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Superabsorbent Polymers Market (Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide Copolymer and Others) for Baby Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are materials that possess the ability to absorb and retain large volumes of water and aqueous solutions. This makes them ideal for usage in water absorbing applications such as baby nappies, adult incontinence pads, absorbent medical dressings and controlled release drugs. Large volumes of aqueous solutions are readily absorbed and retained by superabsorbent polymers. These polymers are commonly available in granular, solid or powder and cross-linked forms. Superabsorbent polymers absorb up to 500 times of their own weight of pure water. Superabsorbent polymers are available in two forms: sodium polyacrylate and polyacrylamide copolymer. Significant volume of SAP is used in the manufacture of diapers and hygiene products, among others. Additionally, superabsorbent polymers (SAP) are used in paper packaging, medical and wastewater treatment, among others.

Superabsorbent polymers are used in the manufacture of diapers and hygiene products. These include feminine hygiene products and training pants. These polymers are used for various other applications in agriculture, paper packaging and wastewater treatment. This adds to demand for superabsorbent polymers in the market. However, volatility in prices of raw materials is anticipated to hamper growth of the superabsorbent polymers market. Key players are now focusing on research and development in order to enhance the performance of existing products and introduce new advanced products in the market. 

North America is the largest market for superabsorbent polymers and is expected to witness moderate growth during the forecast period. Asia Pacific includes China, India, Indonesia and Japan. This region is likely to be the fastest growing region, expanding at a CAGR of 5.4% between 2014 and 2020. Demand for superabsorbent polymers in Europe stood at 501.6 kilo tons in 2013. It is anticipated to witness moderate growth during the forecast period between 2014 and 2020 due to the mature market for baby diapers and feminine hygiene products in the region. 

Sodium polyacrylate accounted for 63.7% of the global market share in 2013. It finds wide applications in baby diapers, adult incontinence products and sanitary napkins, among others. Polyacrylamide copolymer is the fastest growing product segment in the market, owing to its high absorbent quality and non-toxic nature. Both the product types are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products that are used in diaper, agriculture, medical and construction industries, among others. The others product segment includes materials such as ethylene-maleic anhydride copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, cross-linked polyethylene oxide and starch grafted copolymer of polyacrylonitrile. Of these, starch grafted copolymer was the first product to be used as superabsorbent polymer. 

Among hygiene products, baby diapers and adult diapers are the major applications that create demand for superabsorbent polymers. The baby diapers segment is projected to be the largest and fastest growing application in the market. The market for adult incontinence products was the second largest market in 2013. Feminine hygiene products accounted for 9.0% share of the global superabsorbent market in 2013. In terms of volume, the others segment, including applications such as paper packaging, medical, agriculture and construction, stood at 79.1 kilo tons in 2013 and is anticipated to experience moderate growth between 2014 and 2020.

Major companies that produce superabsorbent polymers include BASF, Bayer AG, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, Formosa Plastics Group, LG Chem and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. These manufacturers produce superabsorbent polymers as well as diapers and hygiene products. Some companies such as Nippon Shokubai Co Ltd are backward integrated. These companies manufacture acrylic acid, a major raw material required in the manufacture of superabsorbent polymers.

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Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report description
1.2 Market segmentation
1.3 Research scope and assumptions
1.4 Research methodology

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, 2013 – 2020, (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
2.2 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, snapshot (2013 and 2020)

Chapter 3 Global Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market: Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value chain analysis
3.3 Market drivers
       3.3.1 Growing disposable baby diaper industry augmenting polymer market growth
       3.3.2 Increase in consumer awareness regarding hygiene is expected to drive growth of superabsorbent polymers
3.4 Market restraints
       3.4.1 Volatile raw material prices expected to hamper growth of superabsorbent polymer market
3.5 Opportunities
       3.5.1 Bio-based superabsorbent polymer (SAP) to create future opportunities for global SAP market
3.6 Porter’s Five Forces analysis
       3.6.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
       3.6.2 Bargaining power of buyers
       3.6.3 Threat from substitutes
       3.6.4 Threat of new entrants
       3.6.5 Degree of competition
3.7 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Company market share analysis (2013)
3.8 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Market attractiveness analysis

