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Polyurethane (PU) Foams Market by Types (Rigid & Flexible), End-User Industries (Bedding & Furniture, Building & Construction, Electronics, Automotives, Footwear, Packaging, & Others), & Geography (North America, West Europe, Asia-Pacific & Row) - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018

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Publishing Date: September 2013
Report Code: CH 2125

 

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The polyurethane foams market report covers the major types of foams-flexible and rigid. The market is further segmented on the basis of their major end-user industries, such as bedding & furniture, building & construction, electronics, automotive, footwear, packaging, and others. The report also covers major regions that include North America, West Europe, Asia-Pacific, ROW, and key countries in these regions that play a crucial role in the movement of the PU foam market. The market for PU foams was $40.1 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% in terms of value from 2013 to 2018. This report estimates the market size of PU foams, both in terms of volumes (kilotons) and revenues ($millions).

This report describes the two types of PU foams with their applications areas in polyurethane foams market. Flexible foams are used mainly as a cushioning material in transportation, furniture, bedding, carpet underlay, packaging, etc. Rigid foams are used primarily as an insulation material in construction and refrigeration applications. Flexible polyurethane foams is the dominant foams type by value & volume, and is predominately used in the bedding & furniture industry for cushioning applications.

According to the report, the bedding & furniture industry, followed by the construction sector are the largest markets by applications for PU foams. However, the automotive industry is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR of 7.4% in terms of value from 2013 to 2018. The report also describes the various factors that drive the polyurethane foams market such as upcoming construction & infrastructure projects, and the growing automotive & electronics industries in the APAC region, along with a few constraints that can withhold the growth of the market such as price competiveness and raw material price fluctuations. Several emerging trends, opportunities, and winning imperatives observed in the PU foams market have been discussed.

This report has also analyzed the entire value chain of the PU foam market with respect to base materials suppliers, foam manufactures, and end-users. The PU foams market attractiveness based on Porter’s five forces model has also been analyzed, to represent a clear market scenario for the entire stakeholders associated with PU foams such as:
• Manufacturers of polyurethane or different types of rigid/flexible foams
• Manufacturers of diisocyanates (MDI, TDI) and other feedstock chemicals
• Manufacturers in end-use industries such as furniture, construction, & other
• Traders, distributors, and suppliers of polyurethane foams
• Regional manufacturers associations and general foams associations
• National or regional agencies and research organizations

The market study segments the polyurethane foams market with respect to major areas such as North America, West Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the world (ROW). The rising demand for bedding & furniture, building & construction, automotive, and other applications with their respective growth rates in each country is studied and are further segmented for each region such as for Asia-Pacific – China, Japan, South Korea, and India; West Europe – Germany, France, U.K., and Italy; and North America – U.S., Canada, and Mexico. These are the major countries that are contributing significantly to the PU foams market.

A competitive landscape covering different strategies, developments by major players such as BASF (Germany), Bayer MaterialScience (Germany), Huntsman (U.S.), Recticel (Belgium), Dow Chemical (U.S.) and others in the major regions with their patents published till July 2013 has been covered in the report.

Scope of the report: Polyurethane foams research report categorizes the global market on the basis of types, end-user industry, and geography; forecasting volumes & revenues and analyzing trends in each of the submarkets.

On the basis of types: The Polyurethane foams market is segmented on the basis of major polyurethane foam types, including Rigid Foam and Flexible Foam. Each type is further described in detail in the report with a forecast of its volume and revenue.

On the basis of End-user Industry: The market is segmented based on end-user industry, such as bedding & furniture, building & construction, electronics, automotive, footwear, packaging, and others. Each industry is further described in detail in the report with the forecast of its volume and revenue.

