Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) Market

Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) Market by Type (Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide, Copolymers), Application (Personal Hygiene, Agriculture, Medical, Industrial, Packaging, Construction, Oil & Gas), Region - Global Forecast to 2024

Report Code: CH 2344 Oct, 2019, by marketsandmarkets.com
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[117 Pages Report] The super absorbent polymers market is projected to grow from USD 9.0 billion in 2019 to USD 12.9 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period. The growing population, increasing demand for fluffless personal hygiene products, focus on effective irrigation management, and adoption of eco-friendly products act as drivers for the growth of the SAP market.

Super Absorbent Polymers Market

Market Dynamics

Growth of the global population

According to The World Bank Group, the global population of age group 00–14 is projected to be 2.08 billion by 2050. In the super absorbent polymers market, the personal hygiene application segment accounts for the dominant share. In the personal hygiene application, these are used in baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and sanitary napkins. Among these, the use of super absorbent polymers is the highest in the baby diapers segment.

Moreover, the rising geriatric population and increasing awareness on the advantages and convenience of adult incontinence products are increasing the usage of super absorbent polymers. With cases of adult incontinence on the rise, governments of various countries are focusing on the manufacturing of incontinence products through collaborative efforts with manufacturers and medical professionals. Countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, and Australia have government initiatives that support the use of adult incontinence products.

Matured market for diapers in developed economies

The market for diapers is matured in developed economies due to the high levels of product penetration. The growth of diapers in countries such as the US and Japan are projected to be relatively slow, owing to the decline in birth rates and low fertility rates. This has led to a decline in the sales of diapers in these countries. The decline in sales of diapers is hampering the growth of the super absorbent polymers market

High growth potential of super absorbent polymers-based personal hygiene products in developing economies

Although the population of developing economies such as China and India is high, the penetration of super absorbent polymers-based personal hygiene products is very low. For instance, the penetration of disposable baby diapers in India is less than around 5.0%. The growth potential of this market in the developing countries is high due to the growing population, rising disposable income, and increasing awareness on the advantages of personal hygiene products. Government and manufacturers of these products are taking initiatives to not only spread awareness about personal hygiene products but also to make it accessible to all.

Difficulty in the disposal of non-biodegradable super absorbent polymers

A major share of super absorbent polymers used in personal hygiene products is manufactured from petroleum-based raw materials. Though these polymers are non-toxic, they are non-biodegradable. Hence, their use in personal hygiene products has resulted in occupying a large share (about 30.0%) of the non-biodegradable accumulation in the landfills. Hence, there is an increasing focus on the development of an effective alternative to these polymers. Bio-based super absorbent polymers currently are the suitable alternative to non-biodegradable super absorbent polymers. These bio-based polymers account for a smaller share as they are still being developed.

Sodium polyacrylate is estimated to be the largest type during the forecast period.

Sodium polyacrylate accounted for the largest share of the SAP market in 2018. It is often called the "super slurper" and is widely preferred for its ability to absorb as much as 400–800 times water than its mass. It is also the most commonly used type in personal hygiene products such as baby diapers, adult continence products, sanitary napkins, and agricultural applications.

Personal hygiene is projected to be the fastest-growing product type segment of the super absorbent polymers market during the forecast period.

Personal hygiene is the largest application of SAP. The largest use of SAP is found in personal disposable hygiene products, such as baby diapers, adult protective underwear, and sanitary napkins. Diaper manufacturing is the largest application of SAP worldwide. Due to the increase in birth rate, baby diapers are witnessing rapid growth. Growing population and increased awareness regarding personal hygiene are resulting in the rise in demand for sanitary napkins. Besides baby diapers and sanitary napkins, the demand for adult diapers is also increasing at a higher rate because of the increasing aging population and the growing number of cases of adult incontinence.

Super Absorbent Polymers Market

APAC is projected to be the largest market during the forecast period.

APAC is the largest super absorbent polymers market, and this trend is expected to continue until 2024. China accounted for the largest market in the region, followed by Japan, South Korea, and India in the year 2018. Much of the growth in demand for SAP in the region is attributed to the growing population and increasing awareness regarding personal hygiene in the region. Penetration of personal hygiene products such as baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and sanitary napkins is relatively low in this region. Thus, there is a huge potential for the growth of this market in APAC.

