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World Polymeric Foams Markets

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Polymeric Foams in Thousands of Metric Tons.The specific product segments analyzed are Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams, and Others (includes phenolic foams and fluoropolymer foams). The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2000 through 2015. The report profiles 438 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as American Excelsior Company, Armacell LLC, BASF Plastics, Bayer MaterialScience Polyurethanes, British Vita, Bubble and Foam Industries N.V., Celotex Limited, Fagerdala World Foams AB, Foamex International, Inc., Huntsman Corporation, Inspec Foams, Inc., JSP Corporation, Recticel, Rogers Corporation, Sealed Air Corporation, Sekisui Alveo AG, Tegrant Corporation, Tekni-Plex, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, and Woodbridge Group. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.


CONTENTS


I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3 Product Definitions
and Scope of Study I-3
Polyolefin Foams I-3
Polystyrene Foams I-4
Expanded Polystyrene Foams I-4
Polyurethane Foams I-4
Polyethlylene Foams I-4
Polypropylene Foams I-5


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Outlook II-1
Polystyrene Foam Market II-1

2. Product Overview II-3
Polymers II-3
Classification II-3
Thermoplastics II-3
Thermosets II-3
Hybrid Plastics II-3
Polymeric Foams II-3
Predominant Foam Materials and their Applications II-4
Specialty Foams II-5
Polyolefins II-5
Overview II-5
Polyolefin Foams II-5
Cross Linked Polyolefin Foams II-6
End-Use Applications II-6
Sports II-6
Appliances II-6
Construction II-6
Marine II-7
Medical II-7
Footwear II-7
Packaging II-7
Transportation II-7
Types of Polyolefins II-7
Polyethylene II-7
Polypropylene II-7
Olefins II-8
Copolyesters II-8
Polyethlylene Foams II-8
End-Use Applications II-9
Non Cross-Linked Polyethylene II-9
Cross-Linked Polyethylene II-9
Market Trends II-9
Demand to Grow Faster in Developing Nations II-9
Technological Developments Impact Market II-9
Single-Site Metallocene Catalyst Technology II-10
Polypropylene II-10
Overview II-10
Polypropylene Foams II-10
Polystyrene II-10
Description II-10
Expanded Polystyrene Foam II-11
Polyurethane II-11
Description II-11
Polyurethane Foams II-11
Developments II-11
Applications II-12
Table 1: World Polyurethane Market (2004): Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption by End-Use Application - Furniture,
Case Applications, Automotive, Construction, Electrical
Appliances, Recreational Equipment, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-12
Role of Polyurethane in the Cold Food Chain II-13
Production Process II-13
Isocyanates II-13
Polyols II-13
Polyethers II-14
Polyesters II-14
Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate: A Key Raw Material II-14
Chemical Composition II-14
Properties II-15
Polymeric MDI II-15
Applications of MDI II-15
Table 2: Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate Market in Asia
(2001): Capacity Addition in '000 Tons/ Year by Company -
Bayer, BASF/Huntsman, Mitsui Takeda, and BASF (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-16
Dominance by Few Players II-16
Toluene Diisocyanate II-16
MDI and TDI - A Comparison II-16
Flexible Polyurethane Foam II-16
Environmental Regulations II-17
The Polypropylene Switch II-17
Market Trends II-17
Polyurethanes in Automobiles II-18
Continued Growth in Demand from Construction Sector II-18
Foam Industry Confronted by Issue of Choice of Blowing Agents II-18
Microcellular Foams II-18

