Uninsulated: Rising input prices and declining industry revenue have increased competition

The Plastic Foam Product Manufacturing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Plastic Foam Product Manufacturing industry has experienced mixed fortunes over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 1.1% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $650.8 million. As traditional buyers, such as the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing industry, have been relocating operations offshore, rising consumer discretionary spending has kept demand for plastic foam products afloat. This spending, in turn, supports demand for manufacturing and construction industries that use plastic foam products as inputs in production. Polyurethane plastic foam is used to manufacture a range of goods, including beds, mattresses, pillows, couches and other furniture...

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High barriers to entry for the industry have remained steady over the past five years. Existing major players have developed supply contracts and negotiated lower prices for raw materials, such as plastic resin, which represent a large portion of total purchase costs in the industry. These contracts enable major companies to offer products to customers at affordable prices, while unestablished firms must find ways to compete without this bargaining power. Existing operators can also lock in long-term contracts with customers, such as downstream bedding and furniture manufacturers.

Major players can operate with greater economies of scale, and can thereby lower marginal costs and pass savings on to consumers through lower prices. Str..

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Industry Products

What is the Plastic Foam Product Manufacturing Industry?

Companies in the industry manufacture polymer foam products. Firms that manufacture polymer filler products that are used to fill in wall cavities, insulate walls, and cushion swimming pools and spas are also included in the industry.

Industry Products
Expanded polystyrene
Extruded polystyrene
Industry Activities
Bicycle helmet
Polymeric foam cooler and ice chest
Polymeric foam cup
Polymeric foam food container
Polymeric insulation and cushioning material
Sheet foam

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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