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

The Expanded Polystyrene Market is segmented by Product Type (White EPS and Gray and Silver EPS), End-user Industry (Building and Construction, Electrical and Electronics, Packaging, and Other End-user Industries ), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).


Market Snapshot

expanded polystyrene eps market
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The Global Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Market is estimated at around 11,730 kilotons in 2022. The market is projected to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. With the resumption of operations in major end-user industries, the market recovered significantly in 2021.

· Over the short term, increasing demand for value and quality enriched products, including organic and fair trade and health and wellness goods, indicates a favorable potential demand for packaging materials. EPS is approved for use in conjunction with food products.

· On the flip side, the availability of alternative products for EPS is hindering the growth of the market studied.

· The increasing demand for bio-based polystyrene is likely to act as an opportunity for the studied market.

· The Asia Pacific accounts for the highest market share and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a lightweight cellular plastic material consisting of small hollow spherical balls. It is closed cellular construction that gives EPS its remarkable characteristics. It is a well-established insulation material used in various applications as it has a light yet rigid foam with good thermal insulation and high impact resistance. The expanded polystyrene market is segmented by product type, end-user industry, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into white EPS, and grey and silver EPS. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into building and construction, electrical and electronics, packaging, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).

Product Type
White EPS
Grey And Silver EPS
End-user Industry
Building and Construction
Electrical and Electronics
Other End-user Industries (Agriculture and Automotive)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Nordic Countries
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 Packaging Industry

· EPS is one of the most cost-effective protective packaging materials available and is used all over the world to protect goods from transit damage. Because EPS offers an exceptional balance of lightness, rigidity, and shock absorption, it is frequently used to package delicate items like white goods and other fragile products.

· Expanded polystyrene is a light cellular plastic made up of tiny hollow spheres. Due to its closed cellular structure, EPS has numerous exceptional qualities that make it useful in a variety of packaging industries, including food packaging, industrial packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, etc.

· Industrial packaging frequently utilizes EPS packaging. Due to its shock absorption ability, EPS offers industrial items the perfect material for comprehensive protection and safety from risk during transit and handling. The hard, lightweight foam can be molded into any shape to protect and insulate delicate things during storage and transportation, such as fragile medical equipment, electronic components, electrical consumer goods, toys, and horticultural products.

· According to the Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI), the Indian packaging industry is expected to grow at a rate of 22% during the forecast period. Moreover, the Indian packaging market is expected to reach USD 204.81 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 26.7% between 2020 and 2025. Therefore, the EPS foam market is expected to grow in the region.

· EPS is the perfect material for packing a variety of fish and food products. According to Statista, the global seafood market reached a value of USD 253 billion in 2021, and it is projected to reach USD 336 billion by 2025. As a result, the demand for EPS products used for seafood packaging is anticipated to grow throughout the forecast period.

· Due to the aforementioned factors, the market for expanded polystyrene in the construction segment is likely to grow substantially during the forecast period.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Market - Segmentation

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

· China is the largest consumer in the Asia-Pacific region. China has the world's largest and fastest-growing EPS market. Government proposals to improve public infrastructure and the rising cash-intensive non-residential construction are anticipated to increase the consumption of expanded polystyrene during the forecast period.

· The construction sector is a key player in China's continued economic development. The value of construction output accounted for 25.7% of China's GDP in 2021, up from 11.0% in 2020, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

· India is expected to have a digital economy of USD 1 trillion by 2025, and India’s electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector is expected to generate over USD 100 billion in economic value by 2025. Several policies, such as Make in India, National Policy of Electronics, Net Zero Imports in Electronics, and Zero Defect Zero Effect, offer a commitment to growth in domestic manufacturing, lowering import dependence, and energizing exports and manufacturing.

· According to the Society of Indian Automobile Association, the auto industry produced a total of 22,933,230 vehicles, including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers, two-wheelers, and quadricycles from April 2021 to March 2022, as against 22,655,609 units from April 2020 to March 2021.

· As per reports by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the country produced 7,846,955 units of passenger cars and light vehicles in 2021. However, the industry witnessed a decline of 3%, compared to the production numbers in 2020.

· All these factors are expected to increase the market for expanded polystyrene in the region during the forecast period.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Market - Regional Trend

Competitive Landscape

The expanded polystyrene market is fragmented, with the major players (in no particular order) comprising Wuxi Xingda Foam Plastic New Material Limited, Loyal Group, BASF SE, Synthos, and Alpek SAB de CV.

Recent Developments

  • In June 2022, BEWI ASA, acquired an additional 51% stake in Jablite Group, an insulation and packaging company. This acquisition may help BEWI to further expand its presence in United Kingdom region.
  • In October 2021, Epsilyte LLC acquired StyroChem Canada Ltd, a leading North American producer of expandable polystyrene (EPS). Due to this acquisition, Epsilyte can operate three production sites of StyroChem and can provide customer solutions in more than 20 countries.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Building and Construction Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand from the Packaging Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Regulations

      2. 4.2.2 Alternative Products For EPS

    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 Buyers

      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 Import-Export Trends


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 White EPS

      2. 5.1.2 Grey And Silver EPS

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Building and Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Electrical and Electronics

      3. 5.2.3 Packaging

      4. 5.2.4 Other End-user Industries (Agriculture and Automotive)

    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

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Nordic Countries

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 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 Atlas Roofing Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Alpek SAB de CV

      3. 6.4.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.4.4 Bewi

      5. 6.4.5 Epsilyte LLC

      6. 6.4.6 Kaneka Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Ravago Petrokimya Uretim AS

      8. 6.4.8 Sabic

      9. 6.4.9 Sunpor

      10. 6.4.10 Synthos

      11. 6.4.11 Unipol Holland BV

      12. 6.4.12 Versalis SpA

      13. 6.4.13 Wuxi Xingda Foam Plastic New Material Limited

      14. 6.4.14 Loyal Group

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Bio-based Polystyrene

    2. 7.2 Applications in Marine Floatation and Floating Decks

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Wuxi Xingda Foam Plastic New Material Limited, Loyal Group, BASF SE, Synthos, Alpek S.A.B. de C.V. are the major companies operating in Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Market.

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