Super Absorbent Polymers Market

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

About the Report

Super absorbent polymers (SAPs) are materials that can absorb substantial amount of water relative to their mass. Their properties and nature make them a widely utilized material across many applications, including medicine, civil engineering, soil science, agricultural production, and hygienic products. Also known as hydrogels, they are loosely cross-linked polymer chains of high weight. Owing to their chemical composition, they are able to absorb liquid manifold times their weight. Thus, they are highly appropriate to be used in disposable diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, agriculture, and other applications.

In its latest revised study, market research and consulting firm Persistence Market Research offers insights about key factors driving demand for super absorbent polymers. The report tracks the global sales in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the market. This edition (2021-2031) brings readers up-to-date with key market developments, providing analysis on how manufacturers and other stakeholders are reacting to change. The study also expands on the previous competitive landscape section, and readers will get to know the key strategies of established players as well as new entrants.

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Companies

  • 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

Historical Trends Vs. Future Market Outlook

Super absorbent polymers were developed in the year 1960 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its work on materials that improve water conservation in soils. Before that, the best water absorbing materials were substances such as cellulosic/fiber-based products like sponges, fluff pulp/cotton, and tissue paper. These materials can only retain twenty times their weight at most, whereas, super absorbent polymers can retain hundreds of times their own weight in water. Then, in the year 1970, commercially, super absorbent polymers were used for the first time for disposable diapers and sanitary pads. The first products were adult incontinence products and feminine sanitary napkins. Later, in Europe, SAP was used in a baby diapers in 1982 for the very first time. Advancements in super absorbent technology and performance have been largely directed by demand in the segment of disposable diapers.

Furthermore, super-absorbent technology is in high demand from the disposable hygiene industry and agriculture sector, which is increasing its application day by day. This increasing demand for SAP in a number of applications is expected to fuel market growth over the coming years.

According to Persistence Market Research’s analysis, sales of super absorbent polymers will increase at around 5% CAGR from 2021 to 2031.

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What is the Commercial Potential of Super Absorbent Polymers?

Super absorbent polymers (SAPs) have been used in many applications due to their outstanding characteristics. In case of agriculture applications, this material in the soil absorbs water from rainwater or extreme irrigation, and then frees it slowly to the roots, which results in better growth rate. Furthermore, they can be used for the controlled release of pesticides and agrochemicals. SAP can stimulate many properties of the soil and also be used to increase both, nutrient retention and water-holding capacity of the soil in dry.

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What is the Regulatory Impact on Global Sales of SAPs?

It has been found that super absorbent polymers used in baby diapers could increase the chances of toxic shock syndrome. Apart from this, it has been studied that a disposable diaper would take 200-500 years to completely decompose, which means that, generations will pass by till a disposable diaper can fully decompose. Therefore, the European Union has imposed regulations on the usage of super absorbent polymers according to their applications. Diaper manufacturers are required to follow these regulations, which may reduce the usage of SAP to some extent.

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Country-wise Insights

How Large is the Opportunity in China for SAP?

China is one of the prominent users of personal hygiene products in the world. Major demand for hygiene products in the nation is credited to newborn population and increase in disposable income, which leads to an increase in personal and hygiene care expenditure. The use of baby diapers in China started late, but the market of SAP has grown rapidly over recent years. China accounts for more than one-tenth of the world’s infant population. Rising adoption of adult incontinence products in China has been driving demand for SAP over the years.

What Makes India a Huge Potential Market for Super Absorbent Polymers?

India is one of the largest potential markets for SAP, owing to strong economic development in the country coupled with large population and high birth rate. In India, diapers and sanitary napkins are an urban phenomenon, and thus, acceptance for these products is quite low in rural areas, which is restricting market growth to some extent. But growing awareness regarding feminine hygiene products and baby care products is leading to increasing investments in SAP and related products.

What is the Market Scenario in Japan?

Japan so far has been one of the biggest markets for SAP, as the first superabsorbent polymer was invented here, which, in turn, led to quick adoption of SAP. Along with Japan, increasing demand from China has also increased manufacturing activities in the country. According to the World Bank data, more than one-fourth of the overall population in Japan is above the age of 60. Thus, as the statistics suggest, there has been significant increase in demand for adult incontinence products in Japan, which require more adult diapers than baby diapers with high absorption capacity.

How Brazil is Propelling Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers?

As the acceptance for SAP-based products is high in Latin America, growing awareness regarding the usage of adult incontinence products is leading to an increase in the demand for these products. Adult incontinence products are considered as an attractive segment for the SAP market, as they are being widely adopted in Brazil. Sanitary napkins is one of the major necessities for feminine hygiene. Market penetration of sanitary napkins is gradually increasing in Brazil, as more number of women are becoming aware of the benefits of using sanitary napkins over traditional methods. Therefore, increasing demand for sanitary napkins in Brazil is anticipated to boost demand for SAP in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Which Product Type Exhibits Lucrative Growth Opportunities?

Sodium polyacrylate, which is one of the product types of super absorbent polymers, is largely used as an absorbent for liquid solutions and water in baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and feminine hygiene products, as it can absorb up to nearly eight hundred times its weight. Due to this property of sodium polyacrylate, this segment is gaining preference over others. This segment is expected to expand at a significant CAGR over the coming years.

Which Application of SAP is Expected to Be the Most Attractive?

Hygiene products are anticipated to dominate the global super absorbent polymer market, followed by baby diapers, adult diapers, sanitary pads, nursing pads, and pet pads. Consumption of disposable diapers widely varies according to the region. It has been observed that, nowadays, baby diapers are widely preferred over traditional methods, which has surged the consumption of SAP. Owing to the high market penetration of diapers, demand for SAP is anticipated to record steady growth across many regions.

Competitive Landscape

The global SAP market is a significantly competitive, dominated by global players offering competitively advanced SAP-based products. Leading market manufacturers are focusing on partnerships with major distributors and ramping up their existing production capacity due to increasing demand. Many manufacturers are doing this by increasing their number of subsidiaries across countries. Also, companies are highly investing in R&D to provide advanced and innovative products to customers for various applications.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

  • 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

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of Report

Attribute

Details

Forecast Period

2021-2031

Historical Data Available for

2016-2020

Market Analysis

USD Million for Value and KT for Volume

Key Regions Covered

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

Key Countries Covered

  • US
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Poland Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • ASEAN
  • ANZ
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • GCC Countries
  • North Africa
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Product
  • 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

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecast
  • brand share analysis
  • competition intelligence
  • DROT analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Market Segmentation by Category

Product

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylamide Copolymer
  • Others

Application

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

Region

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

Key Questions Answered in Report

Q1. Which is the most lucrative market for super absorbent polymers?

Europe and East Asia currently lead the global market for SAP.

Q2. Which product type dominates the market?

Sodium polyacrylate is the most commonly used SAP.

Q3. Which end-use application is demanding the highest requirement of SAP?

Super absorbent polymers are widely used in disposable diapers.

Q4. Which are some of the leading companies manufacturing super absorbent polymers?

Some of the leading companies manufacturing super absorbent polymers are 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, and Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd

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