Published: 2019 August 29
Updated : 2023 February 10

Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecast - 2029

SKU : CH1955
150 pages
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Global Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market is segmented By Function (Protection, Insulation, Cushioning, Others), By Application (Protective Packaging, Building & Construction, Automotive & Transportation, Electronics, Healthcare, Others), and By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029

150 pages report analyses the global Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market size, recent trends, competitive intelligence and future market outlook. The market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 2.25% by 2029. The demand for specialty polystyrene resin in the healthcare market is growing significantly. The competitive rivalry intensifies with Synthos S.A., BASF SE, Versalis S.P.A., Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd., LG Chem Ltd and others operating in the market.

Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market Scope and Summary



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Function, By Application and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Polystyrene or PS, a thermoplastic resin made by polymerizing styrene monomer (SM), is one of the most widely used plastic materials. They are used in many areas such as disposables, small home appliances, stationeries depending on the respective properties.
Specialty polystyrene possesses better transparency, electric characteristics, water resistance, and colorability. This resin best suits food packing containers, foaming products such as disposable containers.
The specialty Polystyrene Resin market is segmented by function, application, and geography. By function the market is segmented into Protection, Insulation, cushioning, and others. By application, the market is further segmented by building and construction, automotive transportation, electronics, healthcare, and others. whereas by geography the market is divided into North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.

Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market Dynamics and Trends

Specialty polystyrene resin is a lightweight polymer foam. These resins are used in the packaging industry as a protection layer. while in automotive, building & construction, electrical & electronics industries Specialty polystyrene resins are majorly used due to their lightweight, thermal stability than conventional thermoplastic acrylic resin, and low-cost benefits.

Automotive companies are increasingly using lightweight materials to lower vehicle emissions and improve vehicle fuel economy. Moving forward electric vehicles made with lightweight auto components are the future automotive industry drivers hence polystyrene resins to witness.   

Owing to the lightweight property, the Implementation of stringent government regulations focusing on the construction of energy-efficient infrastructure and emphasis on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are a major factors driving the global specialty polystyrene resin market. Some of the key factors influencing the market growth include increasing demand for automotive application, growing used of packaging for performance and environmental reasons in emerging economies.

However, high performance alternatives, poor weather ability, chemical resistance and brittleness are restraining the market growth.

Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market Segment Analysis

Based on function, the Specialty Polystyrene Resin market is classified into protection, insulation, cushioning, and others. Among the functionality protection, the dominant segment accounts for YY% of the market.

The protection function accounted for the largest market share in the specialty polystyrene resin market in 2017 and is expected to remain the major function during the forecast period, as this function is mostly needed in applications such as healthcare, electrical & electronics, and packaging.

In the packaging application, specialty polystyrene resin delivers physical and mechanical strength, and it is the most versatile type of polymer foam. It is lightweight, composed of individual cells of low-density polystyrene, and has a high strength-to-weight ratio because it is cross-linked in nature. It is useful in the foodservice and protective packaging applications, spurred by the growth in the e-commerce industry. 

Application segment Analysis

Based on application, specialty polystyrene resin market is classified into Protective Packaging, Building & Construction, Automotive & Transportation, Electronics, Healthcare and others. Currently building & construction is the dominant segment and it accounts for approximately YY% of the market.

Specialty polystyrene resins are adopted widely across the healthcare industry with significant efforts to commercialize new medical polymers to meet the specification of high-end use.

The demand for specialty polystyrene resin in the healthcare market is growing significantly owing to a significant upsurge in demand for medical lab ware, pharmaceutical products, Vacutainer trays, components for medical devices, and packaging for essential medicines due to the increase in population.The demand for specialty polystyrene resin is witnessing significant growth in all the regions due to the rapid acceptance and adoption of polymers from product designing to final product manufacturing.

Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market Geographical Analysis

The Asia Pacific Specialty Polystyrene Resin market size was worth USD YY million in 2018 and is estimated to reach USD YY million by 2026, at a CAGR of YY% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific region is expected to grow with high CAGR during the forecast period owing to the immense growth in the end user industries.  
Polystyrene is widely used to produce daily use consumer products such as refrigerators, air conditioners, televisions, computers and disposable utensils.
Asia pacific region is the major producer of electronic devices in which China will remain the world’s electronics factory. Moving forward this country will produce 50% of global electronics in value terms by 2025.
Followed by China, South East Asia, and South Korea to remain a major area for electronics production in the region. South Korea’s electronics sector is primarily characterized by two major players namely Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc and numerous automotive electronics producers.
Southeast Asia electronics manufacturing is led by the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
China was the leading country with the highest production capacity. Asia is the leading region accounting for the largest share of global production capacity of the polymer. It occupied 55.1% of the production capacity.

Specialty Polystyrene Resin Companies and Competitive Analysis:

Some of the major players include Synthos S.A., BASF SE, Versalis S.P.A., Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd., LG Chem Ltd., Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH, Eastman Chemical Company, Nova Chemicals Corporation, Styropek, Styrochem.  

Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd, is one of the largest specialty polystyrene resin companies. This company has a strong global presence. It has a diversified product portfolio to cater to end-use industries according to their requirements. To sustain its dominating position, the company is anticipated to target new markets.

Global specialty polystyrene resin market is partially consolidated with the presence of a high number of major players. the threat of new entrants in this market as the market is high capital intensive. 

These key players mainly focus on new product launches, expansions, and mergers & acquisitions to enhance their position in the solar PV glass market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market growth?

The market is growing at a CAGR of 2.25%.

What is Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market size in 2021

The Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market size was valued at USD YY million in 2021.

Who are the key players in Specialty Polystyrene Resin Market?

NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Synthos, BASF SE, SUNPOR KUNSTSTOFF GmbH, Atlas EPS, VERSALIS, SABIC.


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