Bio-Based Polyurethane Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 – 2024)

The market is segmented by Product Type (Foams, Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, and Other Product Types), by End-user Industry (Transportation, Footwear and Textile, Construction, Packaging, Furniture and Bedding, Electronics, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

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Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The market for bio-based polyurethane is expected to expand at CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period of 2019 – 2024. One of the key factors driving the market studied is the demand for sustainable materials in various industries.

  • The high cost of research & development is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Industrial growth in Middle East & Africa is expected to act as an opportunity during the forecast period.  

Scope of the Report

The bio-based polyurethane market report includes:

By Product Type
Adhesive and Sealants
Other Product Types
By End-user Industry
Footwear and Textile
Furniture and Bedding
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of the World
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Construction Industry

  • Steel, concrete, and mortar still dominate the construction industry. However, the current generation is putting greater efforts toward achieving a circular economy, by using recyclable and renewable raw materials.  
  • Bio-based polyurethane is finding a strong ground, owing to the preference by the government, producers, and consumers to shift toward bio-based renewable resources. In order to reduce the consumption of polymers derived from non-renewable fossil fuels and to promote environmental preservation, several initiatives have been taken up by numerous organizations and governmental bodies, to promote the usage of bio-based products in several key sectors.
  • Currently, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is funding a project named PULaCell. The aim of this project is to develop bio-based reinforcing profiles for solid wood construction materials, and several industrial companies and research institutes are developing bio-based, cellulose fiber-reinforced polyurethane profiles, which are expected to make future wood-based materials stronger.
  • Various emerging economies, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, have been witnessing robust growth in construction activities. Strong economic performance in 2019 is expected to further accelerate the growth in the housing construction activities in the region. The growth of the market studied is majorly driven by the urbanization, increase in disposable incomes of individuals, construction of new houses, and activities, such as repainting of old infrastructures.
  • Therefore, the growth of the construction industry is expected to increase the demand for bio-based polyurethane over the forecast period.
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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is the largest producer of bio-based polyurethane with a high abundance of synthetic di-isocyanates in the region.
  • The emerging construction markets, such as India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are coming up with PPPs and construction projects.
  • These countries are seeking to bring in international firms with relevant technical expertise in the construction industry, which is likely to drive the market for bio-based polyurethane market in the region.
  • In Indonesia, millennials account for more than 50% of the productive population. With the increasing young population in the country, the housing demand has also been increasing simultaneously. In order to cater to the increasing demand for affordable houses, the construction of housing units has been increasing for the past couple of years.
  • Furthermore, in the furniture industry, PU foams are used to create the soft cores of sofas and other upholstered household furniture, commercial/institutional furniture, such as office chairs and sofas, and seating for theaters and stadiums. The demand for the furniture industry is increasing in the region.
  • The aforementioned factors are likely to increase the demand for bio-based polyurethane during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The bio-based polyurethane market is fragmented. The major companies include BASF SE, Covestro AG, DowDuPont, Huntsman International LLC, and the Lubrizol Corporation etc., among others.

Major Players

  1. BASF SE
  2. Covestro AG
  3. DowDuPont
  4. Huntsman International LLC
  5. The Lubrizol Corporation

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below


Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Construction Industry in Developing Countries

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Pre-set Products in Electronic Appliances and the Automotive Industry

      3. 4.1.3 New Government Regulations

      4. 4.1.4 Demand for Sustainable Materials

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Cost of R&D

      2. 4.2.2 Others

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Raw Material Analysis

    6. 4.6 Technological Snapshot

    7. 4.7 Patent Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Foams

      2. 5.1.2 Coatings

      3. 5.1.3 Adhesive and Sealants

      4. 5.1.4 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Transportation

      2. 5.2.2 Footwear and Textile

      3. 5.2.3 Construction

      4. 5.2.4 Packaging

      5. 5.2.5 Furniture and Bedding

      6. 5.2.6 Electronics

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Other Countries


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 Cargill, Incorporated

      3. 6.4.3 Covestro AG

      4. 6.4.4 DowDuPont

      5. 6.4.5 Huntsman International LLC.

      6. 6.4.6 Johnson Controls.

      7. 6.4.7 Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 The Lubrizol Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 TSE Industries, Inc.

      10. 6.4.10 Woodbridge

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Industrial Growth in Middle East & Africa

    2. 7.2 Developments in Bio-based Building Materials

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