Chapter 4 Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market – Product Segment Analysis
4.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Product segment analysis
       4.1.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume share by product, 2013 and 2020
4.2 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, by product
       4.2.1 Sodium polyacrylate
                4.2.1.1 Global sodium polyacrylate market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
       4.2.2 Polyacrylamide copolymer
               4.2.2.1 Global polyacrylamide copolymer market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
       4.2.3 Others
               4.2.3.1 Global others market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 5 Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market – Application Segment Analysis
5.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Application segment analysis
       5.1.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume share by application, 2013 and 2020
5.2 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, by application
       5.2.1 Baby diapers
               5.2.1.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market for baby diapers, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
       5.2.2 Adult incontinence products
                5.2.2.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market for adult incontinence products, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
       5.2.3 Feminine hygiene products
               5.2.3.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market for feminine hygiene products, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
       5.2.4 Others 
               5.2.4.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market for other  applications, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 6 Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market – Regional Segment Analysis
6.1 Global superabsorbent market: Regional segment analysis
       6.1.1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP)market volume share by region, 2013 and 2020
6.2 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, by region
6.3 North America
       6.3.1 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP)market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.3.2 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP)market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
       6.3.3 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP)market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.3.4 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
6.4 Europe
       6.4.1 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.4.2 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
       6.4.3 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP)market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.4.4 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
6.5 Asia Pacific
       6.5.1 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.5.2 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
       6.5.3 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.5.4 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
6.6 Rest of the World
       6.6.1 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.6.2 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
       6.6.3 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
       6.6.4 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)

Chapter 7 Company profiles
7.1 BASF SE
       7.1.1 Company overview
       7.1.2 Financial overview
       7.1.3 Business strategy
       7.1.4 SWOT analysis
       7.1.5 Recent developments
7.2 Bayer AG
       7.2.1 Company overview
       7.2.2 Financial overview
       7.2.3 Business strategy
       7.2.4 SWOT analysis
7.3 Formosa Plastics Group
       7.3.1 Company overview
       7.3.2 Financial overview
       7.3.3 Business strategy
       7.3.4 SWOT analysis
       7.3.5 Recent developments
7.4 LG Chem Ltd.
       7.4.1 Company overview
       7.4.2 Financial overview
       7.4.3 Business strategy
       7.4.4 SWOT analysis
       7.4.5 Recent developments
7.5 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.
       7.5.1 Company overview
       7.5.2 Financial overview
       7.5.3 Business strategy
       7.5.4 SWOT analysis
       7.5.5 Recent developments
7.6 NIPPON SHOKUBAI Co., Ltd.
       7.6.1 Company overview
       7.6.2 Financial overview
       7.6.3 Business strategy
       7.6.4 SWOT analysis
       7.6.5 Recent developments
7.7 SDP Global Co. Ltd.
       7.7.1 Company overview
       7.7.2 Financial overview
       7.7.3 Business strategy
       7.7.4 SWOT analysis
       7.7.5 Recent developments
7.8 SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS Co., Ltd.
       7.8.1 Company overview
       7.8.2 Financial overview
       7.8.3 Business strategy
       7.8.4 SWOT analysis
       7.8.5 Recent developments
7.9 Evonik Industries AG
       7.9.1 Company overview
       7.9.2 Financial overview
       7.9.3 Business strategy
       7.9.4 SWOT analysis
       7.9.5 Recent developments
7.10 Sinopec Group
       7.10.1 Company overview
       7.10.2 Financial overview
       7.10.3 Business strategy
       7.10.4 SWOT analysis
       7.10.5 Recent developments

