GVR Report cover Europe Polyolefin Foam Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Europe Polyolefin Foam Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Building & Construction, Automotive, Packaging, Consumer Goods), By Country, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-453-6
  • Number of Report Pages: 65
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2018
  • Forecast Period: 2020 - 2027 
  • Industry: Bulk Chemicals

Report Overview

The European polyolefin foam market size was valued at USD 4.1 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a revenue-based CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. Polyolefin foam is widely used in various industries, including automotive, consumer goods, packaging, and others on account of its properties, such as high strength, lightweight, buoyancy, resistance to high temperature, and energy absorption.

The growth of the construction industry in Europe is a significant factor propelling the demand for polyolefin foam. Increasing construction activities in Ireland and the Netherlands, growing urbanization in the eastern European countries, and rising public spending on infrastructure in Germany, Italy, and U.K. are majorly fueling the growth of the construction industry in Europe.

Germany polyolefin foam market

This, in turn, is likely to have a positive impact on the demand for polyolefin foam in Europe. Moreover, rising demand for green buildings owing to stringent environmental regulations is anticipated to drive the construction industry, thereby boosting the polyolefin foam market growth in Europe.

In December 2019, the Federation of the German Construction Industry (HBD) announced in Berlin that it aims to build approximately 375,000 new apartments by 2021 and 310,000 new building units by the end of 2020. The construction industry in the country is majorly driven by housing sectors owing to rising income, stable labor market, and a continuous rise in the number of people migrating to big cities. In addition, the ongoing transition to a sustainable energy system in the country is fueling the demand for green buildings in Germany. Thus, the growing construction industry in the country is expected to create ample growth opportunities for the European polyolefin foam market over the forecast period.

Positive developments in regional economic conditions and investments by the government in the infrastructure sector in France are fueling the growth of the construction industry, which, in turn, are expected to contribute to the growth of polyolefin foam market in Europe. In addition, rising inclination towards green buildings in the country owing to the concerns over carbon emissions is expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the construction industry, thereby propelling the demand for polyolefin foam in France in the coming years. However, fluctuating raw material prices are anticipated to hamper the market growth in Europe over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Major applications of polyolefin foam are building & construction, automotive, packaging, consumer goods, and others. Building & construction was the largest application segment in 2019. Demand for polyolefin foam is expected to be high in this application segment owing to its beneficial characteristics, including excellent sound & thermal insulation, strength-to-weight ratio, load-bearing capacity, chemical resistance, and others.

Europe polyolefin foam market

Various governments in Europe are spending on infrastructure, thereby propelling the polyolefin foam demand in Europe over the forecast period. For instance, in March 2019, Germany’s Finance Ministry announced to spend more than USD 170 billion on infrastructure, housing, education, and digital technology over the next four years.  In addition, initiatives by the EU, such as Horizon 2020, in order to achieve energy efficiency in the residential and commercial buildings, are significantly contributing to the demand for polyolefin foam in building and construction in Europe.

Country Insights

Germany dominated the market for polyolefin foam in Europe with over 21.15% share of the overall revenue in 2019, followed by the rest of Europe. Properties of polyolefin foam such as impact resistance, thermal insulation, heat and chemical resistance, and high strength-to-weight ratio have expanded the application scope of polyolefin foam in a wide range of industries, including packaging, automotive components, consumer goods, and various others. The presence of numerous manufacturers in Germany and the availability of skilled labor have increased the consumption of polyolefin foam in the country.

In addition, the growing construction industry is anticipated to create huge demand for polyolefin foam in the country over the forecast period. Increasing investments in housing units, industrial buildings, and infrastructures, such as roadway networks, bridges, and railways, are propelling the growth of the construction industry in the country.

Europe Polyolefin Foam Market Share Insights

The market in Europe has been characterized by intense competition owing to the presence of several key players, such as Sekisui Alveo, Arkema Group, BASF SE, Armacell International S.A., and Borealis AG, along with some small and midsized players. Major players in the market face intense competition from each other as well as from other regional players, which have well-established supply chain networks and are well aware of the regulations and suppliers in the market. Players are focusing on strategies, such as the expansion of production capacity, infrastructural development, R&D investments, and vertical integration of value chain, in order to gain a foothold in the market.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Market representation

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million, and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Regional scope


Country scope

Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Central Europe, Rest of Europe

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Europe polyolefin foam market report on the basis of application and country:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Building & Construction

    • Automotive

    • Packaging

    • Consumer Goods

    • Others

  • Country Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Germany

    • U.K.

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Central Europe

    • Rest of Europe

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