Polyacrylamide Market Size & Share by Type (Cationic, Anionic, Non-Ionic); Form (Powder, Liquid); Application (Water Treatment, Oil & Gas, Paper Making) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5861
  • Published Date: Mar 11, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Polyacrylamide Market size is expected to reach USD 12 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of polyacrylamide was USD 5 Billion. The water treatment sector’s growing demand for polyacrylamide stems from its effectiveness as a flocculant and coagulant agent, aiding in the removal of suspended solids and contaminants from water. As water treatment processes expand globally due to increasing industrialization and urbanization, the market is expected to grow. As per a report, globally, the percentage of people living in cities was 57% in 2023. With more than four fifths of the population living in urban areas, North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean were the regions with the highest levels of urbanization.

Furthermore, because it helps manage fluid loss and drilling fluidity, Polyacrylamide is frequently utilized in drilling muds and additives for fracture fluids. Growing prospects for Polyacrylamide in the market are anticipated due to growing demand for the product in other industrial applications, including iron and steel, metallurgy, mineral processing, coal cleaning, and the electronics industry.

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Polyacrylamide Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increased Utilization in the Petroleum Industry- Polyacrylamide is used in EOR techniques such as polymer flooding and surfactant polymer flooding to improve oil recovery from reservoirs by increasing the viscosity of injected fluids and displacing more oil. As per a report, it is projected that the value of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the United States will reach over 20.4 million dollars by 2025. Polyacrylamide is utilized in drilling fluids to enhance viscosity, control fluid loss, and improve well borne stability during drilling operations. In order to reduce the need to find new oil fields, techniques for optimizing oil recovery are also being employed to expand oil reserves. Because polyacrylamides increase oil-field yield, it is expected that in the upcoming years the market will grow.
  • Increased Water Pollution due to Industries- olyacrylamide finds application in the construction sector for soil stabilization, erosion control, and sedimentation managements during infrastructure development projects such as roads, bridges, dams, and tunnels. As construction activities increases, so does the demand for polyacrylamide -based products to ensure the stability and sustainability of construction sites. Also, with the expansion of urban areas and industrial zones, the need for wastewater treatment facilities grows. Several governments worldwide are taking intiatives to provide clean drinkable water to the citizens, which is expanding the market growth. For instance, in October 2021, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0 scheme seeks to make Indian cities "water secure" by giving tap water connections to every urban household, covering over 4,800 ULBs, and attaining 100 percent coverage of sewage and septage management services in 500 AMRUT cities.  Therefore, these factors are driving the growth of the polyacrylamide market
  • Growing Adoption in Paper Industry- Polyacrylamide is used by the paper industry to help with drainage and retention throughout the papermaking process. Polyacrylamide is in more demand as the paper industry expands because of its ability to improve paper quality and manufacturing efficiency. The market for polyacrylamide is being driven by factors such as the growing need for paper-based packaging, the rise in e-commerce which is pushing up demand for packaging materials, and the focus on sustainable paper manufacturing methods. These factors are also helping to the expansion of the paper sector.


  • Side Effects of the Chemical - For the purposes for which it is intended, polyacrylamide is usually regarded as safe when used correctly and in accordance with guidelines. On the other hand, misuse or overexposure may result in adverse reactions that include environmental issues, eye, respiratory, and skin irritation. Therefore, the side effects of the chemical may hamper the growth of the market.
  • Fluctuation in Raw Material Prices and Energy Costs may Hinder the Growth of the Market
  • Availability of Alternative Chemicals or Materials may Impede the Growth of the Market

Polyacrylamide Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 7%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 5 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 12 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Polyacrylamide Segmentation

Type (Cationic, Anionic, Non-Ionic)

Anionic segment for polyacrylamide market is anticipated to hold the largest share of 46% during the projected period. Mining operations employ anionic polyacrylamide for solid liquid separation, tailings management, and mineral processing. The market for this sector is growing as a result of the increase of mining activities worldwide and the requirement for effective and sustainable mining methods. Moreover, with growing infrastructure development and environmental conservation efforts, there is an increasing demand for products that can mitigate soil erosion an improve soil stability. Additionally, ongoing research and development efforts have resulted in the creation of sophisticated anionic polyacrylamide formulations and grades, improving its performance and industry application. Therefore, these factors are propelling the growth of the segment.

