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Polymer Foam Market By Types (Polyurethane, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polyolefin, Phenolic, Melamine and Others), Applications (Packaging, Building & Construction, Furniture & Bedding, Automotive, Wind Energy and Others) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018

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Publishing Date: July 2013
Report Code: CH 1465

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Polymer foam market is dominated by Asia-Pacific region securing more than one third of global market share. China was leading the demand for polymer foam in Asia-Pacific region, growing with the highest CAGR. Europe and North America were following the Asia-Pacific polymer foam market and were home to the largest players of industry such as BASF SE (Germany) and INEOS Styrenics (Switzerland). Building & construction, along with packaging and furniture applications, were leading the polymer foam market.

Polyurethane was the largest used polymer foam as it found a wide range of applications due to specifically suitable characteristics. However, most of the demand for polyurethane is coming from developed markets; Chinese polymer foam market was equally dominated by the styrenic foam, collectively accounting for around two third of national demand along with polyurethane, in in terms of revenue. In terms of volume, both polyurethane, and styrenic demand is more than 80% in the Chinese polymer foam market.

During the projected period, Asia-Pacific region is expected to remain the fastest growing market at with expectations of further increase in regional penetration and per capita consumption. At country level, China is expected to remain largest contributor towards the global polymer foam market. However, other countries such as India, Russia, Venezuela and Brazil are expected follow the high growth trend during the projected period. Increased investments and increasing awareness in the Russian and Indian markets are observed respectively. The upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics are key reasons fuelling the Brazilian market growth in future.

Rising raw material costs for different polymers due to increasing costs of basic aromatic petrochemicals is posing a challenge to global polymeric foam. Additionally, the inability of manufacturers to pass on the price hike to the customers, is reducing the margins for them. These decreasing profit margins are deteriorating their competitiveness, hence impacting long term sustainability. The threat of substitution from other foams can also create a challenge in light of increasing prices of polymer foams.

The report provides information on market sizes, trends, competitive background, market dynamics, market developments, and winning imperatives. The stakeholders of the market can use this information for

  • Understanding the global, regional, and national scenarios.
  • Understanding the market trends and dynamics along with key factors affecting
  • Identifying the present and upcoming market opportunities
  • Identifying potential markets in various regions for various polymer foam products
  • Tracking the market developments in polymer foam market
  • Understanding the competitive background of the industry, and positioning of players in the market

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Table Of Contents
 
1 Introduction (Page No. - 26)

2 Executive Summary (Page No. - 31)

3 Premium Insights (Page No. - 33)
  3.1 Market Segmentation
  3.2 Polymer Foam Market Share By Product, Application And Geography 
  3.3 Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Geography 
  3.4 Market Attractiveness By Geography
  3.5 Market Attractiveness, By Polymer Foam Type
  3.6 Growth Strategies Of Major Companies, 2010 Ė 2013 

4 Polymer Foam Overview  (Page No. - 40)
  4.1 Classification
  4.2 Application

5 Raw Materials And Polymer Foam Price Analysis (Page No. - 44)

6 Global Polymer Foam Market Assessment (Page No. - 47)
  6.1 Current Market Analysis By Application
  6.2 Current Market Analysis By Geography
  6.3 Global Polymer Foams Market Trend And Forecast 

