Extruded Polypropylene (XPP) Foam Market Report

Extruded Polypropylene (XPP) Foam Market Analysis By Product (Low density, High density), By Application (Transportation, Packaging, Building & Construction), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025

Published: July 2017  |  127 Pages  |  Format: PDF  |  Report ID: GVR-1-68038-511-3

Industry Insights

The global extruded polypropylene (XPP) foam market size was estimated at USD 582.6 million in 2016. Growing demand for light weight automobiles and eco-friendly packaging materials are driving market growth. The growing demand for these materials in the packaging industry due to their lightweight and high melt strength properties is expected to further boost market demand.

The demand for extruded polypropylene foam is expected to grow rapidly owing to rising demand from automobile manufacturing industries that are adopting new technologies aimed at weight reduction of automobiles. The new emission regulations being adopted globally is expected to place an extra importance on lightweight materials used in major automotive parts. The rising awareness regarding light weight vehicles and enhanced fuel efficiency is expected to boost the consumption of these products.         

Germany extruded polypropylene (XPP) foam market, by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

Germany extruded polypropylene (XPP) foam market

Germany is well-known for its rapid innovation in the engineering and automotive industry. The growing demand for the automobiles is expected to boost the consumption of these products. The growing consumer awareness regarding eco-friendly packaging of FMCG products is expected to have a positive impact on market demand. The presence of manufacturers such as BASF and PearlFoam GmbH is expected to have a positive impact on market growth over the forecast period.

The versatile properties and costs of the polypropylene foam have made these products preferable for packaging for a wide range of foodstuffs. The packaging forms include containers, pots, cylinders, tubes, pouches, and wrapping films. It is expected to become the most widely used flexible packaging material over the forecast period. The rising demand for reusable bottles and kitchenware manufactured from the eco-friendly material is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth of these products.

The price fluctuation of polypropylene is a major concern for manufacturers. The unstable oil prices and future hedging has resulted in manufacturers searching for alternatives to extruded polypropylene foam. The price fluctuations have affected the food packaging industry resulting in increase in packaging costs which has decreased the profits.

Product Insights

The product segments in the market comprise low-density polypropylene foam and high-density polypropylene foam. Low-density foam is structured, non-reactive, and tough to chemicals and exhibits high-temperature resistance. This foam is majorly used in building and construction, automotive and other end-use industries. The use of low-density foam in the automotive industry is expected to grow rapidly on account of growing demand in the manufacturing of engine sheds, door liners, roof trunk liner for impact protection.

High density extruded polypropylene foam has higher compressive strength and energy absorption characteristics when compared to low-density XPP foam. High-density XPP foam is used in packaging industry because of its ability to protect products from any kind of impact. The demand for this product in the automobile industry is driven by properties such as lightweight, energy management, durability, recyclability and high functionality.

Application Insights

The major applications of extruded polypropylene foam comprise transport, packaging, building & construction. Transportation is the major application segment owing to growing demand for these materials in the manufacturing of light vehicles. The high strength and temperature resistance offered by these products is responsible for their high demand. The introduction of new manufacturing technologies coupled with rising innovation in automotive materials is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period.

Global extruded polypropylene foam market volume, by application, 2016 (%)

Global extruded polypropylene (XPP) foam market

Building and construction application segment accounted for around 11.7% market share in 2016. It finds application in the construction of theaters and auditoriums where high sound insulation is required. It is also used in the constructions of earthquake resistant buildings owing to its high shock resistance.

The high melt strength and chemical resistance offered by these products are boosting their consumption in the manufacturing of electric equipment. The hazards due to rising plastic consumption in the packaging industry are expected to boost the consumption of extruded polypropylene foam which is recyclable.

Regional Insights

The North America extruded polypropylene foam market is driven by growing application in the automotive industry. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) regulation aimed at reducing the pollution caused due to the high weight of these vehicles is expected to boost the consumption of these products over the forecast period. The presence of major automobile manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors is expected to further boost market growth.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region growing at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2017 to 2025. The demand in the region is driven by rising consumption in China, India, and Japan. The growing automobile industry backed by rising disposable incomes is expected to have a positive impact on market demand of these products. The growing contract packaging industry in the region is expected to consume a considerable amount of extruded polypropylene foam over the forecast period. The rising investment in infrastructure in developing economies is expected to further augment the demand for these products.

Europe is a significant region in the market and expected to grow moderately over the forecast period. The major countries in the region are Germany, UK, and France. The rapid innovation on materials used in the manufacturing of automobiles coupled with rising number of automobile OEM’s in countries such as Austria and Poland is expected to boost the demand for extruded polypropylene foam.

Competitive Insights

The global extruded polypropylene foam market is highly competitive with the presence of many multinationals and small manufacturers operating their businesses through high production volumes. The companies in the extruded polypropylene foam market are highly integrated from the production of extruded polypropylene foam to the sales and distribution of the products to various locations. The major industry participants are BASF SE, DS Smith PLC, Borealis AG, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc, JSP Corporation, Sekisui Voltek, LLC, Pregis LLC, NMC SA, Toray Industries, Inc., Braskem, and W.R Grace.

Distribution enhancement and expansion are the key strategies being adopted by the market players in order to strengthen their position. The companies such as BASF, Mitsui Chemicals, Borealis AG, and JSP Corporation operate their business through extensive production capacities spread across the globe. Manufacturers are forming partnerships with end-use industries to ensure future profits. Companies have been trying to develop application specific products in order to increase their market scope.

Report Scope

Attribute

Details

Base year for estimation

2016

Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, France, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Brazil

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the extruded polypropylene foam market on the basis of product, application and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Low density XPP foam

    • High density XPP foam

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Transportation

    • Packaging

    • Building & Construction

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa 

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