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Structural foams are defined as thermoplastic products, which have a foamed cellular core with a solid skin surrounding the core. It is generally developed through a form of injection molding, by using molten plastic/polymer mixed with a chemical blowing agent or inert gas. Other processes such as reaction injection molding (RIM), high pressure expansion, and co-injection are also used for manufacturing structural foam. Structural foam is used for various applications, as it possesses characteristics such as high mechanical strength, chemical resistance, thermal insulating property, and high strength-to-weight ratio. Moreover, structural foam molding has the advantage of low-cost tooling and also allows for molding of larger parts, which are not feasible in conventional injection molding.

North America is the global leader in the consumption of structural foam and its dominance is expected to continue till 2020. The U.S. is the key market in this region, and it has consumed more than half of the demand for structural foam, followed by Canada and Mexico, where consumption is growing steadily. Increase in the consumption of structural foam has been observed in the Asia-Pacific region, due to rapid industrialization and subsequent growth of the building and construction sector.

Polyethylene is the major thermoplastic material used for the production of structural foam. Polyethylene structural foam is the most preferred structural foam, due to its affordable price and other unique properties such as good chemical resistance, impact resistance, lightweight, easy to mold, and easy recyclability. It is also used in automotive industries, where high degree of rigidity and light weight is required. Another major application of structural foam using polyethylene resin is manufacturing of containers and pallets, used in material handling and internal panels in automobiles.

This study estimates the market value for structural foam and projects the same by 2020. As a part of quantitative analysis, the study segments the market by material, application, and geography, with the current market estimation and forecast till 2020. The segmentation by material includes polyethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene, and polyurethane among others. In terms of application, the structural foam market is segmented into building & construction, material handling, automotive, and electrical and electronics among others. Geographically, the report segments the market into North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and rest of the world (RoW). Further as a part of qualitative analysis, the research provides a comprehensive review of major market drivers, restraints, opportunities, burning issues, challenges, and key issues in the market. It also includes company profiling and competitive strategies adopted by different market players, including One Plastic Group (U.K.), Season Group (Hong Kong), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), Bayer Material Science (Germany), Armacell (Luxembourg), BASF SE (Germany), Changzhou Tiansheng New Materials Co., Ltd. (China), Evonik Industries (Germany), and GI Plastek (U.S.).

Table Of Contents

Structural Foam Market by Material, by Application and by Region - Trends and Forecasts to 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS

1 INTRODUCTION 17
1.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 17
1.2 MARKET DEFINITION 17
1.3 STUDY SCOPE 18
1.3.1 MARKETS COVERED 18
1.3.2 YEARS CONSIDERED IN THE REPORT 18
1.4 CURRENCY and PRICING 19
1.5 LIMITATIONS 19
1.6 STAKEHOLDERS 19
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 20
2.1 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION 21
2.2 MARKET BREAKDOWN and DATA TRIANGULATION 24
2.3 MARKET SHARE ESTIMATION 25
2.3.1 KEY DATA FROM SECONDARY SOURCES 25
2.3.2 KEY DATA FROM PRIMARY SOURCES 26
2.3.3 KEY INDUSTRY INSIGHTS 27
2.4 ASSUMPTIONS 27
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 28
4 PREMIUM INSIGHTS 33
4.1 ATTRACTIVE MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN THE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET 33
4.2 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET: BY MATERIAL 34
4.3 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY VOLUME 35
4.4 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET ATTRACTIVENESS 36
4.5 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET: BY INDUSTRY 37
4.6 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET: HIGHEST VS FASTEST GROWING REGION 38
4.7 LIFECYCLE ANALYSIS, BY REGION 39
5 MARKET OVERVIEW 40
5.1 INTRODUCTION 41
5.2 EVOLUTION 41
5.3 MARKET SEGMENTATION 42
5.3.1 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY MATERIAL 42
5.3.2 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY INDUSTRY 43

