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Super Absorbent Polymers Market

Global Market Study on Super Absorbent Polymers: Demand for Sodium Polyacrylate as a SAP to Surge

Global Super Absorbent Polymers Market by Product Type (Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide Copolymer)

Global Super Absorbent Polymers Market Snapshot

PMR has estimated the global Super Absorbent Polymers market to reach a valuation of US$ 10,169.0 Mn in 2023. Sales prospects of Super Absorbent Polymers is expected to witness a steady growth rate of 4.4% and is expected to top a valuation of US$ 15,641.7 Mn by 2033.

Super Absorbent Polymers Sales (2022A)

US$ 9,682.1 Mn

Super Absorbent Polymers Demand (2023E)

US$ 10,169.0 Mn

Super Absorbent Polymers Market Projections (2033F)

US$ 15,641.7 Mn

Value CAGR (2023-2033)


Collective Value Share: Top 3 Countries (2023E)


Super absorbent polymers, sometimes referred to as "hydrogels," are high-weight, loosely crosslinked polymer chains. They are created by polymerizing sodium acrylate, acrylamide, and acrylic acid. Because of their chemical makeup, they can absorb many times their weight in fluids. As a result, they are ideal for use in agricultural applications, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence products, disposable diapers, and other applications. In the aforementioned applications, synthetic polymers such as sodium polyacrylate and polyacrylamide copolymers are primarily used as super absorbent polymers.

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Super Absorbent Polymers Market Outlook (2017-2022) vs (2023-2033) Forecast

The market for Super Absorbent Polymers witnessed a CAGR of 4.4% over the historical period of 2017 and 2022.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market for super-absorbent polymers experienced limited growth due to the global lockdown and decreased manufacturing efficiency as a result of a labour shortage. On the other hand, increased demand for medical and hygienic products. Wipes and diapers are frequently produced using superabsorbent polymers, and hospital demand for both products rose during the pandemic.

However, as per the current survey conducted by PMR, the forecast growth outlook for Super Absorbent Polymers is to remain around 4.4% for the period of 2023 to 2033. Increasing utilisation of Super Absorbent Polymers among by disposable diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine hygiene products is expected to drive the demand for Super Absorbent Polymers over the forecast period.

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Market Dynamics

Increasing demand for adult incontinence products boosts up SAP sales globally

According to a report of United Nations of World population prospects, the population ration of 60+ age group in the U.S. and Canada is expected to hold 36.2% and 43% of the total population by 2050.

In 2020, the 60+ age group in the U.S. and Canada hold 23.5% and 25.5% of the total population. Therefore, there is high demand for incontinence products, which is expected to fuel the demand for Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs) in the coming years. Also, the amount of SAP required for incontinence products is high as compared to baby diapers, which require high absorbency under load. Therefore, the demand for SAP products with enhanced water absorbing efficiency is increasing day by day.

This is one of the most significant factor due to which the demand for adult incontinence products is on rise and is expected to be as the attractive market in the matured economies owing to the aging population in the region

Raw material prices limit the expansion of the Super Absorbent Polymers market

The primary raw ingredient used to create super absorbent polymers is acrylic acid. It is a propylene derivative. Because polypropylene is made from a natural source, petroleum, prices for propylene vary widely.

As a result, as the price of the underlying raw material changes, so does the pricing of super absorbent polymers, directly affecting how much the final product would cost. The price of acrylic acid has fluctuated dramatically, which has resulted in expensive finished goods.

As a result, people are less likely to pay exorbitant prices when they shop. Therefore, variations in raw material prices might impede the SAP market's anticipated expansion.

Being an emerging economy, MEA has a higher percentage of residents with lower disposable incomes than other regions. As a result, the high cost of SAP-based goods would undoubtedly affect sales. The growth of the market for super absorbent polymers may be constrained by consumers' reluctance to purchase expensive SAP-based products and their inability to afford them.

Opportunities for Super Absorbent Market

Current market conditions use non-biodegradable traditional super absorbent polymers, which make up a significant portion of landfills worldwide. Investments in the creation of super absorbent polymers based on renewable resources are therefore anticipated.

To open up new channels for the world market. Another good option is super absorbent polymers made from sustainable resources. The petrochemical-based polymers utilised in the present, like sodium polyacrylate and potassium polyacrylate among other items of personal hygiene, the absorbent centre of disposable diapers As an illustration, see Ecovia Renewables Inc. (US). has provided funding for research into the creation of biopolymer materials for use in diapers.

Trends for Super Absorbent Polymers Market

Bio-based SAP, for applications in disposable diapers, adult incontinence products and agricultural products, offers vast potential opportunities. It is mainly derived from bio-based acrylic acid. Performance of bio-based SAP is nearly the same as that of conventional SAP.

Imposition of environmental norms for the specific usage of SAP has led to an increase in the demand for bio-based SAP. However, the product has not been fully commercialized as the renewable raw material, bio-based acrylic acid 3-HP (3-Hydroxypropionic acid), is produced in small quantities.

Key manufacturers, such as BASF and Nippon Shokubai, are focused towards the development of these products. Bio-based SAP offers huge potential as these products are environment friendly and hence, register high demand.

Growing demand for SAP has led to the setting up of production facilities by many global players. Increase in localized production leads to a decrease in the overall cost of the product.

  • The top three companies, BASF AG, Nippon Shokubai and Evonik Industries, occupy 51% of the production, and the output of each company exceeds 500,000 KT/year
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Country-wise Insights

What is the demand outlook for Super Absorbent Polymers market from China?