7 Market Assessment By Foam Type (Page No. - 53)
  7.1 Polyurethane Foam 
      7.1.1 Polyurethane Foam Overview And Applications
      7.1.2 Polyurethane Foam Value Chain
      7.1.3 Current Polyurethane Foam Market
      7.1.4 Polyurethane Foam Market Trend And Forecast
      7.1.5 Drivers In Polyurethane Foam 
            7.1.5.1 Environment Sustainability Needs And Energy Savings
            7.1.5.2 Versatility & Unique Physical Properties
            7.1.5.3 Growth Of The End User Industries In Emerging Nations
      7.1.6 Challenges In Polyurethane Foam 
            7.1.6.1 Exposure Risks And Environmental Impacts
            7.1.6.2 Rising Raw Materials Costs
            7.1.6.3 Threat Of Substitution From Competitive Foams
  7.2 Polystyrene Foam 
      7.2.1 Polystyrene Foam Overview And Applications
      7.2.2 Polystyrene Foam Value Chain
      7.2.3 Current Polystyrene Foam Market
      7.2.4 Polystyrene Foam Market Trend And Forecast
      7.2.5 Drivers In Polystyrene Foam 
            7.2.5.1 Excellent Impact Resistance, Thermal Insulating Properties
            7.2.5.2 Light Weight
            7.2.5.3 Growth In Construction Industry
      7.2.6 Challenges In Polystyrene Foam
            7.2.6.1 Impact On Human, Marine Wildlife And Environmental Health
            7.2.6.2 Strict Governmental Regulations
  7.3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Foam 
      7.3.1 PVC Foam Overview And Applications
      7.3.2 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Foam Value Chain
      7.3.3 Current PVC Foam Market
      7.3.4 PVC Foam Market Trend And Forecast
      7.3.5 Drivers In Polystyrene Foam 
            7.3.5.1 Growth In Emerging Application Such As Wind Energy
            7.3.5.2 Strong Growth In Mass Transit
            7.3.5.3 Corrosion Resistance Properties
      7.3.6 Challenges In Polystyrene Foam
            7.3.6.1 Limited Use Due To High Cost
  7.4 Polyolefin Foam 
            7.4.1 Polyolefin Foam Overview And Applications
            7.4.2 Polyolefin Foam Value Chain
            7.4.3 Current Polyolefin Foam Market
            7.4.4 Polyolefin Foam Market Trend And Forecast
            7.4.5 Drivers In Polyolefin Foam 
                  7.4.5.1 Lightweight Nature And Durability
                  7.4.5.2 Growth In The End User Automotive Industry
            7.4.6 Challenges In Polyolefin Foam
                  7.4.6.1 High Processing Cost
  7.5 Phenolic Foam 
            7.5.1 Phenolic Foam Overview And Applications
            7.5.2 Phenolic Foam Value Chain
            7.5.3 Current Phenolic Foam Market
            7.5.4 Phenolic Foam Market Trend And Forecast
            7.5.5 Drivers In Phenolic Foam 
                  7.5.5.1 Fire Resistance, Wide Temperature Range & Adhesion To Metal Surface
            7.5.6 Challenges In Phenolic Foam
                  7.5.6.1 High Cost Restrict Use Of Phenolic Foam In Growing End Used Application Such As Construction
  7.6 Melamine Foam 
            7.6.1 Melamine Foam Overview And Applications
            7.6.2 Melamine Foam Value Chain
            7.6.3 Current Melamine Foam Market
            7.6.4 Melamine Foam Market Trend And Forecast
            7.6.5 Drivers In Melamine Foam
                  7.6.5.1 Good Acoustic Insulation Properties
                  7.6.5.2 Growth In High Performance End User Industry
            7.6.6 Challenges In Melamine Foam
                  7.6.6.1 High Cost Restrict Limited Use Of Melamine Foam
                  7.6.6.2 Growing Demand Of Low Cost Competitive Materials
  7.7 Others Foam (Silicone Major)
            7.7.1 Current Others Foam Market
            7.7.2 Others Foam Market Trend And Forecast

8 Market Assessment By Application  (Page No. - 100)
  8.1 Packaging Foam Market Analysis
  8.2 Building And Construction Foam Market Analysis
      8.2.1 Residential And Non-Residential Construction 
  8.3 Furniture And Bedding Foam Market Analysis
  8.4 Automotive Foam Market Analysis
  8.5 Wind Energy Foam Market Analysis 

9 Market Assessment By Geography  (Page No. - 111)
  9.1 Asia-Pacific Polymer Foams Market By Type 
      9.1.1 China Foam Market Analysis 
      9.1.2 India Foam Market Analysis
      9.1.3 Japan Foam Market Analysis
      9.1.4 South Korea Market Analysis
  9.2 North America Polymer Foam  Market By Type
      9.2.1 U.S. Foam Market Analysis
      9.2.2 Canada Foam Market Analysis
      9.2.3 Mexico Foam Market Analysis 
  9.3 Western Europe Polymer Foam Market By Type
      9.3.1 Germany Foam Market Analysis
      9.3.2 France Foam Market Analysis
      9.3.3 Italy Foam Market Analysis
      9.3.4 U.K. Foam Market Analysis
  9.4 Rest Of World Polymer Foam Market By Type
      9.4.1 Brazil Foam Market Analysis
      9.4.2 Russia Foam Market Analysis 
 
