Polyols Market Size to Surpass USD 40.52 Billion by 2028

bhagyashri shewale
Published on May 30, 2023

According to a recent report by Reports and Data, the global polyols market is projected to reach USD 40.52 Billion by 2028. Polyols are a type of liquid phase synthesis that utilizes multivalent alcohols at high temperatures, specifically at the boiling point. Ethylene glycol (EG) is the simplest representative of this organic compound, which extends to polyethylene glycol (PEG) with over 2000 ethylene groups and a molecular weight of approximately 100,000 g/mol. Polyols are commonly used for the synthesis of nanostructured materials and can be categorized into polyester polyols and polyether polyols, with the latter being the most widely used.

The market for polyols is witnessing growth due to its diverse applications, particularly in flexible applications that require raw materials with a limited number of hydroxyl groups. Additionally, the availability of compounds and chemicals from biomass is creating opportunities for the development of bio-based polyols, driven by government regulations and initiatives aimed at reducing carbon footprints. The North American region dominates the market share, attributed to a well-established automotive industry and the expansion of the packaging and transportation sectors.

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Key findings from the report indicate that the polyols market had a market share of USD 38 Billion in 2018, with a projected growth rate of 4.80% during the forecast period. The polyether polyols segment generated higher revenue of USD 19.02 Billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9%. Renewable resources in polyols are projected to witness faster growth at a rate of 6.6% during the forecast period, occupying 35.0% of the market by 2027. The construction segment is expected to have the fastest CAGR of 6.2%, occupying 18.5% of the market by 2027. Flexible foam holds the largest market share of 26.0% in 2018, with a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period.

Europe is forecasted to grow at a rate of 5.1% during the forecast period, driven by the continuous growth of the automotive industry, expanding construction sector, and logistics industry. Key participants in the polyols market include BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company, Huntsman International LLC, Covestro AG, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Lanxess AG, Tosoh Corporation, COIM, PCC SE, and Emery Oleochemicals.

The global polyols market is segmented based on product type, resources, end-user, application, and region. The product type includes polyester polyols and polyether polyols. Resources are categorized as non-renewable resources and renewable resources. The end-user segment consists of packaging, automotive, construction, transportation, and others. Applications of polyols include flexible foam, rigid foam, adhesive & sealants, coatings, elastomers, and others. Regionally, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

Polyols Market: Drive factors

Factors driving the growth of the polyols market include:

  1. Diverse Applications: Polyols find extensive use in various industries, such as automotive, construction, packaging, transportation, and more. The compound's versatility and suitability for multiple applications contribute to its market growth.
  2. Growing Demand for Flexible Foams: Flexible foams, which utilize polyols as a key component, are in high demand in industries such as automotive and packaging. The increasing need for flexible foam products, driven by factors like comfort, insulation, and protection, fuels the demand for polyols.
  3. Government Regulations and Initiatives: Government regulations and legislations aimed at reducing carbon footprints are driving the demand for bio-based polyols derived from renewable resources. These initiatives promote sustainable practices and encourage the use of polyols based on renewable feedstocks.
  4. Expansion of Construction Sector: The construction industry is experiencing continuous expansion worldwide, leading to an elevated demand for polyols. Polyols are utilized in various building components like insulation, protective materials, and exterior panels, supporting the growth of the market.
  5. Well-Established Automotive Industry: The automotive sector is a significant consumer of polyols, particularly in the production of flexible foams for vehicle interiors. The presence of a well-established automotive industry, coupled with the demand for lightweight materials and enhanced comfort, drives the market growth.
  6. Technological Advancements: Ongoing advancements in synthesis techniques and manufacturing processes for polyols contribute to improved product quality, cost-effectiveness, and performance characteristics. These technological developments attract market growth by meeting evolving industry requirements.
  7. Availability of Compounds from Biomass: The availability of compounds and chemicals derived from biomass provides an opportunity for the development of bio-based polyols. The utilization of renewable feedstocks in polyol production aligns with sustainability goals and fosters market growth.
  8. Expansion of Packaging and Transportation Sectors: The packaging and transportation sectors are witnessing expansion due to increased global trade and e-commerce activities. Polyols are used in packaging materials and transportation components, contributing to the market growth.

These driving factors collectively contribute to the growth and development of the polyols market, creating opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers in various industries.

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