World Analysis – Polyether Polyols

  • Market Overview
  • Key Benefits
  • Service Features
  • Annual Table of Contents

Market Overview

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

The polyurethane industry is a bellwether of the global economy, with multiple uses across downstream sectors such as construction (as both an insulator or for coatings), furniture and bedding, automotive, home appliances and clothing. Polyether polyols are a crucial building block in polyurethane production. As the world moves into its next cycle of economic growth, increased construction activity and rising consumer spending will merge with an intense focus on energy-saving policies across the globe. All these elements suggest a positive outlook for polyol demand, but as demand grows, the global polyol markets will meet different regional challenges in the quest to meet demand. Chemical Market Analytics World Analysis for polyether polyols will provide a long-term strategic overview of the global markets, showing supply/demand forecasts, capacity expansions and closures while providing long-term price forecasts, region-by-region overviews and insights into the day’s critical issues.

Key Benefits

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

The World Analysis – Polyether Polyols provides a comprehensive analysis and key insights into long-term information of the global polyether polyols market.

The intelligence into the global polyether polyols market can also benefit the market participants of polyurethanes, a key product to lower energy consumption globally. With ever-evolving supply and demand dynamics, obtaining a detailed understanding of this market is vital. The report serves multiple industries, including propylene and ethylene oxide, MDI/TDI, and sectors producing detergents, surfactants, and insulation products. Chemical Market Analytics’s commitment to regularly updating this data ensures it remains a unique and invaluable resource in the industry.

World Analysis – Polyether Polyols support clients with:

  • Direct Access to the Subject Matter Experts
  • Access to high-quality data empowers clients to make informed strategic decisions regarding the sourcing and sales of polyether polyols.
  • Detailed market share analysis compared to competitors, with insights into growth potential.
  • Examination of changes in global trade flows.
  • Comprehensive overview of new capacities, segmented by demand, application, and country.
  • Availability of price forecasts.


Service Features

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050



Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: By country/region; include “hypothetical” capacity changes in the forecast period
Chemical Coverage:Polyether Polyols


Frequency: Updated daily
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050

  • Nameplate capacity by producer by plant location for main study products + key derivatives
Chemical Coverage:Polyether Polyols


Frequency: Quarterly
Format: Excel
Timeframe: up to 2050
Area Coverage: For the key regions of North America (US), Europe & Asia
Chemical Coverage:Polyether Polyols


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 1 year of history, up to 10 years of forecast
Area Coverage: Between partner countries and by region
Chemical Coverage:Polyether Polyols


Frequency: Annual
Format: PDF/HTML
Timeframe: 5-year history, forecast to 2050
Coverage: Regional market summaries

    Chemical Coverage:Polyether Polyols


  • Access to our global team of subject matter experts
  • Interactive data visualization module (dashboard)
  • Standard supply/demand graphs
  • Data appendix with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser

Annual Table of Contents

  • Introduction 4
  • Executive Overview 6
  • Strategic Insights 15
  • Introduction 15
  • Urbanization and home insulation regulation 15
  • Sourcing PO and EO and the impact on polyols 16
  • Offshoring of demand 16
  • Sustainability 16
  • Antidumping duties 18
  • Production Process Overview 19
  • Commercial Processes 20
  • Polyol Properties 20
  • Logistics 20
  • Grafted/Filled/Copolymer Polyols 21
  • Vegetable Oil Polyols 21
  • Blends and Formulations 22
  • Product qualifications 22
  • Price Forecast 23
  • Polyether polyols long-term price forecast methodology 23
  • North America 23
  • EMEA 24
  • Northeast Asia 24
  • Supply/Demand Forecast Methodology 26

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Tobias Spyra

Tobias Spyra Director, EMEA Styrenics & Polyurethane Feedstocks Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Tobias Spyra is the Director for EMEA Styrenics & Polyurethane Feedstocks at Chemical Market Analytics. Mr. Spyra joined the European aromatics and fibers team in 2016 and his current role in Chemical Market Analytics is as Director of Styrenics and Polyurethane Feedstocks in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa region. As a key resource within Chemical Market Analytics for understanding and providing insight into the Aromatics sector of the petrochemical industry, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil, and financial industries. He specializes in cumene, phenol, acetone, AMS, BPA, solvents, styrene monomer, and its derivatives as well as the in the isocyanates, polyether, and polyester polyols markets. Prior to joining Chemical Market Analytics, he worked in the chemical and petrochemical industries in various Sales, Marketing, and Global Business Management roles at Ineos, Innovene, and BP. Fluent in English, Spanish, and German.
Phillip Smee

Phillip Smee Executive Director, Polyurethane Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Phillip Smee is the Executive Director of Polyurethane in the Americas at Chemical Market Analytics. Phillip Smee is an executive director of aromatics and fibers responsible for polyurethane and feedstocks in the Americas. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil, gas, chemical and process industries before joining Chemical Market Analytics. He is a regional expert on polyurethanes and feedstocks and brings his diverse background to provide deep analysis of the markets. He contributes to polyurethane market reports and several World Analysis covering polyurethane feedstocks and polyols. He has ten years of production experience in polyols and eight years of production experience in isocyanates. During his career, he has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, the USA, Saudi Arabia and the UK while holding roles in operations, engineering, project management and performance management. He has an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of NSW, Sydney, Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and a Chartered Engineer.  
Edward Chan

Edward Chan Associate Director, EO & PO Derivatives, Asia Pacific Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Edward Chan is an Associate Director of Asia Pacific EO & PO Derivatives Service at Chemical Market Analytics. Edward Chan is overall responsible for market research and analysis for Ethylene Oxide and propylene Oxide derivatives in Asia Pacific. Mr. Chan provides market coverage and analysis for products like Ethylene Oxide, Amines Glycol Ethers, Ethoxylates and Ethylene Carbonate across Asia. He also provides market coverage for the region's Propylene Glycol and Polyols industries. Mr. Chan has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He started his career with a famous Japanese trading firm before working for a major, USA-headquartered manufacturer of several of the products that he covers today. He has been an active salesperson throughout most of his career and has created strong relationships with most of the key industry participants.

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