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Global Super-Absorbent Polymers Industry

  • July 2014
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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Super-Absorbent Polymers in Thousand Metric Tons by the following End-Use Segments: Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 20 companies including many key and niche players such as -

BASF SE
Evonik Industries AG
Formosa Plastics Corporation
LG Chem Ltd.
Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.

Table Of Contents

Global Super-Absorbent Polymers Industry



I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY and PRODUCT DEFINITIONS
Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
Data Interpretation and Reporting Level I-2
Quantitative Techniques and Analytics I-3
Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3
Disposable Diapers I-3
Adult Incontinence Pads I-3
Feminine Hygiene Products I-4
Others I-4


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. MARKET OVERVIEW II-1
Prelude II-1
Recession in Retrospect and the Road Ahead II-2
Current State of the Economy: A Key Growth Indicator II-3
Table 1: Economic Growth (%) Worldwide by Region: 2011-2014E
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-4
Emerging Markets to Fuel Growth II-4
Table 2: World Market for Super-Absorbent Polymers by
Geographic Region/ Country (2013-2020) - Ranked by Compounded
Annual Growth Rate of Volume Sales for Asia-Pacific, Canada,
Europe, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, and the US
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-5
Production Landscape of Super-Absorbent Polymers: A Review II-6
Table 3: Global SAP Market (2013): Percentage Share Breakdown
of Production Capacity by Region (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-6

Table 4: Production Capacity of Leading Players in the Global
SAP Market (2013) (In ‘000 Tons) (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-7

Table 5: Leading SAP Manufacturers Worldwide (2013):
Percentage Breakdown of Production Capacity for BASF, Evonik,
LG Chem, Nippon Shokubai, SDP Global, Sumitomo Seika
Chemicals, and Taiwan Plastics (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-8
Production Disruptions Affect Global SAP Supply in the Wake
of Recession II-8
Acrylic Acid Availability and Pricing Affects SAP Market II-9
Table 6: Global Acrylic Acid Market (2012): Percentage Share
Breakdown of Demand by End-Use Segment - Superabsorbent
Polymers, Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, Fibers and Textiles,
Detergents, Polymers and Modifiers, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-9

Table 7: Global Acrylic Acid Market (2013): Percentage Share
Breakdown of Demand by Geographic Region - Asia-Pacific,
North America, Western Europe, and Rest of World (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-10
Acrylic Acid Pricing - A Key Influencing Factor for SAP Market II-10
Bio-based Alternatives Boost SAP Market II-11
Manufacturers Rummaging through Various Options to Produce
Eco-Friendly SAPs II-11
SNAP: the New Generation SAP II-12
Cassava Pulp Waste to Yield Eco-Friendly SAP II-12

2. A REVIEW OF MAJOR END-USE MARKETS II-13
SAP Quality Determines End-Use Application II-13
SAP Content in Select Products - At a Glance II-13
Disposable Diapers: The Dominant Product Market for SAP II-13
Diapers and SAP - At a Glance II-14
Economic Uncertainty Affects Baby Diapers Market in Developed
Nations II-14
Opportunity Indicators: II-15
Table 8: Global New Births (2012) by Geographic Region
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-15