3. Blowing Agents: A Review II-19
Product Overview II-19
Exothermic Blowing Agents II-19
Endothermic Blowing Agents II-20
Adding Blowing Agents to Plastics II-20
Carbon Dioxide Blowing Technology II-20
Winds of Change Sweep the Blowing Agents Market II-20
Search for Substitutes: Of Prime Importance II-21
A Detailed Insight into Blowing Agents II-21
Overview II-21
Status of Transition II-21
Zero ODP Alternatives II-22
ODP and GWP Rates for CFCs, HFCs and HCFCs II-22
ODP: Ozone Depleting Potential II-23
GWP: Global Warming Potential II-23
Polyurethane Foams II-24
Prospects for Zero ODP Blowing Agents in Rigid PU Foams:
Europe, USA, and Japan II-25
Polystyrene, Phenolic and Polyolefin Foams II-25
Environmental and Physical Properties of Widely Used
Blowing Agents II-26
HCFC-22 II-27
HCFC-141b II-28
HCFC-142b II-28
Methylene Chloride II-29
HFC-134a II-30
HFC-152a II-30
HFC-245fa II-31
HFC-365mfc II-32
Carbon Dioxide II-33
Cyclopentane II-33
Isopentane II-34
n-Pentane II-35
Isobutane II-35
n-Butane II-36
Polymeric Foam Segments Overview II-37
Rigid PU Foam II-37
Domestic Refrigerator and Freezer Insulation II-37
Performance Requirements II-37
Insulated Trucks and Reefers II-37
Performance Requirements II-37
Boardstock/Flexible-Faced Lamination II-38
Performance Requirements II-38
Technical Alternatives II-38
Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation II-38
Performance Requirements II-38
Pipe-In-Pipe II-39
Performance Requirements II-39
Slabstock/Preformed Pipe II-39
Performance Requirements II-39
One Component Polyurethane Foam II-39
Performance Requirements II-39
Flexible PU Foam II-39
Slabstock II-39
Performance Requirements II-39
Alternative Substances II-40
Methylene Chloride II-40
Acetone II-40
MDI Technology II-40
Molded Foams II-40
Performance Requirements II-40
Technical Options II-40
Hot Cure and Cold Cure II-40
Integral Skin Foams II-40
Performance Requirements II-40
Non-Insulating Rigid Foams II-41
Semi-Rigid Foam II-41
Rigid Foam II-41
Technical Options II-41
Status and Trends for Technologies in the Flexible PU Foam
Sector II-41
Extruded Polystyrene II-42
Extruded Polystyrene Sheet II-42
Technical Options II-42
Extruded Polystyrene Board II-42
Performance Requirements II-42
Polyolefin Foams II-42
Performance Requirements II-42
Technical Options II-43
Phenolic Foam II-43
Performance Requirements II-43
Issues Influencing Transition of Various Polymeric Foams II-43
Rigid PU Foam Products and Uses II-43
Rigid Domestic Freezer and Refrigerator Insulation II-43
Production Process II-44
Other Appliances II-44
Production Process II-44
Construction - Boardstock/Flexible-Faced Lamination II-44
Construction and Transport: Sandwich Panels II-45
Products and Uses II-45
Production Process II-45
Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation II-46
Products and Uses II-46
Production Process II-46
Other Rigid Polyurethane Foam Uses II-46
Slabstock II-46
Product Uses II-46
Production Process II-46
Preformed Pipe/Pipe-In-Pipe II-46
Products and Uses II-46
Production Process II-47
One Component Polyurethane Foam II-47
Production Process II-47
Flexible Polyurethane Foams II-47
Slabstock Foams II-47
Products and Uses II-47
Production Process II-48
Molded Foams II-48
Products and Uses II-48
Production Process II-48
Integral Skin and Miscellaneous Foams II-48
Products and Uses II-48
RIM II-48
Integral Skin II-48
Non-Insulation Rigid II-49
Production Process II-49
Extruded Polystyrene II-49
Extruded Polystyrene Sheet II-49
Products and Uses II-49
Production Process II-49
Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Board II-50
Products and Uses II-50
Production Process II-50
Polyolefin Foams II-51
Products and Uses II-51
Sheet Products II-51
Tubular Products II-51
Plank Products II-51
Production Process II-51
Sheet Products II-52
Tubular Products II-52
Plank Products II-52
Phenolic Foams II-52
Products and Uses II-52
Production Process II-53
Continuous Processes II-53
Discontinuous Processes II-53
Issues Confronting Developing Nations II-53
Drivers II-53
Advanced (Sector) Phase-Out Dates in Several Article 5(1)
Nations II-53
Important Role of Multilateral Fund II-54
Deterrents II-54
Need for Economic Incentives on Account of Ready
Accessibility and Low Price of CFC-11 II-54
Restricted R&D Capacity II-54
Government's Regulatory Program Coordination II-54
Issues Connected with Safety II-54
Possible Imbalance Between Demand and Supply for HCFC-141b II-54
Long Term ODS Substitution II-54
Polymeric Foams - A Recent Past Perspective II-55
Table 3: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the Domestic Refrigeration Segment by
Region - Europe, North America, North East Asia, Latin
America, Japan, Middle East/North Africa, Transitional
Economies, South Asia, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa,
and Rest of Developed World8 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-55

