Global Insulation

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This study analyzes global supply of and demand for insulation. Historical data (2010, 2015, and 2020) and forecasts for 2025 and 2030 are provided for insulation demand by material (in dollars and metric tons) and market (in dollars and square meters R-1), net exports (in dollars), and production (in dollars) on a country-by-country basis. Demand in value terms is shown at the manufacturers’ level and excludes distributor and retailer markups.

Materials broken out include:

  • foamed plastic
    • expanded polystyrene, including graphite polystyrene
    • polyurethane and polyisocyanurate (e.g., rigid board and spray)
    • extruded polystyrene
    • others foamed plastics (e.g., elastomeric, phenolic, polyolefin, melamine)
  • fiberglass (including batts, blankets, loose fill, roof deck, board, and pipe and duct wrap)
  • mineral wool (including batts, blankets, board, and loose fill)
  • other materials (e.g., aerogels, cellulose, reflective insulation, radiant barriers, perlite, vermiculite, and all other insulation materials)

Granulated mineral wool used in ceiling tiles is not included in the scope of this study.

The major market segments analyzed are:

  • residential buildings (e.g., single-family, including manufactured homes, and multifamily)
  • nonresidential buildings (including, office, retail and lodging, institutional, and industrial buildings)
  • industrial and plant equipment (e.g., power generation, oil and gas, petroleum refining, chemicals, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals)
  • HVAC/air distribution equipment (including residential, commercial, and heating and air ducts)
  • appliances (e.g., refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers)
  • transportation equipment:
    • motor vehicles (cabins, engines)
    • aerospace equipment (fuselages, air ducts)
    • ships and boats (hulls, cabins)
    • railroad equipment (railcars, insulated cars)
  • other insulation markets, including nonbuilding construction, packaging, furniture, bedding, clothing, and off-road equipment

Both thermal and acoustic insulation are included in the scope of this study.

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