Table 9: Global Population of Children between 0-4 years
(2015P and 2020P) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-16
Middle Class Population in Emerging Markets: Opportunities
Galore II-16
Table 10: World Middle Class Population (2012 and 2030):
Percentage Share Breakdown by Region - North America,
Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and
Africa (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-17
Declining Birth Rates: A Key Issue Confronting Diapers Market II-17
Table 11: Global Birth Rate Statistics (2010 and 2012):
Breakdown of Number of Births per 1000 Population in Select
Countries (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-18
Method of Inserting SAP into Diapers II-19
Increased Usage of SAP in Diapers II-19
Table 12: Composition of Diaper (2008 and 2013) - Percentage
Share Breakdown of Weight by Component (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-20
Diaper Innovations Further Boost SAP Market II-20
SAP Reduces Diaper Weight and Carbon Footprint II-21
Shift towards Fluff-Less Diapers II-21
Premium Segment: Growth Opportunities in Mature Markets II-21
Issues Related to SAP Usage in Diapers II-22
PandG and Kimberly-Clark Dominate Baby Diapers Market II-22
Table 13: Leading Players in the Global Baby Diapers Market
(2012): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales for PandG,
Kimberly-Clark, Unicharm, SCA, Private Labels, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-23
Adult Incontinence Products Market: An Overview II-23
What is Incontinence? II-23
Table 14: Worldwide Prevalence (%) of Urinary Incontinence
in Men and Women (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-24
Aging Population Favors Growth in the SAP-based Incontinence
Products Market II-24
Table 15: %Growth of 65+ Population in North America,
Europe, Asia, and Latin America (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-25

Table 16: Elderly Population (60+ Years) as a Percentage of
Total Population (2012 and 2050) (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-26

Table 17: Global Aging Population (60+) and their Proportion
of Total Population (2012 and 2050) (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-27

Table 18: Hygiene Products Usage Trends (2013): Per Capita
Consumption of Incontinence Products, Baby Diapers, and
Feminine Care Products by Region (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-28
Product Innovations in the Incontinence Market II-29
Product Trends in Incontinence Market II-29
Feminine Hygiene Product Market - A Review II-30
Overview II-30
Traditional Revenue Contributors Making Way for Asian Super
Powers II-31
Table 19: Number of Menstruating Women (in Million) by
Country: An Opportunity Indicator (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-32

Table 20: Leading Players in the Global Feminine Hygiene
Products Market (2013): Market Share by Company - Procter and
Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Johnson and Johnson, Unicharm, SCA and
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-32
Product Advancements in Feminine Hygiene Products II-33
Leakage Prevention: A Major Value Add II-33
Superabsorbent Fiber Technology: Making Life Easier II-33
Thinner Napkins - A Key Driver II-34

3. SUPER-ABSORBENTS IN SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS II-35
Introduction II-35
A Glance at Major End-use Applications of Specialty Super-
absorbents II-35
Agriculture II-35
A Beneficial Water Retention Agent in Agriculture II-36
Cable Wrap II-36
Packaging II-36
Residual Flood Water Removal II-37
Industrial Waste Management II-37
Wastewater Treatment II-37
Firefighting II-37
Medical Waste Handling II-37
Medical Industry II-37
Artificial Snow II-38
SAP - Ideal for Concrete Curing II-38
Other Applications II-38
Super-Absorbents in Specialty Applications - Market Overview II-38
Table 21: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbents in Specialty Applications by Geographic
Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of
World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-39

Table 22: World Market for Super-Absorbents in Specialty
Applications by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World for Years 2014 and 2020
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-40

Table 23: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbents in Specialty Applications by End-Use Segment -
Agriculture, Cable Wrap, Packaging, and Other Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-41

Table 24: World Market for Super-Absorbents in Specialty
Applications by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Agriculture, Cable Wrap, Packaging,
and Other Markets for Years 2014 and 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-42

4. PRODUCT OVERVIEW II-43
Introduction II-43
SAP Characteristics II-43
Acrylic Acid: A Widely Used Raw Material for Super- Absorbent
Polymers II-43
Evolution of Super-Absorbent Polymers II-43
Synthetic and Natural Super-Absorbent Polymers II-44
Types of Super-Absorbent Polymers II-44
Sodium Polyacrylate II-45
Gro-Creatures II-45
Polyacrylamide Crystals and Polyacrylamide Plant Spikes II-45
Manufacturing Process of SAP II-45
How SAP Works? II-46
End-Use Applications of SAP II-46

