Polyurethane Market Size

Report on Industry Size & Market Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Polyurethane Market Report is Segmented by Type (Rigid Foam, Flexible Foam, Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers (CASE), Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, and Other Types), End-User Industry (Furniture, 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). The Report Offers the Market Sizes and Forecasts in Revenue (USD) for all the Above Segments.

Polyurethane Market Size

Polyurethane Market - Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 83.22 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 108.02 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.36 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific

Major Players

Polyurethane Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Polyurethane Market Analysis

The Polyurethane Market size is estimated at USD 83.22 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 108.02 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.36% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

COVID-19 severely impacted market growth in various sectors. Stoppage or slowdown of projects, production halts, movement restrictions, and labor shortages to contain the outbreak have led to a decline in the growth of the polyurethane market. However, it recovered significantly in 2021 due to rising consumption from various end-use applications, such as furniture, footwear, and automotive.

  • The increasing demand for lightweight and high-performance composites from the automotive industry, rising demand from the bedding, carpet, and cushioning industries, and increasing demand from the building and construction industry are major factors driving the growth of the market studied.
  • However, growing environmental concerns are anticipated to restrain the growth of the target industry during the forecast period.
  • Nevertheless, the increasing demand for bio-based polyurethane may create lucrative growth opportunities for the global market.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market and is likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Polyurethane Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Building and Construction Industry

  • Polyurethane is widely used in construction applications due to its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, insulation properties, versatility, and durability. Polyurethane components are found in homes across the world due to their affordability and the comfort they provide.
  • The building and construction industry is the largest consumer of rigid and sprayed polyurethane foam. Rigid polyurethane foam insulation has many benefits, including energy efficiency, versatility, high performance, thermal/mechanical performance, and environment-friendly nature.
  • Rigid polyurethane foams are used as insulated panels, wall and roof insulation, and gap fillers for the space around doors and windows. Rigid foam adhesives are used in window and door installations and manufactured housing.
  • The volume of construction work is expected to grow by 85% globally, with China, the United States, and India leading the way, accounting for 57% of global growth. China’s global construction market share is expected to increase marginally as growth in the world’s largest construction market slows until 2030.
  • According to the International Trade Organization, China is the world's largest construction market and has the highest rate of global urbanization. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in 2022, the construction industry in the country generated an output of over CNY 31 trillion (~USD 4.31 trillion), representing an increase of almost 100% from the previous decade.
  • According to the United States Census Bureau, in the United States, the value of private construction in 2022 stood at USD 1,434.2 billion, 11.7% (± 1.0%) higher than the USD 1,279.5 billion in 2021. Residential construction spending in 2022 was USD 899.1 billion, up by 13.3% (±2.1%) from USD 793.7 billion in 2021, while non-residential construction spending accounted for USD 530.1 billion, down by 9.1% (±2.1%) from USD 485.8 billion in 2021 (1.0%). The total number of building permits in October 2023 was around 1,487,000 units compared to 1,555,000 units in October 2022.
  • Furthermore, Europe's construction sector grew by 2.5% in 2022 because of the investments from the EU Recovery Fund. Business confidence picked up in early 2022, despite price pressures at most EU construction firms, and is expected to reach pre-COVID-19 levels. Moreover, as the COVID-19 crisis abates and builders become less reluctant to invest in new corporate buildings and renovate existing properties, non-residential construction is expected to pick up the pace, thus supporting overall growth in the construction market. The major construction projects in 2021 were non-residential (offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, and industrial buildings), accounting for 31.3%.
  • Several primary commercial construction operations in the Middle East are driven by government projects, such as Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Qiddiya, Sharaan Resort at Al-Ula, King Fahad Medical City Expansion, Al Widyan, and King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Medical Complexes are examples of construction projects in Saudi Arabia with a favorable impact on the market growth.
  • According to the above-mentioned factors, the demand for polyurethane from the building and construction industry is expected to flourish during the forecast period.
Polyurethane Market - Construction Output Value, CNY Trillion , China, 2012 - 2022

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific holds the major market share in the global polyurethane market. Polyurethane usage is increasing, with growing automobile production, construction activities, and rapid urbanization in China and India.
  • According to the International Trade Organization, China is the largest construction market in the world and has the highest rate of global urbanization. According to data from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Shanghai, by 2025, China is expected to construct a city equivalent to 10 in New York since the 1990s.
  • Polyurethane is widely used in automobiles. In addition to the foam that makes car seats comfortable, polyurethane is used in bumpers, interior "headline" ceiling sections, the car body, doors, spoilers, and windows. China is the largest producer of automobiles. Due to the growing environmental concerns, the country's automotive sector is aiming for large-scale product evolution, focusing on manufacturing products to ensure fuel economy while minimizing emissions.
  • According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), China was the largest producer of motor vehicles, with a production of 27,020,615 units of vehicles in 2022, registering a 3% growth compared to 2021. The Indian automobile sector saw immense growth, with a production of 54,56,857 units of vehicles in 2022, a 24% increase from 2021.
  • Polyurethane foams are frequently used as the core of comfortable and functional upholstered furniture, with products ranging from office chairs to beds. Asia-Pacific accounted for more than half of global furniture production. China is the largest producer of furniture. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in October 2023, the retail sales of furniture in China amounted to approximately CNY 13.7 billion (~USD 1.87 billion) compared to CNY 13.8 billion (~USD 1.88 billion) in September 2023.
  • Due to all such factors, the Asian-Pacific polyurethane market is expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period.
Polyurethane Market - Growth Rate by Region

