Polyurethane Catalyst Market Research Report- Forecast to 2030

Global Polyurethane Catalyst Market by Product Types (Dibutyltin Dilaurate, Triethylenediamine (TEDA), 1,4-Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO), Dimethylethanolamine (DMEA), Bismuth Compound, Zinc Compound, Others), Applications (Flexible Foam, Rigid Foam, Molded Foam, Elastomer, Coating, Adhesives and Others), and by Region till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/2708-HCR | November 2022 | Region: Global | 140 Pages         

Polyurethane Catalyst Market

Polyurethane Catalyst Market size to reach USD 2 Million at a CAGR of 7.50% in 2030, Polyurethane Catalyst industry analysis by product type, application & Regin


By Product Types Dibutyltin Dilaurate Triethylenediamine (TEDA) 1 4-Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) Dimethylethanolamine (DMEA) Bismuth Compound
By Applications Flexible Foam Rigid Foam Molded Foam Elastomer Coating Adhesives Others

Key Players

  • Covestro AG
  • Kao Corporation
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Tosoh Corporation
  • Momentive
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Huntsman International LLC
  • Air Products and Chemicals
  • Inc.


  • The demand for polyurethane material has been rising is automotive
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Polyurethane Catalyst Market Overview

A polymer that is comprised of organic units joined by a urethane link is known as polyurethane. These are made from exothermic reactions among alcohols with more than two hydroxyl groups per molecule and isocyanate with more than one isocyanate that is a reactive per molecule. The polyurethane catalyst aids in quickening the creation of polyurethane. Rather than that, it also improvises the reaction conditions and final product. The catalyst plays the main role in the production of polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam production requires a controlled environment only offered by polyurethane catalysts. The highly efficient and new reduced emission catalyst aids producers in creating eco-friendly foams. Polyurethane catalysts can be divided into amine and metallic catalysts. Their application is found in forming various polyurethane products such as rigid foam, elastomer, flexible foam, coating, etc. 

Covid-19 analysis

In the year 2020, when the world health organization stated about the coronavirus outbreak, a public health emergency was declared worldwide. It originated in China, and the virus was spread around 214 countries and territories all over the globe. After strict government regulations in different regions were implemented, several private and government sector businesses operated the company at limited capacity or have completely paused their work due to covid guidelines. The virus outbreak has disrupted the supply chain due to the lockdown in several countries globally. The spread of coronavirus has created a decline in demand for chemical intermediates due to uncertainty in the capital polyurethane catalyst market and economy. Due to worldwide lockdowns, many non-essential activities and production facilities have been hindered, which affected the demand for polyurethane catalysts. The polyurethane catalyst market is projected to extend at a healthy rate during the estimated period because of the acceptance of new normal conditions and the recovery of industries in many countries. 

Chief factors existing in the market 

Key Market Drivers 

One of the main sectors where the demand for polyurethane material has been rising is automotive. This is typical because of vehicles' need for seat covers since they protect the leather from U.V. radiation and high temperatures. P.U. is used as coatings for several interior and exterior applications in the automotive industry. However, the rising demand for lightweight vehicles has fuelled the production in the automotive industry. Therefore, this increased the polyurethane demand in the automotive production field. Due to the increasing production level of automotive vehicles, the polyurethane market faces a huge advantage owing to its multiple automotive applications. Due to the further development level of automotive vehicle production, the polyurethane catalyst market has been driven. 

P.U. foams come in both rigid and flexible structures. The flexible foams are used in applications like furniture, mattresses, and the production of insulation and others. At the same time, rigid foams are utilized for insulating refrigerator materials. As PU is used in a large volume worldwide as additives, paints, and finishing coats to seal or protect woods and varnishes, it is assumed that P.U. foams in the polyurethane catalyst market globally are estimated to operate during the forecast period.

Market Challenges 

The increasing awareness about the negative effect of polyurethane on the environment and polyurethane waste comprises various harmful substances such as isocyanates, hydrocyanic acids, and dioxins. However, if the polyurethane materials are dumped on the land, it converts into toxic and can cause harmful compounds to the environment. This is the main challenge faced by the polyurethane catalyst market.

Market Opportunities 

The major market opportunities in the polyurethane catalyst market are strong demand from the automotive industry, which is predicted to influence the market positively. The rise in disposable income, specifically in developing countries, is estimated to form many new demands in the automotive field, raising the number of buyers. 

The rise in demand for the rigid polyurethane foam is the main key to the polyurethane catalyst market trend, which is predicted to affect the industry positively within the forecast period. This foam insulates the boats from noises and extreme temperature conditions and fuels the load-bearing capacity by adding minimal weight. 

Market Restraints 

The main factor restraining the polyurethane catalyst market is volatility in raw material prices. The majority of raw materials used to manufacture polyurethane come from crude oil. Due to the pandemic, crude oil prices faced a dramatic drop when there was a disruption in the supply chain. The fluctuation in crude oil prices impacted the price of raw materials for polyurethane, resulting in a restrained factor for the polyurethane catalyst market growth.

Cumulative evaluation of the market 

The yearly production of the polyurethane catalyst market size worldwide is expected to reach about 2 M.N. tons, with nearly 7.50% CAGR during the projected period between 2020 to 2030. The polyurethane additives are responsible for the outstanding performance of polyurethane foams and generate benefits in the last foam performance.

