Expanded Polystyrene Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By product (white expanded polystyrene, grey expanded polystyrene, black expanded and polystyrene), By Application (insulation, foaming, component manufacturing and chemical intermediate), By End use (Building and construction, packaging, electrical and electronics, food and beverages and others), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America), Global Economy Insights, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast Till 2031.

The report offers the value (in USD Billion) for the above segments.

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Market Overview:
The Expanded Polystyrene Market size was valued at around USD 10.72 Billion in 2023 and is expected to reach a value of USD 20.5 Billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 8.59 % over the forecast period (2024–2031).

The growing impact of social elements, that include fostering a feeling of community, promoting sustainable business practices, and enhancing occupant health and well-being. Expanded polystyrene's (EPS) superior shock absorption, moisture resistance, and thermal insulation are driving up its demand in packaging applications. The food service sector is anticipated to see significant growth because to the rise in food retail chains and the growing demand for packaged foods, which will increase EPS consumption.

The United States topped the North American market and is predicted to have one of the quickest rates of growth in 2023. Over the course of the projected period, the market is anticipated to be driven by the growing product demand from the American construction and packaging sectors. Demand for American packaging has been strong across a number of end-user industries in the US, including retail, food, medicines, and consumer products. The country's high rates of urbanization, growing e-commerce penetration, and packaged and processed food sector are all factors contributing to the increased demand. The COVID-19 epidemic increased demand for packaged and processed foods as well as online shopping because of government-imposed travel restrictions and social distancing measures.

The demand for EPS in the nation is therefore anticipated to increase as a result. The construction business in the United States is expanding quickly because of good market fundamentals for commercial real estate, a strong economy, and rising state and federal financing for institutional buildings and public works. Furthermore, it is anticipated that both current and upcoming projects such as the building of a new health center and services for the homeless, the renovation of SFUSD buildings, the development of affordable housing, the high-speed rail contract with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA), the SoFi Stadium project in Inglewood, and the redevelopment of Treasure Island will increase the demand for EPS during the forecast period.

Market Dynamics:
Market Drivers:

Growth in Construction and Building Sector

  • The Expanded Polystyrene market is the growth in the construction and building sector. Expanded Polystyrene is widely used in construction applications for insulation purposes due to its lightweight, thermal insulation properties, and durability. As construction activities continue to expand globally, especially in emerging economies and urban areas, there is a growing demand for EPS foam insulation materials to enhance energy efficiency, reduce heating and cooling costs, and comply with building codes and regulations. The increasing focus on sustainable building practices and green construction initiatives further drives the adoption of EPS as an eco-friendly insulation material, supporting market growth in the construction sector.

Rise in Packaging Applications

  • The Expanded Polystyrene market is the rise in packaging applications across various industries. Expanded Polystyrene foam is commonly used in packaging materials due to its lightweight, shock-absorbing properties, and excellent cushioning capabilities, making it ideal for protecting fragile and sensitive products during transit and storage. With the growth of e-commerce, retail, electronics, and food and beverage industries, there is an increasing demand for EPS packaging solutions to ensure the safe and secure transportation of goods while minimizing the risk of damage and breakage. Additionally, EPS packaging is preferred for its cost-effectiveness, recyclability, and versatility, driving its adoption in diverse packaging applications and contributing to market growth in the Expanded Polystyrene segment.
Market Trends:

Focus on Sustainable Solutions

  • The increasing focus on sustainable solutions and environmentally friendly alternatives. As awareness of environmental issues such as plastic pollution and climate change grows, there is a rising demand for EPS products that are recyclable, biodegradable, or made from sustainable raw materials. Manufacturers in the EPS industry are investing in research and development to develop eco-friendly EPS formulations, explore recycling technologies, and adopt closed-loop manufacturing processes that minimize waste and energy consumption. Additionally, regulatory initiatives and industry standards promoting sustainability and circular economy principles are driving the adoption of sustainable practices and materials throughout the EPS supply chain. This trend reflects a shift towards more sustainable and responsible production and consumption patterns in the Expanded Polystyrene market.