Polyurethane Industry Overview

The polyurethane market is fragmented in nature. Some major players (not in any particular order) in the market include Huntsman International LLC, Wanhua, Covestro AG, BASF SE, and DOW.

Polyurethane Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Covestro AG

  3. Huntsman International LLC

  4. Wanhua

  5. DOW

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Polyurethane Market Concentration
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Polyurethane Market News

  • June 2023: Carpenter Co. acquired the Engineered Foams Division of Recticel NV. This acquisition helped produce the world’s largest vertically incorporated manufacturer of polyurethane foams and specialty polymer products. Moreover, this acquisition is expected to bring innovations in polyurethane foam through the industry’s leading materials, such as Serene Foam and Hybrid TheraGel Memory Foam.
  • July 2022: DIC Corporation acquired a Chinese coating resin manufacturer named Guangdong TOD New Material Co. Ltd. This acquisition supported DIC Corporation in expanding its coating resins capacity for different resins, including acrylic, alkyd, polyester, urethane, and epoxy, in the Asian market.

Polyurethane Market Report - 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 for Lightweight and High-performance Composites from the Automotive Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand from the Building and Construction Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Demand from the Bedding, Carpet, and Cushioning Industries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Environmental Concerns

    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. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Rigid Foam

      2. 5.1.2 Flexible Foam

      3. 5.1.3 Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers (CASE)

      4. 5.1.4 Thermoplastic Polyurethane

      5. 5.1.5 Other Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Furniture

      2. 5.2.2 Building and Construction

      3. 5.2.3 Electronics and Appliances

      4. 5.2.4 Automotive

      5. 5.2.5 Footwear

      6. 5.2.6 Packaging

      7. 5.2.7 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 Ranking 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 Co.

      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 Rogers Corporation

      13. 6.4.13 Sheela Foam Limited

      14. 6.4.14 Tosoh Corporation

      15. 6.4.15 Wanhua

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Bio-based Polyurethane

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Polyurethane Industry Segmentation

Polyurethane is a plastic polymer material used to produce modern, versatile, and safe consumer and industrial products that are environment-friendly. Polyurethane is developed by reacting a polyol with a diisocyanate or a polymeric isocyanate in the presence of appropriate catalysts and additives.

The polyurethane market is segmented by type, end-user industry, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into rigid foam, flexible foam, coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers (CASE), thermoplastic polyurethane, and other types. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into furniture, building and construction, electronics and appliances, automotive, footwear, packaging, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the polyurethane market in 16 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizes and forecasts are done based on revenue (USD).

Rigid Foam
Flexible Foam
Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers (CASE)
Thermoplastic Polyurethane
Other Types
End-user Industry
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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Polyurethane Market Research FAQs

The Polyurethane Market size is expected to reach USD 83.22 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.36% to reach USD 108.02 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Polyurethane Market size is expected to reach USD 83.22 billion.

BASF SE, Covestro AG, Huntsman International LLC, Wanhua and DOW are the major companies operating in the Polyurethane Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Polyurethane Market.

In 2023, the Polyurethane Market size was estimated at USD 78.76 billion. The report covers the Polyurethane Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Polyurethane Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

The factors driving the Polyurethane Market are a) Increasing demand for lightweight and durable products in the automotive, construction, and electronics industries b) Increasing demand from the building and construction industry c) Increasing demand from the bedding, carpet, and cushioning industries

Polyurethane Industry Report

The global polyurethane market is witnessing significant growth, propelled by surging demand in sectors like automotive, construction, and packaging, especially in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions. This growth is driven by the increasing need for building insulation, spurred by sustainability concerns and the booming construction industry. Key segments include raw materials such as Toluene Di-isocyanate, Methylene Diphenyl Di-isocyanate, and Polyols, covering a range of applications from rigid and flexible foams to coatings, adhesives, and sealants. The Asia-Pacific area, with China and India at the forefront, leads the market due to rapid urbanization and industrial growth. Innovations in bio-based polyurethane and recycling initiatives offer fresh opportunities amidst environmental challenges. Major players are expanding production and launching new products to cater to rising demand, showcasing a vibrant market scenario. For detailed polyurethane market insights, including share, size, revenue growth rate, and a forecast outlook, Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports provide an in-depth analysis and a free report PDF download, offering a comprehensive historical overview and future predictions for this dynamic industry.

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Polyurethane Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)