10 Competitive Landscape & Strategies  (Page No. - 163)
   10.1 Growth Strategies And Geographical Focus 
   10.2 Polymer Foam Market Developments Trend 
   10.3 Strategies In Global Polymer Foams Market By Key Players 
   10.4 Mergers, Acquisitions And Expansion In Polymer Foams Industry Value Chain

11 Burning Issues & Winning Strategies  (Page No. -170 )
   11.1 Burning Issues In Global Polymer Foam Industry
   11.2 Winning Strategies In Global Polymer Foam Industry
        11.2.1 Growth Opportunites
        11.2.2 Market Attractiveness
        11.2.3 Winning Imperatives

12 Patent And Regulations In Global Polymer Foam Industry (Page No. - 175)
   12.1 Patent Analysis By Country And By Players
   12.2 Regulations In Foam Industry By Key Countries 

13 Porter Five Forces Analysis  (Page No. - 178)
   13.1 Market Entry Analysis By Polymer Foam Type
   13.2 Suppliers Power  Analysis By Polymer Foam Type
   13.3 Buyers Power Analysis By Polymer Foam Type
   13.4 Competitive Rivalry Analysis By Polymer Foam Type
   13.5 Substitution Threat Analysis By Polymer Foam Type

14 Company Profiles (Page No. - 184)
   14.1 Arkema
   14.2 Armacell LIC
   14.3 BASF 
   14.4 Borealis AG
   14.5 Carpenter Co
   14.6 Dyplastproducts
   14.7 Foampartner Group
   14.8 Ineos Styrenics
   14.9 JSP Corporation
   14.10 Ming Dih Industry Co. Ltd.
   14.11 Nitto Denko Corporation
   14.12 Polypreen
   14.13 Recticel
   14.14 Rogers Corporation
   14.15 Sealed Air
   14.16 Sekisui Alveo AG
   14.17 St. Gobain Performance Plastics
   14.18 Sunpor
   14.19 Synthos
   14.20 The Vita Group
   14.21 Woodbridge Foam Corporation
   14.22 Zotefoams PLC
 

List Of Tables (32 Tables)
 
Table 1 Research Methodology And Assumptions
Table 2 Data From Secondary Sources
Table 3 Data From Primary Sources
Table 4 Global Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 5 Global Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 6 Global Polyurethane Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018  
Table 7 Global Polyurethane Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 8 Global Polystyrene Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018  
Table 9 Global Polystyrene Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 10 Global Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 11 Global Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 12 Global Polyolefin Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 13 Global Polyolefin Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons,2011-2018  
Table 14 Global Phenolic Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 15 Global Phenolic Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 16 Global Melamine Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 17 Global Melamine Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons,2011-2018  
Table 18 Global Others (Major Silicon) Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 19 Global Others (Major Silicon) Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 20 Global Polymer Foam Market Application By Geography 2012 ($ Billion)
Table 21 Global Polymer Foam Market Application By Geography 2012 (Million Tons)
Table 22 APAC Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 23 APAC Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 24 North America Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 25 North America Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons,2011-2018  
Table 26 Western Europe Polymer Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 27 Western Europe Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons,2011-2018  
Table 28 Row Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Table 29 Row Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In Million Tons, 2011-2018
Table 30 Mergers And Acquisitions In Foam Value Chain
Table 31 Expansion And Joint Ventures In Foam Value Chain
Table 32 Market Attractiveness Of Foam By Product Type: 2013-2018
 
List Of Figures (126 Figures)
 
