Analysis of Medical Superabsorbent Polymers market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more
The medical superabsorbent polymers market is estimated at USD 3,172 Million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 5,663 Million by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2022-2032.
Market Size Value in 2021A
USD 2,753 Million
Market Value Estimated in 2022E
USD 3,172 Million
Market Forecast Value in 2032F
USD 5,663 Million
Global Growth Rate
North America Market Share in 2022
Top 5 Companies Market Share
Key Companies Profiled
Fact.MR estimates medical superabsorbent polymers market value to reach USD 5,663 Million valuation by 2032 end, and shall account for nearly 30% of the overall superabsorbent polymer sales value during the same period.
Meanwhile, superabsorbent polymer consumption is projected to increase with a CAGR of around 6.3% over next decade while being valued at USD 19.1 billion by 2032 end, evaluates Fact.MR- a market research and competitive intelligence provider.
Bio-based superabsorbent polymers comprising of renewable materials are suitable as an alternative product for petrochemical-based polymers available in the market. Therefore, demand of aforementioned medical polymers is all set to shatter present trade scenario of potassium polyacrylate & sodium polyacrylate polymers used in disposable diapers. Moreover, ability of these medical superabsorbent polymers to absorb large capacity of urine, blood and any other body liquid is set to multiply its market valuation by 2.5X in East Asia by 2032 end.
Increasing demand of emergency bandages, surgical tapes, medical dressing materials and bandages boosted the demand rate of aforementioned medical grade polymers. A comprehensive analysis shows how their application in child diapers, child nappies and sanitary napkins absorbed maximum market share in past half-decade.
Moreover, consumption for medical superabsorbent polymers stood at around 788 Kilo Tons in 2021, accounting for 28.4% of total superabsorbent polymer consumption which is poised to grow with a CAGR of around 5.8% with consumption anticipated to reach 1.4 MMT by 2032 end. Growth is attributed to rising sales of products in traditional wound care and advanced wound care applications.
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According to Fact.MR- a market research and competitive intelligence provider, over the past half-decade global consumption in terms of volume for medical superabsorbent polymers has grown with a CAGR of around 5.7%. While global volume consumption in 2021 end stood at around 2.8 MMT, non-woven as a product category accounted for around 64% of the total consumption.
Additionally, projections suggest that a rise in consumer awareness regarding the use of high-quality personal care and hygiene products and its usage in medical textiles is poised to drive its consumption over the next decade.
Besides, the rising consumption of medical superabsorbent polymers in bandages, advanced medications, and surgeries is poised to showcase a positive single-digit higher CAGR over the forecast period. Further, mounting research and development into the usage of medical superabsorbent polymers in medical textiles are poised to drive the global market which is anticipated to expand 1.9X by 2032 end.
Moreover, use of medical superabsorbent polymers to produce personal care and hygiene products is expected to grow at a rapid pace globally gain around 106 BPS in its market share by 2032 end.
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Rapid technological advancements, as well as significant funding from manufacturers for the development of testing facilities to produce innovative materials with high performance and flexibility, is resulting in the development of long-lasting products, and this is driving the demand for medical superabsorbent polymers.
Moreover, increased traffic accidents and wrecks result in more serious events and injuries, which is a major reason driving up demand for these polymers. Medical superabsorbent polymers are also in high demand due to an increase in the number of operations and treatments for other disorders where it finds application, as well as increased public awareness about human health and well-being.
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The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that by 2030, road traffic injuries would be the seventh-largest cause of death globally. On the backs of its extraordinarily absorbent and unique core for exudate control, superabsorbent (SAP) wound dressings have risen to prominence in wound care.
As per the NHEA, which tracks yearly U.S. spending on healthcare goods and services, healthcare spending in the United States increased by 4.6% to USD 3.8 trillion in 2019 or $11,582 per person annually. Health spending accounted for 17.7% of the Country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Besides, US citizens encounter nearly 7.3 traffic-related accidents per 1 billion vehicle kilometres, as per the International Transport Forum Road Safety Report 2018. Moreover, people in the US have become conscious about their health and wellbeing and continue to prefer advanced treatments for wound dressing. This in turn is anticipated to give a boost to the adoption of medical superabsorbent polymers in hospitals and clinics in the country.
As per the data available with the World Bank, road crash fatalities and injuries harm 72% of the economically productive age groups (15-64 years) and have caused disability of over 990 life years per 100,000 persons.
As of 2020, Chinese healthcare spending reached over USD 1.1 Tn. The Chinese government unveiled the Healthy China 2030 project, which defined healthcare plans covering the whole healthcare ecosystem, including medical system reform, population health management, and technological innovation.
Besides, the requirement of advanced medical facilities by affluent people and an ageing population fuelled demand for healthcare services, resulting in a CAGR of 13.6% for China's healthcare equipment market between 2015 and 2020. Despite this, China only spends around 20% of the OECD's per capita spending. China's total national health spending accounts approximately 7.1% of GDP, compared to an OECD average of 9.9%.
