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Graft Polyols Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2023

Graft polyols are a stable colloidal dispersion of styrene acrylonitrile polymer particles in polyether polyols. These are widely used in the manufacture of flexible polyurethane foams. Graft polyols improve the load-bearing properties of flexible foam by modifying the viscosity and density. They also impart high resilience in polyurethane foams. Polyurethane foams formulated from graft polyols are extensively used in carpets, cushions, mattresses, furniture, automotive seating, and protective packaging. Hence, graft polyols are employed in numerous end-user industries such as furniture, automotive, packaging, and others. Asia Pacific held the largest share of the graft polyols market in terms of demand, followed by Europe and North America in the past few years. Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global graft polyols market during the forecast period.

The report estimates and forecasts the graft polyols market on the global, regional, and country level. The study provides forecast from 2015 to 2023 based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn). The report comprises an exhaustive analysis of the value chain, which provides a comprehensive view of the market. Value chain analysis also offers detailed information about value addition at each stage. The study includes drivers and restraints for the graft polyols market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. The report analyzes opportunities in the graft polyols market on the global and regional level. Drivers, restraints, and opportunities mentioned in the report are justified through quantitative and qualitative data. These have been verified through primary and secondary resources.

The report includes Porter’s Five Forces Model to analyze the degree of competition in the graft polyols market. The report comprises a qualitative write-up on market attractiveness analysis, wherein countries have been analyzed based on attractiveness. Growth rate, market size, raw material availability, profit margin, impact strength, technology, competition, and other factors (such as environmental and legal) have been evaluated in order to derive the general attractiveness of the market. The report includes price trend analysis for raw materials and graft polyols from 2014 to 2023.

The study provides a comprehensive view of the graft polyols market by dividing it into regional segments such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). Regional segments have been further analyzed on country level. Key countries such as the U.S., Germany, Italy, the U.K., France, Spain, China, Brazil, and South Africa have been included in the study. The market has been estimated from 2015 to 2023 in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn).

The report covers detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and profiles of key players operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include BASF SE, Oltchim S.A., The Dow Chemical Company, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Limited). Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, number of employees, brand overview, key competitors, business overview, business strategies, recent/key developments, acquisitions, and financial overview.

Secondary research sources that were typically referred to include, but were not limited to company websites, financial reports, annual reports, investor presentations, broker reports, and SEC filings. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, national government documents, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report.

In-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key opinion leaders and industry participants were conducted to compile this research report. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts supplemented by extensive secondary research. Key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents were reviewed for competitive analysis and market understanding. This helped in validating and strengthening secondary research findings. Primary research further helped in developing the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

This report segments the global graft polyols market as follows:

 Graft Polyols Market – Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Chapter 1 Preface

  • Report Description
  • Research Scope
  • Assumptions
  • Market Segmentation
  • Research Methodology

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

  • Global Graft Polyols Market, 2014 - 2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Million)
  • Graft Polyols: Market Snapshot 

Chapter 3 Graft Polyols Market – Industry Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Dynamics
  • Drivers
  • Driver 1 – Growing Flexible Polyurethane Foams Market Propels Demand for Global Graft Polyols
  • Restraints
  • Restraint 1 – High Volatility in Raw Material Prices Hinders Market Growth
  • Opportunity
  • Opportunity 1 – Emerging Use of Natural Oil Based Graft Polyols in Healthcare Industry
  • Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  • Bargaining Power of Suppliers
  • Bargaining Power of Buyers
  • Threat of New Entrants
  • Threat of Substitutes
  • Degree of Competition
  • Graft Polyols: Market Attractiveness Analysis
  • Market Attractiveness Analysis, by Country
  • Graft Polyols: Company Market Share Analysis, 2014

Chapter 4 Raw Material and Price Trend Analysis

  • Raw Material Analysis – Manufacturing/Extraction Process
  • Raw Material Price Trends, 2014 – 2023 (US$/Ton)
  • Graft Polyols Price Trends, 2014 – 2023 (US$/Ton)

