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World Insulation


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World Insulation

World demand to rise 5% annually through 2018
Through 2018, global demand for insulation is projected to advance five percent annually to nearly 25 billion square meters of R-1 value, a significant increase from the rate of the 2008-2013 period. In developing countries, rising building construction and industrial activity will lead to increased demand for insulation. In many high-income countries, insulation demand is expected to rebound from declines during the 2008- 2013 period that were caused in part by sharp declines in housing construction. Also, government efforts to reduce energy consumption will lead to the adoption of new building codes that require increased insulation usage.

Residential construction to be demand driver
Strong growth in residential building construction activity will be the primary driver of demand worldwide. In North America alone, demand for insulation in residential construction applications will grow over five percent per year through 2018, primarily due to a partial recovery in housing construction in the US. In Western Europe, government efforts to encourage insulation use in order to lower energy consumption will boost insulation demand in many West European countries. Rural-to-urban migration in many developing countries in the Asia/Pacific, Africa/Mideast, and Central and South America regions will stimulate building activity in urban areas, and therefore insulation demand. Additionally, rising per capita incomes will encourage the use of modern building techniques and materials, such as insulation. Some countries in these areas are expected to adopt minimum insulation requirements for buildings, further contributing to demand gains.

In the industrial, HVAC, and OEM markets for insulation, demand will be driven by greater manufacturing activity, appliance output, and HVAC system installations. For instance, global refrigerator and freezer shipments are forecast to rise over three percent per year through 2018.

Asia/Pacific region to be fastest growing market
The Asia/Pacific region is forecast to post the fastest growth in insulation demand through 2018, aided by advances in building construction activity and industrial output. More than one-half of new global insulation demand generated between 2013 and 2018 will be attributable to this region. Among the Asia/ Pacific countries expected to post solid growth are China, India, and Indonesia.