Market Segmentation 

The polyurethane catalysts market analysis worldwide has been divided based on product type, applications, and region. 

Based on the product type, the polyurethane catalysts market is segregated into dibutyltin dilaurate, 1,4-diazabicyclo [2.2.2] octane, triethylenediamine, dimethylethanolamine, a zinc compound, a bismuth compound, and others.  

Based on applications polyurethane catalyst market across the world is divided into flexible foam, rigid foam, molded foam, adhesives, coatings, elastomers, and others. 

The polyurethane catalyst market has been segregated into the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Europe, North America, and Latin America.

Regional Analysis 

North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa are the main locations of polyurethane catalysts market share. In 2016 the Asia Pacific was predicted to control the polyurethane catalysts market revenue with almost 45% of the market share. The developing construction activities control the rising demand for polyurethane catalysts in this region commenced by both private players and the government. Emerging countries such as India, China, and Japan are capitalizing heavily on construction activities to boost the demand for rigid foams. Beyond that, the rising demand from the transportation and automotive sector in these regions is estimated to boost the polyurethane catalyst market further.

However, Europe inclines to reside globally in a substantial share of the polyurethane catalyst market. The demand for household padding is to surge the energy efficiency associated with monitoring rules that can control the local market. In terms of the polyurethane catalyst market forecast, North America has a relatively smaller share in the polyurethane catalysts market. But there is a rise in demand for the interiors, insulation, and automotive furniture with an increase in the living standard. 

Middle East & Africa is a quickly rising market demand. The local market for Polyurethane Catalysts has been controlled by its demand for insulation items for households with mounting infrastructure activities. In the end, the living standard of people in Latin American countries such as Brazil and Argentina are changing day by day. Therefore, the demand for polyurethane catalysts for producing foam is to be utilized in building, and automotive is expected to control the local market's growth.

Competitive Intensity Within the Industry  

According to the polyurethane catalysts market research, the launch of new technology, attainments, and R&D activities are the main policies implemented by players in the polyurethane catalyst market. The main key players in the polyurethane catalyst market are BASF SE, Covestro AG, Kao Corporation, Evonik Industries AG, Tosoh Corporation, Momentive, The Dow Chemical Company, Huntsman International LLC, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and Suzhou Xiangyuan Special Fine Chemical Co., Ltd among others.

Recent Market Developments

BASF is a top chemical company in Germany, exposed that it has experienced an extension plan for its industrial facility in Thailand that grows polyurethane. It was prearranged to emphasize the growth of polyurethane solutions. This enlargement permitted the company to raise its polyurethane production abilities to meet the demand of rising consumers in the vehicle and shoe segments all over Asia.

Report Overview 

This report consists of all the data of the market, such as market overview, covid-19 analysis and how it affects the market, the key drivers, the market opportunities, the challenges, the restraints that the market face, the market segmentation, the regional analysis, the competitive landscape, report overview and recent development of the market.

Key Industrial Segments 

By Product Type

  • Reactive Amine Catalyst

  • Non-reactive Amine Catalyst

  • Organic Metal Catalyst

By Application

  • Foam

  • Adhesive and Sealant

  • Coating

  • Elastomer

  • Others

By region

  •       North America

o the U.S.

o Canada

  •       Europe

o Germany

o the U.K.

o France

o Italy

o Spain

o Russia & CIS

o Rest of Europe

  • the Asia Pacific

o China

o India

o Japan


o Rest of Asia Pacific

  •       Latin America

o Brazil

o Mexico

o Rest of Latin America

  •       Middle East & Africa


o South Africa

o Rest of the Middle East & Africa


Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030: Significant Value
  CAGR   7.50%
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022 to 2030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   By Product Type, Application, and Region
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors    Covestro AG (Germany), BASF SE (Germany), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), Huntsman International LLC (U.S.), Kao Corporation (Japan), Tosoh Corporation (Japan), Polychemie Asia Pacific Permai (Indonesia), Suzhou Xiangyuan Special Fine Chemical Co., Ltd (China), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Gulbrasnson Chemical Pvt. Ltd. (India).
  Key Market Opportunities   Demand for Polyurethane Catalyst for manufacturing rigid foam
  Key Market Drivers   Growing demand for flexible foam from automotive, and electronic applications

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The annual production of the global polyurethane catalyst market is estimated to reach around 2 MN tons, with approximately 7.50% CAGR of during the forecast period (2020-2030).

Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market for polyurethane catalysts globally. In 2016, the region accounted for a 45% share of the global polyurethane catalysts market. The APAC region is anticipated to retain its dominance throughout the assessment period(2016-2023).

BASF SE (Germany), Covestro AG (Germany), The Dow Chemical Company (US), Kao Corporation (Japan), Huntsman International LLC (US), Tosoh Corporation (Japan), Suzhou Xiangyuan Special Fine Chemical Co., Ltd (China), Polychemie Asia Pacific Permai (Indonesia), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), and Gulbrasnson Chemical Pvt. Ltd. (India) are some of the players leading the global polyurethane catalyst market.

The construction industry is estimated for the highest consumption of polyurethane catalyst materials.