GVR Report cover Colored Polyurethane (PU) Foams Market Share, Size & Trend Report

Colored Polyurethane (PU) Foams Market Share, Size & Trend Analysis By Product (Rigid, Flexible), By Application And Segment Forecasts To 2022

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-622-6
  • Number of Pages: 91
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

Global colored polyurethane (PU) foams market size was estimated at 4,437.7 kilo tons in 2014. Automobile manufacturers are finding alternatives to metal in vehicles in order to reduce overall vehicle weight and therefore enhance fuel efficiency. This has resulted into high opportunities for plastics such as polyurethane (PU), polyamide (PA) and polypropylene (PP).

The product is majorly used for seating purposes. Other important applications in the automotive industry are door skins, spare wheel trays, boot lining trays, headliners, dashboard trims, carpet backing and center consoles. They are useful as an insulating substance to control vibrations, noise and harshness features.

An increase in construction activities is also expected to drive global industry growth over the forecast period. Numerous design features are offered by the product for homes and buildings. In addition, its insulating function for walls emerges makes colored PU foams an ideal solution for construction projects.

North America occupied the largest share of the colored PU foam market in 2014 globally. The region has dominated the market due to high consumer disposable income, and luxurious standards of living which have resulted in increased demand for comfortable furniture and bedding in the region.

Other advantages for homes and buildings include exceptional durability and excellent fatigue resistance. Environment friendly nature is expected to further enhance overall demand in the future owing to its ability to reduce carbon emission levels.

Highly volatile toluene diisocyanate and methylene diphenyl diisocyanate prices which are petrochemical derivatives are expected to restrain global industry growth over the forecast period.

Recently, manufacturers have come up with bio-based raw materials for product manufacturing in order to avoid hindrances from the petrochemical industry such as lack of supply and higher prices.

Product Insights

On the basis of product, the market is segmented into flexible and rigid PU foams. Flexible are majorly used in cushioning. The product category has dominated the global industry with an overall volume share of approximately 58% in 2014.

Flexible colored PU foam is utilized in end-use industries such as textiles, bedding, furniture, packaging, and transportation due to its superior properties such as handling strength, durability, and energy absorption. These properties have majorly driven its use in these specific industries.

Rigid products are widely used in insulating applications. The automotive industry is one of the major application segments for rigid. Owing to high growth in automotive, the product category is expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Furniture and interior dominated the application segment as they are widely used in beddings, mattresses, carpets and couches manufacturing. The construction segment is another important application segment covering around 24% volume share globally.

In the construction industry, colored PU foams are widely used for architectural and insulation designs. With the increase in construction activities in the Asia Pacific region, the segment is expected to cover a major volume share over the forecast period.

The electronic appliances segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 5.7% from 2015 to 2022 owing to the developing demand for high strength and efficient appliances coupled with attractive appearance.

Colored PU foams are basically used for insulation purposes in electronic industries. They protect the electronic parts owing to their dielectric and adhesive properties. Moreover, it has exceptional resistant properties against water and temperature. These factors are anticipated to drive its consumption in electronic applications.

Regional Insights

North America was the leading regional market owing to the huge demand for electronic appliances and the automotive industry. The region was followed by Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period.

The automotive industry in Europe is one of the cleanest, most sustainable and innovative industries in the region. With the increase in focus on aesthetic appeal and product innovation will boost the market for colored PU foam in the region in the future.

Developments in end-use industries such as automotive, electronic appliances, packaging and construction have decreased operating costs resulting in PU foams capacity additions in major countries such as India, China and Japan. Therefore, all these factors resulted in the highest regional growth over the forecast period.

The Rest of the World (RoW) comprises Central & South America and Middle East & Africa. These regions are expected to witness significant growth owing to automobile industry developments coupled with an increase in construction projects in developing regions such as the Middle East and Africa.

Colored Polyurethane Foams Market Share Insights

The global colored PU foams market is highly fragmented as small and medium-sized industry participants accounts for around more than 70% of the global market share in 2014. Key companies include Huntsman Corporation, BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation.

Other companies are Rogers Corporation, Carpenter Company, Recticel S.A., Bayer MaterialScience AG, Stepan Company and INOAC Corporation. BASF has its presence across the value chain by integrating its operations.

The company not only produces colored PU foams but is also involved in its raw material production and marketing & selling activities. The company is also expected to expand polyurethane production capacity over the forecast period in order to maximize its overall profits.

There is a huge presence of companies in Asia Pacific and the entry of new entrants is expected to increase in the region over the forecast period owing to the developing automotive, packaging and electronic appliances industries.

Top-tier companies are focusing on making products as per specific end-users and code-compliant products. For instance, in March 2016, Dow Polyurethane Technologies enabled code-compliant insulation solutions in North America to help builders and contractors provide sustainable and better infrastructure and products which would help them to penetrate deeper into the market.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2012 - 2014

Forecast period

2015 - 2022

Market representation                                    

Revenue in USD million, Volume in Kilo Tons, and CAGR from 2015 to 2022

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and RoW

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, China, India, Japan, and Brazil

Report coverage        

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

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2012 to 2022. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global colored PU foam market on the basis of product, application, and region.

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022)

    • Rigid colored PU foams

    • Flexible colored PU foams

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022)

    • Furniture and interiors

    • Construction

    • Electronic appliances

    • Automotive

    • Footwear

    • Packaging

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Rest of the World

      • Brazil

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