United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The United Kingdom Foam Insulation is Segmented by Type (Polystyrene, Polyurethane and Polyisocyanurate, Polyolefin, Elastomeric, Phenolic, and Other Types) and End-user Industry (Building and Construction, Transportation, Consumer Appliances, and Other End-user Industries). The report offers market size and forecasts for United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market in value (USD Million) for all the above segments.

UK Foam Insulation Market Size

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UK Foam Insulation Market - Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR > 4.00 %
Market Concentration High

Major Players

United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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UK Foam Insulation Market Analysis

During the forecast period, the foam insulation market in the United Kingdom is estimated to grow with a CAGR of over 4%.

The building and construction industry was one of the various industries affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Continued lockdowns, various social distancing norms, and disruptions in the supply chain hindered the growth of the building and construction industries. Many projects were delayed due to a lack of labor, funding, and other causes. Also, some projects were completely shut down due to bankruptcy. The demand for foam insulation which is used extensively in the building and construction industry, was hampered during the same period.

With the industrial sector gradually returning to the pre-pandemic level of activity, the revival of the building and construction industry, along with transportation and consumer appliances, is expected to drive the demand for foam insulation in the market.

  • In the short term, the growing consumer appliances market is expected to drive the demand for foam insulation. In the consumer appliances segment, household appliances have seen an increase in demand, with consumers prioritizing home improvements by splurging money saved up from holidays and socializing.
  • In the United Kingdom, if we see in the long term, the growing construction industry is expected to drive the demand for foam insulation during the forecast period.
  • However, growing concerns regarding potential health issues arising from the use of isocyanates, such as MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), undergo reaction with polyols to form polyurethane, on the other hand could potentially hinder the demand for the studied market.

UK Foam Insulation Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the UK Foam Insulation Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Usage in the Building and Construction Segment

  • With the increasing shift towards reducing greenhouse emissions and the overall carbon footprint, the government of the United Kingdom has been introducing schemes and insulation grants to help households reduce their electricity consumption and save up money on electricity bills.
  • Post-pandemic, the building & construction industry has been gradually picking up pace. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (UK), new housing unit construction in the United Kingdom increased to 42,350 units in the first quarter of 2022 from 41,600 units in the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • The monthly construction output increased by 1.5% in volume terms in May 2022 compared to April 2022, stated the Office for National Statistics (UK). This is the seventh consecutive monthly growth following the upwardly revised increase to 0.3% in April 2022. May 2022 marked a record high in monthly-level terms (GBP 15,053 million) since last decade.
  • With foam insulation being extensively used in the building and construction industry, the abovementioned factors are expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.
Foam Insulation Market -Foam Insulation Market, Revenue CAGR (%), by End-User Industry, United Kingdom, 2022-2027

Higher demand for Polyurethane and Polyisocyanurate Foam

  • Polyurethane Rigid Foam (PUR) and Polyisocyanurate Rigid Foam (PIR) are very close in chemical composition as both are polyurethane derivatives. PIR was created by improving PUR's thermal stability and flame resistance.
  • PUR insulation has high water resistance and can be injected into small spaces to create an air-tight seal. It can also provide an energy-efficient barrier if injected into wall cavities. According to the Insulation Manufacturer Association, PUR delivers 'the best thermal performance of all practical fully cavity insulants.' It is also less expensive, making it ideal for continuous spraying for renovation purposes. Since PUR does not hold water, it is an ideal choice for flood-prone areas as it can minimize the damage through water impact in wall cavities.
  • On the other hand, PIR can be typically cut into boards and used in insulated metal panels, wall cavities, and as insulated plasterboard. The thermal performance of PIR is higher when compared to its counterparts, so it requires only half the thickness of other mineral-based insulation products.
  • The most advantageous factor of PIR is its high flame and smoke resistance compared to PUR products, which slows down the spread of flames and reduces the smoke emitted in case of a fire outbreak.
  • As per the factors mentioned above, the demand for PUR and PIR insulation is expected to be relatively higher than its counterparts, thus driving the market growth.
Foam Insulation Market - Foam Insulation Market, Revenue CAGR (), by Type, United Kingdom, 2022-2027

