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Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market: Snapshot 

Superabsorbent polymers are able to absorb 500 times than their weight; thus, they are ideal gel-forming material. Thus, its demand is higher from dispensable bay diapers in especially across the developing nations in the Asia Pacific including India and China, owing to the ascent in populace and raise in birth rates. 

The rapidly increasing worldwide populace has elevated food security concerns. Developing and underdeveloped countries still need legitimate cultivating practices. Lack of arable land has put weight on ranchers to build the yield of agrarian items. The year-on-year decline in arable land per capita and increment in the populace are estimated to increase the utilization of superabsorbent polymers in the following couple of years. 

Changes in way of life and ascend sought after for quality diapers with attributes, for example, high water maintenance limit and low skin rashes are increasing the interest for superabsorbent polymers over the globe. Other than child diapers, superabsorbent polymers are generally utilized in sterile napkins and grown-up cleanliness items. Non-benefit associations in rural areas in developing countries are implementing some sort of different awareness projects with respect to cleanliness. This is boosting the demand of superabsorbent polymers in sterile items and in turn is driving growth of the superabsorbent polymer market. 

According to the report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global superabsorbent polymer market registered the revenue of about US$9,106.02 mn in 2017 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.0% over the forecast period from 2018 and 2026 to attain the value of around US$15,467.33 mn by 2026. 

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Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market: Segments 

The superabsorbent polymer market is segmented on the basis of the resin type, application, and region. Based on resin type, the superabsorbent polymer market is segmented into Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylate Copolymers, Potassium Polyacrylate, Polysaccharides, and Ethylene-Maleic Anhydride Copolymers. 

Based on the end users, the superabsorbent polymer market is segregated into hygienic and non-hygienic segments. The hygienic segment is further segregated into diapers, adult incontinence products, and sanitary products. Further, the non-hygienic product segment is classified into industrial, medical and healthcare sectors, and agricultural. Of these, hygienic products segment is dominating the global superabsorbent polymer market. 

Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market: Regional Analysis 

On the basis of region, the global superabsorbent polymer market is segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (MEA), and South America. Of these, North America dominates the global market for superabsorbent polymer market owing to the rapid adoption of the innovative techniques, especially in the medical and industrial sector. However, Asia Pacific is expected to account for second-leading share and exhibit growth at a most lucrative CAGR during the forecast period. This is attributable to high demand from developing nations such as China, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia is expected to open new opportunities for growth in the coming years. Additionally, rising awareness about the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene is boosting the superabsorbent polymer market 

Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market: Competitive Landscape   

Some of the key players operating in the global superabsorbent polymer market include Emerging Technologies Inc., Sanyo Chemical Industries, Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., and Hosokawa Micron B.V. However, the superabsorbent polymer market features consolidative vendor landscape as the top three companies in the market including Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd, Evonik Industries, and BASF SE collectively accounted for more than 45% share in the market in 2017.

New Synthesis Methods Expand Avenue in Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are characterized by absorption of substantial amounts of water relative to their mass. The rise in demand for high-end polymers in the agriculture and environmental science applications has driven the prospects in the SAPs market. A plethora of applications in the hygiene industry has been responsible for proliferating sales in the market. Advances made in the synthetic methods of developing polymers have been key to innovation in the market. Applications are expanding on the back of adoption of new strategies to develop semi-synthetic SAPs. Over the past few years, with industry players increasingly leaning on making SAPs more biodegradable, sustainable, and renewable, new research directions have opened up in the SAPs market. A prominent case in point is the recent rising research and development activities pertaining to materials based on polysaccharides, leading to production of smart polymers. Such SAPs are considered largely natural SAPs. Researchers seeking to commercialize SAPs in novel medical applications are leveraging the properties of hybrid SAPs. They are optimizing homogeneity and biodegradability to engineer novel products for industries in the SAPs market.

Over the past few years, an emerging application with vast promise is the use of SAPs is promoting conditions for better plant growth in agriculture. SAPs shows promise in controlling soil properties, notably related to the ones that control plant nutrients and water. Thus, the SAPs market is expected to gain impetus from growing number of large‐scale and long‐term studies that harness the properties of SAPs. In the present times of post-Covid era, the need for improving agriculture yield has risen. Thus, the market will see new windows of revenue streams in the agriculture industry. The polymer manufacturers are also coming with new business models and raw materials supplier sourcing strategies to overcome the disruptive impacts that Covid-19 pandemic has made on the supply chain dynamics across industries.