Application (Water Treatment, Oil & Gas, Paper Making)

Water treatment segment for polyacrylamide market is expected to hold the second-largest share of 43% during the forecast period. Growing urbanization and other factors are driving up demand for clean, safe drinking water. In addition, contaminants and wastewater from industrial operations need to be treated before being released into the environment to avoid contaminating it. Global industry expansion is driving up demand for industrial wastewater treatment systems that minimize environmental effect and comply with laws. Furthermore, the adoption of water recycling and reuse technologies is being driven by droughts and water scarcity in many places. The need for cutting-edge water treatment technologies is also fueled by rising awareness of contaminants and diseases that can be contracted through water, including viruses, heavy metals, and newly discovered pollutants. According to a recent report, 1.1 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation, 600 million children lack access to clean drinking water, and 689 million lack even the most basic hygienic services worldwide. Therefore, altogether these factors are contributing to the growth of the market.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


  • Cationic
  • Anionic
  • Non-Ionic


  • Powder
  • Liquid


  • Water Treatment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Paper Making

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Polyacrylamide Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

Polyacrylamide Market in Asia Pacific is expected to account for the largest share of 36% during the forecast period. Due to the region's increasing industrialization, which has increased demand for polyacrylamide in water treatment applications, Asia-Pacific is the world's largest market for the chemical. The need for chemicals used in water treatment will rise due to China's numerous chemical and pharmaceutical businesses, which will further propel the market for polyacrylamide. Also, as urban population increases in the region there is a corresponding rise in demand for clean water and infrastructure development. Furthermore, with rising energy demand, countries in the Asia Pacific regions are investing in oil and gas exploration and production activities. For instance, the Asia-Pacific region produced about 7.37 million barrels of oil per day in 2022.

North American Market Statistics

North American polyacrylamide market is expected to hold a share of 28% by the end of 2036. In the region, the United States and Canada are major producers of shale gas, and a popular method for obtaining these resources is hydraulic fracturing. In addition, the region's old infrastructure requires upkeep and restoration, which raises the requirement for building materials like polyacrylamide. Furthermore, the use of polyacrylamide-based solutions for environmental rehabilitation and conservation initiatives is fueled by rising public awareness of environmental problems such soil erosion and water contamination.

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Companies Dominating the Polyacrylamide Landscape

    • Kemira
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • SUEZ Group
    • Ashland Inc.
    • BASF SE
    • Envitech Chemical Specialties Pvt. Ltd.
    • Shuiheng Chemicals
    • SNF Group
    • Xitao Polymer Co., Ltd.
    • Black Rose Industries Ltd.


In The News

  • Kemira's recently created bio-based polyacrylamide polymer is already being produced to full capacity. For testing, the first commercial volumes were sent to Helsinki Regional Environmental Services' sewage treatment facility. According to the manufacturer, the polymer has the same technical characteristics as its conventional counterpart and is soluble in water. It can be applied in the energy sector as well as potentially in extremely demanding paper applications, in addition to the water treatment industry and other water-intensive industries.
  • SUEZ is pleased to announce the signing of two new, noteworthy contracts in the waste and water sectors, which will help China achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2060. Through the construction of a new water treatment plant, SUEZ and its longstanding partner in Chongqing are working to strengthen the resilience of the city's water supply infrastructure. The Group is starting its first plastics recovery project in China in Shanghai.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5861
  • Published Date: Mar 11, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increased utilization in the petroleum industry, increased water pollution due to industries, and growing adoption in paper industry are the major factors driving the growth of the Polyacrylamide market.

The market size of Polyacrylamide is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Kemira, SUEZ Group, Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Envitech Chemical Specialties Pvt. Ltd., Shuiheng Chemicals, SNF Group, Xitao Polymer Co., Ltd., SINOPEC, Black Rose Industries Ltd., and others.

The anionic segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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