Global Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Material Type (Polyvinyl Alcohol, Polyitaconic Acid, Polyacrylamide, and Polysaccharides), By Application (Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products, Female Hygiene, Agriculture, Medical, Others), and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa), Analysis and Forecast 2022 – 2032

Industry: Chemicals & Materials


Global Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market Insights Forecasts to 2032

  • The Global Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market Size was valued at USD 143.4 Million in 2022.
  • The Market Size is Growing at a CAGR of 6.84% from 2022 to 2032
  • The Worldwide Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market Size is expected to reach USD 278.0 Million by 2032
  • Europe is expected To Growth the fastest during the forecast period

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The Global Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market Size is expected to reach USD 278.0 Million by 2032, at a CAGR of 6.84% during the forecast period 2022 to 2032.


Super absorbent polymers constitute cross-linked polyelectrolytes with an extremely high molecular mass that can absorb liquid ten times its weight. Super absorbers are cross-linked, insoluble in water polymers that absorb massive volumes of aqueous liquids, particularly bodily fluids like urine or blood. As a result, super absorbent materials are utilized in products requiring an extremely high absorption rate, such as infant diapers, adult incontinence products, and feminine hygiene products, among others. SAP (biodegradable super absorbent polymers) are super absorbent polymers derived from organic materials such as polysaccharides and polyacrylamides. Furthermore, manufacturers have been urged to produce sustainable and bio-based superabsorbent polymers as environmental awareness has grown.


The growing environmental consciousness, combined with an effort to lessen reliance on traditional sources of energy, is predicted to boost the global biodegradable superabsorbent materials market in the future. Furthermore, the growing requirement for optimum resource usage as a result of increased population development, combined with the desire to control industrial waste, has prompted polymer manufacturers to adopt such eco-friendly materials. As demand grows, it is critical to provide efficient waste disposal, which will stimulate the market growth of biodegradable superabsorbent materials.


The major key players in the global biodegradable superabsorbent materials market include Lubrizol Corporation, BASF SE, ADM, Amereq, Inc., SNF, Itaconix Corporation, NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD., Nuoer Chemical Australia Pty Ltd, JRM Chemical, Inc., and CHINAFLOC. The development of products in the production of environmentally friendly and hygienic polymers is predicted to continue to be an essential supportive factor for industry participants.


For instance, in July 2022, LG Chem and GS Caltex announced a collaboration to develop technology on 1,4-Butanediol, an organic compound used as a solvent and in the manufacture of some types of plastics, elastic fibers, and polyurethanes, as part of their collaboration in the white biotechnology industry that focuses on the creation and distribution of biodegradable bioplastics. 1,4-Butanediol (1,4-BDO) is a highly adaptable intermediate capable of undergoing a variety of chemical reactions, yielding a wide range of useful products such as polyurethanes, engineering resin PBT, and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), a water-soluble polymer used in a variety of personal care and pharmaceutical applications.


Global Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market Report Coverage

Report CoverageDetails
Base Year:2022
Market Size in 2022 :USD 143.4 Million
Forecast Period:2022-2032
Forecast Period 2022-2032 CAGR:6.84%
2032 Value Projection:USD 278.0 Million
Historical Data for:2018-2021
No. of Pages:200
Tables, Charts & Figures:125
Segments covered:By Material Type, By Application, By Region.
Companies Covered:Lubrizol Corporation, BASF SE, ADM, Amereq, Inc., SNF, SkyQuest Technology Group, Exotech Bio Solutions Ltd., Coloplast A/S, ZEEL Product, CP Kelco, Itaconix Corporation, Collagen Solutions, NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD., Nuoer Chemical Australia Pty Ltd., JRM Chemical, Inc., CHINAFLOC
Pitfalls & Challenges:COVID-19 Empact,Challenges, Future, Growth, & Analysis

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Driving Factors

Increased customer demand for female hygiene, disposable diapers, disposable adult leakage products, and agricultural application categories will drive biodegradable superabsorbent materials market growth. Sustainable product development is a prominent trend in the biodegradable superabsorbent materials industry. The primary driver for the expected increase in demand for biodegradable high-performance absorption polymers is the growing geriatric population, which is at a high risk of developing urinary incontinence problems. Furthermore, product manufacturers of biodegradable superabsorbent materials are setting more emphasis on creating materials that have a lower environmental impact.


The researchers have become driven by the growing global demand for superior biodegradable absorbent materials. The wide range of uses for these materials has played an important role in their accelerated advancement in research. The introduction of this type of polymeric materials marks a new stage in the sustainability movement, which attempts to advance technology while also addressing environmental issues. As a result, all these factors is expected to boost the demand for the biodegradable superabsorbent materials market throughout the forecast.


Market Segmentation

By Material Type Insights

The polyvinyl alcohol segment is dominating the market with the largest revenue share over the forecast period.

