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Rockwool Market Research Report Information By Type (Roving, Chopped Strands, Fabric, and Mesh or Grids), By End User (Construction, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Power Generation, and Sports & Related Accessories) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032


ID: MRFR/CnM/12513-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| June 2024

Global Rockwool Market Overview


The rockwool market size was valued at USD 18.02 billion in 2023. The rockwool industry is projected to grow from USD 18.46 billion in 2024 to USD 25.78 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.23 % during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Increased demand for sustainable and energy-efficient insulation solutions in the construction industry and focus on fire-resistant building materials are the prime market drivers enhancing the market growth.


Rockwool Market Overview


Source: The Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Rockwool Market Trends




  • Growing demand for sustainable and energy-efficient insulation solutions is driving the market growth




Market CAGR for rockwool is being driven by the rising demand for sustainable and energy-efficient insulation solutions in the construction industry. With a global shift towards green building practices and increased awareness of environmental impact, construction professionals are seeking insulation materials that align with sustainability goals. Rockwool, derived from natural volcanic rock or basalt, offers a compelling solution due to its eco-friendly and recyclable properties. Its ability to improve thermal and acoustic insulation aligns with the construction sector's focus on energy efficiency and noise reduction.


The rising stringency of building codes and regulations, emphasizing energy conservation and sustainable construction materials, further accelerates the adoption of rockwool. Governments and industry bodies are incentivizing or mandating the use of environmentally friendly insulation materials, boosting the market for rockwool. The material's durability and resistance to moisture contribute to its long lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacements and minimizing construction waste. As contractors and builders strive to achieve green building certifications, such as LEED, rockwool's contribution to energy efficiency becomes a key factor in meeting stringent criteria. Rockwool's versatility in applications, from residential to commercial and industrial projects, positions it as a go-to solution for a wider range of the construction needs. The material's adaptability to different construction methods and its ease of installation make it a preferred choice for contractors, contributing to the market's growth. The inherent fire resistance of rockwool adds an extra layer of safety assurance, a critical consideration for architects and builders.


Furthermore, the growing consciousness among consumers and businesses regarding the environmental footprint of construction materials influences purchasing decisions. Rockwool's sustainability profile aligns with this trend, making it an attractive option for those seeking environmentally responsible building solutions. The material's excellent sound absorption qualities cater to the increasing demand for acoustic comfort in buildings, especially in urban areas. Market expansion is also fueled by advancements in rockwool manufacturing processes, leading to more energy-efficient production and reduced environmental impact. Continuous innovation in product development, including variations such as rigid boards, batts, and loose-fill insulation, enhances the material's suitability for diverse construction requirements. The competitive pricing of rockwool compared to alternative insulation materials further bolsters its market position. Thus, driving the Rockwool market revenue.


Rockwool Market Segment Insights


Rockwool Type Insights


The Rockwool Market segmentation, based on type, includes Roving, Chopped Strands, Fabric, and Mesh or Grids. The roving segment dominated the market, accounting for the largest market revenue due to its versatility and ease of application. Roving refers to continuous strands of rockwool fibers, making it adaptable for various insulation needs. The material's flexibility allows for seamless installation in both residential and industrial settings, contributing to its widespread use. Roving-type rockwool is particularly favored in construction applications, such as cavity wall insulation and roofing, where its uniformity and continuous nature enhance thermal performance. Additionally, its compatibility with manufacturing processes for other rockwool products makes it a fundamental component, further solidifying its dominance in the market. Chopped strand-type rockwool boards are experiencing the fastest growth due to improved performance.


Figure 1: Rockwool Market, by Type, 2023 & 2032 (USD Billion)


Rockwool Market, by Type, 2022 & 2032


Source: The Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Rockwool End User Insights


The Rockwool Market segmentation, based on end users, includes Construction, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Power Generation, and Sports & Related Accessories. The construction category dominates the market because of its exceptional thermal and acoustic insulation properties, making it a preferred choice for builders and contractors. The material's versatility allows for its seamless integration into various construction applications, including residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Rockwool's effectiveness in enhancing energy efficiency aligns with the increasing demand for sustainable building practices, meeting stringent energy codes and regulations. Its non-combustible nature also contributes to its prominence in the construction sector, addressing safety concerns and providing fire-resistant solutions. As the construction industry continues to prioritize green building materials and energy performance, rockwool's comprehensive benefits position it as a dominant player in the market. Further, automotive application is experiencing the fastest growth due to the Lightweighting trends and Stringent emission regulations.


Rockwool Regional Insights


By region, the study gives market insights into the North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The North American Rockwool market area dominates this market due to robust demand for energy-efficient insulation solutions in the construction industry and stringent building codes emphasizing sustainability and the region's focus on green building practices, combined with the versatility and effectiveness of Rockwool in meeting these requirements.


