Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market: Snapshot

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) possess the capacity to retain and absorb large volumes of water and other aqueous solutions. These superabsorbent polymers are highly used in the production of diapers and other hygiene products. It includes training pants and female hygiene products. These polymers are also extensively used in numerous other applications in wastewater treatment, paper packaging, and agriculture. This widespread use adds to the demand for superabsorbent polymers in the global market. Prominent market players are now concentrating on enhancing the efficiency of the existing products with the help of extensive research and development and launch advanced and innovative products in the market.

The global superabsorbent polymers market is expected to reach an overall valuation of US$8.78 bn by the end of the mentioned forecast period of 2014-2020. This growth is expected to be achieved with the help of 5.5% CAGR during the course of the aforementioned forecast period.

High Demand for Baby Diapers and Other Hygiene Products to Drive Market Growth

In terms of product segment in the global superabsorbent polymers, sodium polyacrylate has dominated the market share in the recent past. Sodium polyacrylate is used in a wide range of applications such as products of adult incontinence, sanitary napkin, and baby diapers among many others. Polyacrylamide copolymer is the most rapidly growing product segment in the global superabsorbent polymers market. This is mainly because of the properties such as non-toxic nature of material and high absorbing qualities. Both the mentioned product types are mainly utilized in the production of a broad range of products that are used in different industries such as medical, construction, diaper, and agriculture among others. The other product sector consists materials such as polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, ethylene-maleic anhydride copolymer, starch grafted copolymer of polyacrylonitrile, and cross-linked polyethylene oxide. Of these mentioned product segments, starch grafter copolymer was used as a superabsorbent polymer for the first time.

Amongst the hygiene products, adult diapers and baby diapers are the most prominent applications that create the need for superabsorbent polymers. The segment of baby diapers is expected to be the biggest and fastest developing application in the global market of superabsorbent polymers. The adult incontinence products market was the second biggest market behind baby diapers market in the recent past. During the mentioned forecast period of 2014 to 2020, other segments which includes applications such as medical, paper packaging, construction and agriculture, are expected to witness moderate growth.

Growing Market for Female Hygiene Products to Propel Market Growth in Asia Pacific

North America has emerged as the biggest regional market for superabsorbent polymers. The region is projected to experience a moderate growth of the market during the course of aforementioned forecast period of 2014-2020. The Asia Pacific region is further segmented which includes key regions such as India, China, Japan and Indonesia. Asia Pacific region is anticipated to be the fastest developing region. This growth is expected to be achieved with a CAGR of 5.4% during the mentioned forecast period of 2016 to 2020. This rapid growth of the Asia Pacific market is because of the developed market for feminine hygiene products and baby diapers in the region.

Some of the key players in the global superabsorbent polymers market include names such as Byer AG, BASF, Formosa Plastics Group, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, and LG Chem. The companies manufacture superabsorbent polymer and diapers and other hygiene products as well. Some corporates such as Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd. are reverse integrated. These companies produce acrylic acid, an important raw material needed for the production of superabsorbent polymers.

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)

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