Innovations in Product Design and Applications

  • The Expanded Polystyrene market is the continuous innovation in product design and applications. Manufacturers are developing new EPS formulations, modifying production techniques, and expanding the range of EPS-based products to meet evolving customer needs and market demands. Innovations such as flame-retardant EPS, high-density EPS, and shape-molded EPS packaging solutions are enhancing the performance, versatility, and functionality of EPS materials in diverse applications. Moreover, advancements in digital design technologies, such as computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing, are enabling the customization and optimization of EPS products for specific applications and industries. As consumer preferences and market requirements evolve, the ability to innovate and adapt product offerings to meet changing demands drives competitiveness and growth in the Expanded Polystyrene market.
Market Restraining Factors:

Environmental Concerns and Regulations

  • The increasing environmental concerns and regulations related to plastic pollution and waste management. EPS, like other plastic materials, is non-biodegradable and can persist in the environment for long periods, posing risks to ecosystems and wildlife. Concerns about EPS littering and its contribution to marine pollution have prompted governments and regulatory bodies to implement restrictions on EPS use, production, and disposal in certain regions. Bans on single-use EPS products, restrictions on EPS packaging materials, and mandates for EPS recycling and waste reduction measures are some of the regulatory initiatives aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of EPS. Compliance with stringent environmental regulations and the need to adopt sustainable alternatives pose challenges for EPS manufacturers and may restrain market growth in certain sectors and regions.
Key Industry Developments:
  • In September 2023, Styroboard XPS is a brand-new line of EPS insulation boards from Inaos Styrolution. These insulation boards provide a superior compressive strength and thermal insulation thanks to an inventive extrusion technology. These can be used for a variety of purposes, including walls, flooring and roofing.
  • In July 2023, The Dutch business AkzoNobel signed a deal with Hirsch Porozell, the local division of the Austrian conglomerate Hirsch Servo, to sell its production activities for extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulating material in Romania. With more than 30 production sites, most of which are located in Central and Eastern Europe, Hirsch is a well-known participant in the market for high-end EPS (EPS) insulation materials.
Report Coverage:

The report will cover the qualitative and quantitative data on the global Expanded Polystyrene Market. The qualitative data includes latest trends, market players analysis, market drivers, market opportunity, and many others. Also, the report quantitative data includes market size for every region, country, and segments according to your requirements. We can also provide customize report in every industry vertical.

Report Scope and Segmentations:

Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Forecast Year


Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.59 % from 2024 to 2031


By Product, By Application, By End User, By Region


USD Billion

By Product

  • White expanded polystyrene
  • Grey expanded polystyrene
  • Black expanded and polystyrene

By Application

  • Insulation
  • Foaming
  • Component manufacturing
  • Chemical intermediate

By End User

  • Building and construction
  • Packaging
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Food and beverages 
  • Others

By Region

  • North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, ASEAN, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)


Expanded Polystyrene Market Players Analysis:
  • Atlas Roofing Corp.
  • Alpek S.A.B. de C.V.
  • Kaneka Corp.
  • SIBUR Holding PJSC
  • Synthos
  • TotalEnergies
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • NOVA Chemicals Corporate
  • StyroChem
  • Ravago Manufacturing
  • Versalis S.p.A.
  • Sundolitt Ltd.

Expanded Polystyrene Market Players & Competitor Analysis: The report covers the key players of the industry including Company Profile, Product Specifications, Production Capacity/Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin 2024-2031 & Sales with a thorough analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors and comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of major market vendors.

Expanded Polystyrene Market Segmentation Analysis:

By Product

  • White expanded polystyrene
  • Grey expanded polystyrene
  • Black expanded and polystyrene

By Application

  • Insulation
  • Foaming
  • Component manufacturing
  • Chemical intermediate

By End User

  • Building and Construction
  • Packaging
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Food and beverages 
  • Others

The report also helps in understanding Global Expanded Polystyrene Market dynamics, structure by analyzing the market segments, and project the Global Expanded Polystyrene Market size. Clear representation of competitive analysis of key players by type, price, financial position, product portfolio, growth strategies, and regional presence in the Global Expanded Polystyrene Market make the report investor’s guide.

Segmentation Analysis:

The market scope is segmented because of By product, By Application, By End User.

By Product

Based on Product the market is categorised into white expanded polystyrene, grey expanded polystyrene, black expanded and polystyrene.

In 2022, the white product sector held a dominant market share of almost 62.70% of the overall sales. Glass EPS is mostly used in packaging, including as food trays, drink cups, clamshell containers, electronics product packaging, and consumer goods packaging. A significant growth rate in the category is anticipated over the course of the forecast period because to the widespread use of gray EPS.