5. PRODUCT INNOVATIONS/TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS II-47
BASF Unveils HySorb® SAP II-47
BASF Introduces Novel Technology for SAP Production II-47
Accepta Unveils New SAP to Retain Soil Hydration and Nutrients II-47
Kimberly-Clark Introduces SAP-based Poise Microliners II-47
BASF Launches SAP with Odor Control II-47
BASF, Cargill and Novozymes Produce 3-HP for SAP Manufacture II-48
Unicharm Launches Pulpless Diaper with SAP as Absorber II-48

6. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY II-49
Sumitomo Seika Establishes SAP Production Unit in Korea II-49
BASF-YPC Sets Up SAP Plant in China II-49
ADM Sets up JV with CIC and Chemanex for Bio-Based SAP II-49
SAPCO Inks Mechanical Completion Certificate for Evonik SAP
Facility II-49
SDP Global Boosts SAP Production in China II-49
Toyota Tsusho Invests in San-Dia Polymers II-50
Nippon Shokubai Restarts Tennessee SAP Plant II-50
Evonik Degussa is now Evonik Corporation II-50
Sumitomo Seika Expands SAP Capacity II-50
Sumitomo Seika and Arkema Establish Superabsorbent Plant II-50
LG Chem to Expand SAP Plant in Korea II-50
NSC to Expand SAP Production Capacity in China II-50
NSI to Build Two New Plants in Indonesia II-51
BASF Inks Agreement with Novozymes and Cargill II-51

7. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS II-52
BASF SE (Germany) II-52
Evonik Industries AG (Germany) II-52
Formosa Plastics Corporation (Taiwan) II-53
LG Chem Ltd. (Korea) II-53
Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd. (Japan) II-53
Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. (Japan) II-54
Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd. (Korea) II-54
Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Company Limited (Japan) II-55
Yixing Danson Technology (China) II-55

8. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE II-56
Table 25: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by Geographic Region - US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through 2020
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 26: World Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers
by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Middle East and Latin American Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 27: World 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Middle East and Latin American Markets for
Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-58
Worldwide Super-Absorbent Polymer Market by End Use Segment II-59
Table 28: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers in Disposable Diapers by Geographic
Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding
Japan), Middle East and Latin American Markets Independently
Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for
Years 2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-59

Table 29: World Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers
in Disposable Diapers by Geographic Region - US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-60

Table 30: World 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers in Disposable Diapers by Geographic Region -
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption Volume for US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-61

Table 31: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers in Adult Incontinence Pads by
Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Middle East and Latin American Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-62

Table 32: World Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers
in Adult Incontinence Pads by Geographic Region - US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-63

Table 33: World 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers in Adult Incontinence Pads by Geographic Region -
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption Volume for US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-64

Table 34: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers in Feminine Hygiene Products by
Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Middle East and Latin American Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-65

Table 35: World Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers
in Feminine Hygiene Products by Geographic Region - US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle
East and Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with
Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006
through 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-66

Table 36: World 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers in Feminine Hygiene Products by Geographic Region -
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption Volume for US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-67

Table 37: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers in Other Applications by Geographic
Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding
Japan), Middle East and Latin American Markets Independently
Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for
Years 2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-68

Table 38: World Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers
in Other Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-69

Table 39: World 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers in Other Applications by Geographic Region -
Percentage Breakdown of Consumption Volume for US, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and
Latin American Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-70


III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES III-1
A.Market Analysis III-1
Outlook III-1
Baby Diapers: The Large End-Use Market for SAP III-1
Eco-Friendly Baby Diapers - Threat to the SAP Market III-2
Reusable Cloth Diapers - A Threat to SAP? III-2
Feminine Hygiene Products Market: An Overview III-3
Adult Incontinence: The Fastest Growing Product Category III-3
Women: A Major Category III-4
Use of Microporous Material III-4
Competitive Landscape III-4
Table 40: Leading Players in the US Adult Incontinence
Products Market (2013): Percentage Share Breakdown of
Retail Value Sales for Kimberly-Clark, SCA, First Quality,
Private Label and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-5
SAP Production Landscape: An Overview III-5
Table 41: US Super-Absorbent Polymers Market (2013):
Production Capacity in Thousand Tons for Evonik, BASF, and
Nippon Shokubai (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-5
An Insight into US Acrylic Acid Market III-5
Table 42: Acrylic Acid Production Capacity in the US (2013)
(In ‘000 Tonnes Per Annum) (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-6
Strategic Corporate Developments III-7
B.Market Analytics III-8
Table 43: US Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