Over the forecast period, China is expected to continue to rank among the most desirable markets. The report predicts that through 2033, China will dominate the East Asian market with a share of nearly 80%. Despite initial concerns about how the market would fare in the event of a global pandemic, the China super absorbent polymers market grew by 5.3% year on year in 2022.

Personal hygiene items are one of the most popular consumer goods in China. The nation's rising disposable income and expanding population, both of which cause an increase in expenditure on personal and hygiene care, are to blame for the strong demand for hygiene products in the nation.

Despite the fact that China wasn't the first nation to use baby diapers, the market for ultra-absorbent polymers has grown rapidly in recent years. Furthermore, China is home to more than 10% of the world's newborns. The need for super absorbent polymers has grown over time as a result of China's growing use of adult incontinence solutions.

What will be the Growth Outlook of the Super Absorbent Polymers Market in the Emerging countries?

Over the projection period, demand is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of roughly 5.8% in the India market. India is one of SAP's most potential markets due to the nation's rapid economic growth, large population, and high birth rate. Because sanitary napkins and diapers are mostly used by urban residents in India, there is little rural acceptance of these products, which restricts market growth.

However, because to their widespread use in personal hygiene products and growing consumer awareness of feminine hygiene and newborn care products, investments in super absorbent polymers and related items are on the rise.

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Category-wise Insights

Which Product Type Of Super Absorbent Polymers Is Most Grossing?

Super Absorbent Polymers market is segmented into Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide Copolymer and other on the basis of product type. Sodium Polyacrylate accounted for 68.3% value shares of the market in 2022, is the dominant product type. Sodium polyacrylate is a special form of super absorbent polymer since it can absorb around 800 times its own weight.

It is frequently used in baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and feminine hygiene items as an absorbent for liquid solutions and water. Due to its uses in personal hygiene products and favourable qualities, this segment is becoming more and more popular.

Which is expected to be a key application industry for Super Absorbent Polymers Market?

Super absorbent polymers market is segmented in different segments such as disposable diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, agriculture products and others on the basis of application.

During the anticipated period, the disposable diapers segment is expected to rule the super absorbent polymer with the 76.0% value share of global market. Hygiene products are anticipated to dominate the global market for super absorbent polymers, followed by diapers for children and adults, sanitary napkins, nursing pads, and pet pads. Depending on the area, different diapering practises are used. Super absorbent polymers are currently used more frequently because people prefer baby diapers over other conventional methods.

Due to the widespread adoption of diapers, the demand for super absorbent polymers is likewise anticipated to grow significantly in a number of different countries.

Competitive Landscape

In order to increase their regional footprint, manufacturers that deal with super-absorbent polymers are looking to form strategic alliances and partnerships with other major businesses and concentrating on expanding their facilities abroad.

For instance,

  • In March 2017, Evonik Industries AG introduced the FAVOR®max line of ultra-thin newborn diapers with special qualities that increase the absorbency and dependability of both diapers and incontinence products.

Manufacturers of hygiene products can enhance the performance of their products to better suit the needs of a variety of clientele thanks to the new super absorbents from Evonik.

  • In September 2019 A joint venture between LG Chem and Archer Daniels Midland Company was established to create bio-based acrylic acid, which serves as the building block for the production of ultra-absorbent polymers.
  • In October 2018, Nippon Shokubai increased the capacity of its manufacturing facility in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, to produce super absorbent polymers.
  • The company has been helped by this new plant, which has a capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes annually, to meet the rising demand for highly absorbent polymers.

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Market Analysis

  • USD Million for Value
  • Tons for Volume

Key Countries Covered

  • China
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • ANZ
  • GCC Countries
  • Turkey
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Product Type
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • BASF SE.
  • Kao Corporation
  • Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd.
  • Sanyo Chemicals Industries, Ltd.
  • LG Chemicals Ltd
  • Yixing Danson Technology
  • Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd
  • Quan Zhou Banglida Technology Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Shandong Nuoer Biological Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd
  • Sinofloc Chemical Ltd.
  • SNF (U.K.) Limited
  • Formosa Plastic Corporation
  • Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd.

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  • Market Forecast
  • Company Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Super Absorbent Polymers Market Segmentation

By Product Type:

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylamide Copolymer
  • Other

By Application:

  • Disposable Diapers
  • Adult Incontinence Products
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Agriculture Products
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • BASF SE.
  • Kao Corporation
  • Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd.
  • Sanyo Chemicals Industries, Ltd.
  • LG Chemicals Ltd
  • Yixing Danson Technology
  • Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd
  • Quan Zhou Banglida Technology Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Shandong Nuoer Biological Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd
  • Sinofloc Chemical Ltd.
  • SNF (U.K.) Limited
  • Formosa Plastic Corporation
  • Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd.

- Frequently Asked Questions -

The global market of Super Absorbent Polymers is estimated to reach a valuation of US$  10,169.0 Mn in 2023.

The Super Absorbent Polymers demand in disposable diapers, Adult Incontinence Products is anticipated to witness a growth rate of 4.4% over the forecast period of 2023 and 2033 in terms of value.

According to PMR analysis, Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd, Evonik Industries AG, BASF SE., Kao Corporation, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd., Sanyo Chemicals Industries, Ltd., LG Chemicals Ltd, Yixing Danson Technology, Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd, Quan Zhou Banglida Technology Industry Co., Ltd andShandong Nuoer Biological Technology Co., Ltd., are identified as the key manufacturers in the Super Absorbent Polymers market.

Key players in the global Super Absorbent Polymers market are expected to account for about 50% - 55% of the overall market share.

The top countries driving the global Super Absorbent Polymers demand are China, U.S., Germany, Japan and India.

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