GVR Report cover Insulation Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Insulation Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Glass Wool, Mineral Wool, EPS, XPS, CMS Fibers), By End-use (Construction, Industrial, HVAC & OEM), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-196-2
  • Number of Pages: 171
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global insulation market size was estimated at USD 61.36 billion in 2022, expanding at a CAGR of 6.6% over the forecast period. Increasing consumer awareness regarding energy conservation is estimated to have a positive influence on the demand for insulation over the forecast period. The global insulation industry has experienced limited growth due to the economic recession caused by the Covid-19 crisis, which has resulted in low investor confidence and a decline in construction activities; as a result, the insulation materials market has also experienced a catastrophic setback.

U.S. Insulation Market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. affected the growth of the engineering and construction industries. The stay-at-home instructions and social distancing mandates have slowed new and retrofit project sites in residential and commercial fields. In the U.S., the glass wool sector accounted for the largest market share of 25.9% in 2022 and is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 6.0% over the forecast period. Glass wool is a thermal insulator consisting of flexible and knotted glass fibers which trap air inside resulting in low density. The segment was followed by mineral wool and EPS, respectively.

The high rate of industrialization, along with rapid urbanization in the emerging markets of China and India, as well as the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, have driven the need for better infrastructure. Moreover, increasing regulatory support and rising demand for residential and industrial insulation are the factors estimated to fuel market demand over the projected period.

However, fluctuating raw material prices and strict environmental regulations are estimated to hamper the overall market growth in the coming years. The rising presence of manufacturing industries in China, India, Brazil, and Mexico is estimated to boost the demand for fiberglass insulation in industrial buildings. This trend is anticipated to boost the market growth further.

Rising demand for sustainable residential buildings due to growing population and urbanization is a recent end-use trend estimated to drive industrial growth. Furthermore, technological enhancements in thermal insulation, like vacuum insulation panels and R&D activities to advance transparent thermal insulation, are the factors estimated to create new opportunities for industrial development.

Companies in the global insulation market continuously offer extensive product portfolios to meet the current and future demands from varied customer demands in different application industries such as petrochemical, oil & gas, construction, and transportation, having significant prominence of product innovation. Moreover, strategic product development, mergers, acquisitions, a vast distribution network, and geographic expansion are expected to drive the market competition.

Product Insights

The EPS insulation product segment led the market and accounted for more than 27.4% share of the global revenue in 2022. Expanded polystyrene is a lightweight and high-tensile plastic foam insulation made out of rigid polystyrene pellets. The product is estimated to continue its dominance over the forecast period.

The glass wool product segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.4% over the forecast period. Glass wool is made of sand and has thermal and acoustic insulation properties such as low weight and high tensile strength. Removable blankets are a byproduct of glass wool and make an excellent cover for turbines, pumps, heat exchangers, tanks, expansion joints, valves, flanges, and other irregular surfaces generating heat in industrial environments.

In 2022, extruded polystyrene foam insulation (XPS) segment held a share of 9.5% of the total market revenue. The product is potentially an environmentally responsible alternative to other building insulation materials. Moreover, stone wool occurs naturally as a byproduct of volcanic eruptions. It is highly resistant to heat transfer since it combines the capabilities of thermal insulation characteristics inherent to wool and the strength of stone.

The Aerogel segment is projected to register a CAGR of 6.5% in value over the forecast period. The product is a solid, open-celled, mesoporous foam of nanostructures interconnected in a network. Aerogel is claimed as the lightest solid material in comparison with other insulation materials. Aerogel bears many advantages, such as optimized thermal conductivity in high-temperature service, faster application on large-bore piping and vessels, quick application on large-bore piping and vessels, etc.

End-use Insights

The construction sector led the market and accounted for the largest market share of 33.3% in 2022 overall revenue. The sector is expected to grow due to the increasing number of insulation-intensive buildings in urban areas compared to rural ones. The construction sector was followed by the transportation and residential construction sector, which are estimated to expand at a CAGR of 6.9% and 6.8%, respectively. Petrochemical industries and refineries are insulated for energy conservation, heat gain/loss reduction, maintaining a uniform temperature, effective operation of equipment or chemical reaction, condensation prevention, etc.