UK Foam Insulation Industry Overview

The foam insulation market in the United Kingdom is consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market (in no particular order) include BASF SE, Covestro AG, Owens Corning, Saint-Gobain, Xtratherm Ltd., EcoTherm Insulation (UK) Limited, BAU UK Ltd, Ramsay Rubber Limited, JSJ Foam Insulation, Dow, Huntsman International LLC, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation, Bauder Ltd., Kingspan Group, and others.

UK Foam Insulation Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Covestro AG

  3. Owens Corning

  4. Saint-Gobain S.A.

  5. Dow

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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UK Foam Insulation Market News

  • In June 2022, Owens Corning acquired Natural Polymers LLC, based in Cortland, Illinois, an innovative spray polyurethane foam insulation manufacturer primarily recognized for building and construction applications. This acquisition is a part of Owens Corning's strategy to tap higher-growth segments while strengthening its core building and construction products.
  • In July 2021, Xtratherm acquired Ballytherm's Ireland and UK operations, including one PIR insulation plant in Ballyconnell, County Cavan, and a new production planned for opening at Ross-on-Wye in the United Kingdom. This acquisition is expected to help Unilin Insulation, the owner of Xtratherm, expand its operation in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

UK Foam Insulation 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 Usage in the Building and Construction

      2. 4.1.2 Higher Demand for Polyurethane and Polyisocyanate Foam

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Health Concerns

      2. 4.2.2 Challenges in Mortgaging or Reselling Houses with Foam Insulation

    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


    1. 5.1 Types

      1. 5.1.1 Polystyrene

      2. 5.1.2 Polyurethane and Polyisocyanurate

      3. 5.1.3 Polyolefin

      4. 5.1.4 Elastomeric

      5. 5.1.5 Phenolic

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Building and Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Transportation

      3. 5.2.3 Consumer Appliances

      4. 5.2.4 Other End-user Industries


    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 Armacell

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 BAU UK Ltd.

      4. 6.4.4 Bauder Ltd.

      5. 6.4.5 Covestro AG

      6. 6.4.6 Dow

      7. 6.4.7 EcoTherm Insulation (UK) Limited

      8. 6.4.8 Hunstman International LLC

      9. 6.4.9 Johns Manville

      10. 6.4.10 JSJ Foam Insulation

      11. 6.4.11 Kingspan Group

      12. 6.4.12 Knauf Insulation

      13. 6.4.13 Owens Corning

      14. 6.4.14 Ramsay Rubber

      15. 6.4.15 Recticel

      16. 6.4.16 Saint-Gobain

      17. 6.4.17 Xtratherm Ltd.

      18. 6.4.18 Zotefoams PLC

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Development of Eco-friendly Foam Insulation

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UK Foam Insulation Industry Segmentation

Foam insulation uses chemicals such as isocyanate and polyol resin, which react when mixed together and expand after being sprayed in place. This expansion, possessing high thermal insulating value with minimal air infiltration, makes it purposeful as a specialty packing material that is extensively used in various packing and building applications. The foam insulation market in the United Kingdom is segmented by type and end-user industry. By type, the market is segmented into polystyrene, polyurethane and polyisocyanurate, polyolefin, elastomeric, phenolic, and other types. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into building and construction, transportation, consumer appliances, and other end-user industries. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (USD million).

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UK Foam Insulation Market Research FAQs

The United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 4% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

BASF SE, Covestro AG, Owens Corning, Saint-Gobain S.A. and Dow are the major companies operating in the United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market.

The report covers the United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the United Kingdom Foam Insulation Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

United Kingdom Foam Insulation Industry Report

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