On the basis of geography: North America, West Europe, Asia-Pacific, ROW, and key countries in these regions.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 22)
  1.1 Key Take-Aways
  1.2 Report Description
  1.3 Markets Covered
  1.4 Stakeholders
  1.5 Research Methodology
      1.5.1 Market Size
      1.5.2 Key Data Points Taken From Secondary Sources
      1.5.3 Key Data Points Taken From Primary Sources
      1.5.4 Assumptions Made For This Report
  1.6 Key Questions Answered

2 Executive Summary (Page No. - 33)
  2.1 Key Findings
  2.2 Porter’s Analysis

3 Premium Insights (Page No. - 36)
  3.1 Market Segmentation
  3.2 Market Scenario
  3.3 Market Volume Share, By Geography
  3.4 Market Attractiveness, By Geography
  3.5 Major Growth Strategies Of Key Companies
 
4 Market Overview  (Page No. - 42)
  4.1 Introduction
  4.2 Value Chain Analysis
  4.3 Winning Imperatives
  4.4 Burning Issues
  4.5 Drivers And Restraints
      4.1.5 Drivers In Polyurethane Foam
            4.1.5.1 Environment Sustainability Needs And Energy Savings
            4.1.5.2 Versatility & Unique Physical Properties
            4.1.5.3 Growth Of The End User Industries In Emerging Nations
      4.1.6 Restraints In Polyurethane Foam
            4.1.6.1 Exposure Risks And Environmental Impacts
            4.1.6.2 Rising Raw Materials Costs
            4.1.6.3 Threat Of Substitution From Competitive Foams
  4.6 Polyurethane Foams And Raw Materials Price Analysis
  4.7 Patent Analysis In Polyurethane Foams Industry

5 By Types (Page No. - 56)
  5.1 Introduction
  5.2 Market Trend, By Types
  5.3 Rigid Polyurethane Foams: Market Trend, By Geography
  5.4 Flexible Polyurethane Foams: Market Trend, By Geography

6 By End-User Industries  (Page No. - 68)
  6.1 Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  6.2 Bedding & Furniture: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography
  6.3 Building & Construction: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography
  6.4 Electronics: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography
  6.5 Automotives: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography
  6.6 Footwear: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography
  6.7 Packaging: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography
  6.8 Others: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Geography

7 By Geography (Page No. - 94)
  7.1 Market Trend, By Geography
  7.2 APAC: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
  7.3 APAC: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.4 APAC: Market Trend, By Countries
      7.4.1 China: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.4.2 China: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.4.3 Japan: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.4.4 Japan:  Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.4.5 India: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.4.6 India: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.4.7 South Korea: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.4.8 South Korea: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.4.9 Others: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.4.10 Others: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.5 West Europe: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
  7.6 West Europe: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.7 West Europe: Market Trend, By Countries
      7.7.1 Germany: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.7.2 Germany Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.7.3 France: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.7.4 France: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.7.5 Italy: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.7.6 Italy: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.7.7 U.K.: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.7.8 U.K.: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
      7.7.9 Others: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
      7.7.10 Others: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.8 North America: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
  7.9 North America: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.10 North America: Market Trend, By Countries
       7.10.1 U.S.: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
       7.10.2 U.S.: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
       7.10.3 Canada: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
       7.10.4 Canada Market Trend, By End-User Industries
       7.10.5 Mexico: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
       7.10.6 Mexico: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.11 RoW: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
  7.12 RoW: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
  7.13 RoW: Market Trend, By Countries
       7.13.1 Brazil: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
       7.13.2 Brazil: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
       7.13.3 Russia: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
       7.13.4 Russia: Market Trend, By End-User Industries
       7.13.5 Others: Polyurethane Foams Market Trend, By Types
       7.13.6 Others: Market Trend, By End-User Industries

8 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 204)
  8.1 Growth Strategies
  8.2 New Product Development

9 Company Profiles (Page No. - 211)
  9.1 Armacell GMBH
  9.2 BASF SE
  9.3 Bayer Materialscience AG
  9.4 Carpenter CO.
  9.5 Chemtura Corporation
  9.6 Foamscraft, Inc.
  9.7 Foamspartner Group
  9.8 Future Foams Inc
  9.9 FXI-Foamex Innovations
  9.10 Huntsman Corporation
  9.11 INOAC Corporation
  9.12 Nitto Denko Corporation
  9.13 Recticel SA/NV
  9.14 Rogers Corporation
  9.15 Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
  9.16 Sekisui Alveo AG
  9.17 The Dow Chemical Company
  9.18 The Vita Group
  9.19 UFP Technologies, Inc.
  9.20 Woodbridge Foams Corporation