Table 44: US Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers by
End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence
Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9

Table 45: US 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-10

2. CANADA III-11
Market Analysis III-11
Table 46: Canadian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 47: Canadian Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012(includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

Table 48: Canadian 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-13

3. JAPAN III-14
A.Market Analysis III-14
Outlook III-14
SAP Production in Japan III-14
Table 49: SAP Market in Japan (2013): Production Capacities
in Thousand Tons for Nippon Shokubai, SDP Global, and
Sumitomo Seika Chemicals (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-14
Declining Birth Rates Affect SAP Demand in Baby Diapers III-15
Table 50: Infant (0-4) Population in Japan (1980-2010) (In
Billion) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15

Table 51: Baby Diaper Production in Japan (2007-2012) (In
Million Units) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15
Adult Disposable Diapers Market: Rapidly Expanding Category III-16
Table 52: Adult Population (+65 Years) in Japan (2000-2020)
(In Millions) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 53: Adult Disposable Diapers Market in Japan (2013):
Percentage Share Breakdown of Unit Production Volume by
Type of Diaper - Pads, Pants Type, and Tape Type (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 54: Light Incontinence Products Market in Japan
(2013): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales by Type
of Product - Liner Type, Pad Type, and Pants Type (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17
Strategic Corporate Developments III-17
Key Players III-18
B.Market Analytics III-20
Table 55: Japanese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-20

Table 56: Japanese Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-21

Table 57: Japanese 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-22

4. EUROPE III-23
A.Market Analysis III-23
Outlook III-23
Leading Players III-23
Table 58: European Super-Absorbent Polymer Market (2013):
Production Capacities in Thousand Tons for BASF, Evonik
Industries, Nippon Shokubai, and Sumitomo Seika Chemicals
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23
End-user Segment Review III-24
Private Labels Make Steady Progress in the Baby Diaper Market III-24
Table 59: Private Label Products as % of Total Baby
Diapers Market in Select European Countries (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-24
Changing Demographics Affect the Feminine Hygiene Market III-24
Table 60: Women Population (15-49 years) in Western and
Eastern Europe: 1995-2015 (in Millions) (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25
Incontinence Products Market III-25
Table 61: 60+ Individuals as % of Total Population in
European Countries (2013) (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-26

Table 62: Urinary Incontinence Levels (%) in Western
Europe by Age Group (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 63: Penetration Rate (%) of Incontinence Products in
Europe (2013) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 64: Leading Players in the European Incontinence
Products Market (2013): Percentage Share Breakdown of
Value Sales for SCA, Ontex, Paul Hartmann, TZMO SA, PandG,
Indas and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28

Table 65: Leading Players in Western Europe Incontinence
Products Market (2013): Percentage Share Breakdown of
Retail Value Sales for SCA, PandG, Paul Hartmann, Ontex,
Kimberly-Clark, Private Label and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28
B.Market Analytics III-29
Table 66: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Super-Absorbent Polymers by Geographic Region - France,
Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2013 through 2020 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-29

Table 67: European Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK,
Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently
Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for
Years 2006 through 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 68: European 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain,
Russia and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

Table 69: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-32

Table 70: European Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-33

Table 71: European 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-34

4a. FRANCE III-35
A.Market Analysis III-35
Outlook III-35
Incontinence Products - A Potential Market III-35
Strategic Corporate Development III-35
Snf Floerger - A Key Player III-36
B.Market Analytics III-36
Table 72: French Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-36

