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Polyether polyols are a type of polyols containing an ether chain with two or more hydroxyl groups attached to terminal groups. Polyether polyols with higher molecular weight can range from 2,000 to 10,000 and are used for the production of more rigid products. They are manufactured through catalytic addition reaction between epoxides or cyclic ethers. Generally, ethene oxides, butane oxides, and propene oxides are used for the manufacturing of polyether polyols. Moreover, initiators such as sucrose, water, amines, and glycols are used in the manufacturing of polyether polyols. Furthermore, the physical properties of polyether polyols decide the length of the polymer chain. Polyether polyols are used for manufacturing of polyurethane foams. It finds applications in furniture, bedding, car interiors, seats, and carpet inlays.

Market Outlook

Global polyether polyols market size was valued at US$ 2.2 billion in 2018, and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.01% during the forecast period (2019-2027). Increasing demand for polyurethane is expected to support market growth in the near future. Extensive use of polyurethane in various industries such as furniture, packaging, footwear, electronics, building and construction, and transportation is expected to boost the demand for polyether polyols and subsequently drive growth of the market. Moreover, polyurethane foams are used in refrigeration, which is expected to boost the market. Furthermore, growing applications of polyether polyols in the manufacturing of adhesives, lubricants, elastomers, sealants, surface active agents, etc. are expected to accelerate the market growth during the forecast period. Polyether polyols are also used in production of coatings, inks, castings, and deformers, which is expected to boost the market in the near future. Bio-based polyether polyols that are manufactured from natural oil are expected to have ample growth opportunities, owing to availability of huge feedstock.

However, due to health hazards related to polyols are restraining its demand and hence hinder growth of global polyether polyols during the forecast period.

Marker Regional Analysis

Global polyether polyols market is expected to witness significant demand in Asia Pacific region, owing to increasing demand for polyurethane from various industries. Polyurethane has significant demand in emerging economies such as India and China from industries including automotive, furniture, bedding, etc. This is expected to increase the demand for polyether polyols and subsequently drive market growth. Furthermore, Europe is expected to hold significant market share, owing to increasing demand for polyurethane foams in the region. North America too is expected to have significant growth in the global market.

Market Players

Key players operating in the global polyether polyols market include Huntsman International LLC, Bayer AG, Royal Dutch Shell, The Dow Chemical Company, and BASF SE.


Research Methodology

Coherent Market Insights followsa comprehensive research methodology focused on providing the most precise market analysis. The company leverages a data triangulation model which helps company to gauge the market dynamics and provide accurate estimates. Key components of the research methodologies followed for all our market reports include:

  • Primary Research (Trade Surveys and Experts Interviews)
  • Desk Research
  • Proprietor Data Analytics Model

In addition to this, Coherent Market Insights has access to a wide range of the regional and global reputed paid data bases, which helps the company to figure out the regional and global market trends and dynamics. The company analyses the industry from the 360 Degree Perspective i.e. from the Supply Side and Demand Side which enables us to provide granular details of the entire ecosystem for each study. Finally, a Top-Down approach and Bottom-Up approach is followed to arrive at ultimate research findings.

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  • National level desk research: It Includes research analysis of regional players, regional regulatory bodies, regional trade associations, and regional organization.
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  • Governmental bodies, National and international social welfare institutions, and organizations creating economic policies among others.
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Preliminary Data Mining

The raw data is obtained through the secondary findings, in house repositories, and trade surveys. It is then filtered to ensure that the relevant information including industry dynamics, trends, and outlook is retained for further research process.

Data Standardization

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Coherent Statistical model

We arrive at our final research findings through simulation models. Coherent Data Analytics Model is a statistical tool that helps company to forecast market estimates. Few of the parameters considered as a part of the statistical model include:

  • Micro-economic indicators
  • Macro-economic indicators
  • Environmental indicators
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  • Technology indicators

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Data Validation

This is the most crucial stage of the research process. Primary Interviews are conducted to validate the data and analysis. This helps in achieving the following purposes:

  • It provides first-hand information on the market dynamics, outlook, and growth parameters.
  • Industry experts validates the estimates which helps the company to cement the on-going research study.
  • Primary research includes online surveys, face-to face interviews, and telephonic interviews.

The primary research is conducted with the ecosystem players including, but not limited to:

  • Raw Material Suppliers
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  • Distributors
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