List Of Tables (51 Tables)

Table 1 Detailed Methodology For Market Size
Table 2 Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 3 Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 4 Rigid Polyurethane Foams: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 5 Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 6 Flexible Polyurethane Foams: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 7 Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 8 Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 9 Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 10 Bedding & Furniture: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 11 Bedding & Furniture: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 12 Building & Construction: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 13 Building & Construction: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 14 Electronics: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 15 Electronics: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 16 Automotives: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 17 Automotives: Market  Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 18 Footwear: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Millions)
Table 19 Footwear: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 20 Packaging: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 21 Packaging: Market  Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 22 Others: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 23 Others: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 24 Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 25 Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 26 APAC: Polyurethane Foams Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 27 APAC: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 28 APAC: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 29 APAC: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 30 APAC: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 31 APAC: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 32 West Europe: Polyurethane Foams Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 33 West Europe: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 34 West Europe: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 35 West Europe: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 36 West Europe: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 37 West Europe: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 38 North America: Polyurethane Foams Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 39 North America: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 40 North America: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 41 North America: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 42 North America: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 43 North America: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 44 RoW: Polyurethane Foams Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 45 RoW: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 46 RoW: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 47 RoW: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 48 RoW: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018 ($Million)
Table 49 RoW: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018 (Kilotons)
Table 50 Market: Value Chain, By Expansions
Table 51 Market: Value Chain, By Mergers & Acquisitions
 
List Of Figures (136 Figures)

Figure 1 Market Segmentation
Figure 2 Porter’s Five Force Analysis
Figure 3 Market Segmentation
Figure 4 Market Volume Share, By Types, End-User Industries & Geography, 2012
Figure 5 Market Volume & Volume Share, By Geography, 2012
Figure 6 Market Attractiveness: Market Volume & Revenue, By Geography
Figure 7 Major Growth Strategies, By Key Companies, 2010–2013
Figure 8 Major Application In End-User Industries
Figure 9 Value Chain Analysis
Figure 10 Drivers And Restraints
Figure 11 Polyurethane Foams And Raw Materials Price Trend, 2011-2018
Figure 12 Polyurethane Foams Market: Patent Analysis, By Geography, 2010–2013*
Figure 13 Patent Analysis, By Geography, 2010–2013*
Figure 14 Patent Analysis, By Major Players, 2010–2013*
Figure 15 Europe: Polyurethane Foams Patent Analysis, By Major Players, 2010–2013*
Figure 16 Japan: Patent Analysis, By Major Players, 2010–2013*
Figure 17 U.S.: Polyurethane Foams, Patent Analysis, By Major Players, 2010–2013*
Figure 18 Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 19 Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 20 Rigid Polyurethane Foams: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 21 Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 22 Flexible Polyurethane Foams: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 23 Market Volume, By Geography, 2011 - 2018
Figure 24 Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 25 Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011 - 2018
Figure 26 Bedding & Furniture: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 27 Bedding & Furniture: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 28 Building & Construction: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 29 Building & Construction: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 30 Electronics: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 31 Electronics: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 32 Automotives: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 33 Automotives: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 34 Footwear: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 35 Footwear: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 36 Packaging: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 37 Packaging: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 38 Others: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 39 Others: Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 40 Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 41 Market Volume, By Geography, 2011-2018
Figure 42 APAC: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 43 APAC: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 44 APAC: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 45 APAC: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 46 APAC: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 47 APAC: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 48 APAC: Market Volume And Revenue, By Countries, 2012
Figure 49 China: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 50 China: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 51 China: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 52 China: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 53 Japan: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 54 Japan: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 55 Japan: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 56 Japan: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 57 India: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 58 India: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 59 India: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 60 India: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 61 South Korea: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 62 South Korea: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 63 South Korea: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries , 2011-2018
Figure 64 South Korea: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 65 Others: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 66 Others: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 67 Others: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 68 Others: Market Volume, By End-User Industries , 2011-2018
Figure 69 West Europe: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 70 West Europe: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 71 West Europe: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 72 West Europe: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 73 West Europe: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 74 West Europe: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 75 West Europe: Market Volume And Revenue, By Countries, 2012
Figure 76 Germany: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 77 Germany: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 78 Germany: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 79 Germany: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 80 France: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 81 France: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 82 France: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 83 France: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 84 Italy: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 85 Italy: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 86 Italy: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 87 Italy: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 88 U.K.:Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 89 U.K.: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 90 U.K.: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 91 U.K.: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 92 Others: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 93 Others: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 94 Others: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 95 Others: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 96 North America: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 97 North America: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 98 North America: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 99 North America: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 100  North America: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 101  North America: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 102  North America: Market, By Countries, 2012
Figure 103  U.S.: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 104  U.S.: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 105  U.S.: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 106  U.S.: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 107  Canada: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 108  Canada: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 109  Canada: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 110  Canada: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 111  Mexico: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 112  Mexico: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 113  Mexico: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 114  Mexico: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 115  Row: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 116  Row: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 117  Row: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 118  Row: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 119  Row: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 120  Row: Market Volume, By Countries, 2011-2018
Figure 121  Row : Market, By Countries, 2012
Figure 122  Brazil: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 123  Brazil: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 124  Brazil: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 125  Brazil: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 126  Russia: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 127  Russia: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 128  Russia: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 129  Russia: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 130  Others: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 131  Others: Market Volume, By Types, 2011-2018
Figure 132  Others: Market Revenue, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 133  Others: Market Volume, By End-User Industries, 2011-2018
Figure 134  Global Market, By Growth Strategies & By Geography Focus, 2010-2013*
Figure 135  Global Market Developments, By Growth Strategies, 2010-2013*
Figure 136  New Product Launches In Global Market, By Key Players, 2010-2013*

