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Flexible Polymer Foam Market: Opportunities, Demand and Forecasts, 2017 – 2027

Polymer foams are found almost everywhere in today’s modernized world, they have their presence in nearly all end use industries. Polymers have a wide range of applications in several industries and institutes, for commercial as well as domestic purposes.

Flexible polymer foam is generally a mixture of solid phase (present in the form of fillers) and gaseous phase (generally known as a blowing agent). Flexible polymer foams have significant mechanical and physical properties, such as good heat and sound insulation, and the ability to absorb energy, which make them beneficial in packaging and cushioning applications, as compared to solid polymers. A small amount of polymer mass is required to gain maximum volume, due to cellular structure that traps the gas within itself. Flexible polymeric foams can be prepared in any form and shape, such as boards, blocks, slabs, molded shapes or in composite forms, such as metal, fabric, wood, papers, etc.

Flexible polymer foams can be divided into thermosets or thermoplastics, which are further divided into flexible and rigid foam. Wherein thermoplastics can usually be broken down and recycled, and thermosets are relatively hard to recycle, because they are usually heavily cross-linked to each other.

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Flexible polymeric foams are formed by a process involving growth of gas bubbles in a polymeric matrix form. When a gas is encapsulated in a dense medium, the resulting product form is known as foam. Foam formation includes multiple stages, namely bubble formation, bubble growth and bubble stability. The foam is expanded by increasing the bubble size before stabilizing the system, and the foam structure changes as per growth of the bubbles. The final finished foam may be rigid or flexible, and the application of both these types are different in a multitude of end use industries. Various types of polymers are used to prepared flexible polymer foams.

Flexible polymer foams are used in mattresses, for furniture and vehicle cushions, and in a wide variety of other applications. Additional applications that use flexible polymer foams are filters, packaging, seals, and sponges. Other polymers, such as PE are also used in these applications. Rigid foams are widely used in applications, such as transportation, packaging, food and drink containers, and furniture.

Flexible Polymer Foam Market: Dynamics

Factors, such as light weight, excellent strength to weight ratio, superior thermal and insulating capabilities and comfort features are estimated to drive demand for the flexible polymer foam market over the forecast period. The increasing growth of end use industries, such as automotive safety, construction, and insulation is expected to boost the consumption of flexible foams in the near future. The increasing price of various polymers used in flexible polymer foam is expected restrict growth of the market. Increasing per capita consumption, and modern lifestyle are factors anticipated to fuel demand for the global flexible polymer foam market.

Flexible Polymer Foam Market: Segmentation

On the basis of classification, the flexible polymer foam market can be segmented as follows:

  • Macromolecular
  • Microcellular
  • Ultra Microcellular
  • Nano cellular

On the basis of product type, the flexible polymer foam market can be segmented as follows:

  • Polyurethanes
  • Starch
  • Biodegradable

On the basis of application, the flexible polymer foam market can be segmented as follows:

  • Cushioning
  • Packaging
  • Insulation
  • Construction
  • Automotive Safety
  • Footwear
  • Others

On the basis of application, the flexible polymer foam market can be segmented as follows:

  • Polystyrene
  • Polypropylene
  • Poly vinyl chloride
  • Polycarbonate

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Flexible Polymer Foam Market:Regional Outlook

North America and Europe hold major shares of the global flexible polymer foam market and are expected to witness healthy CAGRs over the forecast period. Consumers tend to equip their vehicles with high-end automotive safety (which includes flexible foam) to ensure a good travel experience. This is expected to act as a catalyst for the growth of the overall flexible polymer foam market over the forecast period. The flexible polymer foam market is projected to grow with a noteworthy CAGR, owing to the increasing adoption of these foams in end use industries globally.

Flexible Polymer Foam Market: Market Participants

  • Examples of some of the market participants in the global flexible polymer foam market are:
  • Europur
  • VPC Group Inc
  • Eversoft Fiber & Foam

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