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Water-Soluble Polymer Market Segmentation by Type (Natural, and Synthetic); by Material (Guar Gum, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Casein, Gelatin, and Others); and by Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Water Treatment, Detergent, Oil & Gas, and Others) – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2030

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  • June, 2021: SNF announced the launch of FLOCARE NAT 132, a multifunctional water-soluble polymer used to create skin care formulations, which is 67% naturally derived.

  • August, 2021: Arkema S.A. to acquire a subsidiary of Ashland Global Holdings Inc., to expand its additive and ingredients portfolio.

Global Water-Soluble Polymer Market Highlights over 2022 – 2030

The global water-soluble polymer market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of ~5.5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030. The growth of the market can be attributed to the applications of water-soluble polymers in various end-user industries, such as, food, cosmetics, textiles, pharmaceutical, water treatment, and others. The wide range of applications of water-soluble polymers, including, flocculating and thickening, emulsification, stabilization of solutions, and others. These polymers can disperse or dissolve in water to deliver required chemical solution with water. The growing demand for natural water-soluble polymers in the food & beverages industry is estimated to boost the market growth. Moreover, the increasing use of these polymers in water treatment, combined with rising emergence of water treatment plants, are estimated to propel the market growth during the forecast period. Increasing petroleum and shale gas extraction activities around the world, is anticipated to contribute to the market growth.

Water-Soluble Polymer Market Graph

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The market is segmented by type into natural, and synthetic, out of which, the natural segment is anticipated to hold the largest share in the global water-soluble polymer market over the forecast period on account of intensive demand for natural polymers in the food & beverage industry, and pharmaceutical industry. Water-soluble polymers are used majorly in pharmaceutical industry for targeted drug delivery, which is estimated to act as a growth driver for the segment. Based on application, the pharmaceutical segment is anticipated to garner considerable share over the forecast period, owing to the rising demand for oral drugs, which utilize water-soluble polymers to make coatings of the capsules and tablets. The water treatment segment is also foreseen to grow significantly by the end of 2030, owing to the growing awareness regarding the need for waste water treatment. 

Major Macro-Economic Indicators Impacting the Market Growth

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The chemical industry is a major component of the economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2020, for the U.S., the value added by chemical products as a percentage of GDP was around 1.9%. Additionally, according to the World Bank, Chemical industry in the U.S. accounted for 16.43% to manufacturing value-added in 2018. With the growing demand from end-users, the market for chemical products is expected to grow in future. According to UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the sales of chemicals are projected to almost double from 2017 to 2030. In the current scenario, Asia Pacific is the largest chemical producing and consuming region. China has the world’s largest chemical industry, that accounted for annual sales of approximately more than USD 1.5 trillion, or about more than one-third of global sales, in recent years. Additionally, a vast consumer base and favourable government policies have boosted investment in China’s chemical industry. Easy availability of low-cost raw material & labour as well as government subsidies and relaxed environmental norms have served as a production base for key vendors globally. On the other hand, according to the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), the chemical industry in India was valued at 163 billion in 2019 and it contributed 3.4% to the global chemical industry. It ranks 6th in global chemical production. This statistic shows the lucrative opportunity for the investment in businesses in Asia Pacific countries in the upcoming years.

Global Water-Soluble Polymer Market Regional Synopsis

On the basis of geographical analysis, the global water-soluble polymer market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. The market in Asia Pacific region witnessed modest growth in 2020, and is estimated to grow notably over the forecast period on the back of growing chemical industry in the region, and presence of major end-user industries for water-soluble polymers, including paper & pulp industry, textile industry, and food & beverages industry. According to the report by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the chemical industry of APAC region represents more than 45% of the global chemical production.

The market in the North America region is anticipated to gain the noteworthy market share throughout the forecast period owing to the increasing production of shale gas, and other petroleum products in the region. The increasing use of these polymers in the extraction of shale gas is expected to boost the regional market growth.

Water-Soluble Polymer Market Share Graph

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The global water-soluble polymer market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis

Market Segmentation

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

By Type

  • Natural
  • Synthetic

By Material

  • Guar Gum
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Casein, Gelatin
  • Others

By Application

  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Water Treatment
  • Detergent
  • Oil & Gas
  • Others

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Applications of Water-Soluble Polymers in Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Growing Extraction of Shale Gas


  • The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the End-User Industries
  • Absence of Proper Supply-Chain

Top Featured Companies Dominating the Market

  • SPCM S.A.
    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis 
  • Ashland Global Holdings Inc.
  • Kuraray Co., Ltd.
  • Nitta Gelatin, Inc.
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • L G CHEM Ltd.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Arkema S.A.


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