Super Absorbent Polymers Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Super Absorbent Polymers Market by Application Type – Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, and Agriculture Products for 2021 – 2031

Super Absorbent Polymers Market Snapshot

As per newly released FMI data, super absorbent polymers sales will increase at 4.9% CAGR between 2021 and 2031. The market is set to benefit from increasing application across diverse industries. Among all, application in disposable diapers manufacturing will account for over 76% sales in 2021.

Despite challenges posed by COVID-19 outbreak, super absorbent polymers demand increased by 4.7% between 2020 and 2021. According to Future Market Insights (FMI) data, the market valuation is expected to surpass US$ 9.18 Bn in 2021.

Key Points Covered in Super Absorbent Polymers Market Study

  • Market estimates and forecast 2015-2031
  • Key drivers and restraints impacting market growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on Super Absorbent Polymers Market and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

Super Absorbent Polymer 2016-2020 Historic Sales Compared to 2021 – 2031 Future Outlook

Driven by increasing focus on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, the super absorbent polymers market will rise at 4.8% CAGR between 2021 and 2031 in comparison to the CAGR of around 4% registered during 2016-2020.

Key factors driving the market include increasing awareness about personal hygiene and cleanliness, increasing disposable income of end users in countries. Rising use of super absorbent polymers in the manufacturing of feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, and adult incontinence products will continue driving sales in the market.

With the prevalence of urinary incontinence on the rise, medical experts are focusing their efforts on developing incontinence solutions in collaboration with manufacturers. Besides this, favorable healthcare and reimbursement policies undertaken by various governments have made consumers more willing to spend on high quality incontinence products.

Spurred by this, the demand for super absorbent polymers is expected to rise. Besides this, super absorbent polymers applications are rising in agriculture, construction, and packaging production.

Super-absorbent technology is in high demand especially in the disposable hygiene industry and the agriculture sector, both of which are rapidly expanding their use. Leading companies are therefore focusing on expanding their production capacity via mergers and collaborations to get a better market presence. Investment in research and development also are increasing due to the demand for much thinner absorbents for the use in diapers and pads.

What is Super Absorbent Polymers' Commercial Potential in the Agricultural Industry?

Because of their exceptional properties, super absorbent polymers (SAP) are used in various applications within the agriculture sector.

In agriculture, this substance in the soil collects water from rains or heavy irrigation and slowly releases it to the roots, resulting in a faster agricultural yield. They can also be used to discharge insecticides and agrochemicals in a regulated manner. Also, their use reduces soil erosion and decreases the need for using fertilizers.

Within the agricultural sector, SAP application can help reduce water consumption and cost incurred on labor, by reducing frequency of irrigation. It also acts as a soil conditioner, helping farmers overcome drought conditions.

SAPs also prevent leading in soil and help in improving overall virescence efficiency and restoring soil biota. These factors are expected to support super absorbent application within the agriculture sector. With governments, especially in emerging economies undertaking various initiatives to educate farmers about modern practice of farming, scope for SAP application within agriculture sector is poised surge.

What Is the Impact Of COVID-19 Crisis On Super Absorbent Polymers Market?

The global market was impacted by the mandated lockdowns in many nations. During the pandemic, limited manufacturing and transportation-related delays owing to travel restrictions posed challenges to the market. These factors had a negative effect on the market.

Thus the market for super absorbent polymers registered restricted growth amid COVID-19 pandemic because to the lockdown enforced by several nations, as well as reduced manufacturing efficiency due to manpower shortage.

The global increase in COVID-19 cases, on the other hand, fuelled the demand for hygiene and medical goods and solutions. Super absorbent polymers are commonly utilized in the production of diapers and wipes, demand for both of which increased in hospitals during the pandemic.

Why is Focus on Feminine Hygiene Creating Sales Opportunity in Global Super Absorbent Polymers Market?