Table 73: French Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 74: French 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-38

4b. GERMANY III-39
A.Market Analysis III-39
Outlook III-39
Strategic Corporate Developments III-39
Key Players III-40
B.Market Analytics III-41
Table 75: German Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 76: German Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 77: German 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-43

4c. ITALY III-44
Market Analysis III-44
Table 78: Italian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-44

Table 79: Italian Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-45

Table 80: Italian 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-46

4d. THE UNITED KINGDOM III-47
A.Market Analysis III-47
Outlook III-47
A Lucrative Market for Incontinence Products III-47
Strategic Corporate Development III-48
B.Market Analytics III-48
Table 81: UK Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48

Table 82: UK Historic Review for Super-Absorbent Polymers by
End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence
Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-49

Table 83: UK 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-50

4e. SPAIN III-51
A.Market Analysis III-51
Outlook III-51
Steady Growth for Incontinence Products Market III-51
B.Market Analytics III-52
Table 84: Spanish Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-52

Table 85: Spanish Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-53

Table 86: Spanish 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-54

4f. RUSSIA III-55
A.Market Analysis III-55
Outlook III-55
Baby Diapers: Market Overview III-55
Incontinence Products Market: An Insight III-55
B.Market Analytics III-56
Table 87: Russian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56

Table 88: Russian Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-57

Table 89: Russian 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-58

4g. REST OF EUROPE III-59
Market Analysis III-59
Table 90: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment -
Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine
Hygiene Products and Other Markets Independently Analyzed
with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years
2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-59

Table 91: Rest of Europe Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-60

Table 92: Rest of Europe 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers,
Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-61

5. ASIA-PACIFIC III-62
A.Market Analysis III-62
Overview III-62
End-User segment Review III-62
Disposable Baby Diapers III-62
Feminine Hygiene Products III-62
Asia to Replace Traditional Revenue Contributors in the
Long-Run III-62
Table 93: Global Feminine Care Market (2013): Number of
Units of Feminine Care Products Used Per Year by Girls/
Women Aged between 15 and 49 Years (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-63
Incontinence Products Market III-63
Table 94: Leading Players in Asian Incontinence Market
(2013): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales for
Unicharm, Livedo, Daio, Halujuji, Kao, SCA and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-64
B.Market Analytics III-64
Table 95: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by Geographic Region -
China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently
Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for
Years 2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-64

Table 96: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by Geographic Region - China, India, and Rest of
Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-65

Table 97: Asia-Pacific 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by Geographic Region - Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption Volume for China, India, and Rest
of Asia-Pacific Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-66

Table 98: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment -
Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine
Hygiene Products and Other Markets Independently Analyzed
with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years
2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-67

Table 99: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-68

Table 100: Asia-Pacific 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers,
Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-69

5a. CHINA III-70
A.Market Analysis III-70
A Key Asian Market for SAP III-70
Capacity Expansion Spree by Global SAP Players in China III-70
Table 101: SAP Market in China (2013): Production
Capacities in Thousand Tons for Nippon Shokubai, SDP
Global, Sumitomo Seika, and Taiwan Plastics (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-71
China Holds Leadership in Acrylic Acid Production III-71
Table 102: Prices of Acrylic Acid and Propylene in China
(2010-2012) (In $ per Ton) III-71
Rising Demand from End-Use Markets III-71
Baby Diapers: A Market with Huge Potential for Growth III-72
Table 103: Potential for Baby Diapers in China (2005-2012) -
Birth Rate (%) and Infant Population as % of Total
Population (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-73

Table 104: Leading Players in the Chinese Baby Diapers
Market (2012): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales
for PandG, Hengan, Kimberly-Clark, Unicharm, Chiaus,
Everbeauty/SCA, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-74
An Overview of China's Incontinence Products Market III-74
Table 105: Leading Players in Chinese Incontinence Products
Market (2012): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for
Hengan, SCA, H-Q Paper, Kimberly Clark and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-74
Feminine Hygiene Products Market: An Overview III-75
Strategic Corporate Developments III-75
Yixing Danson Technology - A Key Player III-76
B.Market Analytics III-77
Table 106: Chinese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-77

