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Plastic foams Market is foreseen to grow exponentially over 2029

Plastic foams Market: Introduction

Plastic foams, or polymer foam is a sponge-like material prepared by polymer matrix. It is generally a dispersion of a gas in the form of blowing agent in a polymer matrix. The foaming of plastic is carried out via physical, chemical and mechanical methods. Some of the common methods include thermal decomposition by chemical blowing agent, mechanical whipping of gas into liquid polymer, chemical blowing reaction, incorporating tiny beads into a polymer mass, and other methods.

Plastic foams offers extensive properties such as light weight material, superior thermal and acoustic insulation, good strength to weight ratio, energy absorbing ability, and good cushioning and comfort properties. Thus, plastic foams are found in wide range applications such as packaging, automotive, furniture, shoes, electronics, aerospace, construction, toys, and many more. The global consumption of plastic foams is experiencing a steep growth in the coming long-term period.

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Plastic foams Market: Market Dynamics

Rising development of lightweight commercial vehicles has led to an increase in the use of plastic foams to manufacture automobile parts. As plastic foams-made automobile parts contribute to reducing the overall weight of the vehicle, several OEMs in automotive sector are anticipated to follow this trend. This is attributed to increasing demand for high performance which can be achieved by reducing the overall weight of vehicles.

Due to reduced weight, engine will consume a low amount of gasoline and will work in an efficient manner for the long run. Also, lower emission of VOC (Volatile organic compound) is achieved that helps to reduce air pollution on a large scale. Plastic foams also find extensive usage in the footwear industry. Various top brands are focusing on developing lightweight sports shoes, increasing the demand for plastic foams.

Moreover, rising trends in the usage of technologically advanced lightweight plastic foam in the medical sector have further increased the consumption of plastic foams. Plastic foams are used in multiple application in the medical sector, including gaskets and sealing in medical devices, patient cushioning and fluid management, surgery kits, and others.

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Plastic foams Market: Segmentation

The global Plastic foams market is segmented on the basis of type, density, material, end-use industry and region.

Based on the type, the global plastic foams market is segmented as:

  • Rigid
  • Flexible

Based on the density, the global plastic foams market is segmented as:

  • High Density (0.5 g/cm– 1 g/cm3)
  • Medium Density (0.1 g/cm– 0.5 g/cm3)
  • Low Density (<0.1 g/cm3)

Based on the material, the global Plastic foams market is segmented as:

  • Polyurethane Foam
  • Polystyrene Foam
  • Expandable Polystyrene Foam (EPS)
  • Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS)
  • PVC Foam
  • Phenolic Foam
  • Polyolefin Foam
    • Polyethylene Foam (PE)
    • Polypropylene Foam (PP)
  • EVA Foam
  • Others

Based on the end-use industry, the global plastic foams market is segmented as:

  • Automotive
  • Building & Construction
  • Packaging
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Footwear, Sports & Recreational
  • Furniture
  • Medical
  • Others (Marine, Wind Energy, Etc.)

Based on region, the global Plastic foams market is segmented as:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Oceania
  • MEA

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Plastic foams Market: Prominent players

Prominent players in the global Plastic foams market is BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company, Arkema, Armacell International S.A, Borealis AG, JSP, Kaneka Corporation, Recticel, Rogers Corporation, SABIC, Sekisui Alveo AG, Synthos S.A., Toray Industries, Inc., Total SA, and Zotefoams PLC, amongst others. The Plastic foams market is fragmented with the presence of diversified global and regional players with global vendors ruling the market.

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