The global medical superabsorbent polymers market was valued at US$96 million in 2013 and is expected to reach US$192.2 million by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 7.5% between 2014 and 2020.
Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/16/2015 -- The superabsorbent polymers market has undergone significant growth in the last few years and it is expected to continue on the growth path in the near future. Superabsorbent polymers, also named as SAPs, are polymers that can soak up and retain large quantities of liquids, which can be greater than their own mass. The development of polymers takes place by the polymerization of a number of tiny molecules known as monomers. The ability of a superabsorbent polymer to soak up water can be ascribed to the aqueous solution's ionic concentration. Superabsorbent polymers are majorly used in the medical industry because they help absorb huge quantities of discharges and liquids. These properties of superabsorbent polymers help prevent various kinds of infections and encourage quicker healing of the injuries.
The global medical superabsorbent polymers market was valued at US$96 million in 2013 and is expected to reach US$192.2 million by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 7.5% between 2014 and 2020. The reason behind the growth of the superabsorbent polymers market is the increase in the number of accidents, surgeries, and protracted wounds. High-priced surgeries and medical procedures are being availed by people because of rising disposable incomes. High demand for products such as surgical pads, bandages, and wound dressing would help enhance the growth curve of the superabsorbent polymers market.
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Non-woven: The Most Extensively Used Wound Care Product
The segment expected to lead the growth of the medical superabsorbent polymers market is wound care. The segment of wound care is divided into traditional wound care dressings and advanced wound care dressings. Among these two, traditional wound care dressings are used on less serious wounds and accidents and advanced wound care dressings are used for relatively more serious wounds. Additionally, they are odor-free and help faster healing. Therefore, advanced wound care dressings are obviously more advantageous and effective than the traditional wound care products. This is the reason why the advanced wound care market accounted for more than 35% of the global medical superabsorbent market in 2013.
Superabsorbent polymers are one of the crucial raw materials used in the manufacture of woven as well as nonwoven wound care products. Both woven as well as nonwoven fabrics are used in products such as sponges, surgical tapes, medical gauze, and wound dressing. Both traditional and advanced wound care technologies use these products. Nonwoven products are more extensively used in advanced surgeries and other advanced treatments because of their high capability of retaining discharges and their property to heal wounds faster. In 2013, nearly 70% of the global medical superabsorbent polymers market was constituted of nonwoven products. This segment is expected to grow enormously in the forecast period.
Airlaid Technology: Most Common Type of Technology in Global Medical Superabsorbent Polymers Market
There are mainly three types of technologies deployed in the manufacture of nonwoven products used in wound dressings, namely, airlaid, spunbound and meltblown technologies.
Among these three, airlaid technology took up more than 20% of the global medical superabsorbent polymers market in 2013. Its advantages, such as easily available biodegradable raw materials, viability, and lower cost, set up airlaid technology to be relatively more popular.
Key players include manufacturers of raw materials in the medical superabsorbent polymers market such as BASF SE, Evonik Industries, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, LG Chem, and SDP Global Co. Ltd. Accomplished manufacturers of wound care products include Smith & Nephew, Derma Sciences, Advancis Medical, and Johnson & Johnson. End users are now concentrating on progressive wound care dressings, while manufacturers of superabsorbent polymers are focusing on progressive technologies to cater to the needs of the medical industry.
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