Table 107: Chinese Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-78

Table 108: Chinese 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-79

5b. INDIA III-80
A.Market Analysis III-80
Outlook III-80
Baby Diapers Market: An Overview III-80
Table 109: Leading Brands in the Indian Disposable Baby
Diapers Market (2012): Percentage Share Breakdown of Retail
Value Sales for Huggies Dri Fit, Pampers, and Others
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-81
Incontinence Products Market: An Insight III-81
Table 110: Leading Players in the Indian Incontinence
Products Market (2012): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value
Sales for Nobel Hygiene Pvt Ltd, Actifit India Pvt Ltd and
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-81
Feminine Hygiene Products: Low Penetration Offers Growth
Opportunities III-82
Oil and Petrochemicals Foray into SAP Production III-82
B.Market Analytics III-83
Table 111: Indian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-83

Table 112: Indian Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-84

Table 113: Indian 15-Year Perspective for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-85

5c. REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC III-86
A.Market Analysis III-86
Outlook III-86
Table 114: SAP Market in Rest of Asia-Pacific (2013):
Production Capacities in Thousand Tons for BASF, LG
Chemical, Nippon Shokubai, Sumitomo Seika, and Taiwan
Plastics (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-86
Strategic Corporate Developments III-86
Key Players III-87
B.Market Analytics III-89
Table 115: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and
Future Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use
Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads,
Feminine Hygiene Products and Other Markets Independently
Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for
Years 2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-89

Table 116: Rest of Asia-Pacific Historic Review for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-90

Table 117: Rest of Asia-Pacific 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers,
Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-91

6. THE MIDDLE EAST III-92
A.Market Analysis III-92
Outlook III-92
Strategic Corporate Development III-92
B.Market Analytics III-93
Table 118: Middle East Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment -
Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine
Hygiene Products and Other Markets Independently Analyzed
with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years
2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-93

Table 119: Middle East Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through 2012 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-94

Table 120: Middle East 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers,
Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-95

7. LATIN AMERICA III-96
Market Analysis III-96
Table 121: Latin American Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by Region - Brazil and
Rest of Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with
Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013
through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-97

Table 122: Latin American Historic Review for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by Region - Brazil and Rest of
Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-98

Table 123: Latin American 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Consumption Volume for Brazil and Rest of Latin American
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-99

Table 124: Latin American Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment -
Disposable Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine
Hygiene Products and Other Markets Independently Analyzed
with Annual Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years
2013 through 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-100

Table 125: Latin American Historic Review for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2006 through
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-101

Table 126: Latin American 15-Year Perspective for
Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Percentage
Breakdown of Consumption Volume for Disposable Diapers,
Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets for Years 2006, 2014 and 2020 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-102

7a. BRAZIL III-103
A.Market Analysis III-103
Outlook III-103
Baby Diapers Market: Growing Preference for High-Absorbency
Diapers III-103
Incontinence Products Market: Promising Opportunities III-103
Feminine Hygiene Products Market III-104
Table 127: Leading Players in the Brazilian Market for
Feminine Hygiene Products (2013): Percentage Breakdown of
Volume Sales for Johnson and Johnson, Procter and Gamble,
Kimberly-Clark and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-104
B.Market Analytics III-105
Table 128: Brazilian Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Super-Absorbent Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable
Diapers, Adult Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products
and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual
Consumption Figures in Metric Tons for Years 2013 through
2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-105

Table 129: Brazilian Historic Review for Super-Absorbent
Polymers by End-Use Segment - Disposable Diapers, Adult
Incontinence Pads, Feminine Hygiene Products and Other
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Metric Tons for Y

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