Table 4: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in Commercial Refrigeration and Other
Appliances by Region - North America, Europe, North East
Asia, Middle East/North Africa, South East Asia, Latin
America, Japan, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Rest of
Developed world (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-55

Table 5: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in Reefers & Transportation by Region -
North America, North East Asia, Europe, Japan, South East
Asia, Latin America, and Middle East/ North Africa (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 6: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in PU Boardstock Segment by Region - North
America, Europe, Japan, and Middle East/ North Africa
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 7: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in PU Continuous Panel Segment by Region -
Europe, North America, North East Asia, Japan, Latin America,
Transitional Economies, and Middle East/ North Africa
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 8: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in PU Discontinuous Panel Segment by
Region - Europe, North America, North East Asia, Latin
America, South East Asia, Middle East/North Africa, Japan,
Transitional Economies, South Asia, and Rest of Developed
World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 9: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the PU Spray Foam Segment by Region -
North America, Europe, North East Asia, Japan, Latin America,
South East Asia, Middle East/North Africa, Transitional
Economies, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Rest of
Developed World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 10: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in One Component Foam Segment by Region -
Europe, North America, North East Asia, Transitional
Economies, and Japan (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 11: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the Pipe-in-Pipe Segment by Region -
North East Asia, Europe, North America, Transitional
Economies, Japan, Latin America, and South Asia (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-58

Table 12: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the PU Block Segment by Region -
Europe, North America, South East Asia, Middle East/ North
Africa, Japan, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Rest of
Developed World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-58

Table 13: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the PU Flexible Slabstock Segment by
Region - North America, Europe, Middle East/North Africa,
North East Asia, Japan, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia,
Latin America, Transitional Economies, South Asia, and Rest
of Developed World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-58

Table 14: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the PU Flexible Molded Segment by
Region - North America, Europe, Japan, South East Asia, North
East Asia, Latin America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa,
Middle East/North Africa, and Rest of Developed World
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-59

Table 15: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the PU Integral Skin Segment by Region
- Europe, North America, Latin America, South East Asia,
South Asia, Japan, Middle East/North Africa, North East Asia,
and Rest of Developed World (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-59

Table 16: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the Extruded Polyethylene Segment by
Region - Japan, Latin America, North America, Europe, and
Transitional Economies (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-59

Table 17: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the XPS-Board Segment by Region - North
America, Europe, Japan, and Transitional Economies (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-60

Table 18: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the Phenolic Board Segment by Region -
Europe, Japan, and North America (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-60

Table 19: World Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the Phenolic Block Segment by Region -
Europe, Japan, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America,
Transitional Economies, Latin America, North East Asia, and
Rest of Developed World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-60

Table 20: Worldwide Blowing Agent Market (2001): Percentage
Breakdown of Usage in the Phenolic Panel Sector by Region -
Japan, Europe, and North America (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-60

4. Environmental Issues II-61
An Overview II-61
Industry Initiative II-62
New Raw Materials Reduce Emissions from PUR II-62

5. Trends in Technology II-63
Austrian Physicists Group Develops Electrically Charged
Polymer Foam II-63
New Patent Enhances Thermal Insulation II-63

6. Product Innovations/Introductions II-64
Cascades Introduces Bioxo(tm) Polystyrene Foam Oxo- Degradable
Containers II-64
Bayer MaterialScience Releases Desmopan(r) DP 3790AP II-64
Sekisui Alveo Introduces Polyolefin Foams II-64
Sekisui Alveo Unveils New Polyolefin Foams for Automotive
Industry II-65
Dow Chemical Launches HYPOD(tm) Polyolefin Dispersions II-65
Sealed Air Corporation Unveils New Cryovac(r) Nature TRAY II-65
Foamex Launches Reflex Natural Polyurethane Foam II-65
Zotefoams Launches High Temperature Low Smoke FR Foam II-66
BASF Develops Basotect(r) UF, a New Melamine Resin Foam Variant II-66
Dow Automotive Introduces New Cost-Efficient Energy Absorbing
Foam II-66
BaySystems North America Launches BaySeal(tm) Spray Polythene
Insulating Foam II-67
Bayer MaterialScience Introduces New Material for Auto
Instrument Panels II-67
Bayer MaterialScience Develops New Polyol for Use in Flexible
Urethane Foam II-67
Foamex Introduces Venus(tm), Visco Comfort Material II-68
Foamex Launches Innovative Comfort Material, Energia II-68
Foamex Introduces Unique Open-Cell Memory Foam, Aerus II-68
BASF Expands Neopolen P Foam Range II-68
Sealed Air Unveils Instapak Quick Room Temperature Foam Packaging II-69