List of Figures 

FIG. 1 Superabsorbent polymer (SAP): Market segmentation
FIG. 2 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, 2013 - 2020, (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 3 Superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Value chain analysis
FIG. 4 Global diaper market share, by age, 2013, (%)
FIG. 5 Global disposable baby diaper market, 2013 - 2020, (USD Million)
FIG. 6 Global GDP per capita, 2009 - 2013, (USD Million)
FIG. 7 Global propylene prices , 2012 - 2013, (USD /Mt)
FIG. 8 Global acrylic acid prices, 2012 - 2013, (USD /Mt)
FIG. 9 Porter’s Five Forces analysis for superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market
FIG. 10 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Company market share analysis (2013)
FIG. 11 Superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Market attractiveness analysis
FIG. 12 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume share, by product, 2013 and 2020
FIG. 13 Global sodium polyacrylate market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 14 Global polyacrylamide copolymer market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 15 Global others market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 16 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume share, by application, 2013 and 2020
FIG. 17 Global superabsorbent polymer market for baby diapers, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 18 Global superabsorbent polymer market for adult incontinence products, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 19 Global superabsorbent polymer market for feminine hygiene products, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 20 Global superabsorbent polymer market for others applications, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 21 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume share, by region, 2013 and 2020

List of Tables 

TABLE 1 Global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market, snapshot (2013 and 2020)
TABLE 2 Drivers of the global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Impact analysis
TABLE 3 Restraints of global superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market: Impact analysis
TABLE 4 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 5 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 6 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP)market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 7 North America superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 8 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 9 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 10 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 11 Europe superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 12 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 13 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 14 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 15 Asia Pacific superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 16 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by product, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 17 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by product, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 18 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market volume, by application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 19 RoW superabsorbent polymer (SAP) market revenue, by application, 2013 - 2020 (USD Million)

Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) were first produced in the U.S. and Japan in 1970. These polymers were used in the manufacture of baby diapers and adult incontinence products due to their high water absorbing and retaining capacity. Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) help keep the skin dry, thereby preventing the spread of infections in diaper users. Demand for these polymers is expected to be high in the near future. There are two types of superabsorbent polymers (SAP): sodium polyacrylate and polyacrylamide copolymer. Both these polymers are used in the manufacture of diapers and various hygiene products in the market. The market for superabsorbent polymers (SAP) is anticipated to grow significantly due to increasing demand for hygiene products.

This study analyzes, estimates, and forecasts the global superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market from the demand perspective in terms of volume (Kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020. The report also analyzes several market drivers and restraints along with their impact on the market during the forecast period.

The report provides a detailed view of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market by analyzing the key segments of products and applications. Application segments in the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market include baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products and others. The report also provides an analysis of each product and application segment and forecasts the market in terms of volume and revenue from 2014 to 2020. Additionally, it segments the market based on key geographies including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. The superabsorbent polymers (SAP) report further provides market volume and revenue for each product and application segment under each regional segment.

Based on the applications of superabsorbent polymers (SAP), the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment using the attractiveness tool. The study includes a value chain for better understanding of key players, right from raw material manufacturers to end-users. The study on superabsorbent polymers (SAP) also offers a comprehensive view of the market using Porter’s five forces analysis.

Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We assess key player’s product literature, press releases, annual reports and relative documents for competitive analysis. Participants in such a process include industry participants, VPs, CEOs, market intelligence managers and sales managers, technical personnel, distributors, purchasing managers valuation experts and research analysts specializing in specific markets. Secondary research includes search of technical writing, recent trade, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites and trade agencies and associations Secondary data sources reviewed for superabsorbent polymers (SAP) report consist of company websites, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, internal and external proprietary databases, SEC filings, national government documents and news articles, among others. Secondary research referred for the study of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) includes ICIS, Indian Textile Journal, Nonwovens Industry and Plastemart. 

The global superabsorbent polymers market has been estimated and forecasted using the top-down and bottom-up approaches. Application and product types have been estimated through top-down and bottom-up approach for forecasting and estimating geography. When no hard data is available, a rigorous methodology is adopted, wherein the available data is cross- referred with demographic data and macroeconomic indicators.

The report includes the share of key players in the global superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market. Major market participants profiled in the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) report include Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, BASF, Bayer AG and Formosa Plastics Group. Profiles of key participants include features such as company overview, financial overview, business strategy, SWOT analysis and recent developments. 
The report segments the global superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market as:
  • Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Product Segment Analysis
    • Sodium polyacrylate
    • Polyacrylamide copolymer
    • Others (Ethylene-maleic anhydride copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, etc.)
  • Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Application Analysis
    • Baby diapers
    • Adult incontinence products
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Others (Paper packaging, medical, agriculture, etc.)
  • Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Regional Analysis
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World (RoW)