Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market is Expected to Reach USD 8.78 Billion by 2020: Transparency Market Research

August 12, 2014

ALBANY, New York, August 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Transparency Market Research has published a new market report titled “Superabsorbent
Polymers (Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide Copolymer and Others) Market for Baby
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other Applications -
Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020.”
According to the report, the global superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market was valued at USD
6.06 billion in 2013 and is anticipated to reach USD 8.78 billion by 2020, growing at a
CAGR of 5.5% between 2014 and 2020. In terms of volume, the global superabsorbent polymers
market stood at 1,861.8 kilo tons in 2013.

Increasing demand for baby diapers and adult diapers in emerging economies of Asia
Pacific is likely to boost demand for superabsorbent polymers in the region over the next
six years. Additionally, rising hygiene awareness among the ever-increasing population is
estimated to boost demand for superabsorbent polymers in Asia Pacific.

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Superabsorbent polymers have a wide scope of applications not only in diaper and
hygiene products industries but also in agriculture, medical and construction industries
due to their high water absorbing and retaining property. Superabsorbent polymers are used
in potting soil in the field of agriculture. They are used in the manufacture of medical
dressings in the medical industry. Superabsorbent polymers are used in cable wires in the
construction industry. However, volatility in prices of acrylic acid, a major raw material
used in the manufacture of superabsorbent polymers, is projected to hamper market growth
during the forecast period. Companies are now shifting towards bio-based materials due to
environmental concerns. Superabsorbent polymers are now made form bio-based materials by
using cellulose and starch, among others. This is likely to add to demand for bio-based
superabsorbent polymers in the near future.

Demand for SAP is expected to be high in Asia Pacific due to growing end-use
industries in countries such as China and India. Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the
fastest growing market during the forecast period. Superabsorbent polymers are used on a
large scale by the hygiene products industry in developed regions such as North America.
North America is the largest market for superabsorbent polymers, followed by Europe.
Europe accounted for more than 25% share of the global volume of superabsorbent polymers
in 2013. Asia Pacific also accounted for approximately one fourth of the global
superabsorbent polymers market in 2013. The SAP market in Asia Pacific is expected to be
fastest growing, expanding at a CAGR of 5.4% between 2014 and 2020. Rest of the World,
including the Middle East and Africa, is likely to be the second-fastest growing market
for superabsorbent polymers during the forecast period.

Product segment of superabsorbent polymers is divided into three types: sodium
polyacrylate, polyacrylamide copolymer and others including ethylene-maleic anhydride
copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, etc. All types of superabsorbent polymers are
used in various applications such as sanitary napkins, training pants and diapers. Hence,
demand for these polymers is high in the market. Polyacrylamide copolymer is estimated to
be the fastest growing segment, due to its non-toxic nature and high water absorbing and
retaining property. The others segment accounted for 12.6% of the global SAP market in

Application segments include baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine
hygiene products and others. Among these, baby diaper is primarily expected to boost
demand for superabsorbent polymers in the market. The baby diaper industry accounted for
more than 74% share of the global superabsorbent market in 2013. Baby diaper is also
anticipated to be the fastest growing segment in the near future. The market for adult
incontinence products was the second largest, which accounted for 224.3 kilo tons in 2013.
The others segment includes applications that serve agriculture, medical and construction
industries, among others.

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The superabsorbent polymers market is highly concentrated, with the top six players
constituting more than 90% of the market share in 2013. Key manufacturers of
superabsorbent polymers include Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, BASF, Bayer AG, Formosa Plastics
Group, and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.

The report segments the global superabsorbent polymers market as:

        - Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Product Segment Analysis
             - Sodium polyacrylate
             - Polyacrylamide copolymer
             - Others (Ethylene-maleic anhydride copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers,
        - 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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