Moreover, Chinese healthcare market has yet to reach its full potential, and thereby the usage of medical superabsorbent polymers for wound care dressing and surgeries is anticipated to grow with a higher single digit CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2032.
Nonwoven superabsorbent polymers are created by gluing polymer fibres together with an adhesive. Because of its great absorption capacity and ability to hold more liquid than woven or other types of absorbent dressings, non-woven fabric is utilised as a main dressing material for surgical wounds. As a result, their high absorption capacity aids in the prevention of infections at non-woven medical superabsorbent polymer dressings.
Traditional wound care dressings and advanced wound care dressings are two types of wound care dressings. Wound treatment is predicted to be the fastest-growing area in the medical superabsorbent polymers market.
Traditional wound care dressings are used on less serious wounds and accidents, whereas advanced wound care dressings such as non-woven medical superabsorbent polymers are used on more significant wounds. They are also odourless and aid in a speedier recovery. As a result, advanced wound care dressings are superior to standard wound care treatments in terms of benefits and efficacy.
Because of their great capacity to retain discharges and their ability to heal wounds quickly, nonwoven goods are increasingly employed in sophisticated surgeries and other advanced therapies. Non-woven medical superabsorbent polymers accounted for over 64% of the worldwide medical superabsorbent polymers market in 2020. During the projection period, this category is predicted to increase at a tremendous rate.
The air layering method is used to create superabsorbent polymers. It's a method of depositing filaments onto a moving screen belt under-regulated tension to create an equal coating on the surface. The fibres are put on top of each other and bound with an adhesive agent, which helps to keep the product's thickness consistent.
Due to their ability to absorb fluid within seconds after contact with liquids, airlaid non-woven superabsorbent polymers have a higher absorption capacity than meltblown and spunbond versions, making them suited for surgical applications such as abdominal surgery where a substantial quantity of blood loss happens during procedures.
Airlaid medical superabsorbent polymer is becoming increasingly popular due to its benefits, such as ready availability of biodegradable raw ingredients, viability, and lower cost of production. Owing to this reason, airlaid technology accounted for more than 24% of the global market for medical superabsorbent polymers as of 2020.
In the medical industry, it is used to capture and immobilize infectious waste, liquid blood, and it improves the impact resistance and holding capacity of the product. As a result, they reduce waste disposal easier and is in turn simplifying the overall medical waste handling process.
The most cost-effective suction canister solidification agent is SAP-loaded pouches and bottles. The amount of effort and money spent removing suction canister waste will be considerably decreased while using medical superabsorbent polymer.
In the operation theatre (OT), which is a critical component of every hospital, there is a steady flow of patients requiring various types of surgeries. Thus the OT must maintain a clean and sanitary environment at all times. Moreover, the cleaning time needed reduces the OT's cost-effectiveness as well as the number of people involved in its upkeep.
As it becomes critical to decrease the amount of time spent cleaning up after surgery, using medical SAP makes post-surgery cleaning and patient flow go faster. Further, absorption of bodily fluids such as blood, urine, and saliva is quick. Besides, its compatibility with OT suction canister, which retains the majority of the absorbed liquid, even under high pressure has remained one of the most important reasons for burgeoning demand in medical waste management.
It is evident that medical superabsorbent polymers find substantial usage incontinence products, however, there is seldom any difference between the personal hygiene products used in hospitals and the products purchased by the individual end-user. There is a clear lack of demarcation between the grades being used in both of the products. Thereby, we have included only those products which are being offered in hospital end-use segregated under wound care, advanced wound care, and waste disposal application to name a few.
Smith & Nephew, Derma Sciences, Advancis Medical, and Johnson & Johnson are all well-known wound care producers. End users are now focusing on advanced wound care dressings, while superabsorbent polymer makers are working on advanced technologies to meet the demands of the medical industry.
Fact.MR has provided detailed information about price points of top manufacturers of medical superabsorbent polymers positioned across regions, in addition to providing sales growth information, production capacity, and speculative production expansion in the recently published report.
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Currently, medical superabsorbent polymers market is pegged at USD 2.9 Bn as of 2022
Medical superabsorbent polymer's consumption value is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 6.8% during the period 2022-2032.
In terms of consumption, medical superabsorbent polymers grew at a CAGR of around 5.2% during 2017-2021
Key players are mainly opting for organic growth strategies such as investments in R&D, innovation and product development to gain competitive advantage.
Top companies in the manufacturing of medical superabsorbent polymers are BASF SE, Evonik Industries, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, LG Chem, SDP Global Co. Ltd, Gelok Inc., and Lohmann & Rauscher.
North America holds around 20.1% of the total medical superabsorbent revenue share as of 2022.
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