7. Recent Industry Activity II-70
Elastogran Acquires Polymer Chemical Company II-70
Metalmark Acquires SCA Packaging II-70
Dow Polyurethanes Acquires Hyperlast II-70
Dow Opens First Manufacturing Facility in Russia II-70
Hexion to Acquire Huntsman II-71
Carpenter Acquires Dumo II-71
Foamex to Divest Stake in Foamex Asia II-71
Foamex Set to Expand Capacity of Indiana Facility II-71
Sleep Innovations Takes Over Leggett & Platt's Prime Foam
Division II-72
Woodbridge and Recticel to Expand Existing Joint Venture II-72
Dow Enters into Joint Venture with Izolan II-72
Dow Chemical to Divest Several Worldwide Assets II-72
Dow Establishes Facility for Production of STYROFOAM Brand
Insulation II-73
BASF Acquires Foam Enterprises II-73
BASF Opens Refrigerator Applications Lab II-73
The Loyal Group Builds a New Polystyrene Plant in China II-73
Rogers Purchases Korean Company KF, Inc. II-73
Enerflex Solutions Enters into Alliance with Diversified Plastics II-74
British Vita Sells its Shares in Spartech II-74
Sekisui Acquires Youngbo II-74
Carpenter Restructures its Fogelsville EPS/Fiber Plan II-74
Albemarle Signs Agreement with Rhodia II-74
Tuscarora Purchases Southeastern Packaging II-75
British Vita Acquires Synco II-75
British Vita Purchases Polytex II-75
Tuscarora Buys H & R Industries II-75
Rogers Purchases 3M Share of Durel II-75
Seksui Chemicals Purchases Share in Shanghai Holy Plastics II-75
Bayer Partners with Bufa Beteiligungen II-75
Tuscarora Opens New SCA ThermoSafe Division II-76
Shell Chemicals Establishes Polymer Polyols Plant in the
Netherlands II-76
Woodbridge Group Opens New Plant in Canada II-76
BASF Transfers JV Shares to Mitsubishi Chemical II-76
Hebei Yadong Develops New Polyurethane Foam II-76
JGP Perrite Purchases Ronfalin Brand from BASF II-76
Recticel Takes Over Inespo and Iberfoam II-77
Rogers Restructures Polyolefin Foam Unit II-77
Zotefoams Develops Foamed Engineering Polymers II-77
Recticel Develops New Products for Medical Applications II-77
Rogers Takes Over Cellect's Foam Sheet Business II-78
Byk-Chemie Acquires GE Bayer Silicones's Polyurethane Foam
Surfactants Division II-78
Sumitomo Rubber and Dow Polyurethanes Japan Form Alliance II-78
Zotefoams Increases Production Capacity of Plant II-78
Bayer Establishes New Company in Spain II-78
Shandong Launches Fluor-Free Polyurethane Composites Production II-78
Goldschmidt Launches Polyurethane Foam Stabilizers Production II-79
Voltek Launches New Polyolefin Foam II-79
Nippon Polyurethane Industry Focuses on Polyurethane R&D in China II-79
Tosoh and Hodogaya Acquire Stake in Nippon Polyurethane Industry II-79
Dow Acquires Rigid Foam Insulation Business of Celotex II-79
BASF Undergoes Restructuring Process II-79
Foamex International Acquires Assets of GFC II-80
Huntsman Acquires ICI's Stake in Huntsman ICI Holdings II-80
Mitsui Chemicals Forms Joint Venture to Expand Urethanes Capacity II-80
Dow Chemical Acquires EniChem's Polyurethanes Business II-80
Hodogaya and Tosoh Acquire ICI's Stake in Nippon Polyurethanes II-80
Dow Chemical Company Signs Agreement with Mobius Technologies II-80
BP Purchases Solvay's Global Polypropylene Business II-81
Dow Chemical Acquires Basell Polypropylene Plant in Germany II-81
Mitsubishi Chemical Develops New Polystyrene Product II-81
Huntsman Purchases ICI India's Polyurethane Division II-81
Bayer and Owens Corning Join in Technology Development Program II-81
Sentinel Polyolefins Divests Physically Blown Foam Business II-81

