GVR Report cover Polyurethane Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Polyurethane Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Rigid Foam, Flexible Foam), By Application (Construction, Furniture & Interiors), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-262-4
  • Number of Pages: 105
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global polyurethane market size was valued at USD 72.82 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2022 to 2030. Increasing demand for building insulation in light of sustainability concerns is expected to escalate the demand for polyurethane during the forecast period. Sustainability in building developments is a vast field and encompasses several steps that must be implemented in the primary construction stages since their potential environmental impact is quite significant.

U.S. polyurethane market size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

Green buildings are thus increasingly entering the construction market due to increasing investments in smart energy-efficient commercial and residential buildings. These buildings not only offer profitable opportunities but are also acceptable by environmental and federal regulations, providing a meaningful response to growing consumer expectations for sustainability. Increased effectiveness in building materials has ultimately generated higher demand for efficient insulating materials to regulate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and counteract the amount of energy lost due to inefficient insulation. Polyurethane foams are subsequently being utilized as extremely efficient insulation materials, leading to greater energy savings.

The rising demand for the product from the automotive, construction, and packaging sectors in the U.S. is expected to drive the market over the forecast period. The construction sector in the U.S. is expanding at a significant rate owing to positive market fundamentals for commercial real estate, along with rising state and federal funding for institutional buildings and public works. Moreover, the ongoing construction projects such as the construction of the South San Francisco Civic Center campus, LaGuardia Airport Construction Project, O’Hare Airport Construction Project, and Second Avenue Subway Construction Project are expected to fuel the demand for polyurethane in construction applications in the coming years.

Furthermore, the USD 2 trillion investment announced by the U.S. government in March 2020 as a response to coronavirus for the development of infrastructure including hospital buildings, roads, and other infrastructure is expected to foster market growth in the near future. However, growing environmental concern is anticipated to hamper the market growth over the forecast period. Developed countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany have reduced carbon emissions over the past few years owing to stringent government regulations for environmental concerns.

The raw materials associated with polyurethane production, such as TDI & MDI, are themselves deemed hazardous to the environment due to the industrial release of TDI that pollutes the air. Environment Canada and Health Canada have assessed TDI levels and concluded that their concentration is hazardous to human health. To ensure sound environmental management of TDI releases, Environment Canada has published a Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning Notice. Furthermore, landfills in Europe, especially for waste tires and PU products, have been banned to exploit the vast potential of PU as a source of energy similar to coal, while also preventing environmental pollution.

Product Insights

The rigid foam segment led the market and accounted for more than a 30.0% share of the global revenue in 2021. Rigid polyurethane foams are high-performance closed-cell plastics utilized in the end-use industries, such as transportation, packaging, and industrial insulations and appliances, owing to their structural stability, which assists manufacturers to design thermally insulating products. Rigid foams possess sound insulation properties, higher mechanical strength, and thermal resistance making them highly suitable for extreme weather conditions and harsh environments.

The Asia Pacific (APAC) market for rigid PU foams is dominated by China, India, and Indonesia on account of the surge in industrialization. The expansion of construction and furniture sectors and the presence of major automotive OEMs are key factors that drive the rigid foam industry in APAC. The government support to weatherize low-income households and meet transitioning standards for green buildings is anticipated to further drive the rigid PU foam demand in insulation applications.

The furniture and construction industries in Europe have witnessed significant growth owing to a stringent regulatory framework to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels. This factor has resulted in increased investments in rigid PU foam by regional automotive manufacturers. Growing residential construction and infrastructure activities are also fueling the rigid polyurethane foam market growth in Mexico.

Application Insights

The construction application segment led the market and accounted for more than 25.0% share of the global revenue in 2021. The demand for polyurethane in construction applications is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to various beneficial characteristics of polyurethane foam including excellent thermal insulation, lightness, chemical inertness, and bacterial and pest resistance. Growing urbanization and industrialization, especially in emerging economies, such as China and India, and the rising infrastructure development activities in the Middle East are expected to fuel the growth of the construction industry, in turn, creating demand for polyurethane foam and insulation.

Global polyurethane market share, by application, 2021 (%)

In addition, increasing infrastructure spending and the rising number of government initiatives, such as smart cities and FDI in the construction development sector are propelling the growth of the construction industry. Moreover, the growing popularity of green buildings across the globe is anticipated to propel the growth of the construction industry, which, in turn, is further anticipated to fuel the demand for polyurethane.

However, the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe has severely impacted the market growth in the construction sector. Stoppage or slowdown of construction projects, restriction on movements, production halts, and labor shortages to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have led to a decline in the growth of the construction industry, which, in turn, is anticipated to hamper the demand for polyurethane in construction applications over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for over 40.0% share of the global revenue in 2021. The market is driven by the growth of the major end-use industries such as automotive, electronics and appliances, packaging, furniture and interior, and construction. The Asia Pacific region is characterized by a large amount of skilled labor at a low cost, along with the easy availability of land. A shift in the production landscape toward emerging economies, particularly China and India, is expected to positively influence the market growth over the forecast period. The region is home to several rapidly expanding industries, such as construction, automotive, and electronics that offer lucrative growth opportunities to polyurethane manufacturers.

Flexible foam is used for cushioning in a variety of consumer and commercial products such as furniture, bedding, carpet cushion, fibers, and textiles. Foams and other PU products are expected to gain significance in the region on account of the rising consumer awareness regarding the sustainability of lightweight and low-cost polyurethane. Moreover, increasing construction spending owing to the growing need for sustainable infrastructure, coupled with the increasing demand for furniture and sleeping products, is expected to drive product demand.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market is fragmented with the presence of key players and various medium and small regional and country-level players operating in different parts of the world. Manufacturers of polyurethane comprise both large-size and medium-size players operating on the global and regional levels, respectively. Regional players have robust distribution networks and are very proactive in making changes to the product as per the regional and country-level changes in regulations.

The majority of players operating in the market compete on the basis of raw materials, such as a polyol, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, and toluene diisocyanate, used in the manufacturing of polyurethane. Established players such as RAMPF Holding GmbH & Co. KG are investing in research & development activities in order to formulate new products to have a competitive edge over the other players. In August 2021, Bostik announced the launch of its new polyurethane sealants line for the sealing and bonding construction markets. This product innovation enables the company to expand its product portfolio in the construction sector, especially in emerging countries.

Some prominent players in the global polyurethane market include:

  • Dow Inc.


  • Covestro AG

  • Huntsman International LLC

  • Eastman Chemical Company

  • Mitsui & Co. Plastics Ltd.

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

  • Recticel NV/SA

  • Woodbridge

  • DIC Corporation

  • RTP Company

  • The Lubrizol Corporation

  • RAMPF Holding GmbH & Co. KG

  • Tosoh Corporation

Polyurethane Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 75.19 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 105.45 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 4.3% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2019 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; Russia; Spain; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Dow Inc.; BASF SE; Covestro AG; Huntsman International LLC; Eastman Chemical Company; Mitsui & Co. Plastics Ltd.; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation; Recticel NV/SA; Woodbridge; DIC Corporation; RTP Company; The Lubrizol Corporation; RAMPF Holding GmbH & Co. KG; Tosoh Corporation

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2019 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global polyurethane market report based on product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Rigid Foam

    • Flexible Foam

    • Coatings

    • Adhesives & Sealants

    • Elastomers

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Furniture & Interiors

    • Construction

    • Electronics & Appliances

    • Automotive

    • Footwear

    • Packaging

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • Russia

      • Spain

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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