficient homes and buildings.


Polymer Foam Product Insights


The Polymer Foam Market segmentation, based on product, includes Polyurethane (PU), Polystyrene (PS), Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), and Others. The Polyurethane segment held the majority share 2022 of the Polymer Foam Market revenue. Polyurethane foam is one of the largest and most widely used segments of the Polymer Foam Market, and it is used in a variety of applications such as construction, automotive, furniture, bedding, and packaging. Polyurethane foam is popular due to its excellent insulation properties, durability, and versatility.


Polymer Foam Application Insights


Based on application, the Polymer Foam Market segmentation includes Building & Construction, Automotive, Packaging, Furniture, Wind Turbine Blades, and Others. The Building & Construction segment dominated the market in 2022 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2023-2030. The building and construction segment is one of the largest and most important markets for polymer foam. Polymer foam is used extensively in building insulation, roofing, and other construction applications due to its thermal insulation properties, lightweight, and cost-effectiveness. These all factors for Polymer Foam positively impact the market growth.


Figure 2: Polymer Foam Market, by Form, 2022 & 2030 (USD Billion)
Polymer Foam Market, by Form, 2022 & 2030
Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review 


Polymer Foam Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The Asia-Pacific region is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets for polymer foam. This is due to factors such as rapid urbanization, increasing construction activities, and growing demand for consumer goods and packaging in countries like China, India, and Japan. The region also has a significant manufacturing base for polymer foam, which supports its growth in various end-use industries.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil


Figure 3: POLYMER FOAM MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (%)
POLYMER FOAM MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022
Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe’s Polymer Foam market accounts for the third-largest market share. Europe is also a significant market for polymer foam, with a well-established manufacturing base and a high level of technological sophistication. The region's growth is driven by factors such as increasing demand for energy-efficient buildings, growing automotive production, and rising consumer awareness about the environmental impact of products. Further, the Germany Polymer Foam market held the largest market share, and the UK Polymer Foam market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.


North America, Polymer Foam market, is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2030. The region's growth is driven by factors such as the increasing demand for lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles, rising construction activities, and growing awareness about energy conservation and sustainability. Moreover, the U.S. Polymer Foam market held the largest market share, and the Canada Polymer Foam market was the fastest-growing market in the North American region.


Polymer Foam Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Major market players are spending a lot of money on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the Polymer Foam market grow even more. Market participants are also taking a range of strategic initiatives to grow their worldwide footprint, with key market developments such as new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the Polymer Foam industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market environment.


The major market players are investing a lot of money in R&D to expand their product lines, which will spur further market growth for Polymer Foam. With significant market development like new product releases, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations, market participants are also undertaking various strategic activities to expand their global presence. To grow and thrive in a market climate that is becoming more competitive and growing, competitors in the Polymer Foam industry must offer affordable products.


Manufacturing locally to cut operating costs is one of the main business tactics manufacturers use in the global Polymer Foam industry to benefit customers and expand the market sector. Major Polymer Foam market players, including BASF SE, Armacell International S.A., Toray Industries, Inc., Borealis AG, Recticel NV, Polymer Technologies, Inc., Rogers Corporation, Arkema S.A., Covestro, SABIC, Synthos S.A., and Zotefoams plc, and others, are attempting to increase market demand by funding R&D initiatives.


BASF SE is a German multinational chemical company that produces a wide range of chemicals, plastics, performance materials, agricultural solutions, and other products. BASF operates through six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care, and Agricultural Solutions. Its product portfolio includes polyurethane foam, polystyrene foam, polyethylene foam, and other polymer foam products. The company serves a wide range of industries, including construction, automotive, packaging, and electronics, among others.


Armacell International is a Luxembourg-based company that specializes in the production of flexible insulation foams for various industries, including HVAC, construction, transportation, and sports & leisure. Its product portfolio includes a wide range of insulation materials, including elastomeric foam, polyethylene foam, and polyurethane foam. The company is committed to sustainability and produces eco-friendly insulation materials that help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Key Companies in the Polymer Foam market includes



  • BASF SE

  • Armacell International S.A.

  • Toray Industries, Inc.

  • Borealis AG

  • Recticel NV

  • Polymer Technologies, Inc.

  • Rogers Corporation

  • Arkema S.A.

  • Covestro

  • SABIC

  • Synthos S.A.

  • Zotefoams plc among others


Polymer Foam Industry Developments


September 2022: Covestro announced the introduction of sustainable polyether polyols based on bio-circular raw materials.


Polymer Foam Market Segmentation


Polymer Foam Form Outlook



  • Flexible Foam

  • Rigid Foam


Polymer Foam Product Outlook



  • Polyurethane (PU)

  • Polystyrene (PS) & Polyethylene (PE)

  • Polypropylene (PP) & Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

  • Others


Polymer Foam Application Outlook



  • Building & Construction

  • Automotive & Packaging

  • Furniture & Wind Turbine Blades

  • Others


Polymer Foam Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America





Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 129 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 135 Billion
Market Size 2030 USD 161 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 4.00% (2023-2030)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2018 & 2020
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Million)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Form, Product, Application, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled BASF SE, Armacell International S.A., Toray Industries, Inc., Borealis AG, Recticel NV, Polymer Technologies, Inc., Rogers Corporation, Arkema S.A., Covestro, SABIC, Synthos S.A., and Zotefoams plc
Key Market Opportunities The increasing focus on the generation and use of renewable energy to reduce the global carbon footprint
Key Market Dynamics The surging demand for the product from rapidly growing aerospace & defense and automotive industries


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.00% during the forecast period, 2023-2030.

Asia Pacific had the largest share in the Polymer Foam Market.

The key players in the market are BASF SE, Armacell International S.A., Toray Industries, Inc., Borealis AG, Recticel NV, Polymer Technologies, Inc., Rogers Corporation, Arkema S.A., Covestro, SABIC, Synthos S.A., and Zotefoams plc.

The flexible foam category dominated the market in 2022.

The building & construction had the largest share in the global market for Polymer Foam.

Key Questions Answered

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  • ✅ Evaluate strategies adopted by major players.
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