8. Focus on Select Global Players II-82
American Excelsior Company (USA) II-82
Armacell, LLC (USA) II-82
BASF Plastics (Germany) II-82
Bayer MaterialScience Polyurethanes (Germany) II-82
British Vita (UK) II-82
Bubble and Foam Industries N.V. (Belgium) II-83
Celotex Limited (UK) II-83
Fagerdala World Foams AB (Sweden) II-83
Foamex International, Inc. (USA) II-83
Huntsman Corporation (USA) II-84
Inspec Foams, Inc. (USA) II-84
JSP Corporation (Japan) II-84
Recticel (Belgium) II-84
Rogers Corporation (USA) II-85
Sealed Air Corporation (USA) II-85
Sekisui Alveo AG (Switzerland) II-85
Tegrant Corporation (USA) II-85
Tekni-Plex, Inc. (USA) II-86
The Dow Chemical Company (USA) II-86
The Woodbridge Group (USA) II-86

9. Global Market Perspective II-87
Table 21: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Polymeric Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-87

Table 22: World Long-term Projections for Polymeric Foams by
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand
Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-88

Table 23: World 10-Year Perspective for Polymeric Foams by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-89

Table 24: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Polyolefin Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-90

Table 25: World Long-term Projections for Polyolefin Foams by
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand
Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-91

Table 26: World 10-Year Perspective for Polyolefin Foams by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-92

Table 27: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Polystyrene Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-93

Table 28: World Long-term Projections for Polystyrene Foams by
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand
Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-94

Table 29: World 10-Year Perspective for Polystyrene Foams by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-95

Table 30: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Polyurethane Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-96

Table 31: World Long-term Projections for Polyurethane Foams
by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of
World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures
in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-97

Table 32: World 10-Year Perspective for Polyurethane Foams by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-98

Table 33: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for PVC
Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of
World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures
in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-99

Table 34: World Long-term Projections for PVC Foams by
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand
Metric Tons for Years 2011through 2015 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-100

Table 35: World 10-Year Perspective for PVC Foams by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-101

Table 36: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Other Polymeric Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America
and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Sales Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-102

Table 37: World Long-term Projections for Other Polymeric
Foams by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of
World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures
in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-103

Table 38: World 10-Year Perspective for Other Polymeric Foams
by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales
for USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding
Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years
2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-104


III. MARKET

1. The United States III-1
A.Market Analysis III-1
Current & Future Analysis III-1
Market Overview III-1
Polypropylene Use in Automobile Industry III-1
Polyurethane III-1
Polyurethane Market to Register Robust Growth III-1
Market Drivers III-2
Table 39: Polyurethane Market in the US (2004): Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption by End-Use Application -
Construction, Transportation, Furniture, Carpets,
Appliances, Packaging, Bedding, Tanks & Pipes,
Electronics, Footwear and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-2

Table 40: Polyurethane Market in the US (2004): Percentage
Breakdown of Demand by Process - Flexible Foam, Rigid
Foam, Coating, Binder, Adhesive, Elastomers, Sealants,
Reaction Injection Molding, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-3
End-Use Applications III-3
Construction III-3
Insulation III-3
PU Foams and Engineered Plastics Dominate Foam Market III-3
Specialty Foams Flourish in Industrial and Electronics Markets III-4
Need to Overcome Fragmentation and Competition III-4
Table 41: Thermoplastic Resins Market in the US (2006):
Percentage Breakdown of Sales and Captive Use in Billion
Pounds (Dry weight) by End-Use Application - Packaging,
Consumer & Institutional Use, Building & Construction,
Exports, Transportation, Furniture & Furnishings,
Electrical/Electronics, and Other Uses (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-4
Polyvinyl Chloride III-5
Environmental Issues III-5
Medical Equipment III-5
Toys III-5
Pipes III-5
California - A Step Ahead III-6
Foam Blowing Agents III-6
Introduction III-6
Regulatory Status III-6
Acceptable Substitutes for CFC Foams Under the Significant
New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program as of August 21,
2003 III-7
Unacceptable Substitutes for CFC Foams Under the
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program as of
August 21, 2003 III-8
Acceptable Substitutes for HCFC Foams Under the
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program as of
August 21, 2003 III-9
Substitutes for HCFC Foams that are Acceptable Subject to
Narrowed Use Limits Under the Significant New
Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program as of August 21,
2003. III-9
Unacceptable Substitutes for HCFC Foams Under the
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program as of
August 21, 2003 III-10
Import-Export Scenario III-10
Table 42: Polyurethanes Market in the US (2002-2006):
Imports (in US$ '000) of Plates, Foil, Film, Sheets and
Strip NES-Cellular by Country - Canada, Germany, China,
Mexico, UK, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10