Key Players

The leading players in the super absorbent polymers market are Nippon Shokubai (Japan), BASF (Germany), Evonik (Germany), Sumitomo (Japan), LG Chem (South Korea), SDP Global (Japan), Formosa (Taiwan), Yixing Danson (China), Satellite Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (China), and Kao Corporation (Japan). These players adopted expansions, acquisitions, new product launches, and agreements as their key growth strategies from 2014 to 2019, which helped them increase their capacities and cater to the widening customer base.

Nippon Shokubai is increasing its core business in superabsorbent polymers and acrylic acid globally. The company has production facilities in eight countries, which ensures a stable supply of products in the global market. It is strongly focused on R&D activities and has around 500 researchers working in eight research divisions across Japan. This helps the company not only to strengthen its existing businesses but also to create new business. Nippon has adopted investment & expansion as its key business strategy to strengthen its position in the superabsorbent polymers market.

Scope of the Report

Report Metric

Details

Market size available for years

2017–2024

Base year considered

2018

Forecast period

2019–2024

Forecast units

Volume (Kiloton)  Value (USD Million)

Segments covered

Type, Application, and Region

Geographies covered

North America, APAC, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America

Companies covered

Nippon Shokubai (Japan), BASF (Germany), Evonik (Germany), Sumitomo (Japan), LG Chem (South Korea), SDP Global (Japan), Formosa (Taiwan), Yixing Danson (China), Satellite Science & Technology Co., Ltd.(China), and Kao Corporation (Japan)

This research report categorizes the global super absorbent polymers market on the basis of application, type, and region.

On the basis of type:

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide copolymer
  • Others (bio-based super absorbent polymers, ethylene-maleic anhydride copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol copolymer, aluminum sulfate, octadecahydrate, and various inorganic clays )

On the basis of the application:

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Agriculture
  • Medical
  • Industrial
  • Others (packaging, construction, and oil & gas)

On the basis of region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

The market is further analyzed for the key countries in each of these regions.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2018, Nippon Shokubai expanded its superabsorbent polymers production capacity in its manufacturing facility at Zwijndrecht, Netherlands. This new plant has a capacity of 100,000 tons per year; it helped the company meet the growing demand for SAP.
  • In April 2017, Evonik launched a new high-performance superabsorbent, 'FAVOR max.' This new superabsorbent has unique properties, which make baby diapers and incontinence products even more absorbent and reliable. It helped the company improve the performance of its products and meet the diverse requirements of customers.

Key Questions Addressed by the Report

  • What are the global demand trends for super absorbent polymers? Will the market witness an increase or decline in demand in the coming years?
  • What is the estimated demand for super absorbent polymers? Which type is used the most in end-use industries?
  • What were the revenue pockets for the super absorbent polymers market in 2018?
  • What are the upcoming technologies/product areas that will have a significant impact on the market in the future?
  • Who are the major manufacturers of super absorbent polymer products, globally?

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 16)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 Market Segmentation
           1.3.2 Regions Covered
           1.3.3 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Unit Considered
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 19)
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
                    2.1.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
                    2.1.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources
                    2.1.2.2 Key Industry Insights
                    2.1.2.3 Breakdown of Primary Interviews
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
           2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.3 Data Triangulation
    2.4 Assumptions
    2.5 Limitations

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 27)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 30)
    4.1 Attractive Opportunities in the Super  Absorbent Polymers Market
    4.2 APAC Super Absorbent Polymers Market,  By Application and Country
    4.3 Super Absorbent Polymers Market, By Key Countries

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 33)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Dynamics
           5.2.1 Drivers
                    5.2.1.1 Growth of the Global Population
                    5.2.1.2 Increasing Demand for Fluffless Diapers
                    5.2.1.3 Focus on the Effective Management of Irrigation Water
           5.2.2 Restraints
                    5.2.2.1 Matured Market for Diapers in Developed Economies
           5.2.3 Opportunities
                    5.2.3.1 Development of Bio-Based Super Absorbent Polymers
                    5.2.3.2 High Growth Potential of Super Absorbent Polymers-Based Personal Hygiene Products in Developing Economies
           5.2.4 Challenges
                    5.2.4.1 Volatile Prices of Raw Materials
                    5.2.4.2 Difficulty in the Disposal of Non-Biodegradable  Super Absorbent Polymers
    5.3 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
           5.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           5.3.2 Threat of New Entrants
           5.3.3 Threat of Substitutes
           5.3.4 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           5.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
    5.4 Macroeconomic Indicators
           5.4.1 Population Growth

