GVR Report cover Formaldehyde Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Formaldehyde Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application, By End-use, By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, RoW), And Segment Forecasts, 2015 - 2020

  • Published Date: Jul, 2015
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2014
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-204-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2012-2014
  • Number of Pages: 85

Industry Insights

Formaldehyde is an important feedstock component for production urea-alkyd resins, which find applications mainly for the output of binding materials for medium density plywood and particle boards. Formaldehyde is extensively used in various industries such as plywood, automobile, construction, etc. Key drivers for formaldehyde market include the growth of its application in various industries such as construction, automobile, and textile industry.

Formaldehyde is typically formulated from methanol which is predominantly used in synthesis of resins. This constituted a major portion of its application and the rest is followed by formaldehyde usage in the fertilizer sector and in producing various disinfectants and preservatives. They are also primarily utilized as hydrogen sulfide scavenger in diverse oil operations and in other industrial applications.

Positive outlook on construction and growth in infrastructure spending has led to an upturn in formaldehyde market demand for various reinforcement and component applications. Formaldehyde is produced close to the consumption area, owing to issues in transportation over long distances. Growing concerns for health and safety regarding human life as well as the environment are expected to be key challenges for industry participants.

The U.S. EPA has issued stringent guidelines to be followed to ensure the safety of the workforce and avoid potential damage to lungs, nose, skin, reproductive systems problems, and cancer. Apart from regulatory restrictions, fluctuations in the price of raw materials are key issues associated with the formaldehyde market.

Application Insights

Key formaldehyde market applications include PF resins, UF resins, MF resins, polyacetal resins, pentaerythritol, 1,4-butanediol, and methylenebis. PF resins are expected to dominate the overall formaldehyde market majorly on account of its high consumption rates and demand for industrial and consumer-oriented products. PF resins being water and fire resistant are widely used in the construction and automotive industry as insulation foams, binders, and composites.

Formaldehyde has multiple applications across a robust range of end-use industries. They are widely used in cosmetics, wherein the compound acts as antimicrobial agent as well as a preservative. Similarly, in terms of its involvement in the agriculture industry, the compound is majorly used as a fumigant and also as a fungicide and germicide.

The usage of PF resins has also been increasing in the oil industry. Phenolic PF resins, water resistant in nature, are used as adhesive and durable binders. Fire resistant variants are widely used in automobile industries and construction industries. Growing UF resins preference is also expected to drive formaldehyde market growth owing to its chemical, arc, and flame resistant and color retention properties along with the ability to be applied in aqueous suspension.

End-use Insights

Construction is a key end-use industry for the market, where resins are used for making cabinet doors, laminator countertops, medium density fibreboard, and insulation. It enables to the manufacturing of long-lasting furniture at reduced costs as compared to wood. Resins allow recycling of older furniture to provide high quality recycled wood products which help in reducing the negative impact on the environment as well.

Formaldehyde market demand is expected to be driven in the automotive industry, in the form of resins and other materials for use as varying car components possessing properties of high strength and abrasion resistance.

Regional Insights

The recovering North American market has shown signs of steady demand in various segments. Asia Pacific is expected to contribute to formaldehyde market growth with its emerging construction and automotive markets. Other regions such as Europe and Latin America are expected to witness steady demand growth.

Global amino acid market

Growing demand for automobiles across emerging economies of the globe has prompted the demand for formaldehyde in the automotive industry. In regions such as Asia Pacific and Central & South America, the economic growth has marked demand for various automakers to penetrate into the lucrative market. This, in turn, has boosted the demand for the compound for various applications in the sector.

Competitive Insights

Key participants in the global formaldehyde market include Dynea Oy, Bayer AG, Celanese Corporation, BASF SE, Perstorp Formox AB, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Momentive Specialty Chemical Inc., Huntsman Corporation, and more.

The market is moderately concentrated with a mixed batch of established players such as BASF SE, Bayer Crop Science, and Huntsman Corporation among others along with several new market entrants. This has paved way for new product innovations and reforms in technology implementations and adaptation among the industry participants.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2012 – 2013

Forecast period

2015 - 2020

Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2015 to 2020

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific

Report coverage        

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

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