Value gains to exceed 6% annually through 2018
In terms of value, insulation demand is projected to advance more than six percent per annum through 2018 to nearly $50 billion. Foamed plastic insulation will post the fastest gains as it captures market share from fiberglass and mineral wool products used in construction applications. Additionally, foamed plastic insulation is used extensively in refrigerator and freezer production; appliance production will thus boost demand. Demand for fiberglass insulation will benefit from a rebound in the residential construction market in North America, as the material is widely used in the US and Canada. Mineral wool products are forecast to exhibit the slowest growth through 2018, but advances will still be strong. Growing demand in China, where fire safety is a large concern, will heighten mineral wool demand.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD INSULATION DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Overview
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION
    • World Demographic Overview
      • Population
        • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION
      • Urbanization Patterns
        • Table WORLD URBAN POPULATION BY REGION
      • Households
        • Table WORLD HOUSEHOLDS BY REGION
    • World Fixed Investment Overview
      • Table WORLD FIXED CAPITAL INVESTMENT BY REGION
    • World Building Construction Outlook
      • Table WORLD BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION
      • Residential Buildings
        • Table WORLD RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION
      • Nonresidential Buildings
        • Table WORLD NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION
    • World Refrigerator & Freezer Shipments
      • Table WORLD REFRIGERATOR & FREEZER SHIPMENTS BY REGION
    • Material Variations in Thermal Resistance & R-Values
      • Table INSULATION R-VALUES BY MATERIAL
    • Regulatory, Health, & Environmental Considerations
      • Environmental Considerations
      • Health Considerations
      • Energy Considerations
      • Recycling
      • Green Labeling
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • World Insulation Outlook
    • World Regional Demand by Insulating Capacity (R-1 Value)
      • Table WORLD INSULATION DEMAND BY INSULATING CAPACITY
    • Insulation Demand & Fixed Investment
      • Table CHART III-1 INSULATION DEMAND PER CAPITA/FIXED INVESTMENT PER CAPITA RELATIONSHIP, 2013
    • World Regional Insulation Demand by Value
      • Table WORLD INSULATION DEMAND BY VALUE
      • Table CHART III-2 WORLD INSULATION DEMAND BY REGION, 2013 By Volume
    • World Insulation Production by Region
      • Table WORLD INSULATION PRODUCTION BY REGION
    • World Insulation Trade Flows
      • Table WORLD INSULATION TRADE FLOWS
  • MATERIALS & MARKETS
    • General
    • Insulation Demand by Material
      • Table WORLD INSULATION DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Table CHART IV-1 WORLD INSULATION DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2013
      • Foamed Plastics
        • Table WORLD FOAMED PLASTIC INSULATION: VALUE DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table WORLD FOAMED PLASTIC INSULATION DEMAND: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-2 WORLD FOAMED PLASTIC INSULATION: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION, 2013
      • Fiberglass
        • Table WORLD FIBERGLASS INSULATION: VALUE DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table WORLD FIBERGLASS INSULATION: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-3 WORLD FIBERGLASS INSULATION: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION, 2013
      • Mineral Wool
        • Table WORLD MINERAL WOOL INSULATION: VALUE DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table WORLD MINERAL WOOL INSULATION: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-4 WORLD MINERAL WOOL INSULATION: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION, 2013
      • Other Insulation Materials
        • Table WORLD OTHER INSULATION MATERIALS: VALUE DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table WORLD OTHER INSULATION MATERIALS: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-5 WORLD OTHER INSULATION MATERIALS: VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION, 2013
    • Insulation Demand by Market
      • Table WORLD INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Construction
      • Industrial, HVAC, & OEM
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: Insulation Demand by Market
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
    • North America: Insulation Demand by Product
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • United States
      • United States: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table UNITED STATES: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • United States: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table UNITED STATES: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Canada
      • Canada: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table CANADA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Canada: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table CANADA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Mexico
      • Mexico: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table MEXICO: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Mexico: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table MEXICO: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: Insulation Demand by Market
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Western Europe: Insulation Demand by Product
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Germany
      • Germany: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table GERMANY: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Germany: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table GERMANY: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • France
      • France: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table FRANCE: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • France: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table FRANCE: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Italy
      • Italy: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table ITALY: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Italy: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table ITALY: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • United Kingdom
      • United Kingdom: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • United Kingdom: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Spain
      • Spain: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table SPAIN: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Spain: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table SPAIN: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • The Netherlands
      • The Netherlands: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table THE NETHERLANDS: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • The Netherlands: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table THE NETHERLANDS: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Other Western Europe
      • Other Western Europe: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Western Europe: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Other Western Europe: Insulation Demand by Country
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: Insulation Demand by Market
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Asia/Pacific: Insulation Demand by Product
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • China
      • China: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table CHINA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • China: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table CHINA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Japan
      • Japan: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table JAPAN: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Japan: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table JAPAN: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • India
      • India: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table INDIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • India: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table INDIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • South Korea
      • South Korea: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • South Korea: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Australia
      • Australia: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table AUSTRALIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Australia: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table AUSTRALIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Indonesia
      • Indonesia: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table INDONESIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Indonesia: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table INDONESIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Taiwan
      • Taiwan: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table TAIWAN: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Taiwan: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table TAIWAN: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Thailand
      • Thailand: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table THAILAND: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Thailand: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table THAILAND: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Insulation Demand by Country
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: INSULATION DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Central & South America: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table BRAZIL: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: INSULATION DEMAND BY COUNTRY
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Eastern Europe: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table RUSSIA: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table POLAND: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: INSULATION DEMAND BY COUNTRY
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: Insulation Demand by Market
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Africa/Mideast: Insulation Demand by Product
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table TURKEY: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: INSULATION DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: INSULATION DEMAND BY PRODUCT
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: INSULATION DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table WORLD INSULATION SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Leaders
      • Table CHART IX-1 WORLD INSULATION MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Product Development & Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Aislantes Minerales SA de CV
      • Armacell International Holding GmbH
      • BASF SE
      • Bayer AG
      • BBMG Corporation
      • Beijing New Building Materials plc
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Bridgestone Corporation
      • Byucksan Corporation
      • CSR Limited
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • Finetec Corporation
      • Fletcher Building Limited
      • Hood Companies
      • Huntsman Corporation
      • Italmobiliare SpA
      • KCC Corporation
      • Kingspan Group plc
      • Knauf Gips KG
      • Mohammed Abdulmohsen Al-Kharafi & Sons Company WLL
      • NICHIAS Corporation
      • Nitto Boseki Company Limited
      • Norisol A/S
      • Owens Corning
      • Paroc Group Oy AB
      • PENOPLEX St. Petersburg Limited
      • Recticel SA
      • Rockfibras do Brasil Industria e Comercio Limitada
      • ROCKWOOL International A/S
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Siam Cement Public Company Limited
      • Sto SE & Company KGaA
      • swisspor Management AG
      • TechnoNICOL Corporation
      • Trinseo SA
      • Uralita SA

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