On the basis of material type, the global biodegradable superabsorbent materials market is segmented into the polyvinyl alcohol, polyitaconic acid, polyacrylamide, and polysaccharides. Among them, the polyvinyl alcohol segment has the highest revenue share of 72.6% over the projection period. Polyvinyl alcohol is a petroleum-derived biodegradable material that is used in a variety of applications, including the production of glue additives, polyvinyl butyral, fabric sizing, and paperwork applications. Because the material polyvinyl alcohol has superior water-retaining properties, it continues to be employed in a variety of liquid absorption applications, including infant diapers and adult incontinence supplies. Furthermore, various firms are constantly attempting to develop superabsorbent materials using biodegradable synthetic polymers.


By Application Insights

The disposable diapers segment accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 41.3% over the forecast period.

On the basis of application, the global biodegradable superabsorbent materials market is segmented into disposable diapers, adult incontinence products, female hygiene, agriculture, medical, and others. Among these, the disposable diapers segment is dominating the market with the largest revenue share of 61.3% over the forecast period, owing to the increasing population in developing countries and nations with high population density. This has resulted in a significant increase in demand for various newborn care products, notably diapers, which have been an important factor in growth in recent years. Biodegradable superabsorbent polymers provide advantages such as higher liquid absorption, improved design, and biocompatibility. Manufacturers are working on boosting efficiency, lowering costs, and developing smaller products that comply with consumer comfort levels. Furthermore, cooperative cooperation among suppliers and manufacturers to deliver a diverse selection of sustainable products while improving efficiency is boosting the biodegradable superabsorbent materials market growth.


Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominates the market with the largest market share over the forecast period.


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Asia Pacific is dominating the market with more than 53.7% market share over the forecast period. The substantial expenditure in the research and manufacturing of biodegradable superabsorbent materials can be attributed to this dominance. Furthermore, the healthcare and sanitation sector across China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and India is expected to benefit the market. Rising expenditures by the leading-edge personal care and hygiene firms such as Kimberly-Clark and P&G are expected to boost demand during the projected period.


Europe, on the contrary, is expected to grow the fastest during the forecast period. Given the increased demand from consumers, manufacturers have developed more economical and unique product offerings. Due to increased ecological issues in the region, the baby diaper segment, which has seen significant expansion in recent years, is undergoing numerous structural changes in diaper construction. Other variables that are expected to influence regional industry growth include efforts to foster green technologies and customer accessibility to purchase natural items.


The North America market is expected to register a substantial CAGR growth rate during the forecast period, owing to the large customer base and improving the margins for companies. Increased needs, thinner cores, comfort levels, and enhanced absorption are just a few of the essential elements driving demand over the forecast period. Over the forecast period, this is expected to result in significant growth in the demand for biodegradable superabsorbent materials market.


List of Key Market Players

  • Lubrizol Corporation
  • ADM
  • Amereq, Inc.
  • SNF
  • SkyQuest Technology Group
  • Exotech Bio Solutions Ltd.
  • Coloplast A/S
  • ZEEL Product
  • CP Kelco
  • Itaconix Corporation
  • Collagen Solutions
  • Nuoer Chemical Australia Pty Ltd.
  • JRM Chemical, Inc.


Key Market Developments

  • In August 2021, the first shipment of bio-balanced superabsorbent polymer produced by LG Chem, a chemical unit of South Korea's LG Group, went to Baby Life, a client based in Jordan. The product based on bio-materials such as renewable waste oil and palm by-products would be used for baby diapers.


  • On August 2021, Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) has established its former Baby Care Business Line as an independent company. Evonik Superabsorber GmbH in Germany, and Evonik Superabsorber LLC in the USA, took over the business on July 1, 2021. In addition to strategic measures such as improved supply security or innovations – for example in the area of odor control – the issue of sustainability is a priority. Evonik Superabsorber will initially be guided by the mass balance approach. In essence, the aim is to gradually incorporate intermediate products based on renewable raw materials into production.


  • On July 2021, Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., obtained biomass certification for superabsorbent polymers produced by its subsidiary Nippon Shokubai Europe N.V. ("NSE") from ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. NSE will establish a system to supply bio-based SAP in response to customers' requests. The quality of bio-based SAP is equivalent to that of conventional petroleum-derived products, and the use of bio-based SAP will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the product life cycle.


Market Segment

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2020 to 2032. Spherical Insights has segmented the Global Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market based on the below-mentioned segments:


Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market, Material Type Analysis

  • Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Polyitaconic Acid
  • Polyacrylamide
  • Polysaccharides


Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market, Application Analysis

  • Disposable Diapers
  • Adult Incontinence Products
  • Female Hygiene
  • Agriculture
  • Medical
  • Others


Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market, Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Uk
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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