Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) Market - Industry Forecast and Trends 2015-2019 is a new market research publication announced by Reportstack. Definition of Superabsorbent Polymers:
Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) are acrylic homopolymer gels that are capable of absorbing liquids. In the capacity of an absorbent, it is used in wide-ranging applications such as baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene, agriculture, mining, medical, and related applications.
The manufacturing process of these polymers involves many steps. Propylene is derived from crude oil, following which it is converted to acrylic acid. Acrylic acid with other ingredients is used to create superabsorbent gels. It is obtained through the process of suspension polymerization, solution polymerization, or gel polymerization. The research finding indicates that the Superabsorbent Market is expected to grow steadily at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period.
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Competitive Scenario in the Superabsorbent Polymers Market:
The global SAP market is highly competitive with the presence of several small and large vendors. The market is dominated by large global vendors, such as the following:
These players have a vast geographical presence with production facilities located worldwide. There is also a sizeable presence of small regional vendors in the market such as American Textile & Supply, Chemtex, Confluence Energy, Dow Chemical, Emerging Technologies, Formosa Plastics, Johnson & Johnson, KAO, LG Chem, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Multisorb, P&G, Sanyo, and Sinopec.
With the increased competition, the industry is witnessing consolidation where the smaller entities are being acquired by the major players. In addition, the influx of private labels in the market is also on the rise.
Market Demand for Superabsorbent Polymers:
Materials made from superabsorbent gels have a high absorption quality that helps in reducing wetness and prevents rashes. Thanks to superabsorbent polymers, baby diaper manufacturers in China and Japan are able to focus on product thinness to ensure greater comfort for babies. Superabsorbent polymers have replaced traditional products such as cotton, paper, cellulose fiber, and related products.
Increased disposable incomes have greatly contributed to the rising health care expenditure among consumers. The APAC being a highly populated region is growing at a faster pace in this regard as compared to other regions, while North America is witnessing market saturation and intense competition among vendors. The rising demand for baby diapers is expected to propel the growth of the SAP market during the forecast period.
Segmentation of the Superabsorbent Polymers Market by Product Type:
Sodium polyacrylate is a key superabsorbent used in wide range of applications in the market. It dominates the market in terms of value and volume. Sodium polyacrylate can absorb water 200-300 times its mass. The major application of sodium polyacrylate is in the manufacture of baby diapers, as it has low toxicity.
Polyacrylamide copolymer is available in powder or granular form and is soluble in cold or hot water. It absorbs and bridges the suspended particles in the solution with high flocculation. Polyacrylamide copolymer is used for various applications such as waste water treatment, textile, paper making, mining, metallurgy, and related applications. The APAC region has the major market share for polyacrylamide copolymer.
This segment consists of ethylene maleic anhydride copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol copolymers, and related products.
Other Sections of the Report Include an Analysis on the Following:
Key Drivers and their Impact on the Superabsorbent Polymers Market
Key Challenges and their Impact on the Superabsorbent Polymers Market
Key Trends and their Impact on the Superabsorbent Polymers Market
Five Forces Analysis of the Superabsorbent Polymers Market
SWOT Analysis of the Superabsorbent Polymers Market
Market Size of the Superabsorbent Polymers Market by Volume
Value Chain Analysis of the Superabsorbent Polymers Market
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