Figure 1  Porterís Five Forces Analysis Summery
Figure 2  Global Polymer Foam Market Segmentation
Figure 3  Global Foam Market Share, By Product, Application & Geography 2012 (%)
Figure 4  Polymer Foam Market, By Geography, 2012 (M Mt)
Figure 5  Market Attractiveness, By Geography
Figure 6  Market Attractiveness, By Foam Type
Figure 7  Growth Strategies Of Major Companies, 2010 Ė 2013
Figure 8  Polymer Foam Overview
Figure 9  Major Application In Global Foam Industry
Figure 10  Foam Price Trend And Forecast In Global Market, 2011-2018
Figure 11  Foam Material Price Trend And Forecast In Global Market, 2011-2018
Figure 12  Global Foam Market By Application, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 13  Global Foam Market By Application, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 14  Global Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 15  Global Foam Market By Region, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 16  Global Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 17  Global Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 18  Major Polyurethane Foam Applications
Figure 19  Value Chain Analysis In Polyurethane Foams Market
Figure 20  Global Polyurethane Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 21  Global Polyurethane Foam Market By Region,  2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 22  Global Polyurethane Foam Market  Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 23  Global Polyurethane Foam Market  Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 24  Drivers And Challenges: PU Foam
Figure 25  Major Polystyrene Foam Applications
Figure 26  Value Chain Analysis In Polystyrene Foams Market
Figure 27  Global Polystyrene Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 28  Global Polystyrene Foam Market By Region, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 29  Global Polystyrene Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion,, 2011-2018
Figure 30  Global Polystyrene Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 31  Drivers And Challenges: Ps Foam
Figure 32  Major Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Applications
Figure 33  Value Chain Analysis In Polyvinyl Chloride Foams Market
Figure 34  Global Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Market By Region,  2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 35  Global Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Market By Region, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 36  Global Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Market  Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion,, 2011-2018
Figure 37  Global Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Market  Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 38  Drivers And Challenges: PVC Foam
Figure 39  Major Polyvinyl Chloride Foam Applications
Figure 40  Value Chain Analysis In Polyolefin Foams Market
Figure 41  Global Polyolefin Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 42  Global Polyolefin Foam Market By Region,  2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 43  Global Polyolefin Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion,, 2011-2018
Figure 44  Global Polyolefin Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 45  Drivers And Challenges: Polyolefin Foams
Figure 46  Major Phenolic Foam Applications
Figure 47  Value Chain Analysis In Phenolic Foams Market
Figure 48  Global Phenolic Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 49  Global Phenolic Foam Market By Region, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 50  Global Phenolic Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion,, 2011-2018
Figure 51  Global Phenolic Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 52  Drivers And Challenges: Phenolic Foams
Figure 53  Major Phenolic Foam Applications
Figure 54  Value Chain Analysis In Melamine Foams Market
Figure 55  Global Melamine Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 56  Global Melamine Foam Market By Region, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 57  Global Melamine Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion,, 2011-2018
Figure 58  Global Melamine Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 59  Drivers And Challenges: Melamine Foams
Figure 60  Global Others (Major Silicon) Foam Market By Region, 2012 ($BN, %)
Figure 61  Global Others (Major Silicon) Foam Market By Region, 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 62  Global Others (Major Silicon) Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In $ Billion,, 2011-2018
Figure 63  Global Others (Major Silicon) Foam Market Trend And Forecast By Region In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 64  Global Foam Market Application By Geography 2012 ($B, %)
Figure 65  Global Foam Market Application By Geography 2012 (M MT, %)
Figure 66  Packaging Market Trend And Forecast By Region, 2011-2018
Figure 67  Building & Construction Market Trend And Forecast By Region, 2011-2018
Figure 68  Residential And Non-Residential Construction Market Trend And Forecast By Region, 2011-2018
Figure 69  Furniture & Bedding Market Trend And Forecast By Region, 2011-2018
Figure 70  Automotive Market Trend And Forecast By Region, 2011-2018
Figure 71  Wind Energy Market Trend And Forecast By Region, 2011-2018
Figure 72  APAC Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 73  APAC Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 74  APAC Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 75  APAC Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 76  China, India And Japan Market By Foam Types In 2012
Figure 77  China Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 78  China Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 79  India Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 80  India Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 81  Japan Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 82  Japan Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 83  South Korea Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 84  South Korea Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 85  North America Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 86  North America Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 87  North America Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 88  North America Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 89  U.S. And Canada Market By Foam Types In 2012
Figure 90  U.S. Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 91  U.S. Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 92  Canada Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 93  Canada Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 94  Mexico Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 95  Mexico Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 96  Western Europe Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 97  Western Europe Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 98  Western Europe Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 99  Western Europe Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 100 Germany, France, Italy And U.K. Market By Foam Types In 2012
Figure 101 Germany Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 102 Germany Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 103 France Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 104 France Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 105 Italy Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 106 Italy Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 107 U.K. Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 108 U.K. Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 109 Rest Of World Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 110 Rest Of World Market Trend And Forecast By Major Foam Type In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 111 Brazil Foam Market By Foam Types In 2012
Figure 112 Brazil Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 113 Brazil Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 114 Russia Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In $ Billion, 2011-2018
Figure 115 Russia Market Trend And Forecast By Countries In M MT, 2011-2018
Figure 116 Global Foam Market By Growth Strategies And Geography Focus, 2009-2013*
Figure 117 Global Foam Market Developments, By Growth Strategies, 2009-2013*
Figure 118 Strategies In Global Foam Market By Key Players, 2009-2013*
Figure 119 Growth Opportunities In Global Foam Market By Product Type; 2013-2018
Figure 120 Total Patent Registered In U.S., Europe And Japan (2008-2013*)
Figure 121 Patent Registered By Major Players In U.S., Europe And Japan: 2008-2013
Figure 122 Porterís Analysis: Market Entry Barriers In Polymer Foam Industry By Foam Type
Figure 123 Porterís Analysis: Suppliers Power In Polymer Foam Industry By Foam Type
Figure 124 Porterís Analysis: Buyers Power In Polymer Foam Industry By Foam Type
Figure 125 Porterís Analysis: Competitive Rivalry In Polymer Foam Industry By Foam Type
Figure 126 Porterís Analysis: Competitive Threat Of Substitutes In Polymer Foam Industry By Foam Type

