Super absorbent polymers (SAPs) are material that can absorb and retain large amount of liquid compared to their own mass. Super absorbent polymers can absorb 500 times more liquid than its own weight (30-60 times more than its own volume). Super absorbent polymers are cross-linked acrylic homo polymers which absorb aqueous solutions through hydrogen bonding with water molecules. Total absorbing and swelling capacity of super absorbent polymers depends on the type and degree of cross-linkers used to make the gel used in the product manufacturing. Lower density cross-linked polymers can absorb large amount of liquid within it also can swell to a large extent compared to high dense polymers.
On the bases of degree of cross-linked used in the product, global super absorbent polymers can be bifurcated into baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products and others. Company manufacturing diaper and hygiene product use super absorbent polymers as solidification medium while manufacturing the products. Also, applied in the field of agriculture where super absorbent polymers are used to increase water absorption and retention of soil in the region which have fear of drought. Other applications include construction, packaging, wire and cable, oil and gas and fire fighting.
North America has the largest market share for super absorbent polymers, followed by Asia Pacific and Europe. Developing countries are expected to occupy major market share in the forecasted period. Middle East countries are expected to witness highest growth in the coming future. Asia Pacific region is expected to overtake North America in terms of market share owing to increasing population and disposable income in the countries such as India and China.
Increasing awareness of health and wellbeing paired with hygiene lifestyle of people is driving the global super absorbent market. Additionally, increasing disposable income of individual have influence the individual to spend more on hygiene and comfortable diaper products to maintain good health and disease free. This is also acting as one of the driver in the global super absorbent market. Also, increasing population and introduction of innovative bio-based super absorbent polymers in the market may further increase the demand of super absorbent polymers to some extent.
Better growth prospect in the super absorbent market in the developing countries of Asia Pacific have influence many multination companies to invest more in the emerging Asian market. Some of the major companies operating in the global super absorbent polymer market are Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd., BASF SE, Evonik Industries, LG Chem Ltd., Yixing Danson Technology, KAO Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd. and Sdp Global Co. Ltd.
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