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
The SAP must be able to expand and stretch
Applications of Superabsorbent Polymers (Saps)
Disposable Consumer Products
The Super Absorbent Company's Super-Hydro-Grow
Superabsorbent Fibres (Safs) and Their Applications
Cable Yarns and Tapes
Land Water Management and Control
Safe and Natural Absorbent Polymers (Snaps)
Creative Chemistry: Liquiblock Csp
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