In addition, grey EPS performs better than white EPS. To improve the gray EPS's performance, add graphite to the mixture. It is more costly, though, and is usually used in construction applications. The building and construction sector will also be boosted by the expansion of infrastructure and the quickening pace of urbanization, which will increase demand for EPS. Segment growth will also be aided by the incorporation of energy-saving technologies for building businesses. Throughout the projection period, these elements are probably going to help the EPS industry.

By End User

Based on End User the market is categorised into Building and construction, packaging, electrical and electronics, food and beverages and Others.

In 2022, the industry was led by the construction application segment, which held a revenue share of over 44.0%. Due to EPS's many qualities, which include excellent thermal insulation, low weight, chemical inertness, & resistance to bacteria and pests, among others, the market for expanded polystyrene in construction applications is anticipated to increase significantly over the course of the projected period. In many packaging applications, expanded polystyrene is utilized.

Growing polystyrene's remarkable capacity to absorb shocks makes it perfect for packaging and storing a wide range of goods, from electronics and consumer goods to wines, medical supplies, and chemicals. It is anticipated that the automotive application category would have significant growth throughout the projection period because to the increasing demand for EPS in automotive components like as foot pads, headrests and positions, bumper systems, and storage compartments. The product finds application in the automotive industry because of its characteristics, which include its lightweight, resilience to impact, and capacity to absorb stress.

Regional Snapshots:

By region, Insights into the markets in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world are provided by the study. The Asia Pacific region held a dominant position in the business, contributing over 40.70% of the total revenue share. Over the course of the forecast period, Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at one of the fastest rates and be among the largest regional markets. This growth will be mostly driven by the rising demand for the product in key applications, such as construction, automotive, and packaging, in emerging economies like China and India. Furthermore, the Asia Pacific region's fast expanding building sector will aid in regional development. The strong demand for non-residential construction projects, including hospitals, commercial buildings, and colleges, is likely to drive significant expansion in the construction sector in North America in the upcoming years.

The "Affordable Healthcare Act's" implementation is also anticipated to encourage the building of more hospitals and healthcare facilities, which will increase the region's need for EPS during the projection period. Additionally, to the product's significant environmental advantages—which can improve indoor environmental quality, maximize energy efficiency, and boost durability—green building design applications have seen a considerable growth in product demand in the European market in recent years.

The demand for products is anticipated to rise all over the projection period as a result of favourable government aid for the construction of green buildings in several countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and France. The building industry has a major impact on the demand for EPS in Germany. The number of new residential building permits issued in the country has increased, and this trend is anticipated to continue during the estimated period of time because of the growing population, low interest rates, and rising demand for real estate. Over the projection period, E consumption is anticipated to be driven by the rapidly growing construction industry, which is predicted to be propelled by the developing real estate and housing markets.

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North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Netherland
  • Turkey
  • Rest of Europe


  • India
  • Australia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Rest Of APAC

Latin America

  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Brazil
  • Rest of South America

Middle East and Africa

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Rest Of MEA
Points Covered in the Report:

The points that are discussed within the report are the major market players that are involved in the market such as market players, raw material suppliers, equipment suppliers, end users, traders, distributors and etc.

The complete profile of the companies is mentioned. And the capacity, production, price, revenue, cost, gross, gross margin, sales volume, sales revenue, consumption, growth rate, import, export, supply, future strategies, and the technological developments that they are making are also included within the report. This report analysed 12 years data history and forecast.

The growth factors of the market are discussed in detail wherein the different end users of the market are explained in detail.

Data and information by market player, by region, by type, by application and etc., and custom research can be added according to specific requirements.

The report contains the SWOT analysis of the market. Finally, the report contains the conclusion part where the opinions of the industrial experts are included.

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Research Scope of Expanded Polystyrene Market:
  • Historic year: 2018- 2022
  • Base year: 2023
  • Forecast: 2024 to 2031
  • Representation of Market revenue in USD Million

Expanded Polystyrene Market Trends: Market key trends which include Increased Competition and Continuous Innovations Trends:

  • PUBLISHED ON : March, 24
  • BASE YEAR : 2023
  • STUDY PERIOD : 2020-2032
  • NO OF PAGES : 380

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