Superabsorbent polymers (also known SAPs, super soakers, gel crystals, water holding crystals, absorbent gels, and absorbent polymers) are water absorbing polymers that are widely used in medical treatment, agriculture, water management, packaging purposes and more!
Most SAPs are white/off-white, dry and appear like sugar or salt. Some SAPs are granular and hard as rock salt while a few others are as soft, and smooth as talcum powder.
Superabsorbent polymers also vary in their ability to absorb the aqueous solution. Some can absorb water quickly, some absorb it at a slower rate while a few superabsorbent can absorb water 200 times their weight!
The ability of superabsorbents to retain water even under pressure is the reason these materials are replacing traditional materials such as cloth, paper wading, cellulose fiber, and cotton.
Super Polymer Have a Wide Scope Of Applications:
Superabsorbent polymers are extensively utilized in the medical field for wound treatment. The superabsorbent used in wound care are further segmented as woven and non-woven.
Examples of woven superabsorbent products include sponges and gauges while non-woven product includes bandages, dressing material, and surgical tapes. These materials are widely also used in diapers and hygienic products. Rising need for reliable, high-performance products, increasing number of surgeries and increased level of health consciousness among people are the key factors for the boost in the demand for Superabsorbent polymers.
Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market:
According to the Transparency Market Report, the global superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market is projected to reach USD 8.78 billion by 2020. North America continues to remain the biggest market for SAP, followed by Europe. Asia Pacific, which accounted for 1/4th of the global SAP market in 2013 is now cruising ahead to become one of the fastest growing consumers in the world. ROW, comprising of the Middle East and Africa is also likely to become the second-fastest growing markets for SAP in the next five years.