5.4 MARKET DYNAMICS 44
5.4.1 DRIVERS 45
5.4.1.1 Versatile and unique physical properties 45
5.4.1.2 Increasing demand from end-use industries 45
5.4.1.3 Increasing focus on the development of the wind energy sector 46
5.4.1.4 Change in government regulations 46
5.4.2 RESTRAINTS 46
5.4.2.1 High equipment cost 46
5.4.2.2 Fluctuating raw material prices 47
5.4.3 OPPORTUNITIES 47
5.4.3.1 Scope for global business expansion 47
5.4.4 CHALLENGES 47
5.4.4.1 Technical issues in manufacturing 47
6 INDUSTRY TRENDS 48
6.1 INTRODUCTION 48
6.2 SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYSIS 49
6.3 RAW MATERIAL ANALYSIS 50
6.4 PORTER'S FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 51
6.4.1 BARGAINING POWER OF SUPPLIERS 51
6.4.2 THREAT OF NEW ENTRANTS 52
6.4.3 THREAT OF SUBSTITUTES 52
6.4.4 BARGAINING POWER OF BUYERS 52
6.4.5 INTENSITY OF RIVALRY 53
7 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY MATERIAL 54
7.1 INTRODUCTION 55
7.2 POLYETHYLENE 57
7.3 POLYPROPYLENE 60
7.4 POLYSTYRENE 63
7.5 POLYURETHANE 66
7.6 OTHER MATERIALS 68
7.6.1 POLYCARBONATE (PC) 68
7.6.2 POLYPHENYLENE ETHER (PPO) 68
7.6.3 POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC) 68
7.6.4 ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE (ABS) 69
7.6.5 POLYMETHACRYLIMIDE (PMI), POLYETHERSULFONE (PES), POLYPHENYLSULFONE (PPSU) 69
8 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY INDUSTRY 72
8.1 INTRODUCTION 73
8.2 MATERIAL HANDLING 74
8.3 BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION 76
8.4 AUTOMOTIVE 78
8.5 ELECTRICAL and ELECTRONICS 80
8.6 OTHERS 81
9 REGIONAL ANALYSIS 84
9.1 INTRODUCTION 85
9.2 NORTH AMERICA 88
9.2.1 U.S. 91
9.2.2 CANADA 93
9.2.3 MEXICO 95
9.3 ASIA-PACIFIC 97
9.3.1 CHINA 100
9.3.2 JAPAN 103
9.3.3 TAIWAN 105
9.3.4 INDONESIA 107
9.3.5 SOUTH KOREA 109
9.3.6 INDIA 111
9.4 EUROPE 113
9.4.1 GERMANY 115
9.4.2 U.K. 118
9.4.3 SPAIN 120
9.4.4 BELGIUM 122
9.4.5 THE NETHERLANDS 124
9.4.6 ITALY 126
9.4.7 FRANCE 128
9.5 REST OF THE WORLD 130
9.5.1 BRAZIL 132
9.5.2 ARGENTINA 134
9.5.3 SOUTH AFRICA 136
10 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 139
10.1 INTRODUCTION 139
10.2 COMPETITIVE SITUATIONS and TRENDS 140
10.2.1 EXPANSIONS 141
10.2.2 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES/DEVELOPMENTS 141
10.2.3 AGREEMENTS 142
10.2.4 JOINT VENTURES 142
10.2.5 MERGERS and ACQUISITIONS 142
10.2.6 PARTNERSHIPS 143

11 COMPANY PROFILES 144
(Overview, Financial*, Products and Services, Strategy, and Developments)
11.1 INTRODUCTION 144
11.2 EVONIK INDUSTRIES 145
11.3 SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION (SABIC) 148
11.4 GI PLASTEK 151
11.5 ONEPLASTICS GROUP 153
11.6 ARMACELL INTERNATIONAL S.A. 155
11.7 BASF SE 157
11.8 THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY 160
11.9 BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCE 163
11.10 DIAB GROUP 166
11.11 GURIT HOLDING AG 169
11.12 MITSUBISHI ENGINEERING-PLASTICS CORPORATION 172
11.13 CHANGZHOU TIANSHENG NEW MATERIALS CO., LTD. 174
11.14 SEASON GROUP INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. 176
*Details might not be captured in case of unlisted companies
12 APPENDIX 178
12.1 INSIGHTS FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS 178
12.2 DISCUSSION GUIDE 179
12.3 INTRODUCING RT: REAL TIME MARKET INTELLIGENCE 182
12.4 AVAILABLE CUSTOMIZATIONS 183
12.5 RELATED REPORTS 184


LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1 RAW MATERIALS USED FOR STRUCTURAL FOAMS 50
TABLE 2 COMPARISON OF STRUCTURAL FOAM MATERIAL 55
TABLE 3 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 56
TABLE 4 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 57
TABLE 5 POLYETHYLENE PROPERTIES 58
TABLE 6 POLYETHYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM PROPERTIES 58
TABLE 7 POLYETHYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 59
TABLE 8 POLYETHYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 60
TABLE 9 POLYPROPYLENE PROPERTIES 61
TABLE 10 POLYPROPYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM PROPERTIES 62
TABLE 11 POLYPROPYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 62
TABLE 12 POLYPROPYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 62
TABLE 13 POLYSTYRENE PROPERTIES 63
TABLE 14 POLYSTYRENE STRUCTURAL FOAM PROPERTIES 63
TABLE 15 POLYSTYRENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (KILO TONS) 64
TABLE 16 POLYSTYRENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 65
TABLE 17 POLYURETHANE PROPERTIES 66
TABLE 18 POLYURETHANE STRUCTURAL FOAM PROPERTIES 66
TABLE 19 POLYURETHANE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 67
TABLE 20 POLYURETHANE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 67
TABLE 21 OTHER STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 70
TABLE 22 OTHER STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 71
TABLE 23 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE FOR MATERIAL HANDLING
(VOLUME and VALUE), 2013-2020 74
TABLE 24 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN MATERIAL HANDLING, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 75
TABLE 25 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN MATERIAL HANDLING, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 76
TABLE 26 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION
(VOLUME and VALUE), 2013-2020 77
TABLE 27 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 77
TABLE 28 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 78
TABLE 29 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN AUTOMOTIVE (VOLUME and VALUE),
2013-2020 78
TABLE 30 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN AUTOMOTIVE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 79
TABLE 31 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN AUTOMOTIVE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 79
TABLE 32 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN ELECTRICAL and ELECTRONICS
(VOLUME and VALUE), 2013-2020 80
TABLE 33 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN ELECTRICAL and ELECTRONICS,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 80
TABLE 34 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN ELECTRICAL and ELECTRONICS,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 81
TABLE 35 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN OTHERS (VOLUME and VALUE), 2013-2020 82
TABLE 36 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN OTHERS, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 82
TABLE 37 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE IN OTHERS, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 83
TABLE 38 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 86
TABLE 39 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 87
TABLE 40 NORTH AMERICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 89
TABLE 41 NORTH AMERICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 89
TABLE 42 NORTH AMERICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 90
TABLE 43 NORTH AMERICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 90
TABLE 44 U.S.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 91
TABLE 45 U.S.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 91
TABLE 46 U.S.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 92
TABLE 47 U.S.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 92
TABLE 48 CANADA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 93
TABLE 49 CANADA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 93
TABLE 50 CANADA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 94
TABLE 51 CANADA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 94
TABLE 52 MEXICO: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 95
TABLE 53 MEXICO: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 95
TABLE 54 MEXICO: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 96
TABLE 55 MEXICO: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 96
TABLE 56 ASIA-PACIFIC: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 98
TABLE 57 ASIA-PACIFIC: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 98
TABLE 58 ASIA-PACIFIC: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 99
TABLE 59 ASIA-PACIFIC: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 99
TABLE 60 CHINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 100
TABLE 61 CHINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 100
TABLE 62 CHINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 101
TABLE 63 CHINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 102
TABLE 64 JAPAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 103
TABLE 65 JAPAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 103
