Super Absorbent Polymers Market Size & Share, by Type (Sodium Polyacrylate, Potassium Polyacrylate, Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymers, Polyacrylamide Copolymer); Application {Hygienic (Sanitary Products, Baby Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products), Non-Hygienic (Packaging, Medical & Healthcare, Agriculture)} - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Sep 28, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2036

Super Absorbent Polymers Market size is expected to surpass USD 34 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 9% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of super absorbent polymers was over USD 12 Billion. Increasing exports of meat and eggs can be cited as a driving force for growth in the market. The packaging of meat and eggs is made up of super-absorbent polymers. In Europe, the total volume of pig meat exports for the first eleven months of 2022 amounted to around 5 million tons and was worth approximately USD 14 billion. Furthermore, India exported about 2 million tons of beef and veal carcasses weight equivalent to CWE in 2022.

Additionally, by inhibiting microbial growth, wound dressings made of extremely absorbent polymers enhance wound healing. Consequently, the need for medical dressings is projected to rise as injuries and accidents rise. According to a United Nations estimate, traffic accidents continue to result in 50 million injuries and 1.3 million fatalities worldwide each year.

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Super Absorbent Polymers Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Demand for Baby Diapers- In order to maintain dry skin, SAP provides support. To this end, the liquid is withdrawn from the skin and retained as an absorbing substance in the core of the product. The average volume per person in the baby's diaper is projected to reach about 1 kg worldwide by 2023. Furthermore, the volume of baby diapers is expected to rise from almost 9 billion kg by 2027.
  • Rising Use of Personal Hygiene Products- The use of super absorbent polymers in personal hygiene products especially women's sanitary products is widespread. In order to prevent diseases, the World Bank suggests promoting hygienic practices as the most cost-effective measure. In addition, by 2020 70 % of the world's population is expected to be using essential hygiene services.
  • Increasing Production of Agriculture Sector- SAP is used in agriculture practices to keep soil moist and use less water for irrigation. As per the statistics of the food and agriculture organizations by 2050, the global demand for cereals for food and animal feed is expected to increase from the current level of just under 2.1 billion tons to almost 3 billion tons.


  • Indefinite Prices of Raw Materials- The main raw materials that is used for making super absorbent polymer is acrylic acid which in turn is derived from propylene. As propylene is a petroleum feedstock and other natural sources, therefore its prices are constantly changing meaning that the price of raw materials may also be influenced by final product prices.
  • Negative Impact on The Environment Because It Is Not Easy to Dispose Which Hinder the Growth of the SAP Market
  • The market radicals go through soil to the food chain.

Super Absorbent Polymers Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 9%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 12 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 34 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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Super Absorbent Polymers Segmentation

Application {Hygienic (Sanitary Products, Baby Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products), Non-Hygienic (Packaging, Medical & Healthcare, Agriculture)}

The hygienic segment in the super absorbent polymers market is anticipated to hold the largest share of about 55% during the forecast period. The segment is further divided into sanitary products including diapers, adult incontinence supplies, and other. The increasing number of women who go through their periods, which leads to increased demand for sanitary napkins, can be a reason for growth in this segment. In 2019, some 350 million women will have their periods worldwide, or about 24% of the population. If everyone used disposables, there may be around two billion uses of pads or tampons per day.

Type (Sodium Polyacrylate, Potassium Polyacrylate, Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymers, Polyacrylamide Copolymer)

Super absorbent polymers market from the sodium polyacrylate segment is expected to garner a significant share of around 35% in the year 2036. The increase in the demand for detergents and other beauty products, e.g. hair spray & conditioner, moisturise etc., is likely to have led to this segment's growth. Around half of the market for fabric care is accounted for by detergents. Different product categories and fabric softeners or enhancers made up about a quarter of the market.

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




  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Potassium Polyacrylate
  • Ethylene Maleic Anhydride Copolymers
  • Polyacrylamide Copolymer


  • Hygienic
  • Sanitary Products
  • Baby Diapers
  • Adult Incontinence Products
  •  Non-Hygienic
  • Packaging
  • Medical & Healthcare
  • Agriculture

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Super Absorbent Polymers Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The super absorbent polymers market in North America is projected to hold the largest share of about 35% by the end of 2036. The increased production, and export of meat and eggs can be primarily responsible for the market's growth. The United States poultry sector is the largest producer, second biggest exporter, and leading egg producer of all birds in the world. The United States exported more than 243 million pounds of beef in 2023.

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific super absorbent polymers market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about 30% by the end of 2036. Increasing demand for feminine hygiene products such as menstrual cup, pads etc. has been a major factor behind the market's growth. Additionally, less than 1% of Indian women ages 15 to 24-year olds are using menstrual cups compared with approximately 64% in the same age group on sanitary napkins.

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Companies Dominating the Super Absorbent Polymers Landscape

    • Evonik Industries AG
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • BASF SE
    • LG Chemicals Ltd.
    • Yixing Danson Technology Co.
    • Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd.
    • Sinofloc Chemicals Ltd.
    • Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd
    • Formosa Plastic Corporation
    • SNF Limited
    • Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd.


In The News

  • LG Chem announced the mass production of first ‘Bio-balanced’ SAP, the first shipping is done in South Korea, where it also acquired ISCC Plus international certification and began shipping. It was sent from the Yeosu Plant, will be given to “Baby Life”, a customer of LG Chem in Jordan, and is likely to be used for making diapers.
  • BASF invested USD 30.1 million in new excellence center for its hygiene business. With this investment, BASF will increase innovation capabilities for its super absorbent polymer business by building a state-of-the-art Super Absorbents Excellence Center at its Verbund site bin Antwerp, Belgium.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 4780
  • Published Date: Sep 28, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing demand for personal hygiene products, growing export and import of meat and eggs, and the rising demand for baby diapers are the major factors driving the market growth.

The market size of super absorbent polymers is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 9% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036.

The major players in the market are BASF SE, LG Chemicals Ltd., Yixing Danson Technology Co., Zhejiang Weilong Polymer Material Co., Ltd., Sinofloc Chemicals Ltd., Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd, Formosa Plastic Corporation, SNF Limited, Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd., and others.

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

The market in the North America 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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