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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6782
  • Pages :137
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

Global polystyrene foam market is estimated to be valued at USD 29.95 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 40.22 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Polystyrene Foam Market key Factors

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Polystyrene foam finds wide applications in the building and construction industry for insulation and packaging purposes. It is a highly efficient insulating material with low thermal conductivity, thus, making it suitable for buildings in all climates. Global polystyrene foam market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Increasing construction activities around the world primarily in emerging economies boosts demand for insulation materials like polystyrene foam. Growing e-commerce industry boosts demand from packaging sector. Advancements in technology to produce more environment-friendly forms of polystyrene foam can create new market opportunities during the projected years.

Polystyrene Foam in Construction Industry

The construction industry has seen polystyrene foam gaining widespread acceptance as an efficient insulating material. The key advantages that it offers such as durability, cost-effectiveness and versatility have made it a preferred choice for various construction applications such as wall insulations and roof insulations. Polystyrene foam is not only helping in constructing energy efficient buildings but also reducing construction costs. It can efficiently insulate foundations, floors and walls from heat, moisture and air leakage. The lightweight and easy to install nature of polystyrene foam panels allow it to be used for insulating difficult to reach areas and irregular surfaces. Many developers and contractors are recognizing the long term performance and returns that polystyrene foam provides. Its insulation abilities allow developing buildings that have high rated energy efficiency. This leads to polystyrene foam being used on a large scale for various residential, commercial and infrastructure projects globally. With growing focus on sustainability and energy efficiency in the construction sector, polystyrene foam is expected to witness even stronger demand going forward.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Polystyrene Foam Market Concentration By Players

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Increase in Packaging Industry Requirements

The packaging industry has greatly expanded the applications and uses of polystyrene foam. It is being extensively used for protective packaging of various products that are shipped domestically as well internationally. Its shock absorbent properties and ability to maintain product integrity makes it highly suitable for packaging applications. Its demand from the food and beverage industry for packaging eggs, meat and other perishable items has significantly grown. Other industries such as electronics and appliances also utilize it for cushioning their products during transportation. With growth in e-commerce, more retailers are adopting robust packaging solutions to safely deliver orders to customers. This has created new opportunities for use of customized polystyrene foam packaging. Its reuse and recycling has also gotten attention of major packaging manufacturers. Overall, the shift in consumer buying patterns and intensified competition has pushed packaging producers to rely on cost-effective yet secure packaging materials like polystyrene foam. Growing food industry is expected to drive the market growth. For instance, according to the data published by Invest India in 2022, the Indian Food Processing market is estimated to reach US$ 535 Bn by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.2%.

Polystyrene Foam Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Strict environmental regulations

Global polystyrene foam market faces several challenges. Strict environmental regulations around the world are limiting the use of polystyrene due to its non-biodegradable and non-recyclable nature. It is also considered a major source of plastic pollution. Rising costs of raw materials used in foam production like XPS and EPS is another concern. There is growing demand for greener and sustainable alternatives to polystyrene from conscious consumers and businesses. Developing economies are also improving standards to reduce environmental impact.

 Market Opportunities: Developments in recycling technology

Developments in recycling technology may offer solutions to reuse polystyrene waste. Biodegradable forms of polystyrene using plant-based materials can attract green consumers and businesses. Growth in industries that use polystyrene widely like construction and packaging can boost demand.

Polystyrene Foam Market By Type

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Insights, By Type: Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) segment contributes the highest share of the market owning to its versatility, cost-effectiveness and widespread applications

Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) is a type of polystyrene foam that is used across various applications due to its certain inherent advantages over other types. It is estimated to account for 62.3% market share in 2024. EPS is highly versatile in nature and can be easily molded into various shapes and sizes as per end use requirements. This has broadened its application scope in packaging solutions for fragile as well as high value products. EPS is also known for its moisture resistant and insulation properties that makes it suitable for temperature sensitive goods. Moreover, EPS foam provides exceptional strength to weight ratio and performs well under impacts and vibrations of transportation. This reinforces its use in heavy duty transportation packaging for electronic goods, white goods and equipment. From small retail stores to giant warehousing and logistics facilities, EPS continues to be the material of choice for packaging and cushioning needs due to proven performance over decades of use.

Insights, By End-use Industry: Building & Construction segment contributes the highest share of the market due to robust insulation and durability needs

Building & construction segment has emerged as the largest consumer of polystyrene foam globally with estimated 41.2% market share. This is mainly on the back of evolving requirements for high-performance insulation materials that can augment energy efficiency across residential and commercial infrastructure. Polystyrene foams like extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) offer unmatched thermal insulation and moisture resistance delivering significant savings on heating and cooling costs of buildings. Their ability to insulate against heat, cold, moisture, air and vapor penetration makes them extremely effective building insulation materials for external as well as internal applications ranging from cavity walls, rooftops to below grade foundations Polystyrene foams demonstrate high strength to weight ratio and durability critical for durable construction in harsh climatic conditions. Their resistance to rot, mold and impact damage together with ease of installation has cemented polystyrene foams as building blocks of modern infrastructure paradigms that prioritize sustainability, aesthetics and longevity. 

