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Phenolic Resin Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Novolac Resin, Resol Resin, Others), By Application (Wood Adhesives, Molding, Insulation, Others) And Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Region :Global | Report ID: FBI104569 | Status : Ongoing



Phenolic resin also called as phenol formaldehyde resin are synthetic polymers obtained by reaction of phenol or substituted phenol with formaldehyde. They have been widely used in manufacturing of molded products, coatings, adhesives, and other products. The application areas of phenolic resins are broadly categorized into foundry, wood adhesives, insulation, molding, abrasives, and others.

The phenolic resin market is a flourishing sector within the chemical industry, experiencing growth on both a global and regional level. Increasing demand for novolac resins from automotive sector one of the prime factor driving the market growth. Boost in production of passenger cars owing to the rising expenditure of consumers shall aid the growth. Additionally, manufacturing of panels, wall panels, engineered products, wood products for residential housing is expected to fuel the phenolic resin industry growth.

However, formaldehyde is one of the precursor for phenolic resins. There are various stringent regulations imposed by government authorities regarding the formaldehyde emission. This is expected to hinder the phenolic resin market growth.

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Key Market Driver -

Increasing demand from automotive sector.

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Key Market Restraint -

environmental regulations and guidelines regarding raw materials.

PHENOLIC RESIN MARKET Segmentation Analysis:

Based on type, the global phenolic resin market is segmented into novolac resin, resol resin and others. Based on application, market is segmented into wood adhesives, molding, insulation, and others.

From a geographical standpoint, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

Key Players Covered: 

The global phenolic resin market consists of global & regional players operating.

  • Hexion Inc.

  • Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.

  • DIC Corporation Inc.


  • SI Group Inc.

  • Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd.

  • Others

Key Insights

  • Key Emerging Trends – For Major Regions

  • Key Developments: Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnerships, and Others

  • Latest Technological Advancement

  • Regulatory Landscape

  • Porters Five Forces Analysis

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

Regional Analysis:

The phenolic resin market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The global market is dominated by Asia Pacific attributed to the growing automotive industries. Expansion of capacities of automobile manufacturers like Tata Motors, GM, VW, Hyundai, and others. North America is estimated to exhibit significant growth attributed to the high demand from residential application areas. Europe is expected to hold significant growth due to demand for automotive brake pads, disc brakes, drum linings, and other parts. Latin America & Middle East & Africa shall exhibit sluggish growth by the end of forecast period.

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By Type

  • Novolac Resin

  • Resol Resin

  • Others

By Application

  • Wood Adhesives

  • Molding

  • Insulation

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)

  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, and Rest of Latin America)

  • Middle East & Africa (UAE, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

Phenolic Resin Industry Developments

  • In September 2020, Hexion has agreed to sell its phenolic specialty resin and two other business to a team of private equity firms for 425 million USD.

  • Ongoing
  • 2023
  • 2019-2022

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