Polyurethane is used in many likes flexible foam, rigid foam, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers in a wide range of industry including building & construction, automotive, and electrical & electronics to name a few. For instance, due to its excellent strength-to-weight-ratio, insulation properties, durability, and versatility, it is widely used in the building & construction application.
However, changing industry focus towards sustainable production and consumer inclination towards products which are produced using bio-based raw materials is gaining momentum. This has created the demand of bio-based polyurethane for the manufacturing of products like foams and coatings. Therefore, it is expected that with the growth in the construction industry, increasing adoption of green buildings, recovery in the automobile sector along with aim of replacing the fossil-based, non-biodegradable counterparts, the market of bio-based polyurethane would showcase robust growth.
Based on end-use, the market is categorized into automotive, building & construction, bedding & furniture, footwear, electrical & electronics, and others. Of all, building & construction accounts for significant revenue share in the global bio-based polyurethane industry. Rising energy cost and increasing awareness regarding the benefit of insulating material in home has increased the demand of bio-based polyurethane-based foam in building & construction industry. Further, polyurethane foams are used as carpet underlay, therefore with new construction and renovation activities, demand of bio-based polyurethane would increase during the foreseeable future.
Based on product, the market is categorized into flexible foam, rigid foam, paints & coatings, adhesives & sealants, elastomers, and others. Among these, flexible foam held the prominent share in the market. Since it is light in weight, durable, supportive, and comfortable, thereby it is use as a cushion in wide range of application areas like bedding, furniture, automotive interiors, carpet underlay, and packaging. Moreover, according to American Chemistry Council, flexible foam accounts for about 30% of the entire North American polyurethane market.