Table 43: Polyurethanes Market in the US (2002-2006):
Exports (in US$ '000) of Plates, Foil, Film, Sheets and
Strip NES-Cellular by Country - Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong,
China, Singapore, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 44: Polyurethanes Market in the US (2002-2006):
Imports (in US$ '000) of Polyurethanes in Primary Forms by
Country - Germany, Belgium, Japan, Canada, UK, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 45: Polyurethanes Market in the US (2002-2006):
Exports (in US$ '000) of Polyurethanes in Primary Forms by
Country - Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Belgium, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

Table 46: Polyurethanes Market in the US (2002-2006):
Imports (in US$ '000) of Textile Fabrics Laminated,
Impregnated, or Coated with Polyurethane by Country -
Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

Table 47: Polyurethanes Market in the US (2002-2006):
Exports (in US$ '000) of Textile Fabrics Laminated,
Impregnated, or Coated with Polyurethane by Country -
Mexico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Hong Kong, and
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-13
Product Launches/Developments III-13
Strategic Corporate Developments III-15
Key Players III-20
American Excelsior Company III-20
Armacell, LLC III-20
Carpenter Co. III-20
Foamex International, Inc. III-20
Huntsman Corporation III-20
Inspec Foams, Inc. III-21
Rogers Corporation III-21
Sealed Air Corporation III-21
Tegrant Corporation III-21
Tekni-Plex Inc III-22
The Dow Chemical Company III-22
B.Market Analytics III-22
Table 48: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Polymeric Foams by Product Segment - Polyolefin Foams,
Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams and Other
Polymeric Foams Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Sales Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

Table 49: US Long-term Projections for Polymeric Foams by
Product Segment - Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams,
Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams and Other Polymeric Foams
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in
Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

Table 50: US 10-Year Perspective for Polymeric Foams by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for
Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams, PVC
Foams and Other Polymeric Foams Markets for Years 2000, 2007
& 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

2. Canada III-24
A.Market Analysis III-24
Current & Future Analysis III-24
Market Overview III-24
Regulatory Scenario III-24
Canadian Rigid Foam Production Sector III-24
Polymer Systems and Blowing Agents Used III-24
Blowing Agent Emissions III-24
Options to Reduce Non-HCFC Blowing Agent Emissions III-25
Phase Out Schedule III-25
Import-Export Scenario III-26
Table 51: Polyurethanes Market in Canada (2002-2006):
Imports (in US$ '000) of Plates, Foil, Film, Sheets and
Strip NES-Cellular by Country - USA, China, UK, Japan,
Belgium, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26

Table 52: Polyurethanes Market in Canada (2002-2006):
Exports (in US$ '000) of Plates, Foil, Film, Sheets and
Strip NES-Cellular by Country - USA, UK, Italy, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26

Table 53: Polyurethanes Market in Canada (2002-2006):
Imports (in US$ '000) of Polyurethanes in Primary Forms by
Country - USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 54: Polyurethanes Market in Canada (2002-2006):
Exports (in US$ '000) of Polyurethanes in Primary Forms by
Country - USA, Russia, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, and
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 55: Polyurethanes Market in Canada (2002-2006):
Imports (in US$ '000) of Textile Fabrics Laminated,
Impregnated, or Coated with Polyurethane by Country - USA,
Mexico, Taiwan, Italy, Belgium, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28

Table 56: Polyurethanes Market in Canada (2002-2006):
Exports (in US$ '000) of Textile Fabrics Laminated,
Impregnated, or Coated with Polyurethane by Country - USA,
China, Italy, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-28
Product Launch III-29
Strategic Corporate Development III-29
Key Player III-29
The Woodbridge Group III-29
B.Market Analytics III-30
Table 57: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Polymeric Foams by Product Segment - Polyolefin Foams,
Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams and Other
Polymeric Foams Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Sales Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 58: Canadian Long-term Projections for Polymeric Foams
by Product Segment - Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams,
Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams and Other Polymeric Foams
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in
Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 59: Canadian 10-Year Perspective for Polymeric Foams
by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales
for Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams,
PVC Foams and Other Polymeric Foams Markets for Years 2000,
2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

