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Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) Market: Asia Pacific Key Region for Companies

Leading players in the super absorbent polymers (SAP) market look to strengthen their position in Asia Pacific, a lucrative region for SAP.

VALLEY COTTAGE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 20, 2015 / -- Future Market Insights, in its recent report, titled, “Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2020”, profiles the key stakeholders in this market, such as Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, BASF SE, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd., San-Dia Polymers, LG Chemicals and Formosa Plastics Corporation.

Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd.’s estimated revenue in 2014 was to the tune of US$ 2.52 Bn, out of which, revenue from super absorbent polymer segment was nearly 60%. The company has a strong presence globally, however, Asia Pacific accounts for nearly 38% of the total revenue.

The SAP production capacity of Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd. is approximately 55,000 tons/year. The company recently announced an investment of approximately US$ 750 Mn to boost its overall SAP production capacity. The company’s operational strategy is focused on enhancing its chemicals manufacturing capability to improve its global market footprint. FMI expects Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd. to look for mergers and acquisitions during the forecast period to achieve its target of US$ 4.17 Bn in revenues by 2020.

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Revenue from super absorbent polymers accounted for 12% of the US$ 14.03 Bn revenue of Germany-based Evonik Industries in 2014. Europe accounts for over half of the revenue of the company, whereas the company has a strong presence in Asia Pacific and North America.

Evonik Industries upgraded its SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) application to migrate to SAP HANA to increase reporting performance. The company enabled near line storage (NLS) with SAP IQ database software to manage cost-efficient storage of historical data. In February 2015, the company announced plans to increase production capacities for SAP by approximately 40,000 metric tons per year.

Ludwigshafen-based BASF SE operates through the value chain of SAP. The company has a strong global presence and has SAP production plants in four regions, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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In November 2014, the company announced an investment of approximately US$ 550 Mn for expansion of its SAP production capabilities worldwide. The company is also planning to launch SAVIVA, a highly innovative super absorbent polymer, by the end of 2016.

Yixing Danson Technologyis engaged in the wholesale, representative sales, import, and export of SAP, acrylic acid, sodium hydroxide solution, and other chemical products.

In 2014, Yixing Danson Technology increased its super absorbent polymers production by 80kT in a bid to increase its sales globally.

Tokyo-based Kao Corporation was the first company in the world to launch sanitary napkins made of SAP. In June 2014, Kao established its second consumer products plant at Karawang International Industrial City. The company has also set up a new production facility to increase production capacity of sanitary products.

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Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. Ltd.delivers its super absorbent polymers products under the brand name Aqua Keep and focus on continuous innovation to manufacture new high-quality products.

The company plans to increase annual production capacity by 59,000 tons per year. In mid-2010, the company announced plans to increase production capacity of SAP to 300,000 tons/year by the end of FY 2015.

Tokyo-based San-Dia Polymers Global Co. Ltd. announced plans to expand its market footprint into other prominent markets in Asia. The company is expected to invest over US$ 42 Mn to enhance SAP production capacity by 80,000 tons per year.

Kyoto-based Sanyo Chemicals Industries has a strong presence in healthcare, toiletries, plastics, textiles, and construction products. The company aims to achieve combined net sales of US$ 2.47 Bn by 2020.

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Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Corporation has a research and development (R&D) centre in Japan, and production facility in Japan and Asia Pacific. The company is targeting China’s lucrative market to transition its product portfolio and include niche products.

Seoul-based LG Chemicals Ltd. manufactures high quality petrochemical products, including SAP, PVC, and ABS. In December 2013, the company announced its plans to expand SAP production capacity at its plant in Yeosu, South Korea to 160,000 tons per year.

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