Super Absorbent Polymers Market (By Type: Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide Copolymer, Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymer, Polysaccharides, and Others; By Grade: Agricultural Grade, Industrial Grade, and Hygiene Grade; By Manufacturing Process: Suspension Polymerization, Solution Polymerization, Gel Polymerization; By Application: Personal Hygiene, Agriculture, Medical, Industrial, Packaging, Construction, and Oil & Gas) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast 2021-2030


The global super absorbent polymers market size is projected to be worth USD 19.94 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% over forecast period 2021 to 2030. The global super absorbent polymers market size was valued at USD 9.68 billion in 2020.

Super Absorbent Polymer Market Size 2017 to 2030

Key market Insights:

Super absorbent polymers, mainly used in disposable personal care goods, are polymers with superlative absorbing strength. Depending on their structure and ingredient presence, they may be synthetic or natural in nature. In several vertical industries, such as agriculture, horticulture, healthcare, manufacturing, automobile, industrial water, packaging, super absorbent polymer is commonly used. Key players in the target industry are focusing on quickly degradable bio-based SAP products, in order to avoid disposal issue associated with baby diapers and adult diapers which can have positive impact on the growth of the target industry. Furthermore, rising social media campaigns about personal hygiene and use of baby diapers expected to offer additional sales improvement opportunities for the key players in Asia Pacific and Africa region.

Crucial factors accountable for market growth are:

  • Increasing demand for the manufacturing of disposable babies diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence products
  • Rising birth rate and growing geriatric population
  • Growing demand for SAP in solidification of medical waste 

COVID-19 Impact on Global Super Absorbent Polymers Market

Outburst of COVID-19 has impacted on most of the key markets across the globe; super absorbent polymers market in no exception. Asia Pacific is the biggest market for the super absorbent polymers, but to the spread of coronavirus and lockdown situations in China, India, Japan has led to reduced supply and demand for the super absorbent polymers. Due to COVID-19, supply chain disruption, fluctuations in the raw material supply, insufficient man power in the manufacturing facility and low demand form the end use costumers hampered target industry growth in the developed as well as emerging economies worldwide. However, COVID-19 situation is resolving slowly and most of the industries are started their facilities at full capacity.

Future of Global Super Absorbent Polymer Market

Major companies of the global industry including SUMITOMO CORPORATION and Evonik Industries AG are pointing towards commercial growth by adopting strategies like capacity expansion, heavy investments in the manufacturing facilities that is predictable to flourish the global market growth in next few years. This trend is probable to continue and will augment growth of the target industry in the near future. Further, bio-based of SAP products is predictable to create profitable opportunity in the target market. Rising initiative for bio-based products by government of developed as well as emerging countries across the globe is expected to boost the industry.

Report Highlights Details
Market Size USD 19.94 Billion by 2030
Growth Rate CAGR of 7.5% From 2021 to 2030
Base Year 2020
Historic Data 2017 to 2020
Forecast Period 2021 to 2030
Segments Covered Grade, Manufacturing Process, Application, Type
Regional Scope North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Companies Mentioned Satellite Science & Technology Co. Ltd., Kao Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corp, Sdp Global Co., Ltd., LG Chem Ltd., SUMITOMO CORPORATION, Evonik Industries AG, BASF, NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD., Others

Segment Analysis:

The Sodium Polyacrylate Segment Is Projected To Dominate the Type Segment of Super Absorbent Polymer Market Revenue

On the basis of type segment the target industry is segregated as ethylene maleic anhydride copolymer, polysaccharides, sodium polyacrylate, polyacrylate/polyacrylamide copolymer, among others. The sodium polyacrylate type super absorbent polymersis expected to dominate in terms of revenue over the forecast time frame and expected to continue its growth in the near future. The growth is accredited to its ability to absorb several hundred times of its mass in water as well as other liquid mixtures. However, the polyacrylate/polyacrylamide copolymer super absorbent polymers will expand at a substantial CAGR during the forecast time-frame.

Hygiene Grade Segment Is Predictable To Take over the Grade Segment of Super Absorbent Polymers Market Revenue

On the basis of grade, hygiene grade segment is anticipated to take over in terms of revenue over the forecast time edge. This is attributed to growing adoption of SAP in the manufacturing of baby diapers, female as well as adult’s hygiene products in the leading countries worldwide. Industrial grade segment will expand at a noteworthy CAGR during the forecast period of time due to increasing demand from the agricultural industries across the world.

