North America Expanded Polystyrene Market - Segmented by Product Type, Application, and Geography - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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The North America expanded polystyrene market is expected to witness a CAGR of approximately 3.1%, during the forecasted period. The major factor driving the EPS market is the benefit EPS provides over other materials.

Growing Preference of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

Owing to the cost effectiveness offered by EPS, it is one of the most popular materials used for insulation in the construction industry. EPS offers the highest insulating capacity per dollar among all the materials used for rigid insulation. Furthermore, it’s costing is nearly 25% - 50% lesser than other insulation materials. Additionally, according to an experiment conducted, EPS insulation system retains just 5% moisture compared to 19% in case of XPS, when both were buried under soil for 15 years. Hence, due to such factors, EPS is gaining preference, which in turn is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Furthermore, with the growing renovation and repair construction sector, especially in the United States, is propelling the demand for and usage of EPS in the country, consequently boosting EPS market in North American region.

Building and Construction is expected to have the Largest Share

The construction industry is the largest consumer of EPS in North America. Owing to its lightweight, durability, thermal efficiency, shock absorption, moisture resistance, and easy-to-use characteristics, EPS is used in the building & construction sector. It is also used in making roofs, walls, floor insulation, closed cavity walls, road construction, and so on. Sheathing is one of the most basic and widely used applications for EPS insulation in residential and commercial constructions. With the growth in the number of construction projects in United States, the demand for expanded polystyrene is likely to grow. These projects include expansion and renovation of the JFK Airport, Jamaica NY - which has a project value of USD 10,000 million. Other projects include the rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York, which is being developed by Newark Traffic & Signals Engineering with a project value of 10,000 USD million.

United States Dominates the Market

There has been a growth in the construction activities and rise in renovation & repair construction activities in the United States owing to the increasing investments in the sector. Some of the major upcoming construction projects in the country include the construction of PHASE 3 of the Second Avenue Subway Project – MTA – New York City Transit with a project value of 14,200 USD million, PSE & G Nuclear Power Station in New Jersey with a project value of 14,000 USD million and 660 Fifth Avenue in New York with a project value of 7,500 USD million. This has provided growth opportunities to the EPS market in the country. Additionally, the demand for EPS, from cold chain solutions, is expected to grow with the rising demand for frozen foods.


Key Developments in the Market

  • December 2017: BASF’s customer Schaumaplast GmbH & Co.KG, an internationally active manufacturer of molded parts made from particle foams, started offering packaging made from biomass-balanced Styropor

The major players include – BASF SE, LG Chem, Ravago, Sabic, and Total S.A. amongst others.

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1. Introduction

              1.1 Research Phases

              1.2 Study Deliverables

              1.3 Scope of the Report

2. Executive Summary

3. Market Insights

              3.1 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

              3.2 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

                             3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

                             3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

                             3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

                             3.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

                             3.2.5 Degree of Competition

4. Market Dynamics

              4.1 Drivers

                             4.1.1 Advantage Over Competitive Materials

                             4.1.2 Growing Repair and Maintenance Construction Activities

                             4.1.3 Other Drivers

              4.2 Restraints

                             4.2.1 Rising Environmental Concerns

                             4.2.2 Other Restraints

              4.3 Opportunities

                             4.3.1 Recycling in EPS Industry

                             4.3.2 Other Opportunities

5. Market Segmentation and Analysis (Market Size, Growth, and Forecast)

              5.1 By Product Type

                             5.1.1 White EPS

                             5.1.2 Grey EPS

                             5.1.3 Silver EPS

              5.2 By End-user Industry

                             5.2.1 Packaging

                             5.2.2 Building and Construction

                             5.2.3 Others

6. Regional Market Analysis (Market Size, Growth, and Forecast)

              6.1 United States

              6.2 Canada

              6.3 Mexico

              6.4 Rest of North America

7. Future of the Market

8. Competitive Landscape

              8.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

              8.2 Market Share Analysis**

              8.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

9. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, and Recent Developments)

              9.1 Alpek S.A.B. de C.V

              9.2 BASF SE

              9.3 Flint Hills Resources

              9.4 LG Chem

              9.5 Nova Chemicals Corporation

              9.6 NOVIDESA, S.A. De C.V.

              9.7 Polioles SA de CV

              9.8 Ravago

              9.9 SABIC

              9.10 StyroChem International

              9.11 Styropek USA

              9.12 Total S.A.

               *List not exhaustive

10. Disclaimer

 **Subject to availability on public domain

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