Global Insulation Market share and size, 2022

Heating, ventilation, and cooling systems are usually insulated by employing a solution that caters to superior thermal insulation characteristics other than noise reduction and fire protection. Appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, and water heaters require insulation to resist heat transfer and absorb sound. Dehumidifiers, air purifiers, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are some other significant appliances that require insulation.

The transportation sector, which comprises automotive, marine, and aerospace, emerged as a significant end-use segment in the global insulation market in 2022. Automakers are constantly looking to enhance the safety and comfort of vehicles, which is a significant factor driving the demand for insulation in this sector.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific region led the market and accounted for the largest market share of 41.5% in 2022. The reason is, rising oil production in the economies of China and India and rising concerns regarding significant energy wastage coupled with the demand for materials in refurbishing and renovation. The market for insulation in North America is highly influenced by demand from oil and gas, manufacturing, metal and mining, power, and other industries, where operating temperature is high. In addition, companies in this region are focusing on reducing losses to improve their performance by practicing regular maintenance inspections.

Insulation Market Trends by Region, 2023 - 2030

Europe accounted for 26.6% of the total market share in 2022. The market is projected to be an early adopter of emerging insulation materials owing to the rapid industrialization and the presence of significant insulation product manufacturers in the region. The GDP of Central & South America has exhibited a slow growth rate on account of political and economic disturbances in Brazil, which is one of the leading users of industrial insulation products. The demand for insulation materials in the Middle East & Africa region is expected to be driven by the growth of the downstream petrochemical industry and rising product demand for the maintenance & repair of existing infrastructure.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The industry is characterized by the presence of various small- and large-scale vendors, resulting in a moderate level of concentration in the market. The surging requirement for insulation solutions is fueling the growth of the market. The market players are concentrating on new joint ventures, collaborations, agreements, and strategies to advance their production facilities and gain a larger market share.

Biesanz Stone Co. and Michigan Limestone & Chemical Company are the major limestone suppliers, while Alfa Aesar and American Borate Company supply borates. Raw material supply for foamed plastic insulation products is dominated by companies such as BASF, Bayer, and Dow Chemical Company. Some of the prominent players in the global insulation market include:

  • GAF Materials Corporation

  • Huntsman International LLC

  • Johns Manville

  • Cellofoam North America, Inc.

  • Rockwool International A/S

  • DuPont

  • Owens Corning

  • Atlas Roofing Corporation

  • Saint-Gobain S.A.

  • Kingspan Group

  • BASF

  • Knauf Insulation

Recent Developments

  • In July 2023, Kingspan Group announced its plan to acquire majority of Steico SE’s shares, a key wood fibre insulation manufacturer. The acquisition is based on regulatory clearance and is scheduled for early 2024.

  • In February 2023, GAF launched its Timberline® Ultra HDZ™ shingles for efficient insulation, waterproofing, and faster installation.

  • In February 2023, Saint-Gobain acquired U.P. Twiga Fiberglass Ltd. (UP Twiga), the glass wool insulation market leader in India. This acquisition is expected to consolidate Saint-Gobain’s positioning in energy-efficient and façade solutions in India.

  • In September 2022, GAF announced its insulation and roofing operations expansion in Savannah, Cumming, and Statesboro in Georgia. This expansion was aimed to expand the GAF’s thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing manufacturing capabilities.

Insulation Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 65.11 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 102.47 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.6% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2022

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product; end-use; region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; South Korea

Key companies profiled

GAF Materials Corp.; Huntsman International LLC; Johns Manville; Cellofoam North America, Inc.; Rockwool International A/S; DuPont; Owens Corning; Atlas Roofing Corporation; Saint-Gobain S.A.; Kingspan Group; BASF; Knauf Insulation; Armacell International Holding GmbH; URSA; Covestro AG; Recticel NV/SA; Carlisle Companies, Inc.; Bridgestone Corporation; Fletcher Building, 3M

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Global Insulation Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global insulation market report on the basis of product, end-use, and region:

Global Insulation Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Glass Wool

    • Mineral Wool

    • EPS

    • XPS

    • CMS Fibers

    • Calcium Silicate

    • Aerogel

    • Cellulose

    • PIR

    • Phenolic Foam

    • Polyurethane

  • End-use Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Construction

    • Industrial

    • HVAC & OEM

    • Transportation

    • Appliances

    • Furniture

    • Packaging

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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