The feminine hygiene products segment is expected to contribute a minimum revenue share of 7.8% in the global super absorbent polymers market owing to the rising female population globally and increase in the awareness about the oral hygiene among women.

The segment of feminine hygiene products will continue exhibiting high demand in response to urbanization, increasing female literacy, knowledge of menstruation health and cleanliness, growing female disposable income, and women empowerment. The rising sales of sanitary pads will continue creating scope for the market expansion.

Recently, the Indian government has announced plans to invest US$ 160 million in the Suvidha project, a programme to ensure that women in rural India have access to sanitary napkins. Through this programme, the government intends to supply biodegradable sanitary napkins to the general public at a very minimal cost.

Such initiatives will prove a boon for the market, enabling it to capitalize on the prevalence of unmet needs across certain countries.

Country-wise Insights

How big is the Opportunity for Super Absorbent Polymers Market in China?

China is predicted to remain one of the most attractive markets during the forecast period. According to the study, China is expected to account for over 76% of the East Asia market through 2031. In 2021, the China Super Absorbent Polymers market grew by 3.9% year on year, bucking initial skepticism about how the market would perform during a global pandemic.

China is one of the world's largest consumers of personal hygiene products. The country's high demand for hygiene goods can be attributed to the country's growing population and rising disposable income, both of which lead to an increase in personal and hygiene care spending.

Although China wasn’t the first country to adopt newborn diapers, the super absorbent polymers market has risen quickly in recent years. Furthermore, more than one-tenth of the world's baby population is in China. Over the years, demand for super absorbent polymers has been driven by the rising in response to increasing usage of adult incontinence products in China.

Why is Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers Increasing in the India?

Demand in the India market is expected to rise at nearly 5.8% CAGR over the forecast period.

Due to the country's strong economic development, vast population, and high birth rate, India is one of SAP's most promising markets. Diapers and sanitary napkins are mostly used among urban dwellers in India, and as a result, rural acceptability of these items is minimal, limiting market expansion.

However, as consumers become more aware about feminine hygiene and baby care goods, investments in super absorbent polymers and related goods is rising owing to its heavy use in the personal hygienic products.

Which End-use Industry is Driving Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers in the Japan?

By 2031, Japan is expected to account for over 16% of super absorbent polymers sales within East Asia.

Japan has been one of SAP's most important markets to date, as it was here that the first superabsorbent polymer was created, resulting in rapid adoption. Along with Japan, China's growing demand has boosted industrial activity in the nation. According to World Bank statistics, more than one-fourth of Japan's population is over the age of 60.

Geriatric population is more vulnerable to various diseases causing urinary incontinence. As a result the market has seen a considerable growth in demand in Japan.

Why is Demand for Super Absorbent Polymers Rising in Brazil?

In 2021, Brazil will account for over 40% sales in Latin America. Growing awareness about the use of adult incontinence products is contributing to a surge in demand for these goods in Latin America.

Brazil has been increasingly focusing on spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene. Such initiatives are expected to fuel demand for sanitary napkins, in turn creating growth opportunities for the market in Brazil.

Category-wise Insights

Why the Demand for Sodium Polyacrylate Continuously Rising?

Based on product type, Sodium Polyacrylate is the leading category, accounting for nearly 64% of the market in 2021. Due to its ability of absorbing about 800 times its own weight, sodium polyacrylate is one of a kind type of super absorbent polymers.

It widely utilized as an absorbent for liquid solutions and water in newborn diapers, adult incontinence products, and feminine hygiene products. This section is gaining popularity as a result of its properties and consumption in the personal hygiene products.

Which is the Key Application of Super Absorbent Polymers?

The diapers segment is estimated to hold for the largest revenue share of more than 76% in 2021 owing to rising number of world population.

The global super absorbent polymer market is expected to be dominated by hygiene products, followed by baby diapers, adult diapers, sanitary pads, nursing pads, and pet pads.