Regional Insights

Polystyrene Foam Market Regional Insights

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North America has undisputedly been the dominant region in the global polystyrene foam market for several decades. With the U.S. being one of the largest consumers of polystyrene products globally, North America is estimated to account for 31.3% of the market share in 2024. The large and established construction and packaging industries relies heavily on polystyrene foams for insulation and cushioning purposes. Major construction projects and the presence of leading insulation material manufacturers have created an ecosystem supporting the growth of polystyrene foam in the region.

In Asia Pacific, China has emerged as the fastest expanding market for polystyrene foams in recent years. With rapid urbanization and infrastructure growth, construction activity in the region has surged massively. As manufacturing and industrial capabilities in China and other East Asian nations expanded exponentially, the packaging industry also witnessed growth. Both construction as well as packaging are notable end-use sectors for molded and extruded polystyrene products. Moreover, the region's growing population is expected to further boost demand from various downstream sectors. While North America still maintains an edge owing to its scale, East Asia has undeniably outstripped others as the most promising emerging hotbed.

Market Report Scope

Polystyrene Foam Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 29.95 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 4.3% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 40.22 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) and Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS)
  • By End-use Industry: Packaging, Building & Construction, Others 
Companies covered:

Kingspan Group, Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH, Drew Foam, Xella International, Alpek, BASF SE, ChovA, DuPont, Knauf Insulation, Synthos S.A., Shrushi Polymers Private Limited., Kamaksha Thermocol, K. K. Nag Pvt. Ltd, Styrotech, Inc., Michigan Foam Products LLC, ICA, Supreme Petrochem Ltd, Kaneka Corporation , Wuxi Xingda foam plastic new material Limited, Tamai Kasei Co., Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Polystyrene Foam in Construction Industry
  • Increase in Packaging Industry Requirements 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Strict environmental regulations
  • Volatility in raw material prices

Key Developments

  • In 2023, BEWI, a leading provider of packaging, components, and insulation solutions, announced the opening of its new production line for expanded polystyrene (EPS) at the company’s raw material facility in Etten-Leur in the Netherlands
  • In 2022, BASF SE launched Neopor Mcycled expandable polystyrene granulate
  • In April 2022, Sabic announced the manufacturing of circular polymers in Europe to comply with stringent EU regulations and increasing demand for recycled polymers
  • In September 2022, INEOS Styrolution introduced the bio attributed polystyrene, which is manufactured from renewable ISCC-certified feedstock, and recycling solutions for polystyrene that make downcycling unnecessary
  • *Definition: Polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam, is a lightweight insulating material made from carbon, hydrogen, and polystyrene resin. It is usually white or off-white in color and comes in both rigid and flexible forms. The polystyrene foam market includes products like expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam boards which are used for thermal insulation in buildings, packaging materials like molded PS foam used to protect fragile items during shipping, and extruded polystyrene

Market Segmentation

  •  Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS)
    • Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS)
  • End-use Industry Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Packaging
    • Building & Construction
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Kingspan Group
    • Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH
    • Drew Foam
    • Xella International
    • Alpek
    • BASF SE
    • ChovA
    • DuPont
    • Knauf Insulation
    • Synthos S.A.
    • Shrushi Polymers Private Limited.
    • Kamaksha Thermocol
    • K. K. Nag Pvt. Ltd
    • Styrotech, Inc.
    • Michigan Foam Products LLC
    • ICA
    • Supreme Petrochem Ltd
    • Kaneka Corporation
    • Wuxi Xingda foam plastic new material Limited
    • Tamai Kasei Co., Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global polystyrene foam market is projected to be 4.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Polystyrene foam in construction industry and increase in packaging industry requirements are the major factor driving the growth of global polystyrene foam market.

Strict environmental regulations and volatility in raw material prices are the major factor hampering the growth of global polystyrene foam market.

In terms of type, expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) segment is estimated to dominate the  in 2024.

Kingspan Group, Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH, Drew Foam, Xella International, Alpek, BASF SE, ChovA, DuPont, Knauf Insulation, Synthos S.A., Shrushi Polymers Private Limited., Kamaksha Thermocol, K. K. Nag Pvt. Ltd, Styrotech, Inc., Michigan Foam Products LLC, ICA, Supreme Petrochem Ltd, Kaneka Corporation, Wuxi Xingda foam plastic new material Limited, Tamai Kasei Co., Ltd. are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global polystyrene foam market.

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