The global population is growing at a considerable pace, which is increasing the need for personal hygiene products. High population growth and development of large high-density urban populations have increased the pressures on the environment, threatening food security and environmental sustainability. Super absorbers are water-insoluble, cross-linked polymers which absorb large amounts of aqueous liquids, especially body fluids such as urine or blood by swelling and the formation of hydrogels and of retaining them under pressure. Super absorbers are produced through radical polymerization of acid-group-bearing, partially neutralized monomers in the presence of crosslinking agents. Super absorber polymers are extensively used in sanitary articles, such as baby diapers, incontinence products, and sanitary napkins due to their characteristic properties. Increase in environmental awareness has encouraged manufacturers to develop sustainable and bio-based superabsorbent materials.
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Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market: Key Segments
Biodegradable superabsorbent materials are considered to be ideal for power utility companies. The global biodegradable superabsorbent materials market can be segmented based on product, application, and region. In terms of product, the biodegradable superabsorbent materials market can be segmented into polyvinyl alcohol, polysaccharides, polyitaconic acid, and polypeptide. Based on application, the biodegradable superabsorbent materials market can be divided into baby diapers, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene, agriculture, medical, and others. Biodegradable superabsorbent materials help increase crop water holding capacity, improves water use and efficiency, enhances soil permeability, reduces irrigation frequency & compaction tendency, stopping water & run-off erosion in the agriculture sector.
Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market: Trends & Development
Production of green products is a major trend in the biodegradable superabsorbent materials market. Manufacturers of biodegradable superabsorbent materials are increasing their focus on developing products that have less detrimental impact on the environment. High cost of equipment, difficultly in maintenance, and the commonly used high-power possess a threat to the biodegradable superabsorbent materials market. Upgrade and construction of a biodegradable superabsorbent material manufacturing plant is capital intensive. This is likely to restrain the market. New and environment friendly technologies are emerging in order to save production cost of biodegradable superabsorbent materials. Companies are focusing on developing new and innovative biodegradable superabsorbent materials to aid in retaining water for agricultural applications.
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Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of region, countries in Asia Pacific, such as India, China, and Japan, are investing significantly in the development of biodegradable superabsorbent materials. Growing environmental awareness among consumers and regulatory compliance to control municipal and industrial waste are projected to boost the market in the Asia Pacific. According to the European Industry Starch Association, the global starch estimated production output would be over 70 million tons which is useful for the manufacturing of biodegradable superabsorbent materials. This is driving the demand for biodegradable superabsorbent materials. Countries in Europe such as Germany, France, Sweden, and the U.K. are increasing investments for the research & development of better biodegradable superabsorbent materials. The biodegradable superabsorbent materials market in Middle East & Africa is anticipated to expand in the near future. Countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar, have invested significantly in biodegradable superabsorbent materials for the development of infrastructure. Biodegradable superabsorbent materials are utilized significantly in the Middle East & Africa owing to its superior absorption rate, biodegradability, and biocompatibility with the human skin.
Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market: Key Players
Key players operating in the global biodegradable superabsorbent materials market include Zeel Product, Lubrizol, CP Kelco, SNF Group, and Chinafloc.