Extruded Polystyrene Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Extruded Polystyrene Market is segmented by Application (Residential, Commercial, and Infrastructure) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of volume (kilotons) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Extruded Polystyrene Market Size
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The extruded polystyrene market is projected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The market was negatively affected due to COVID-19 in 2020. Owing to the outbreak of COVID-19, many projects were halted in 2020 because of a lack of funds, labor shortage, and lockdown regulations. However, the construction industry is likely to witness growth in the coming years, owing to the activities in the economies such as China and India, thus, increasing the market for extruded polystyrene in the construction industry.

  • Over the medium term, the major factors driving the market studied are growth in construction and building activities worldwide and increased demand for insulation materials.
  • On the flip side, the high cost of extruded polystyrene compared to its close substitutes is expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • The growing concern regarding global warming and increasing demand for sustainable solutions like the introduction of green buildings is expected to offer various opportunities for the growth of the market over the forecast period.
  • By application, the residential segment is expected to dominate the market owing to the increasing expenditure on the construction of new buildings due to the growing population and increased renovation of buildings along with the adoption of the concept of green buildings.
  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Scope of the Report

Extruded polystyrene (XPS) is a thermoplastic polymer having a closed-cell structure. The residential and commercial construction sectors are the major applications of extruded polystyrene, which is used as an insulation material. Extruded polystyrene is used as insulation for plaster and ventilated facades, pitched and flat roofs, floors, walls, etc. The extruded polystyrene market is segmented by application and geography. By application, the market is segmented into residential, commercial, and infrastructure. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for extruded polystyrene in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on volume (kilotons).

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 the Residential Segment

  • Extruded polystyrene (XPS) is a thermoplastic polymer with a closed-cell structure. It is considerably stronger with higher mechanical performance but is more expensive than its close substitute, expanded polystyrene (EPS).
  • Extruded polystyrene is widely used in residential buildings in the form of rigid foam for the insulation of floors, roofs, walls, ceilings, and balconies owing to its properties, namely, high compressive strength and moisture resistance.
  • Furthermore, extruded polystyrene is most widely used in the insulation of green buildings owing to its ability to reduce energy consumption by 6-8% and also the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, namely, carbon dioxide and methane.
  • In 2021, residential construction activity was estimated to be the fastest growing sector globally at 7.1%. The residential sector accounted for approximately 44% of total global construction, making it the largest sub-sector and a key driver of global growth.
  • The US Census Bureau has been providing more permits for constructing new residential buildings due to the current trend of multi-family buildings and a rise in migration to cities.
  • The total value of residential construction in the United States was about USD 740,755 million in Jan 2021 and reached about USD 838,351 million in Jan 2022, with a growth rate of approximately 13.2%.
  • Indian government’s ‘Housing for All’ initiative aims to build more than 20 million affordable homes for the urban poor by 2022. This is expected to significantly boost residential construction, accounting for a third of the industry’s total value by 2023.
  • Owing to all the factors mentioned above for extruded polystyrene, its demand from the residential segment is expected to increase over the forecast period.
Extruded Polystyrene Market Forecast

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market for extruded polystyrene during the forecast period. In countries like China and India, owing to the growing population, increasing industrialization, urbanization, and living standards, the demand for extruded polystyrene has been growing.
  • Governments of countries like India, China, and Japan have emphasized reducing greenhouse gas emissions because the adoption of green buildings is increasing in the region, and the demand for extruded polystyrene increases as it reduces the emission of harmful gases like carbon dioxide and methane.
  • As the initial global epicenter of the pandemic, China’s construction sector witnessed its slowest construction growth in 30 years, expanding by just over 1%. Significant government stimulus efforts, mainly focused on infrastructure, have seen construction activity rebound in 2021 and support efforts in 2022. But over the medium-term, there will be less emphasis on infrastructure projects and more on developing nonresidential real estate investment.
  • The rising expenditure on infrastructure development is expected to propel the extruded polystyrene market. Less than two weeks into 2022, China announced or kick-started significant infrastructure projects with a total investment of more than 3 trillion yuan ($471 billion).
  • Also, China has the largest building market in the world, making up 20% of all construction investments globally. The country alone is expected to spend nearly USD 13 trillion on buildings by 2030.
  • The construction sector of India has been growing at a higher rate owing to the increasing investments and increasing purchasing power of people. The government of India supports the higher growth of the construction sector through its schemes as the “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)” program aims to build 20 million urban homes and 30 million rural houses by 2022.
  • In India, the Government plans to spend US$ 1.4 trillion on infrastructure during 2019-23 to have a sustainable development of the country.
  • The aforementioned factors and government support contribute to the increasing demand for extruded polystyrene during the forecast period.
Extruded Polystyrene Market Analysis

Competitive Landscape

The extruded polystyrene market is fragmented, with players accounting for a marginal market share. Some key companies in the market include (not in any particular order) BASF SE, Knauf Insulation, DuPont, SAINT-GOBAIN, and Synthos, among others.

Recent Development

  • In April 2021, Austrotherm launched a nationwide extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation cut-off collection service. The service will pick up waste XPS insulation from building sites for recycling in production at Austrotherm’s Purbach XPS insulation plant.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growth in Construction and Building Activities

      2. 4.1.2 Increase in Demand for Insulation Materials

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Cost of Extruded Polystyrene

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    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


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Residential

      2. 5.1.2 Commercial

      3. 5.1.3 Infrastructure

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 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 (%)** /Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Austrotherm

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 DuPont


      5. 6.4.5 SAINT-GOBAIN

      6. 6.4.6 JACKON Insulation GmbH

      7. 6.4.7 Kingspan Group

      8. 6.4.8 Knauf Insulation

      9. 6.4.9 Owens Corning

      10. 6.4.10 Ravago Greece Group

      11. 6.4.11 Soprema Group

      12. 6.4.12 Synthos

      13. 6.4.13 TECHNONICOL

      14. 6.4.14 URSA

      15. 6.4.15 Versalis S.p.A.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Sustainable Solutions

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Extruded Polystyrene Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Extruded Polystyrene Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

BASF SE, Knauf Insulation, DuPont, SAINT-GOBAIN, Synthos are the major companies operating in Extruded Polystyrene Market.

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