6 Super Absorbent Polymers Market, By Type (Page No. - 40)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Sodium Polyacrylate
           6.2.1 High Water Absorbing Ability of Sodium  Polyacrylate is Driving Its Demand
    6.3 Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide Copolymer
           6.3.1 Increasing Use of Polyacrylamide Copolymer in Various Applications is Fueling the Growth of the Market
    6.4 Others

7 Super Absorbent Polymers Market, By Application (Page No. - 45)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Personal Hygiene
           7.2.1 Growth of the Global Population is Resulting in the Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers in This Application
    7.3 Agriculture
           7.3.1 Improved Fertility and Water Holding CAPACity of Soil  Due to Super Absorbent Polymers is Expected to  Drive the Market in This Application Segment 48
    7.4 Medical
           7.4.1 High Absorbency and Water Retention Properties  of Super Absorbent Polymers are Increasing Its  Demand in Medical Applications
    7.5 Industrial
           7.5.1 Minimum Waste Volume and Reduced Cost of Waste Transportation are Fueling the Market in This Segment
    7.6 Others

8 Super Absorbent Polymers Market, By Region (Page No. - 53)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 North America
           8.2.1 US
                    8.2.1.1 The Declining Birth Rate is Expected to Hamper the Growth of the Super Absorbent Polymers Market During the Forecast Period
           8.2.2 Canada
                    8.2.2.1 Growing Geriatric Population is Driving the Demand  for Super Absorbent Polymers in the Country
    8.3 APAC
           8.3.1 China
                    8.3.1.1 Rising Population and Industrialization are Likely to  Drive the Super Absorbent Polymers Market
           8.3.2 Japan
                    8.3.2.1 The Geriatric Population of Japan is Boosting the Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers in the Personal Hygiene Application
           8.3.3 India
                    8.3.3.1 The Large Agriculture Sector is Propelling the Demand  for Super Absorbent Polymers in the Country
           8.3.4 South Korea
                    8.3.4.1 The Introduction of Innovative Technologies for the  Development of the Country’s Agriculture Industry  is Facilitating the Market Growth
           8.3.5 Indonesia
                    8.3.5.1 Rising Birth Rate and Improved Living Standard are  Fueling the Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers
           8.3.6 Rest of APAC
    8.4 Europe
           8.4.1 Germany
                    8.4.1.1 Growing Geriatric Population is Boosting the Demand  for Super Absorbent Polymers in the Country
           8.4.2 France
                    8.4.2.1 Increased Awareness Among the Population About Personal Hygiene Products is Driving the Super Absorbent Polymers Market
           8.4.3 UK
                    8.4.3.1 The Increasing Demand From the Domestic Market and Strong Competition Between Companies Will Increase the Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers
           8.4.4 Russia
                    8.4.4.1 Increasing Penetration of Personal Hygiene Products is Propelling the Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers
           8.4.5 Turkey
                    8.4.5.1 Population Growth and Increasing Awareness of Personal  Hygiene Products are Driving the Market in Turkey
           8.4.6 Rest of Europe
    8.5 Middle East & Africa
           8.5.1 South Africa
                    8.5.1.1 Increasing Birth Rate and Growing Agriculture Industry  are Expected to Drive the Market in South Africa
           8.5.2 UAE
                    8.5.2.1 Increasing Awareness on Personal Hygiene and Rising Water Scarcity is Likely to Drive the Super Absorbent Polymers Market
           8.5.3 Egypt
                    8.5.3.1 Growing Industrialization is Likely to Lead to the  Growth of the Super Absorbent Polymers Market
           8.5.4 Saudi Arabia
                    8.5.4.1 Increasing Awareness Regarding Health & Hygiene and Water Scarcity are Driving the Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers
           8.5.5 Rest of the Middle East & Africa
    8.6 Latin America
           8.6.1 Mexico
                    8.6.1.1 Personal Hygiene is the Largest Application of  Super Absorbent Polymers in the Country
           8.6.2 Brazil
                    8.6.2.1 The Growing Population is Likely to Boost the Market  Growth During the Forecast Period
           8.6.3 Rest of Latin America

9 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 91)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Competitive Leadership Mapping
           9.2.1 Visionary Leaders
           9.2.2 Innovators
           9.2.3 Dynamic Differentiators
           9.2.4 Emerging Companies
           9.2.5 Strength of Product Portfolio
           9.2.6 Business Strategy Excellence
    9.3 Competitive Scenario
           9.3.1 Investment & Expansion
           9.3.2 New Product Launch

