Global Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market: Trends & Opportunities (2013-18)
The report titled “Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Market – Diapers Drive Growth: Trends & Opportunities (2013-18)” provides a detailed insight into the market dynamics and various trends and opportunities associated with the global superabsorbent market. It analyzes the global demand and supply of superabsorbent polymer and outlines the major factors driving and restraining the superabsorbent demand in the global market. Further, the report captures the global market share of SAP based on major players, end market application and regional production and consumption. The report also covers the domestic markets of North America, Europe, China and Japan. The report concludes with a brief discussion of major factors driving the global superabsorbent market and profiling of major SAP manufacturers like BASF, Evonik, Nippon Shokubai and Sumitomo.
Superabsorbent polymer or SAP is a granular material that has the capability to absorb large amount of water or aqueous solution. As a result of its increasing use, this market is witnessing a high growth rate in areas like personal disposable products including baby diapers, female hygiene and adult incontinence products. Further, its capability to absorb water or aqueous solution up to 50 times of its own weight has made SAP the suitable most material to be used in numerous sectors including agriculture, construction, entertainment and personal care industry.
Growing urbanization, rising consumer expenditure and disposable income in developing countries, couple with growing population of both adults and infants in the developed and emerging countries have played a crucial role in driving and expanding the supply as well as demand of superabsorbent polymers across the world. Technological innovations and advancements further facilitate the usage of superabsorbent polymer to many other end-market applications.
Diaper market is the largest end market by application for superabsorbent polymers and hence it drives most of the demand SAP in the recent years. Around 80% of the global SAP production goes to the manufacturing of diapers worldwide. Besides baby diapers, the demand for adult diapers is also increasing at a higher rate because of the rising number of cases of adult incontinence. On a global basis, current market scale and growth rates suggest that diapers will remain a bigger business for superabsorbent polymer manufacturers.