Asia Pacific is estimated to be the Largest Market for Super Absorbent Polymer

The research report covers key trends and prospects of super absorbent polymers products across different geographical regions including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Africa. Geographically, super absorbent polymers market is conquered by Asia Pacific owing to increasing demand from personal care and agricultural industries for the end-use applications especially in the India, China, and Japan of the region. The China super absorbent polymers (SAP) industry market is anticipated to dominate in terms of revenue in the Asia Pacific region. Rapid industrialization, large agriculture sector, technological innovations, rising birth rate and improved living standard are major factors fuelling growth of the target market in APAC region.North America is expected to register the fastest growth rate, on account of increasing huge investment by key market players and growing adoption of the super absorbent polymers in the medical industries of the region.The growth of the super absorbent polymers industry in the countries of the North America is attributed to increasing demand for super absorbent polymers for personal hygiene applications, owing to increasing demand for SAP based hygiene products in the U.S. and Canada of the region. Further, increasing demand for industrial and construction applications is expected to fuel growth of the industry in North America. Latin America industry market is estimated to grow at moderate growth rate over the forecast year. The Brazil industry market is anticipated to dominate in terms of revenue in the region owing to growing population and increasing investment in the construction sector in the Brazil.

Global Super Absorbent Polymer Market 2021 to 2030

Top Players contending in the Market:

The companies focusing on research and development are expected to lead the global super absorbent polymers market. Leading competitors contending in global super absorbent polymers market are as follows:

  • Satellite Science & Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Kao Corporation
  • Formosa Plastics Corp
  • Sdp Global Co., Ltd.
  • LG Chem Ltd.
  • SUMITOMO CORPORATION
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • BASF
  • NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD.
  • Others

For the better understanding the recent situation of the global super absorbent polymers market and for most policies of the country, Precedence Research forecast the future evolution of the super absorbent polymers industry. This research study offers qualitative and measureable insights on super absorbent polymers market and valuation of market size and development trends for global market segments.

Key Market Developments:

  • In year 2019, a leading player in the global SAP industry , Sumitomo Corporation and SACI-CFPA, a Paris distributor came in agreement within which, Sumitomo Corporation company has taken ownership of SACI-CFPA. This step has been taken in order to expand its footprint in the global personal care industry in the near future.
  • In year 2017, major player in SAP LG Chemicals Ltd. declared that the company was heading for increasing production capacity of super absorbent polymers and acrylic acid by the end of year 2019. Company invested around USD 300 billion in order to upsurge the yield of SAP from 100 KT to 500 KT per year.

Major Market Segments Covered:

By Type

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylate/Polyacrylamide Copolymer
  • Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymer
  • Polysaccharides
  • Others

By Grade

  • Agricultural Grade
  • Industrial Grade
  • Hygiene Grade

By Manufacturing Process

  • Suspension Polymerization
  • Solution Polymerization
  • Gel Polymerization

By Application

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Agriculture
  • Medical
  • Industrial
  • Packaging
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas

By Geography

  • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
  • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • Southeast Asia
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
      • GCC
      • North Africa
      • South Africa
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current size of the global super absorbent polymers market?
Precedence Research says, the global super absorbent polymers market size stood at USD 9.68 billion in 2020 and is predicted to reach USD 19.94 billion by the end of 2030.
The global super absorbent polymers market is growing at a representing impressive CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period 2021 to 2030.
Increasing consumer base and growing hygiene awareness are major factors fuelling growth of the super absorbent polymers market.
In 2020, Asia Pacific conquered the global market with a market share of more than 35%.
The key companies functioning in the worldwide super absorbent polymers market are Kao Corporation, Satellite Science & Technology Co. Ltd. LG Chem Ltd. BASF, SUMITOMO CORPORATION, Evonik Industries AG, Formosa Plastics Corp, NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD. Sdp Global Co., Ltd. among others.
On the basis of type, sodium polyacrylate super absorbent polymers segment is expected hold largest revenue share in the forecast period of time 2021-2030.
On the basis of grade, hygiene grade segment is anticipated to take over in terms of revenue over the forecast time. This is growth isdue to growing adoption of SAP in the manufacturing of baby diapers, female as well as adult’s hygiene products worldwide Industrial grade is expected to grow more than 7% CAGR during the forecast time-frame.
Super absorbent polymers (SAPs) are polymers with excellent absorption properties. SAP possesses cross-linked structure of polymer that avoids dissolution. SAP’s are prepared from acrylic acid and a cross-linker by solution or suspension polymerization. Super absorbent polymers primarily used in personal hygieneproducts.

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