Polyurethane foams are used in various consumer products that provide durability, comfort, support, and safety. These are lightweight and less costly as compared to the other substitutes such as polyolefin foams. Their growing demand reflects their versatile nature against other competitive materials in global polyurethane foams market. These are generally foamed plastics of polyurethane resins. Flexible polyurethane foam is one of the most versatile materials as it is used for cushioning applications in furniture, bedding, carpet cushion, automotive, and packaging applications. The other type that is rigid polyurethane foams are used for insulation application in building & construction, and electronics industries.

The global polyurethane foams market is driven by its diverse range of applications in multiple industries. An increasing R&D effort has made it highly resourceful and generated huge demand especially in the furniture sector, which finds its usefulness in a myriad of applications, such as bedding, mattresses, carpet underlays, and cushioning. Environmental regulations from different industry sectors, such as plastic, automotive, building & construction, furniture & bedding, electronics, packaging, and other sectors facilitates the growth of foams. The growing demand from the automotive and electronic appliances markets is notable in the key countries at global levels. The new technology and innovations emerge commercially and would be very effective for the growth in the future. The APAC region polyurethane foams market demands for higher consumption due to its larger population needs and their growing activities across constructions and other industries.

The global Polyurethane Foams Market’s revenue was estimated to be worth $40.1 billion in 2012, which is expected to reach $61.9 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2013 to 2018. The APAC region dominated the global market, bestowing 39.0% of the total revenue in 2012. China and U.S. together shared 35.9% of the total polyurethane foam consumption in 2012. The Brazilian polyurethane foam, one of the fastest amongst major consuming countries, is expected to grow at 10.6% from 2013 to 2018.

Polyurethane Foams: Market Share (Revenue), By Geography, 2012

Polyurethane Foams Market

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The 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 expansions, agreements & collaborations, and mergers & acquisitions that target developing economies.

The polyurethane foams market focuses on high research activities to improve the adaptability of the foams to use them in a variety of applications in the end-user industries. Environmental regulations, unsuitable in a specific environment and high prices are some of the major challenges faced by the market.

The report analyzes the market based on product types, penetration of each type of polyurethane foams in each major region and every end-user industry. 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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