10 Company Profiles (Page No. - 95)
(Business Overview, Products Offered, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, MnM View)*
    10.1 Nippon Shokubai
    10.2 BASF 
    10.3 Evonik 
    10.4 Sumitomo Seika 
    10.5 LG Chem 
    10.6 SDP Global (Sanyo Chemical Industries) 
    10.7 Formosa Plastics Corp 
    10.8 Yixing Danson Technology 
    10.9 Satellite Science And Technology Co., Ltd. 
    10.10 KAO Corporation 
    10.11 Other Companies 
             10.11.1 High Smart Commodity Co., Ltd. 
             10.11.2 Xitao Polymer Co., Ltd. 
             10.11.3 SOCO 
             10.11.4 Chinafloc 
             10.11.5 Acuro Organics Limited 
             10.11.6 Songwon Industrial 
*Details On Business Overview, Products Offered, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, MnM View Might Not Be Captured In Case Of Unlisted Companies.

11 Appendix (Page No. - 112)
     11.1 Discussion Guide
     11.2 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets  Subscription Portal
     11.3 Related Reports
     11.4 Author Details


List of Tables (98 Tables)

Table 1 Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 2 Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 3 Sodium Polyacrylate Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 4 Sodium Polyacrylate Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 5 Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide Copolymer Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 6 Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide Copolymer Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 7 Others Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 8 Others Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 9 Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 10 Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 11 Market Size in Personal Hygiene, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 12 Market Size in Personal Hygiene, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 13 Market Size in Agriculture, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 14 Market Size in Agriculture, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 15 Market Size in Medical, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 16 Market Size in Medical, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 17 Market Size in Industrial, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 18 Market Size in Industrial, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 19 Market Size in Other Applications, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 20 Market Size in Other Applications, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 21 Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 22 Market Size, By Region, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 23 North America: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 24 North America: Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 25 North America: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 26 North America: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 27 North America: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 28 North America: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 29 US: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 30 US: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 31 Canada: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 32 Canada: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 33 APAC: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 34 APAC: Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 35 APAC: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 36 APAC: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 37 APAC: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 38 APAC: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 39 China: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 40 China: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 41 Japan: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 42 Japan: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 43 India: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 44 India: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 45 South Korea: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 46 South Korea: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 47 Indonesia: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 48 Indonesia: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 49 Rest of APAC: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 50 Rest of APAC: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 51 Europe: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 52 Europe: Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 53 Europe: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 54 Europe: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 55 Europe: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 56 Europe: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 57 Germany: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 58 Germany: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 59 France: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 60 France: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 61 UK: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 62 UK: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 63 Russia: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 64 Russia: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 65 Turkey: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 66 Turkey: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 67 Rest of Europe: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 68 Rest of Europe: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 69 Middle East & Africa: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 70 Middle East & Africa: Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 71 Middle East & Africa: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 72 Middle East & Africa: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 73 Middle East & Africa: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 74 Middle East & Africa: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 75 South Africa: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 76 South Africa: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 77 UAE: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 78 UAE: Market Size, Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 79 Egypt: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 80 Egypt: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 81 Saudi Arabia: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 82 Saudi Arabia: Market Size, Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 83 Rest of the Middle East & Africa: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 84 Rest of the Middle East & Africa: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 85 Latin America: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 86 Latin America: Market Size, By Country, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 87 Latin America: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 88 Latin America: Market Size, By Type, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 89 Latin America: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 90 Latin America: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 91 Mexico: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 92 Mexico: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 93 Brazil: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 94 Brazil: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 95 Rest of Latin America: Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (Kiloton)
Table 96 Rest of Latin America: Market Size, By Application, 2017–2024 (USD Million)
Table 97 Investment & Expansion, 2014–2019
Table 98 New Product Launch, 2014–2019


List of Figures (35 Figures)

