Polyurethane Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Application (Foams, Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, Elastomers, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Furniture and Interiors, Building and Construction, Electronics and Appliances, Automotive, Footwear, Packaging, and Other End-user Industries), 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


4 %

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Market Overview

The market for polyurethane is expected to register a CAGR of around 4%, during the forecast period. The major factor driving the market studied is the rising demand from bedding, carpet, and cushioning industry. Competition from fiberglass and polystyrene foam is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • The foam segment dominated the market with a share of more than 65% and is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period, owing to the increasing application as an insulating agent.
  • Increasing demand for bio-based polyurethane is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from countries, such as China and India.

Scope of the Report

The polyurethane market report includes:

Adhesives and Sealants
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Furniture and interiors
Furniture Upholstery
Building and Construction
Electronics and Appliances
Other End-user Industries
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 Building and Construction Industry

  • Polyurethane-based foams are used as insulating materials in homes, refrigerators, as well as for several other purposes. Insulating foams helps consumers cut down their heating and cooling costs.
  • The building and conatruction industry is by far the largest consumer for rigid and sprays polyurethane foam. With rising number of building codes that promote energy-efficient structures, home builders and consumers are gradually moving toward building strategies that deliver performance and energy savings in the long run.
  • According to the department of energy, heating and cooling costs account for 48% of the energy use in a typical US household. Spray polyurethanes are important solutions in improving a home’s energy efficiency, along with other insulating foams, such as EPS, XPS, etc. 
  • According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, energy star program can save up to 11% on a person's energy bills, by adding insulation and sealing air leaks.
  • If properly insulated, the spray foam insulation can also provide protection against moisture. This, in turn, reduces the chances of walls developing harmful molds, mildews, etc. In addition to providing temperature and moisture control, insulation is often used to provide noise reduction. The insulation also proves to be helpful during the summer season, in reducing air-conditioning.
  • From the above-mentioned factors, the demand for polyurethane from building and construction industry is expected to rapidly grow over the forecast period.

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China to Dominate the Asia-Pacific Region

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share. With growing construction activities and rapid urbanization in countries, such as China and India, the usage of polyurethane is increasing in the region.
  • China’s construction activity witnessed a rise in 2019. Though this growth is far less, compared to the average growth of the construction sector over the past ten years, which is about 11%, the construction activity is slowly increasing.
  • On the other hand, the infrastructure expenditure in China has been rising lately, with significant growth in infrastructure in the transportation and social sectors. To boost economic growth, the government has approved new subway projects worth CNY 200 billion.
  • China represents the world’s largest electronics production base and is extremely competitive with the existing upstream producers, like South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. Electronic products, such as smartphones, OLED TVs, tablets, and so on, have a major share in the market.
  • Such factors, in turn, are boosting the demand for the polyurethane market in various sectors.

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Competitive Landscape

The global polyurethane market is consolidated in nature, with intense competition among the top players to increase the major share in the global market. Some of the major players include BASF SE, Wanhua Industrial Group, Huntsman Corp., Tosoh Corporation, and Covestro AG, 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 Increasing Demand from the Bedding, Carpet, and Cushioning Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand from the Building and Construction Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Competition from Polystyrene and Polypropylene Foam

      2. 4.2.2 Toxic Nature of Polyurethane Coatings

    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 Import-Export Trends


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Foams

      2. 5.1.2 Coatings

      3. 5.1.3 Adhesives and Sealants

      4. 5.1.4 Elastomers

      5. 5.1.5 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Furniture and interiors

      2. 5.2.2 Furniture Upholstery

      3. 5.2.3 Mattresses

      4. 5.2.4 Building and Construction

      5. 5.2.5 Electronics and Appliances

      6. 5.2.6 Automotive

      7. 5.2.7 Footwear

      8. 5.2.8 Packaging

      9. 5.2.9 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

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Russia

        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 Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 BCI Holding SA

      3. 6.4.3 Carpenter

      4. 6.4.4 Covestro AG

      5. 6.4.5 DIC CORPORATION

      6. 6.4.6 Dow

      7. 6.4.7 Huntsman International LLC

      8. 6.4.8 INOAC Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Kuwait Polyurethane Industries WLL

      10. 6.4.10 Lanxess

      11. 6.4.11 Mitsui Chemicals Inc.

      12. 6.4.12 Recticel NV/SA

      13. 6.4.13 Rogers Corporation

      14. 6.4.14 Sheela Foam Ltd

      15. 6.4.15 Tosoh Corporation

      16. 6.4.16 Wanhua Industrial Group Co. Ltd

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

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