The use of disposable diapers varies greatly depending on the region. Baby diapers are now commonly chosen over other traditional ways, which has resulted in an increase in super absorbent polymers usage. Demand for super absorbent polymers is also expected to expand steadily across several nations due to the significant market penetration of diaper usage.

Competitive Landscape

Companies operating in super absorbent polymers market are aiming at strategic collaborations and partnerships with other key players to expand their regional presence.

  • For instance, In March 2017, Evonik Industries AG launched FAVOR®max range for ultra-thin baby diapers with unique properties which make baby diapers and incontinence products even more absorbent and reliable. With the new super absorbents from Evonik, hygiene product manufacturers can further improve the performance of their products to meet even better the requirements of diverse customer groups.
  • In September 2019, LG Chem and Archer Daniels Midland Company entered into a joint Agreement to develop Bio-based acrylic acid, which is base material for super absorbent polymers manufacturing.

Manufacturers are also focusing on the expansion of manufacturing facilities globally to maintain their global presence.

  • For instance, 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 Super Absorbent Polymers.
  • In October 2013, Sumitomo Seika and Arkema inaugurated superabsorbent plant in France. New plant to increase overall production capacity of the Carling facility to 47,000 tonne/year will and boasts the latest technological advances of Sumitomo Seika in the field of superabsorbents.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for Value

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, and South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Product type, Application type and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • BASF SE.
  • Kao Corporation
  • Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd.
  • Sanyo Chemicals Industries, Ltd.
  • LG Chemicals Ltd
  • Yixing Danson Technology
  • Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd
  • Quan Zhou Banglida Technology Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Shandong Nuoer Biological Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd
  • Sinofloc Chemical Ltd.
  • SNF (U.K.) Limited
  • Formosa Plastic Corporation
  • Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd.

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, Company Share Analysis, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, and Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Points Covered in Super Absorbent Polymers Market Study

  • What is super absorbent polymers market size?

    Super absorbent polymers market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 14. 8 Bn in 2031, rising at 4.9% CAGR between 2021 and 2031.

  • At what rate did the super absorbent polymers sales grew in the last five years?

    According to FMI’s analysis, super absorbent polymers sales grew at 3.4% CAGR between 2016 and 2020

  • What are the key trends shaping super absorbent polymers market?

    There is increasing focus on expansion of distribution network to capitalize on unmet needs prevailing in developing countries. Besides this, emphasis on the production of bio-based SAP will rise to keep pace with changing consumer preference.

  • What are the key factors driving super absorbent polymers demand?

    Rising demand for adult incontinence products and increasing scope for application in production of diapers and feminine hygiene products will remain chief growth drivers.

  • What is the North America super absorbent polymers market outlook?

    Sales in North America will continue rising at 4% CAGR between 2021 and 2031, backed by increasing demand in the U.S. and Canada.

  • What is the cumulative share of top five companies in the super absorbent polymers market?

    According to FMI analysis, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd., BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd., Sanyo Chemical Industries, and LG Chemicals Ltd. are the top 5 companies in the market. As of 2021, they account for 61% to 63% of the global market share.

  • At what rate will super absorbent polymers sales increase in Europe?

    Super absorbent polymers sales are expected to increase at 4.4% CAGR in Europe between 2021 and 2031.

  • Who are the key exporters of super absorbent polymers?

    Germany, the U.S., South Korea, France, China, and Japan are the key exporters of super absorbent polymers.

  • Which are top five countries driving super absorbent polymers demand?

    China, U.S., Germany, Japan, and Canada are the top 5 countries driving super absorbent polymers demand.

  • What are the key statistics for super absorbent polymers market in Japan and South Korea?

    Super absorbent polymers sales in Japan and South Korea will rise at 4% CAGR and 4.4% CAGR, respectively between 2021 and 2031.

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Super Absorbent Polymers Market by Category

By Product Type

  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Polyacrylamide Copolymer
  • Others

By Application Type

  • Disposable diapers
  • Adult Incontinence Products
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Agriculture Products
  • Others

 By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • East Asia
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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