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Analysis of the Global Polyols Market

Analysis of the Global Polyols Market

The global polyols market is dominated by polyether polyol, owing to its lower price and widespread penetration. However, with growing customer preference for superior quality and durability, polyester polyol is likely to replace polyether polyol in certain applications such as adhesives and sealants used in insulating glass units.

Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (ROW) are the key growth engines for the polyols market, owing to robust GDP growth and increasing disposable income. Furthermore, robust growth of end-user industries such as automotive, construction, footwear, and upholstery is also expected to boost the market.

Adoption of products with superior price-performance index is growing in Europe and North America. This is primarily because of increasing customer preference for product quality and performance.

Price has emerged as the key differentiating factor in the polyether polyol market because of intense competition and oversupply. On the other hand, product performance has emerged as the key competitive factor in the polyester polyol market.

The polyurethane coatings market is likely to be dominated by polyether polyol, owing to its low viscosity and lower glass transition temperature. However, as performance requirements of coatings are continuously increasing, polyester is likely to replace polyether in the transportation industry owing to growing demand for scratch- and chemical-resistant coatings.

Growing demand for adhesives with superior bonding strength and durability in Europe and North America is likely to drive polyester polyol revenues, while the growing adoption of polyether in hot cast elastomers is expected to drive polyether polyol revenues.

About this report

The key product segments covered in this research service are polyether and polyester polyols. Key trends in the natural oil polyols market have also been included. Regional-level splits of polyol consumption in flexible foam, rigid foam, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers applications have also been provided for each segment. The service also identifies the major industry drivers, restraints, and regulatory and technology trends affecting the global polyols market. The analysis also focuses on the dynamics of each market segment in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Strategic Factsheet
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Market Scope
    • Key Market Segments
    • Market Definitions
    • Key Performance Parameters
    • Geographic Scope
    • Product, Material and Technology Trends
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Market Segmentation
  • Drivers and Restraints-Total Polyols Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
      • Table Total Polyols Market: Construction Spending, APAC and ROW, 2012-2017
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total Polyols Market
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Polyols Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2014
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Total Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, Global, 2011-2021
    • Key Factors Influencing Price
    • Value Chain and Market Distribution Channels
    • Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis- Total Polyols Market
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Analysis
    • Competitive Environment
    • Natural Oil Polyols Market-Overview
    • Key Challenges
    • Regional Trends
    • Industry Trends
    • Application Trends
    • Competitive Environment
    • Product Matrix-Major Companies
  • Polyether Polyols Market Analysis
    • Polyether Polyols Market-Key Findings
    • Polyether Polyols Market-Overview
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2014
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2011-2021
    • Competitive Environment
  • European Polyether Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Europe, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, Europe, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price, Europe, 2014
  • North American Polyether Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyether Polyol Market: Automotive Production and Growth Rate, North America, 2014-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, North America, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price, North America, 2014
  • Asia-Pacific Polyether Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price, Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • ROW Polyether Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, ROW, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, ROW, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyether Polyols Market: Average Price, ROW, 2014
  • Polyester Polyols Market Analysis
    • Polyester Polyols Market-Key Findings
    • Polyester Polyols Market-Overview
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2014
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Global, 2011-2021
    • Competitive Environment
  • European Polyester Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Europe, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, Europe, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price, Europe, 2014
  • North American Polyester Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, North America, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price, North America, 2014
  • Asia-Pacific Polyester Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price, Asia-Pacific, 2014
  • ROW Polyester Polyols Market Analysis
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Volume and Revenue Forecast, ROW, 2011-2021
    • Percent Volume Forecast by Application
    • Volume and Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price Forecast, ROW, 2011-2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyester Polyols Market: Average Price, ROW, 2014
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Partial List of Companies Interviewed
    • Abbreviations and Acronyms Used

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