Polyurethane Market Size USD 118.46 Billion By 2032, CAGR 5.4%

Polyurethane Market Size Worth USD 118.46 Billion By 2032 | CAGR: 5.4%

The global polyurethane market size is expected to reach USD 118.46 billion by 2032, according to a new study by Polaris Market Research. The report “Polyurethane Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Product (Rigid PU Foam, Flexible PU Foam, PU Coatings, PU Adhesives & Sealants, PU Elastomers); By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024 - 2032” gives a detailed insight into current market dynamics and provides analysis on future market growth.

The robust demand from end-use sectors fuels the polyurethane market. Additionally, because polyurethane is a material that can be modified to fulfill strict environmental regulations, the industry has seen advances due to the growing focus on energy-efficient and sustainable solutions. Commonly referred to as PUR or PU, polyurethane is a class of organic polymers consisting of many organic units joined together by urethane molecules. Since most polyurethanes do not melt when heated, they are classified as thermosetting polymers.

The need for bio-based polyurethane is being driven directly by the need for medications and packaged food items to be refrigerated, among other consumable goods. Furthermore, urethane foam derived from biomass provides superior insulation when compared to polystyrene. They have qualities like great durability and resistance to moisture. All of the variables combined are positively impacting the demand for polyurethane. It is anticipated that the market dynamics will change when bio-based urethane replaces petroleum-based polyurethane in usage. This change is mostly the result of shifting crude oil prices and growing public awareness of the environmental damage caused by burning fossil fuels. Furthermore, there is a growing trend in the industry to substitute vegetable oils for the use of polyols and diisocyanates.

Even so, the stability of the market is threatened by volatile raw material costs, especially those of isocyanates and polyols, which are essential ingredients in polyurethane. Market dynamics are further impacted by strict laws governing the use of specific chemicals in the production of polyurethane, which are driven by concerns for the environment and human health.

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Major companies and numerous medium-sized and small regional manufacturers operating in different parts of the world make up the fragmented global market. Robust distribution networks and proactive approaches to product adaptation in response to regulatory modifications at both the national and regional levels characterize regional players. The growth of the market is because of its exceptional adaptability, which arises from its unique chemical structure, allowing manufacturers to tailor its properties to meet a diverse range of applications.

Polyurethane Market Report Highlights

  • In 2023, Rigid polyurethane (PU) foam dominated the polyurethane market. Its dominance may be attributed to several advantageous properties that make it the material of choice for a wide range of applications. Because of its exceptional thermal insulation properties, rigid polyurethane foam is especially well-liked in the construction sector, where energy efficiency is a major consideration.
  • The construction industry became the largest revenue-sharing segment in the market due to its exceptional adaptability and wide range of uses that tackle major issues in modern construction. Particularly, rigid polyurethane foam, which provides greater thermal efficiency and aids in energy saving, has grown in importance as an insulating material for buildings.
  • The North American region is anticipated to exhibit the fastest growth rate in the market during the forecast period because of the technical developments and innovative polyurethane formulas driving the resurgence of manufacturing activity in North America.
  • The global key market players include BASF SE, Covestro, Eastman Chemical Corporation, INEOS, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation, LyondellBasell, Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Nippon Polyurethane Industry Corp Ltd., The Dow Chemical Co., The Rampf Holding GmbH, Woodbridge Foam Corp., etc.

Polaris Market Research has segmented the Polyurethane market report based on technology, application, and region:

Polyurethane, Technology Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Rigid PU Foam
  • Flexible PU Foam
  • PU Coatings
  • PU Adhesives & Sealants
  • PU Elastomers

Polyurethane, Application Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Automotive
  • Appliances
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Furnishing
  • Footwear
  • Packaging

Polyurethane, Regional Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Israel
  • South Africa

Polyurethane (PU) Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


The market size value in 2024

USD 78.01 billion

Revenue Forecast in 2032

USD 118.46 billion


5.4% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments Covered

By Product, By Application, and By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America; Middle East & Africa


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