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Global Medical Superabsorbent Polymers Market: Snapshot

The market for Superabsorbent polymers have the potential to retain aqueous solutions and high volume of water. For the purpose of absorbing high amount of liquids and exudates, superabsorbent polymers are Superabsorbent polymers are also anticipated to find application as one of the key raw materials for manufacturing several surgical and medical products which are made up of both woven and non-woven fabrics.

The global medical superabsorbent polymers market could rise to a revenue valuation of up to US$192.2 mn by 2020.

Extensively Growing Medical Industry Puts Superabsorbent Polymers under Limelight

The world market for medical superabsorbent polymers is anticipated to be bolstered by the demand in a range of applications, including non-woven and woven fabrics, for wound dressing products. Products under the category of woven wound care could include gauzes and sponges whereas common nonwoven products could be surgical tapes, wound dressings, and bandages. Due to the increasing number of diseases and accidents, the demand for woven and non-woven fabrics is projected to elevate. However, superabsorbent polymers could also invite major applications such as healing patches, surgical pads, and drapes.

The world medical superabsorbent polymers market could be classified in terms of application, where the wound care segment could again be divided into advanced and traditional. The products of traditional wound care comprise sponges, medical tapes, and gauze dressings while that of advanced wound care include chronic wound dressings and burn wound dressings. The products of advanced wound care could be highly demanded by developing countries, which is predicted to be crucial for further growth in the market.

According to end use analysis, the world medical superabsorbent polymers market is envisaged to find opportunities in the water treatment, packaging, agriculture, and medical sectors. The engagement of multitudinous advanced technologies in the manufacture of superabsorbent polymers-based products could uplift the market growth. For manufacturing non-woven fabrics, technologically sophisticated technologies or methods such as airlaid, meltblown, and spunbond could be used. The market demand for airlaid technology could be boosted on account of benefits such as biodegradability of crude materials, lower price, and sustainability. Other technologies forecasted to help develop the market size include wet-laid, laminate, and carded.

Europe and North America Surge Growth with Fairly Large Share

As per region, the international medical superabsorbent polymers market is prophesied to draw prospects from Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Australia. However, not all of these regions could equally contribute toward the growth of medical superabsorbent polymers.

In the recent past, Europe had secured a handsome share with regard to revenue in the international medical superabsorbent polymers market. Nonetheless, it is expected of North America to obtain a decent market share in the coming years while Asia Pacific to secure a faster growth over the course of the forecast period. New entrants looking to establish a commanding position in the market could rely on these three regions prognosticated to continue holding a dominating share until 2020.

Apart from the attractive prospects offered by developed markets, emerging regions such as Africa, Middle East, Australia, and Latin America could cut loose to provide a strong growth to the overall market for medical superabsorbent polymers. Most of the major regions are envisioned to testify a steady uptake of medical superabsorbent polymers in their consumer medical industries, which are prophesied to extensively stir the demand in the worldwide market.

With top companies expected to hold a larger share, the worldwide medical superabsorbent polymers market could showcase a concentrated characteristic. Some of the leading players that could make a strong impression on the market are Shokubai Co., Ltd., Evonik Industries, BASF SE, and LG Chem Ltd.


Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) have the ability to retain large amount of water and aqueous solutions. Superabsorbent polymers are primarily used in the medical industry, as these absorb high amount of exudates and liquids. This prevents infections and boosts the healing process of injuries. Superabsorbent polymers are used in the manufacture of various medical and surgical products made up of woven as well as nonwoven fabrics. Woven and nonwoven wound care products such as medical gauze, sponges, wound dressings, surgical drapes, etc include superabsorbent polymers as one of the key raw material. Wound care is the key factor driving the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market in the medical industry.


This study analyzes, estimates and forecasts the global medical superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market in terms of demand based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2010 to 2020. The report also analyzes several driving and restraining factors and their impact on the market during the forecast period.


The report provides a detailed view of the medical superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market based on applications, end-use segments, and technologies. It segments the market into applications, which include woven and nonwoven fabrics. Key end-use segments include wound care, which is further bifurcated into traditional wound care and advanced wound care, and others (including surgical pads). Technologies used in the manufacture of nonwoven wound care products include airlaid and others (such as spunbond and meltblown). Furthermore, the report segments the market based on key geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). It also provides market volume and revenue for each product, application and technology segment under every regional segment.


Based on the medical superabsorbent polymers application (SAP) segment, the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment with the help of an attractiveness tool. The study includes value chain analysis, which provides a better understanding of key players in the supply chain (from raw material manufacturers to end-users). Additionally, the study analyzes market competition and industry players using Porter’s five forces analysis.


The report includes an overview of the market share of key companies in the global medical superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market. Key players profiled in the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) study include raw material manufacturers such as BASF SE, Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd, Evonik Industries, SDP Global Co. Ltd and LG Chem. The report also profiles end-product manufacturers such as Advancis Medical, Derma Sciences, Smith & Nephew plc, Lohmann & Rauscher International GmbH & Co. KG, National Nonwovens Company, and Johnson & Johnson. 


Primary research represents the bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities. 


Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases and relevant patent and regulatory databases. Other sources include national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases and webcasts specific to the companies operating in the market. Secondary sources referred for the study of the medical superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market include ICIS, Nonwovens Industry, Platts, Fibers and Textiles, Edana, Ministry of Textiles and company presentations.


The report segments the global medical superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market into:


Medical Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Product Segment Analysis

  • Woven
  • Non-woven

Medical Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Application Analysis

  • Wound Care
    • Traditional Wound Care
    • Advanced Wound Care
  • Others (including surgical pads)

Medical Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market For Nonwoven - Technology Analysis

  • Airlaid
  • Others (Including spunbond, meltblown, etc)

Medical Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Regional Analysis

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific 
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

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Medical Superabsorbent Polymers Market