Polymer foams are used in various consumer products that provide durability, comfort, support, and safety. These polymer foams are lightweight and less costly compared to other substitutes such as metallic foams or fiberglass. Their growing demand reflects their versatile nature against other competitive materials. Polymer foams are generally foamed plastics of polymer resins. Flexible polyurethane foam is one of the most versatile materials as it is used in furniture, bedding, carpet cushion, automotive, and packaging applications. There are seven major types of polymer foams available commercially: Polyurethane (PU), Polystyrene (EPS & XPS), Polyolefin (PE & PP), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Phenolic, Melamine, and others.

The global polymer foams market is driven by its diverse range of applications. An increasing R&D effort that make foams highly resourceful. Huge demand from the automotive sector which finds its usefulness in a myriad of applications such as gaskets, headliners, cushioning and cables. Environmental regulations from different industry sectors such as plastic, automotive, building & construction, furniture & bedding, packaging and other sectors facilitates the growth of foams. The growing polyolefin foams demand from the automotive and packaging markets is notable in key countries at global levels. New technology and innovations emerge commercially and would be very effective for the growth of foams in future. The APAC region foam market demands for higher consumption due to its larger population needs and their growing activities across constructions and other industries.

The global polymer foams marketís revenue was estimated to be worth $82.6 billion in 2012, which is expected to reach $131.1 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2013 to 2018. The APAC region dominated the global polymer foams market, bestowing 36.5% of the total revenue in 2012. China and U.S. shared 40.0% of the total polymer foam consumption in 2012. The Brazilian polymer foam, one of the fastest amongst major consuming countries

Polymer Foam Market Share (Revenue), By Geography, 2012

Polymer Foam Market

Source: MarketsandMarkets Analysis

Key market players concentrate on launching new products that was observed to be the predominant strategic initiative. Following the dominant strategy helped expand their geographical reach for success and increased production capacities. The market witnessed agreements & collaborations, mergers & acquisitions that atrget developing economies.


The polymer foam market focuses on high research activities to improve the adaptability of the foams to use them in a variety of end-use applications. Environmental regulations, unsuitable in a specific environment, side-effects on usage, such as corrosion of metal surfaces and high prices are some of the major challenges faced by the market.


The report analyzes the market on the basis of product types, penetration of each type of polymer foam in each major region and every end-user market. It also covers the market behavior of leading producers, key developments, and strategies implemented to sustain and succeed in the market.

 

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