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


Figure 2: ROCKWOOL MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2023 (USD Billion)


ROCKWOOL MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022


Source: The Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe's Rockwool market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the continent's strong commitment to energy efficiency, stringent building regulations, and the widespread adoption of sustainable construction practices. Further, the German Rockwool market held the largest market share, and the UK Rockwool market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.


The Asia-Pacific Rockwool Market is expected to rise at the fastest CAGR from the year 2023 to 2032. This is due to the region's rapid urbanization, increasing construction activities, and a growing emphasis on energy-efficient and sustainable building solutions. Moreover, China’s Rockwool market held the largest market share, and the Indian Rockwool market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Rockwool Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in the research and development in order to expand their product lines, which will help the Rockwool market grow even more. Market players are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to spread their global footprint, with important market developments including mergers and acquisitions, new product launches, contractual agreements, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To spread and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the Rockwool industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize the operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by the manufacturers in the global Rockwool industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the Rockwool industry has provided some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Prime players in the Rockwool market, including Thermafiber, Inc., Rockwool International A/S, RockchatBETA, Johns Manville, Kingspan Group, Owens Corning, Paroc Group Oy, Saint-Gobin, GAF, BYUCKSAN, and others, are trying to increase market demand by investing in the research and development operations.


Rockwool International A/S is a leading global manufacturer of stone wool insulation. Headquartered in Hedehusene, Denmark, the company has grown into a key player in the insulation industry. Rockwool specializes in producing insulation solutions made from natural volcanic rock or basalt, providing products that contribute to energy efficiency, fire safety, and acoustic performance in buildings. In October 2023, Rockwool International A/S and BASF SE partnered to develop and market a new generation of sustainable rockwool products with enhanced thermal and acoustic insulation properties. This partnership leverages BASF's expertise in polymer chemistry and Rockwool's experience in insulation materials to create innovative solutions for the construction industry.


Knauf Insulation, a leading global manufacturer of insulation materials, stands as a key player in the construction industry, providing innovative solutions for energy efficiency and sustainable building practices. Established in 1932 and headquartered in Germany, Knauf Insulation has expanded its reach to become a prominent supplier of insulation products worldwide. The company specializes in the manufacturing a diverse range of insulation materials, including glass wool, rock wool, and ecological insulating materials. Knauf Insulation is recognized for its commitment to environmental responsibility, producing insulation solutions that contribute to energy conservation and reduce carbon footprints in buildings. In September 2023, Knauf Insulation and Saint-Gobain ISOVER signed a strategic partnership to collaborate on research and development of rockwool products for high-performance building applications. This collaboration aims to accelerate innovation and bring leading-edge insulation solutions to the market.


Key Companies in the Rockwool market include



Rockwool Industry Developments


August 2023: Owens Corning and PAROC Group announced a joint venture to develop and manufacture rockwool products for the automotive industry. This venture combines Owens Corning's expertise in automotive insulation with PAROC's experience in rockwool production to provide optimal solutions for the growing EV market.


June 2023: The Chinese construction materials company CNBM Group acquired Rockwool Group, a leading global rockwool manufacturer. This acquisition gives CNBM access to advanced rockwool production technology and expands its global reach significantly.


May 2023: The Japanese insulation materials company Nitto Denko Corporation acquired a minority stake in the US-based startup EcoRockwool Inc., a developer of innovative and sustainable rockwool products. This investment allows Nitto Denko to gain access to cutting-edge technology and strengthen its position in the sustainable insulation market.


Rockwool Market Segmentation


Rockwool Type Outlook



  • Roving

  • Chopped Strands

  • Fabric

  • Mesh or Grids


Rockwool End User Outlook



  • Construction

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace & Defense

  • Power Generation

  • Sports & Related Accessories


Rockwool 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 Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2023 18.02 Billion
Market Size 2024 18.46 Billion 
Market Size 2032 25.78 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 6.23% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, The Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, End User, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled  Thermafiber, Inc., Rockwool International A/S, RockchatBETA, Johns Manville, Kingspan Group, Owens Corning, Paroc Group Oy, Saint-Gobin, GAF, BYUCKSAN
Key Market Opportunities ·       Rising focus on fire-resistant building materials.
Key Market Dynamics ·       Increased demand for sustainable and energy-efficient insulation solutions in the construction industry.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Rockwool Market size was valued at significant value in 2023.

The global market is foreseen to rise at a CAGR of 6.23% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

North America had the biggest share in the global market

The key players in the market are Thermafiber, Inc., Rockwool International A/S, RockchatBETA, Johns Manville, Kingspan Group, Owens Corning, Paroc Group Oy, Saint-Gobin, GAF, and BYUCKSAN.

The roving category dominated the market in 2023.

The construction had the biggest share in the global market.

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