Growing importance for energy efficiency on account of rising energy costs is expected to be a major factor driving the global cold insulation market over the next six years. Rising concerns regarding green house gas emissions are expected to further fuel the market growth over the forecast period. The market is complemented by government support to increase energy efficiency of public infrastructure. Depleting infrastructure spending across various developed nations such as the U.S., Japan and other Western European countries coupled with increasing awareness regarding energy losses and costs incurred due to them are expected to have a positive impact on global cold insulation market. Increasing disposable income coupled with growing demand for air conditioning and refrigerating devices in emerging markets is expected to further drive the demand for cold insulation materials such as fiber glass, polyurethane foams, polystyrene foams and phenolic foams. Increasing demand for cryogenic equipment from oil & gas industry is expected to drive the demand for cryogenic insulation materials which in turn is expected to have a positive impact on the global market.
Increasing R&D by companies to develop insulation materials through sustainable raw material sources is expected to yield opportunities to market participants over the forecast period. The market growth is expected to be hindered by volatile prices of benzene, TDI and MDI that are required to manufacture polyurethane and polystyrene based insulation materials.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit significant growth over the next six years owing to increasing construction spending in countries such as China, India and Japan coupled with favorable government regulations to improve energy efficiency of buildings. Emergence of domestic manufacturers in China is expected to favorably impact the market in terms of production. The markets in North America and Europe are expected to be primarily driven by government initiatives to increasing energy efficiency of public infrastructure. Presence of large number of thermal insulation companies in these regions are expected to further complement the market growth.
Some of the major companies involved in the global cold insulation market include BASF, Owens Corning, Rockwool International, Huntsman Corporation, Evonik Industries, Bayer MaterialScience, Aspen Aerogels Inc., Fletcher Insulation Group, Certain Teed Corporation, Armacell International Holding GmbH, Knauf Insulation and Dow Chemical Company.
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