Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market: Snapshot

Superabsorbent polymers are polymers with water absorbent features that have the capacity to absorb aqueous solutions of about a hundred times more of its own weight. Superabsorbent polymers are present in either of the fiber or granular form and can also retain the considerable amount of aqueous solutions and water. They are created by caustic soda blended with the polymerization of acrylic acid, along with other materials like polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, ross-linked polyethylene oxide, ethylene maleic anhydride copolymer, starch grafted copolymer of polyacrylonitrile (PAN), and cross-linked carboxymethylcellulose.

The factors estimated to boost the market for superabsorbent polymer are the surging demand for disposable sanitary products and baby diapers. This is because of the fact that superabsorbent polymers have the absorbing capability of up to a 100 times its size due to which both baby diaper and sanitary napkin production companies require them as their basic raw material. Apart from that, the change in lifestyle and increase in disposable incomes are also expected to boost the demand for easy and quick disposal of baby waste. The rate of product recognition in the number of disposable baby products is low that is just 2% to 3% only. Quality diapers are higher as they are both rash-proof and have higher water retention capacity as compared to the other brands, thus their demand is higher. This, in turn is accelerating the overall growth of the market in the future years.

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Apart from that, the rise in agricultural needs for the continuously growing population all around the world is also estimated to add fuel to the overall market for superabsorbent polymers in the world. This is because of the water absorption property of the polymers that farmers use to continue cultivating even in adverse conditions, since, the amount of fertility in lands is degrading and arable land proportion is decreasing by the years. Moreover, numerous awareness programs conducted by the non-government and non-profit organizations, related to personal hygiene as well as hygiene of babies are also adding boost to the overall growth of the market in the future.

The global superabsorbent polymer market is anticipated to grow at a remarkable CAGR of 6.0% within the forecast period of 2018 to 2026. The market was valued at US$ 9,106.02 Mn as per the 2017 records and is estimated to witness a notable growth during the forecast period.

Hygiene Segment to Boost Up Market Growth Globally with Rising Personal Cleanliness Awareness

The global superabsorbent polymer market is segmented on the basis of resin, and application. Based on segmentation by resin, the market if classified into Sodium Polyacrylate, Potassium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylate Copolymers, Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymers, and Polysaccharides.

In terms of application, the global superabsorbent market is categorized into hygienic and non-hygienic segments. Further classification of hygienic segmentation are diapers, sanitary products, and adult incontinence products. Non-hygienic product classification is further divided into industrial, agricultural, medical and healthcare sectors. There is more demand for female hygiene products and it is anticipated to dominate the market in the long run as well.

 In terms of agriculture and construction, superabsorbent polymers are used for medical waste solidification. Thus, the demand for superabsorbent polymers are likely to surge in these industries as well.

North America to Obtain Maturity in Market Making Way for Asia Pacific

With respect to geographical segmentation, the global superabsorbent polymer market is projected to be dominated by Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and Africa. Out of these, the North American region is seen to have gained maturity in this market because of the quick adoption of innovative techniques in all fields whether it be industrial, or medical. However, the region with the lion’s share in the overall market is Asia Pacific that is projected to continue growing in demand and generating more revenue to the market. This is owing to the developing nations of Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and India that are opening new doors of opportunities in end-use industries. The increase in demand for high-quality products in personal hygiene, pharmaceutical, and health care products are bolstering the overall growth of the superabsorbent market in the years to come.

Prominent players of the global superabsorbent players are Sanyo Chemical Industries, Emerging Technologies Inc., Hosokawa Micron B.V, and Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.

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.

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.

Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market, by Resin

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

Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market, by Application

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

 Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market, by Region

  • 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

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