Superabsorbent Polymers: From Diapers to Crops of the Future

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  • 18 Pages
  • Textiles Intelligence Ltd.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Basf
  • BBA Fiberweb
  • Creative Chemistry
  • Degussa
  • Lysac
  • Nippon Shokubai
  • MORE
Superabsorbent polymers, generally referred to as SAPs, have the ability to absorb and store many times their own weight of aqueous liquids. For this reason, they have been widely employed in the disposable hygiene sector—in diapers, feminine care items and adult incontinence products.

SAPs are barely 25 years old. They were first introduced commercially into the hygiene market by Japan’s Unicharm in 1982 and were adopted in the mid-1980s by the brands of major Western consumer product companies such as Procter & Gamble and Kimberly Clark.

Today, the bulk of global SAP production, by far, is being swallowed up by the nonwoven disposable hygiene products industry. But small quantities of SAPs are also being used in other fields—especially in advancing the growth of crops, where there is vast potential for future growth.

SAPs are also being employed in other applications—including food packaging, the protection of cables from water damage, and firefighting aids.

Superabsorbent fibres (SAFs)—which are made from SAPs—are being produced by the UK company Technical Absorbents, based on technology originally developed by Courtaulds. SAFs have many niche technical uses in yarn and fabric form, including food packaging, medical fabrics and power cable yarns.

This report was published in Technical Textile Markets - Issue 65 Q2 2006
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Basf
  • BBA Fiberweb
  • Creative Chemistry
  • Degussa
  • Lysac
  • Nippon Shokubai
  • MORE
The SAP must be insoluble in other solvents
The SAP must be able to expand and stretch
Manufacturing Process
Market
Prices
Capacity
Companies

Key Players
Basf
Degussa
Nippon Shokubai
Applications of Superabsorbent Polymers (Saps)
Disposable Consumer Products
Composition
BBA Fiberweb
Pantex International

Plant Growth
The Super Absorbent Company's Super-Hydro-Grow
Cables
Packaging
Construction
Firefighting
Superabsorbent Fibres (Safs) and Their Applications
Food Packaging
Cable Yarns and Tapes
Medical Use
Land Water Management and Control
Filtration
Plant Growth
Safe and Natural Absorbent Polymers (Snaps)
Lysac
Solution Polymers
Creative Chemistry: Liquiblock Csp
Outlook
Superabsorbent Polymers: From Diapers to Crops of the Future

List of Tables
Table 1: Global SAP capacity by geographical region, 2005
Table 2: Global SAP capacity by company, 2005
Table 3: European SAP capacity by company, 2005
Table 4: Japanese SAP production and shipments, 2004 and 2005
Table 5: Characteristics of LiquiBlock CSP
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- BBA Fiberweb
- Creative Chemistry
- Degussa
- Lysac
- Nippon Shokubai
- Pantex International
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