Global Hydrogel Market: Snapshot
Hydrogels are a cross-linked, three-dimensional network of synthetic or organic polymer chains that contain 90% water. The capability of hydrogels of holding a significant amount of water and their softness make them flexible, hydrophilic in nature, and unique. Sodium polyacrylate, polyvinyl alcohol, acrylate polymers, and copolymers are ingredients widely used during the manufacture of hydrogels. Hydrogels are widely employed in soft contact lenses, disposable diapers, wound dressings, drug delivery, and components of medical electrodes. Rising use of hydrogel in a number of applications across the personal care and hygiene sectors is expected to present vast growth opportunities for the global hydrogel market in the next few years.
Transparency Market Research states that the global hydrogel market was valued at US$10,084.9 mn in 2016. The market is expected to exhibit a healthy 6.3% CAGR from 2017 to 2025 and rise to a valuation of US$17,487.6 mn by 2024. In terms of volume, the market is expected to exhibit a 5.5% CAGR over the said period.
Polyacrylamide- and Polyacrylate-based Hydrogels to Witness Strong Demand
On the basis of type, hydrogel can be broadly categorized into polyacrylate, polyacrylamide, silicone and others. Polyacrylate polymers, also known as water-lock polymers, are prepared by polymerizing acrylic acid via physical or chemical crosslinking. Sodium polyacrylate-based hydrogels are employed in product such as baby diapers, sanitary napkins, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels. Polyacrylamide is used in tissue engineering as well as in drug treatment, sanitary napkins, diapers, food packaging products, ophthalmic operations, wrinkle filling, and water purification. Silicone-based hydrogel is widely employed in soft and disposable daily wear contact lenses.
Of these, the segments of polyacrylamide and polyacrylate are expected to expand significantly during the forecast period due to the rising adoption of disposable sanitary products by consumers. The segment of silicone-based hydrogel is also anticipated to develop rapidly over the report’s forecast period owing to the growing demand for daily disposable soft contact lenses.
North America Market to Remain Dominate
North America held significant share of hydrogel market in 2016 followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. accounted for a significant share of the hydrogel market in North America in 2016. The U.S. has the highest standards for healthcare. Rising prevalence of chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcer, venous ulcer, and pressure ulcer is likely to increase the usage of hydrogel in healthcare industry.
The rest of Europe held a significant share in the hydrogel market in Europe in 2016; however, Germany accounted for the dominant share. Owing to the immense demand for personal care & hygiene products such as baby diapers and adult incontinence products in Europe, the need for hydrogel has been experiencing a significant surge in the last few years. This trend is predicted to continue during the forecast period as well.
In Asia Pacific region China led the hydrogel market in 2016. Rise in population in the region is anticipated to boost the usage of feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence products, and baby diapers in the near future. This, in turn, is estimated to drive the demand for hydrogel during the forecast period. The hydrogel market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is likely to provide steady market demand during the forecast period.
Some of the leading vendors operating in the global hydrogel market are Procyon Corporation, 3M Company, Conva Tec Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services Inc., BSN Medical GmbH, Medico Electrodes International Ltd., The Cooper Companies, Inc., H.B. Fuller Company, Altergon Italia Srl, R&D Medical Products Inc., Spes Medica Srl., Katecho Inc., Takiron Co. Ltd., Sekisui Plastics Co. Ltd., Alliqua Biomedical Inc., and Axelgaard Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Company.
Global Hydrogel Market: Overview
The report estimates and forecasts the hydrogel market on the global, regional, and country levels. The study provides forecast between 2017 and 2025 based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) with 2016 as the base year. The report comprises an exhaustive value chain analysis for each of the product segments. It provides a comprehensive view of the market. The study includes drivers and restraints for the hydrogel market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. The study also provides key market indicators affecting the growth of the market. The report analyzes opportunities in the hydrogel market on the global and regional level. Furthermore, the report analyzes substitutes of hydrogel. It also provides the global average price trend analysis.
The report includes Porter’s Five Forces Model to determine the degree of competition in the hydrogel market. The report comprises a qualitative write-up on market attractiveness analysis, wherein resin, technology, application and countries have been analyzed based on attractiveness for each region. Growth rate, market size, raw material availability, profit margin, impact strength, technology, competition, and other factors (such as environmental and legal) have been evaluated in order to derive the general attractiveness of the market.
Global Hydrogel Market: Segmentation
The study provides a comprehensive view of the hydrogel market by dividing it into structure, type, application, and geography. In terms of structure, the hydrogel market has been segmented into amorphous, semi-crystalline, and crystalline. In terms of type, the hydrogel market is segmented into polyacrylate, polyacrylamide, silicone and others. In terms of application, the hydrogel market has been segmented into personal care & hygiene, pharmaceuticals, food, agriculture, healthcare, and others. Application segments have been analyzed based on historic, present, and future trends, and the market has been estimated in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) between 2017 and 2025.
Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for hydrogel in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). Additionally, the report comprises country-level analysis in terms of volume and revenue for product and application segments. Key countries such as the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the U.K., Spain, Italy, Japan, India, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Brazil have been included in the study. Market segmentation includes demand for individual resin, technology and application in all the regions and countries.
Global Hydrogel Market: Competitive Outlook
The report covers detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and profiles of key players operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include 3M Company, Johnson & Johnson Services Inc., Conva Tec Inc., BSN Medical GmbH, Procyon Corporation, H.B. Fuller Company, Medico Electrodes International Ltd., Altergon Italia Srl, Katecho Inc., R&D Medical Products Inc., Spes Medica Srl., Takiron Co. Ltd., Sekisui Plastics Co. Ltd., Alliqua Biomedical Inc., The Cooper Companies, Inc., and Axelgaard Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, number of employees, brand overview, key competitors, business overview, business strategies, recent/key developments, acquisitions, and financial overview (wherever applicable).
Global Hydrogel Market: Scope of the Report
In-depth interviews and discussions with wide range of key opinion leaders and industry participants were conducted to compile this research report. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents were reviewed for competitive analysis and market understanding. This helped in validating and strengthening secondary research findings. Primary research further helped in developing the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.
Secondary research sources that were typically referred to include, but were not limited to company websites, financial reports, annual reports, investor presentations, broker reports, and SEC filings. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, national government documents, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report.
The hydrogel market has been divided into the following segments:
Hydrogel Market – Structure Analysis
Hydrogel Market – Type Analysis
Hydrogel Market – Application Analysis
- Personal care & Hygiene
Hydrogel Market – Regional Analysis
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America (LATAM)
- Middle East & Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)