Superabsorbent Polymer Market - Overview

Superabsorbent polymer is a material that absorbs and retains substantial volumes of water and aqueous solutions. Superabsorbent polymer is available in granular, solid, or powder forms. This polymer can absorb up to several hundred times its own weight in aqueous solution and can resist release of the absorbed fluid under pressure. Superabsorbent polymer is widely used due to its excellent water-absorbing and retaining capacities in baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, and in the agriculture sector. In the agriculture sector, it provides suitable environment for seeds to grow. Superabsorbent polymer is used in agriculture, forestry, and gardening as an agent for retaining water in the soil. It improves seed germination and increases yield.

Based on resin, the superabsorbent polymer market is divided into sodium polyacrylate, potassium polyacrylate, polyacrylate copolymers, ethylene maleic anhydride copolymers, polysaccharides, and others. Sodium polyacrylate is a leading segment of the global superabsorbent polymer market. In terms of application, the global superabsorbent polymer market is bifurcated into hygiene and non-hygiene application. The hygiene segmented is further segregated into diapers, adult incontinence, and sanitary products, whereas the non-hygiene segment is further split into packaging, medical & health care, agriculture, and industrial. Rise in demand for disposable diapers and female hygiene products with high absorption fuels demand for superabsorbent polymers in hygiene applications. Increase in efforts toward enhancing the quality of crops and soil boosts demand for superabsorbent polymer in the agriculture sub-segment. Rise in standards of living and increase in disposable income fuels demand for processed foods around the world. This, in turn, increases use of superabsorbent polymer for packaging material to improve the shelf life of products.

Based on region, the global superabsorbent polymer market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific dominates the global superabsorbent polymer market due to increase in disposable income, growth in population, and expansion of end-use industries. Asia Pacific is followed by Europe and North America. Increase in agricultural activities and rise in research activities in the medical and pharmaceutical industries in Europe and North America drive demand for superabsorbent polymer in these regions.

The report analyzes and forecasts the market for superabsorbent polymer at the global and regional levels. The market has been projected in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2017 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints for the global superabsorbent polymer market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for superabsorbent polymer during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities for the superabsorbent polymer market at the global and regional levels.

The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global superabsorbent polymer market. Porter’s five forces model for the superabsorbent polymer market has also been included to help understand the competition landscape. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein the application and resin segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global superabsorbent polymer market by segmenting it in terms of resin, application, and region. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and future demand for superabsorbent polymer in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers individual resin and application segments of the market in all regions.

The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global superabsorbent polymer market. Key players profiled in the report are Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd, BASF SE, Evonik Industries, Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd, KAO Corporation, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd, LG Chem Ltd., Emerging Technologies Inc., Water-sorb, Tramfloc Inc., Yixing Danson Technology, Technical Absorbents, Hosokawa Micron B.V, and SOCO Chemical. Market players have been profiled in terms of company overview, business strategies, recent developments, and SWOT analysis.

Key Takeaways

  • The report provides extensive analysis of market trends from 2017 to 2026 to identify opportunities and market developments
  • It provides analysis of various resins and applications, wherein superabsorbent polymer is used
  • It identifies key factors responsible to build a roadmap for upcoming opportunities for the superabsorbent polymer market at the global, regional, and country levels
  • The report offers comprehensive analysis with respect to investments and regulatory scenario that would subsequently impact the outlook and forecast for the global superabsorbent polymer market between 2017 and 2026
  • The report provides detailed competition landscape for key players operating in the market to understand competition level
  • Porters’ five forces analysis and SWOT analysis to highlight the power of buyers and suppliers


The report provides the estimated market size of the global superabsorbent polymer market for 2017 and forecast for the next nine years. The size of the global superabsorbent polymer market has been provided in terms of revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on resin, application, and region. Market size and forecast for each resin and application segment has been provided for global and regional markets.


  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Potassium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylate Copolymers
  • Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymers
  • Polysaccharides
  • Others


  • Hygienic
  • Diapers
  • Adult Incontinence Products
  • Sanitary Products
  • Non-hygienic
  • Packaging
  • Medical & Health Care
  • Agriculture
  • Industrial


  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Peru
    • Colombia
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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