Figure 1 Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Research Design
Figure 2 Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 3 Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Top-Down Approach
Figure 4 Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Data Triangulation
Figure 5 Sodium Polyacrylate Held the Largest Market Share in the Super Absorbent Polymers in 2018
Figure 6 Agriculture to Be the Fastest-Growing Application of Super Absorbent Polymers
Figure 7 APAC to Be the Fastest-Growing Market for Super Absorbent Polymers
Figure 8 Increasing Demand From APAC to Drive the Market of Super Absorbent Polymers
Figure 9 Personal Hygiene Segment and China Accounted for the Largest Share in the APAC Market in 2018
Figure 10 India to Grow at the Highest Rate During the Forecast Period
Figure 11 Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Challenges in the Super Absorbent Polymers Market
Figure 12 Global Population Growth of Age Group 00–14 Till 2050
Figure 13 Global Population Growth of Age Group 65 and Above Till 2050
Figure 14 Global Female Population Growth Till 2050
Figure 15 Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 16 Global Population Growth Till 2050
Figure 17 Sodium Polyacrylate to Be the Largest Type of Super Absorbent Polymers
Figure 18 Personal Hygiene to Be the Largest Application of Super Absorbent Polymers
Figure 19 APAC to Lead the Market of Super Absorbent Polymers
Figure 20 North America: Market Snapshot
Figure 21 APAC: Market Snapshot
Figure 22 Europe: Market Snapshot
Figure 23 Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Competitive Leadership Mapping, 2018
Figure 24 Nippon Shokubai: Company Snapshot
Figure 25 Nippon Shokubai: SWOT Analysis
Figure 26 BASF: Company Snapshot
Figure 27 BASF: SWOT Analysis
Figure 28 Evonik: Company Snapshot
Figure 29 Evonik: SWOT Analysis
Figure 30 Sumitomo Seika: Company Snapshot
Figure 31 Sumitomo Seika: SWOT Analysis
Figure 32 LG Chem: Company Snapshot
Figure 33 LG Chem: SWOT Analysis
Figure 34 Formosa Plastics Corp.: Company Snapshot
Figure 35 KAO Corporation: Company Snapshot

Super absorbent polymers (also known as super absorbents or SAP) are materials which can absorb several times its own weight in aqueous fluids. They are, therefore, an ideal material for use in applications which require liquid to be contained. The various applications include baby diapers/nappies, incontinence products, feminine hygiene pads and liners, agriculture, medical, and industrial.

The study involved four major activities in estimating the current market size for super absorbent polymers. Exhaustive secondary research was done to collect information on the production and consumption of super absorbent polymers. The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across the value chain through primary research. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were employed to estimate the overall market size. Thereafter, market breakdown and data triangulation were used to estimate the market size of segments and subsegments.

Secondary Research

In the secondary research process, various secondary sources, such as Hoovers and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, were referred to, so as to identify and collect information for this study. These secondary sources included annual reports, press releases & investor presentations of companies; white papers; certified publications; articles by recognized authors; magazines; oil & gas journals; regulatory bodies; trade directories; and databases.

Primary Research

The super absorbent polymers market comprises several stakeholders, such as raw material suppliers, manufacturers, end-users, and regulatory organizations in the supply chain. The demand side of this market is characterized by the growth in the need for SAP in applications such as personal hygiene, agriculture, medical, and industrial. The supply side is characterized by advancements in technology for complex specifications. Various primary sources from both the supply and demand sides of the market were interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information.

Following is the breakdown of primary respondents

Super Absorbent Polymers Market

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Market Size Estimation

Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were used to estimate and validate the size of the global super absorbent polymers market and to estimate the sizes of various other dependent submarkets. The research methodology used to estimate the market size includes the following:

  • The key players in the industry were identified through extensive secondary research.
  • The supply chain of the industry and market size, in terms of volume and value, were determined through primary and secondary research.
  • Percentage shares were determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.
  • All possible parameters that affect the markets covered in this research study were accounted for, viewed in extensive detail, verified through primary research, and analyzed to obtain the final quantitative and qualitative data.
  • The research includes the study of reports, reviews, and newsletters of key industry players along with extensive interviews with key officials, such as directors and marketing executives.

Data Triangulation

After arriving at the total market size through the estimation process explained above, the overall market was split into several segments and sub-segments. The data triangulation was used, wherever applicable, to complete the overall market size estimation process and arrive at the exact statistics for all segments and subsegments. The data was triangulated by studying various factors and trends from both the demand and supply sides. In addition, the market size was validated by using both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Then, it was verified through primary interviews. Hence, for every data segment, there are three sources—top-down approach, bottom-up approach, and expert interviews. The data was assumed to be correct when the values arrived at from the three sources matched.

Report Objectives

  • To define, describe, and forecast the size of the super absorbent polymers market, in terms of value and volume
  • To provide detailed information regarding the significant factors (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges) influencing the growth of the market
  • To analyze and forecast the market size on the basis of type and application
  • To forecast the market size of different segments with respect to five main regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa
  • To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high-growth segments of the market
  • To analyze the competitive developments, such as investments & expansions, and new product launches in the market
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies

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