Global Market Study on Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP): Demand from Personal Care and Hygiene Industry to Sustain Market Growth over 2016-2020


Super Absorbent Polymers Market
  • Published On : Dec-2016 |
  • Pages : 140 Pages |
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This report by Persistence Market Research on the global super absorbent polymer market for the four-year forecast period 2016-2020 presents an outlook of the market across the globe. The primary objective of the report is to offer updates on market opportunities in the global super absorbent polymer market. The report provides analysis of the global super absorbent polymer market in terms of market value (US$ Mn) and shipment (Mn Tons).

The report starts with an overview of the global super absorbent polymer market. This section includes PMR’s analyses of key trends, drivers, and restraints from the supply, demand, and macroeconomic perspectives. Impact analysis of key growth drivers based on the weighted average model are included in the report to better equip and arm clients with crystal-clear and decision-making insights. 

The section that follows analyses the market on the basis of product type and application, and presents the forecast in terms of consumption and value for the next four years. On the basis of product type, the global super absorbent polymer market has been segmented into:

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Poly Acrylamide Co-polymer
  • Others (including Ethylene-maleic Anhydride Co-polymer, and Polyvinyl Alcohol Co-polymer)

Based on end-use application, the global super absorbent polymer market has been classified as:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Adult incontinence products
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Others

The following section of the report includes analysis of the global super absorbent polymer market on the basis of region. The global super absorbent polymer market is segmented into five key regions:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) – APEJ
  • Japan
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

In the final section of the report, the super absorbent polymer market competitive landscape is included to provide report audiences with a dashboard view of the market players and company analysis, based on categories of providers across the value chain, their presence in the super absorbent polymer product portfolio and key differentiators. Some of the major market players featured in this section are BASF SE, LG Chemicals Ltd., Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd., Kao Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, San-Dia Polymers, Evonik Industries AG, Yixing Danson Technology, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd., and Sanyo Chemicals Industries.

Research Methodology

To deduce market size, the report considers the average selling price of various types of super absorbent polymers across geographies. Furthermore, data points such as regional split and market split by product type and by application, and qualitative inputs from primary respondents have been incorporated to arrive at suitable market estimates. The forecast presented in the report evaluates the total revenue that is expected to be generated across the super absorbent polymers market over forecast period (2016–2020). When developing the market forecast, the starting point involved sizing up the current market, which forms the basis for forecasting how the market is anticipated to take shape during the forecast period. Given the characteristics of the market, PMR triangulated the data on the basis of various analysis based on both supply side and demand side. However, quantifying the market across the aforementioned segments and regions is more a matter of quantifying expectations and identifying opportunities rather than rationalizing them at the end of the forecast period.

It is imperative to note that in an ever-fluctuating global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyze the market on the basis of key parameters, such as Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth, to understand the predictability of the market and identify the right opportunities in the smartphone market. As previously highlighted, the market for super absorbent polymers is split into various sub-segments or categories, on the basis of region, product type, and application. All these sub-segments or categories have been analyzed in terms of Basis Points (BPS) to understand the individual segment’s relative contribution to market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identification of many key trends in the super absorbent polymer market.

With widespread acceptance in personal care and hygiene sectors, super absorbent polymer (SAP) is being largely used in many other industries, including medical, healthcare, agriculture, and so on. First introduced in the 1970s, SAP rapidly gained popularity and has been capturing a rapidly expanding market on a global level. However, the global super absorbent polymer market is slated to witness sluggish growth over the next few years.

During a four-year forecast period 2016-2020, the global market for super absorbent polymer will expand at a CAGR of 3.9%, reaching a value of over US$ 9.0 Bn by the end of 2020. The global consumption of SAP may witness a slight increase from 4.4 Mn Tons estimated for 2016 to 2.9 Mn Tons by the end of 2020.

Market Dynamics

Predominantly used in the manufacturing of disposable diapers for babies, super absorbent polymer is widely used in feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence products. Rising birth rate and growing geriatric population will remain the key factors generating the major demand for super absorbent polymer over the next few years. SAP finds major applications in solidification of medical waste, which is anticipated to push the consumption a little further. In addition, artificial snow and absorbent pads are projected to sustain the demand.  Super absorbent polymer is an important component of sand bags that are used in controlling flood situations. Sales of sand bags can spur the demand for super absorbent polymer on a large scale.

Growing applications of SAP as a water conservation tool in large scale farming and agriculture are expected to propel the demand within the next few years. In addition, rising popularity in landscaping of garden grass and golf courses is also expected to fuel demand. Emerging applications in arboriculture is also considered to be a promising booster to market growth. Biodegradable SAP is foreseen to present the biggest growth opportunities over the forecast period.

In developed regions, highly saturated personal care market can impede the demand for SAP. Moreover, uncertain availability and volatile prices of raw materials will also hold a negative impact on the overall market growth. Ever-evolving healthcare regulations are one of the most restraining factors associated with the global super absorbent polymer market.

Leading personal care product providers are increasingly planning expansion in developing regions of Asia Pacific. This is identified to be a promising factor boosting the market in Asian countries.

Segment Analysis

The global super absorbent polymer market is segmented by product type and application. On the basis of product type, the market is classified as Sodium Polyacrylate, Poly Acrylamide Co-polymer, and others, including Ethylene-maleic Anhydride Co-polymer and Polyvinyl Alcohol Co-polymer. Among these, Sodium Polyacrylate and Poly Acrylamide Co-polymer will continue to account for major revenue shares during the forecast period.

Based on application, the market is fragmented into four key segments viz. disposable diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene, and others. Disposable diapers segment is projected to dominate the market in terms of application, followed by adult incontinence products segment. Over 2016-2020, disposable diapers segment is expected to account for nearly 75% share of the market revenues, reaching a value worth US$ 6.77 Bn by 2020 end. Adult incontinence products segment, despite being a major market, will see stagnant growth over the forecast period. Feminine hygiene products segment is anticipated to witness stable growth, whereas ‘others’ segment is likely to expand at a relatively higher CAGR.

Regional Analysis

By geographical analysis, the global super absorbent polymer market is segmented into six key regions i.e. North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) APEJ, Japan, and Middle East and Africa.

APEJ will continue to lead the market globally, led by China. The total market value share of APEJ is estimated at around 36% by the end of forecast period. While the U.S. remains the top producer of SAP, China will remain the largest SAP consumer owing to soaring demand for super absorbent polymer from a growing number of end-user industries. Europe is projected to maintain the second largest market for super absorbent polymer, reaching beyond US$ 2.5 Bn by 2020 end, in terms of revenues.

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Key Players Analysis

Leading players in the global super absorbent polymers market include BASF SE, LG Chemicals Ltd., Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd., Kao Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, San-Dia Polymers, Evonik Industries AG, Yixing Danson Technology, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd., and Sanyo Chemicals Industries.

Company Profiles

  • Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd.
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • BASF SE
  • Yixing Danson Technology
  • Kao Corporation
  • Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd.
  • San-Dia Polymers Global Co. Ltd.
  • Sanyo Chemicals Industries
  • Formosa Plastics Corp.
  • LG Chemicals Ltd.
  • Others
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