3. Japan III-32
A.Market Analysis III-32
Current & Future Analysis III-32
Regulatory Overview III-32
HCFC Phase-Out Schedule in Japan III-32
HCFC Alternatives as Blowing Agents III-32
Polyurethane Foams III-33
Molded Foam III-33
Continuous Slabstock Foam III-33
Table 60: Foam Grade and Use level of CFC-11 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-33
Table 61: Blowing Efficiency of Water and Auxiliary
Blowing Agents (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-33

Table 62: Rigid PU Foam Market in Japan (2004): Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption by End-Use Application - Housing,
Appliances, Non-Housing, Tanks & Pipes, Furniture,
Transportation, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-34

Table 63: Flexible PU Foam Market in Japan (2004):
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption by End-UseApplication
- Transportation, Furniture, Bedding, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-34
Key Statistics III-34
Table 64: Plastic Materials Market in Japan (2006 & 2007):
Sales (in '000 Tons) of Polyurethane Foam by Commodity -
Flexible and Rigid III-34

Table 65: Plastic Materials Market in Japan (2006 & 2007):
Production (in '000 Tons) of Polyurethane Foam by Commodity
- Flexible and Rigid III-34

Table 66: High Expansion Polyethylene Foam Market in Japan
(2004): Percentage Breakdown by End-Use Application -
Packaging, Building, Insulation, Industrial, Marine,
Construction, Agriculture, Sports, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35

Table 67: Polystyrene Market in Japan (2004): Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption by Application - Packaging,
Electrical and Industrial Parts, Foam, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35

Table 68: Extruded Polystyrene Foam Market in Japan (2004):
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption by Application -
Insulation for Housing, Insulation for Construction, Tatami
Mat, Refrigerators & Freezers, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35
Strategic Corporate Developments III-36
Key Players III-37
Achilles Corporation III-37
JSP Corporation III-37
B.Market Analytics III-37
Table 69: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Polymeric Foams by Product Segment - Polyolefin Foams,
Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams and Other
Polymeric Foams Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Sales Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2000 through
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 70: Japanese Long-term Projections for Polymeric Foams
by Product Segment - Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams,
Polyurethane Foams, PVC Foams and Other Polymeric Foams
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in
Thousand Metric Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-38

Table 71: Japanese 10-Year Perspective for Polymeric Foams
by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales
for Polyolefin Foams, Polystyrene Foams, Polyurethane Foams,
PVC Foams and Other Polymeric Foams Markets for Years 2000,
2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-38

4. Europe III-39
A.Market Analysis III-39
Current & Future Analysis III-39
Polymer Foams Market Overview III-39
New Product Developments to Drive Polymer Foams Market III-39
Environmental Issues III-40
Key Statistics III-40
Table 72: Polymer Foam Market in Europe (2001-2010):
Revenues in _ Billion and Volume Sales in Thousand Units
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-40

Table 73: Polymer Foam Market in Europe (2001-2010):
Percentage Breakdown of Revenues by Product Segment -
Expandable Polystyrene, Polyurethane, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 74: Polyurethane Foam Market in Europe (2001-2010):
Revenues in _ Billion and Volume Sales in Thousand Units
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 75: Insulation Market in Europe (2006): Percentage
Breakdown of Sales by Category - Foam, Stone Wool, Glass
Wool, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 76: Polystyrene Market in Europe (2004): Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption by End-Use Application -
Packaging, Appliances, Housewares, Furniture,
Refrigerators, Toys, Shoe Heels, Automotive, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 77: Expandable Polystyrene Market in Europe (2004):
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption by End-Use Application
- Building and Construction, Packaging, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 78: PVC Market in Europe (2004): Percentage Breakdown
of Demand by Type - Rigid PVC, Flexible PVC, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42
Foam Blowing Agents - A Review III-43
HCFC Use Regulations for Foam Blowing in the European Union III-43
Regulatory Status of HCFC Use in Select European Countries III-43
B.Market Analytics III-44
Table 79: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Polymeric Foams by Geographic Region - France, Germany,
Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand
Metric Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-44

Table 80: European Long-term Projections for Polymeric Foams
by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain,
Russia, and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Metric Tons for Years
2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Ch

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