Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) Foam Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Raw Material (Synthetic Polypropylene and Bio-based Polypropylene), Form (Fabricated EPP, Molded EPP, and Other Forms), Application (Automotive, Dunnage, Furniture, Food Packaging, HVAC, Sports and Leisure, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


6 %

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Market Overview

The market for expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam is expected to register a CAGR of less than 6% during the forecast period. Major factors driving the market studied are non-toxic and recyclable nature of the material and rising demand from packaging industries.

  • Higher prices among other structural foams are likely to act as a restraint for the market studied.
  • Rising demand for bio-based polypropylene foam and replacement for EPS and EPE products by EPP are likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific region dominated the market studied with about 40% of the total market by revenue and is expected to witness the highest CAGR.

Scope of the Report

The expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam market report includes:

Raw Material
Synthetic Polypropylene
Bio-based Polypropylene
Fabricated EPP
Molded EPP
Other Forms
Food Packaging
Sports and Leisure
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from Automotive Industry

  • The automotive sector is currently the largest consumer of EPP foams. The demand for EPP foams have increased over the years, as the EU regulations pertaining to emissions have become more rigorous and the laws on recycling of vehicles withdrawn from use have been introduced.
  • Increasing usage of EPP foams in seating and other automotive components reduces the overall weight of the vehicle by ~10%. The fuel consumption reduced by ~7%. The share of recyclable materials in vehicles that can be reused is increasing simultaneously.
  • In addition, increasing electric cars are promoting the EPP foam market’s growth, as EPP play a significant role in making the electric cars light weight and thermally insulated and enhancing the energy absorption capabilities.
  • EPP foams are also used in manufacturing of door pads, headliners, and mats. They make it possible to maintain a constant air temperature in the cockpit and generate ideal conditions for battery operations.
  • Excellent recoverability and the ability to absorb impact energy of EPP foams increase the usage of EPP foams in bumpers. In a collision, molded EPP parts built into bumper bar systems reduce the pressure and minimize the amount of impact energy transmitted to the chassis.
  • Owing to all the aforementioned factors, the market for EPP foam is projected to grow during the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share. In Asia-Pacific, China is the largest economy in terms of GDP.
  • China is the largest consumer and manufacturer of EPP foam in the Asia-Pacific region. The growing manufacturing activities in the country is increasing the consumption of plastics and polymers in the region, which is expected to drive the expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam market.
  • The country’s automotive sector has been shaping for product evolution, with the country focusing on manufacturing products, which ensure fuel economy and minimize emissions, owing to the increasing environmental concerns (due to mounting pollution in the country).
  • As the standard of living continues to improve in China, people are becoming increasingly willing to invest in home decoration. Consumers’ increasing purchasing power has driven the furniture market to develop in leaps and bounds.
  • As China’s leading policy of stimulating domestic demand in the years to come, urbanization is bound to drive furniture market growth.
  • All such positive factors are expected to drive the market for expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam in the region through the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The global expanded polypropylene foam market is consolidated, with the top four companies accounting for over ~85% of the overall market. Major players include BASF SE, JSP Corporation, Hanwha Group, and IZOBLOK GmbH, among others.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Non-toxic and Recyclable Nature of the Material

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand from Automotive and Packaging Industries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Higher Price among Other Structural Foams

    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 Price Analysis

    6. 4.6 Substitution Analysis

    7. 4.7 Raw Material analysis


    1. 5.1 Raw Material

      1. 5.1.1 Synthetic Polypropylene

      2. 5.1.2 Bio-based Polypropylene

    2. 5.2 Form

      1. 5.2.1 Fabricated EPP

      2. 5.2.2 Molded EPP

      3. 5.2.3 Other Forms

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Automotive

      2. 5.3.2 Dunnage

      3. 5.3.3 Furniture

      4. 5.3.4 Food Packaging

      5. 5.3.5 HVAC

      6. 5.3.6 Sports and Leisure

      7. 5.3.7 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    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 Automa Multi Styrene (Pty) Ltd

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Chemische Fabrik Budenheim KG

      4. 6.4.4 Clark Foam Products Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 DS Smith PLC

      6. 6.4.6 Hanwha Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 IZOBLOK GmbH

      8. 6.4.8 JSP Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Kaneka Corporation

      10. 6.4.10 KK Nag Pvt Ltd

      11. 6.4.11 Knauf Industries

      12. 6.4.12 Package Design & Manufacturing Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 Polyfoam Australia Pty Ltd

      14. 6.4.14 Sonoco Products Company

      15. 6.4.15 The Woodbridge Group

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Bio-based Polypropylene Foam

    2. 7.2 Emergence as a Replacement for other Products

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