TABLE 66 JAPAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 104
TABLE 67 JAPAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 104
TABLE 68 TAIWAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 105
TABLE 69 TAIWAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 105
TABLE 70 TAIWAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 106
TABLE 71 TAIWAN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 106
TABLE 72 INDONESIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 107
TABLE 73 INDONESIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 107
TABLE 74 INDONESIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 108
TABLE 75 INDONESIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 108
TABLE 76 SOUTH KOREA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 109
TABLE 77 SOUTH KOREA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 109
TABLE 78 SOUTH KOREA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 110
TABLE 79 SOUTH KOREA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 110
TABLE 80 INDIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 111
TABLE 81 INDIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 111
TABLE 82 INDIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 112
TABLE 83 INDIA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 112
TABLE 84 EUROPE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 113
TABLE 85 EUROPE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 114
TABLE 86 EUROPE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 114
TABLE 87 EUROPE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 115
TABLE 88 GERMANY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 115
TABLE 89 GERMANY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 116
TABLE 90 GERMANY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 117
TABLE 91 GERMANY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 117
TABLE 92 U.K.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 118
TABLE 93 U.K.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 118
TABLE 94 U.K.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 119
TABLE 95 U.K.: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 119
TABLE 96 SPAIN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 120
TABLE 97 SPAIN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 120
TABLE 98 SPAIN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 121
TABLE 99 SPAIN: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 121
TABLE 100 BELGIUM: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 122
TABLE 101 BELGIUM: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 122
TABLE 102 BELGIUM: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 123
TABLE 103 BELGIUM: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 123
TABLE 104 THE NETHERLANDS: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 124
TABLE 105 THE NETHERLANDS: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 124
TABLE 106 THE NETHERLANDS: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 125
TABLE 107 THE NETHERLANDS: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 125
TABLE 108 ITALY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 126
TABLE 109 ITALY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 126
TABLE 110 ITALY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 127
TABLE 111 ITALY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 127
TABLE 112 FRANCE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 128
TABLE 113 FRANCE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 128
TABLE 114 FRANCE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 129
TABLE 115 FRANCE: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 129
TABLE 116 ROW: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 130
TABLE 117 ROW: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 130
TABLE 118 ROW: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 131
TABLE 119 ROW: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 131
TABLE 120 BRAZIL: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 132
TABLE 121 BRAZIL: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 132
TABLE 122 BRAZIL: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 133
TABLE 123 BRAZIL: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 134
TABLE 124 ARGENTINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 134
TABLE 125 ARGENTINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 135
TABLE 126 ARGENTINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 135
TABLE 127 ARGENTINA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 136
TABLE 128 SOUTH AFRICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 136
TABLE 129 SOUTH AFRICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY MATERIAL,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 137
TABLE 130 SOUTH AFRICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 137
TABLE 131 SOUTH AFRICA: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 138
TABLE 132 EXPANSIONS, 2011-2015 141
TABLE 133 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES /DEVELOPMENTS, 2011-2015 141
TABLE 134 AGREEMENTS, 2011-2015 142
TABLE 135 JOINT VENTURES, 2011-2015 142
TABLE 136 MERGERS and ACQUISITIONS, 2011-2015 142
TABLE 137 PARTNERSHIPS, 2011-2015 143


LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SEGMENTATION 18
FIGURE 2 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET: RESEARCH DESIGN 20
FIGURE 3 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION: BOTTOM-UP APPROACH 22
FIGURE 4 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION: TOP-DOWN APPROACH 22
FIGURE 5 BREAKDOWN OF PRIMARY INTERVIEWS, BY COMPANY TYPE, DESIGNATION,
and REGION 23
FIGURE 6 MARKET BREAKDOWN AND DATA TRIANGULATION 24
FIGURE 7 NORTH AMERICA WAS THE LARGEST MARKET OF STRUCTURAL FOAM IN 2014 29
FIGURE 8 MATERIAL HANDLING INDUSTRY TO DOMINATE THE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET BETWEEN 2015 AND 2020 30
FIGURE 9 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET IN ASIA-PACIFIC TO REGISTER THE HIGHEST GROWTH DURING THE PROJECTED PERIOD 31
FIGURE 10 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY VALUE (2015-2020) 33
FIGURE 11 POLYPROPYLENE TO BE THE FASTEST-GROWING STRUCTURAL FOAM MATERIAL BETWEEN 2015-2020 34
FIGURE 12 MATERIAL HANDLING ACCOUNTS FOR THE LARGEST SHARE FOLLOWED BY BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION IN THE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET IN 2014 35
FIGURE 13 ASIA-PACIFIC WAS THE FASTEST-GROWING MARKET FOR STRUCTURAL
FOAMS IN 2014 36
FIGURE 14 NORTH AMERICA ACCOUNTED FOR THE LARGEST MARKET SHARE IN TERMS OF VOLUME FOR STRUCTURAL FOAMS, BY INDUSTRY IN 2014 37
FIGURE 15 CHINA IS ESTIMATED TO GROW AT A HIGHER RATE IN COMPARISON WITH OTHER COUNTRIES DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD 38
FIGURE 16 HIGH GROWTH POTENTIAL IN EUROPE AND ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONS IN THE FORECAST PERIOD FOR STRUCTURAL FOAMS 39
FIGURE 17 RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET FOR INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS (1963 - 2014) 41
FIGURE 18 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY MATERIAL 42
FIGURE 19 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY INDUSTRY 43
FIGURE 20 DRIVERS, RESTRAINTS, OPPORTUNITIES, AND CHALLENGES IN THE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET 44
FIGURE 21 SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYSIS 49
FIGURE 22 PORTER'S FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 51
FIGURE 23 POLYETHYLENE TO DOMINATE THE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, 2015 VS. 2020 56
FIGURE 24 POLYETHYLENE: MARKET SHARE, BY TYPE, 2014 57
FIGURE 25 POLYETHYLENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2015 VS. 2020 59
FIGURE 26 POLYPROPYLENE FOAM: BY TYPE 61
FIGURE 27 ASIA-PACIFIC IS THE FASTEST-GROWING MARKET FOR POLYSTYRENE STRUCTURAL FOAM MATERIALS, 2015 VS. 2020 65
FIGURE 28 MATERIAL HANDLING INDUSTRY DOMINATED THE OVERALL STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET IN 2014 73
FIGURE 29 NORTH AMERICA IS THE LARGEST MARKET FOR STRUCTURAL FOAM IN MATERIAL HANDLING, 2015 VS. 2020 75
FIGURE 30 ASIA-PACIFIC IS EXPECTED TO DRIVE THE STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET IN THE OTHERS SEGMENT, 2015 VS. 2020 82
FIGURE 31 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SHARE, BY REGION, 2014 (VALUE) 86
FIGURE 32 STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES, BY REGION, 2015-2020 87
FIGURE 33 NORTH AMERICA - BIGGEST STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, GLOBALLY,
2014 and 2020 88
FIGURE 34 U.S. STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY INDUSTRY, 2015 VS. 2020 (USD MILLION) 92
FIGURE 35 ASIA-PACIFIC PRESENTS HIGH GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN STRUCTURAL
FOAM MARKET, 2020 97
FIGURE 36 CHINA STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY INDUSTRY, 2015 VS. 2020 (USD MILLION) 101
FIGURE 37 GERMANY: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET SIZE, BY INDUSTRY, 2015 VS 2020
(USD MILLION) 116
FIGURE 38 BRAZIL: STRUCTURAL FOAM MARKET, BY INDUSTRY, 2015 VS 2020
(USD MILLION) 133
FIGURE 39 EXPANSIONS and INVESTMENTS: MOST PREFERRED STRATEGY BY KEY COMPANIES,2011-2015 139
FIGURE 40 BATTLE FOR MARKET SHARE: EXPANSIONS and INVESTMENTS WAS THE KEY STRATEGY, 2011-2015 140
FIGURE 41 REGIONAL REVENUE MIX OF TOP 3 MARKET PLAYERS 144
FIGURE 42 EVONIK INDUSTRIES: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 145
FIGURE 43 EVONIK INDUSTRIES: SWOT ANALYSIS 147
FIGURE 44 SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 148
FIGURE 45 SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION: SWOT ANALYSIS 150
FIGURE 46 GI PLASTEK: SWOT ANALYSIS 152
FIGURE 47 ONEPLASTICS GROUP: SWOT ANALYSIS 154
FIGURE 48 ARMACELL INTERNATIONAL S.A.: SWOT ANALYSIS 156
FIGURE 49 BASF SE: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 157
FIGURE 50 BASF SE: SWOT ANALYSIS 158
FIGURE 51 THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 160
FIGURE 52 THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY: SWOT ANALYSIS 161
FIGURE 53 BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCE: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 163
FIGURE 54 BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCE: SWOT ANALYSIS 164
FIGURE 55 DIAB GROUP: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 166
FIGURE 56 DIAB GROUP : SWOT ANALYSIS 168
FIGURE 57 GURIT HOLDING AG: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 169
FIGURE 58 GURIT HOLDING AG: SWOT ANALYSIS 171
FIGURE 59 CHANGZHOU TIANSHENG NEW MATERIALS CO.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 174
FIGURE 60 SEASON GROUP INTERNATIONAL: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 176

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