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Global Polyolefin Polystyrene Foam Market Size to Grow At 4.43% CAGR From 2024 to 2030.

Global Polyolefin Polystyrene Foam Market Size (2024 - 2030)

As per our research report, the Global Polyolefin Polystyrene Foam Market size is estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 4.43% from 2024 to 2030.

COVID-19 caused a significant decline in demand for polystyrene forms in many industries, including automobile, construction, and consumer goods. Due to restrictions, economic uncertainty, and decreased consumer spending, all these factors influenced the market for polyolefin foam products. The requirement for foam materials in the automotive industry, in particular, decreased dramatically during the pandemic. But after COVID-19, markets are growing in different sectors, especially in Automotive and construction.

The increase in the usage of polyolefin foam in various passenger car cushions, gasket seals, armrests, cushioned instrument panels, joint filler, roof insulation material, and other components to build lightweight, durable, and fuel-efficient structures leads to the expansion of the polyolefin foam market. The polyolefin foam, recycle, and reusable properties are also the key elements driving market growth.

Growth in its uses in numerous industries, like packaging, furniture, bedding, and automotive, is likely to increase the demand for polymer foam. Polymer foams are lightweight and adaptable, extremely durable, mildew resistant, and dermatologically friendly.

Bob Urethane (PU) foams are long-lasting, lightweight, corrosion resistant, recyclable, and provide flexibility. PU foams are being used in automobile seat cushions such as armrests, headrests, cushioned instrument panels, airbags, and other components are also used to build lightweight, fuel-efficient, and long-lasting constructions.

Recyclability, less waste, and increased sustainability are a few advantages of polymer foam. Many governments and authorities are worried about the impact of isocyanates on health particularly about their use in the production of polyurethane. Bio-based polyols and nontoxic isocyanates represent an advancement that is anticipated to drive the demand for polymer foams across various applications in the forecasted period.

The global automotive industry is striving to reduce the weight of vehicles as it leads to fuel efficiency and better performance. Polyolefin foams can be used to achieve this objective by being used in both private vehicles. They are extensively used in buses, coaches, and other larger vehicles to help reduce their weight.

There are a few challenges faced by Polyolefin foam manufacturers in establishing pricing strategies due to the raw material costs fluctuation. Constantly changing these costs can lead to pricing instability in the products. This makes it difficult to maintain profit margins and competitive pricing in the market which could ultimately pose a risk to market position and overall profitability. The increase in the construction sector, particularly in developing countries, presents a huge market for polymer foam applications in insulation, roofing, and structural components. Polymer foams are being used in construction projects due to the increased demand for energy-efficient and lightweight materials.


  • Based on the Foam type, Polyethylene (PE) foam is the largest segment with about 60% share in the market. It is known for its lightweight, long-lasting, and water-resistant qualities. Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam is the fastest-growing segment with a CAGR of more than 6% and is also predicted to grow in the forecasted period. EVA foam is liked for its softness, flexibility, and shockproofness.

  • Based on the end-user industry, packing occupies the largest share of about 30% of the market. It is known for being a lightweight, secure product, robust, and water-resistant. Construction is the fastest-growing segment in the end-user market for polyolefin polystyrene foam, with a CAGR of more than 5% and it is projected to grow in the forecasted period. Construction industry growth is the reason for the demand for polyolefin polystyrene foam.

  • Based on the application, the Thermal insulation segment occupies the largest share of about 50% of the market. On the other hand, Impact protection is the fastest-growing segment in polyolefin polystyrene foam, with a CAGR of more than 6% predicted for the forecast period. The growing demand for lightweight and long-lasting impact protection materials in a range of industries is increasing this segment.

  • Based on the Region, the Asia-Pacific region occupies the largest share of about 40% of the market. With economic expansion and urbanization in Asia-Pacific emerging economies such as China and India are increasing the demand for polyolefin polystyrene foam in the region. In Asia-Pacific, polyolefin polystyrene foam is utilized in a wide range of industries, including packaging, construction, and automobile. The South American region is the fastest-growing area in the polyolefin polystyrene foam market. During the forecasted period, it is expected to increase at a CAGR of more than 6%. South America's growing construction and packaging sectors are increasing demand for polyolefin polystyrene foam. In South America, polyolefin polystyrene foam is utilized in construction applications like insulation, roofing, and underlayment.

  • Companies playing a leading role in the European industrial Dryers market profiled in this report are— Arkema Group, BASF SE, Borealis AG, Armacell International S.A., Fritz Nauer AG, Polymer Technologies, Inc., Koepp Schaum GmbH, Recticel NV, Rogers Corporation, JSP Corporation.

Polyolefin Polystyrene Foam Market Segmentation:

By Foam type:

  • Polyethylene (PE) foam

  • Polypropylene (PP) foam

  • Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam

By End-User industry:

  • Packaging

  • Automotive

  • Construction

  • Footwear

  • Bedding and furniture

  • Other end-user industries

By Application:

  • Thermal insulation

  • Impact protection

  • Soundproofing

  • Buoyancy

  • Cushioning

  • Other applications

By Region:

  • North America

  • Asia-Pacific

  • Europe

  • South America

  • Middle East and Africa

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