Chapter 5 Market Segmentation – Regional Analysis

  • Global Graft Polyols Market Snapshot
  • North America Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • U.S. Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Rest of North America Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Europe Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Germany Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • U.K. Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • France Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Italy Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Spain Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Rest of Europe Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Asia Pacific Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • China Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Japan Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • ASEAN Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Rest of Asia Pacific Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Latin America Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Brazil Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Rest of Latin America Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Middle East & Africa Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • GCC Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • South Africa Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa Graft Polyols Market – Volume & Revenue, 2014-2023, (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)

Chapter 6 Company Profiles

  • BASF SE
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Limited)
  • Jilin Shenhua Group Co., Ltd.
  • Oltchim S.A.
  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • The Dow Chemical Company

Chapter 7 Primary Research – Key Findings

Chapter 8 List of Key Customers

Graft polyols contain fine particles of polymers dispersed in polyether polyol medium. Most commonly, styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) copolymers are grafted on polypropylene glycol or polyethylene glycol medium. Graft polyols are primarily used in the manufacture of flexible polyurethane foams. The major function of graft polyols is to increase the load-bearing capacity of polyurethane foams. Usage of graft polyols improves several mechanical properties of polyurethane foams such as tear strength, tensile strength, viscosity, and density. Furthermore, graft polyols enhance the resilience of foams.

Unsaturated monomers and polyether polyols are key raw materials used in the production of graft polyols. Styrene and acrylonitrile are commonly used as monomers, whereas polypropylene glycol or polyethylene glycol is used as polyether polyols. Styrene and acrylonitrile are copolymerized via the free radical or step addition process. Polyether polyols are prepared from polymerization of propylene oxide or ethylene oxide. The resulting styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) copolymer is then grafted to the polyether polyol backbone, thus producing stable dispersion of graft polyols. 

Graft polyols have principal usage in the manufacture of flexible and high resilient polyurethane foams. Polyurethane foams prepared from graft polyols are widely used in numerous end-user industries owing to their superior resilience and load-bearing properties. Graft polyols based foams are employed in the manufacture of carpets, cushions, furniture seating, mattress, beds, rugs, protective packaging, automotive seating, and automotive interiors. Key end-user industries that consume graft polyols based polyurethane foams include furniture, automotive, and packaging. Industrial use of graft polyols in flexible foams is gaining popularity as they offer excellent comfort, durability, and toughness.    

Steady growth in the flexible polyurethane foams market drives significant demand for graft polyols. In addition to improved load-bearing capacities, graft polyols enhance numerous functional properties of polyurethane foam such as resilience, cell opening, mechanical strength, solid content, and color retention. Rising demand for high comfort and luxurious seating system from furniture and automotive industries is projected to boost the flexible polyurethane foams market. This, in turn, is likely to generate substantial demand for graft polyols in the flexible foams market during the forecast period. However, instability in prices of raw materials is anticipated to hinder the market growth during the forecast period. Key raw materials required in the production of graft polyols are obtained as crude oil derivatives. Therefore, volatility in crude oil prices has considerable impact on raw material prices. This, in turn, hampers growth of the graft polyols market. However, usage of natural oils such as castor oil is anticipated to open up lucrative avenues in the graft polyols market in the next few years. Consumption of natural oil based graft polyols are increasing in mattresses, cushions, and wheelchairs used in healthcare sectors. This is expected to create attractive opportunities in the graft polyols market during the forecast period.

In terms of volume, Asia Pacific dominated the global graft polyols market in 2014. The region is projected to exhibit the fastest-growth rate in the graft polyols market during the forecast period. Growing purchasing parity coupled with economic development has driven automotive and furniture industries in developing countries of Asia Pacific in the past few years. As a result, demand for graft polyols has increased considerably in Asia Pacific in the past few years. The region is expected to witness a similar growing trend during the forecast period. Europe accounted for the second-largest share of the global graft polyols market in 2014. Germany, Italy, and the U.K. were major consumers of graft polyols in Europe in 2014. Middle East & Africa is expected to be the emerging market for graft polyols, exhibiting a fast-paced growth rate during the forecast period.

Key manufacturers of graft polyols include BASF SE, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Limited), Oltchim S.A., Jilin Shenhua Group Co., Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell plc, and The Dow Chemical Company.

 

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