Publication Month: Jun 2021 |
Report Code: TIPRE00023242
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| Category: Chemicals and Materials
| Status: Published
No. of Pages 159
Glacial acrylic acid is an unsaturated carboxylic acid co-monomer. It readily copolymerizes with acrylic and methacrylic esters, ethylene, vinyl acetate, styrene, butadiene, acrylonitrile, vinyl chloride, maleic esters, and vinylidene chloride. Glacial acrylic acid is majorly used as a building block for the production of acid-functional and crosslinked acrylic copolymers and polyacrylic acids. Glacial acrylic acid offers notable advantages as a co-monomer in an extensive range of acrylic and vinyl acrylic polymer-based finishes, coatings, sealants, adhesives, inks, thickeners, flocculants, and lubricants, among others. Besides, GAA is used to make polymers utilized in applications ranging from medical hydrogels to superabsorbent polymers to detergents.
Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share of the global glacial acrylic acid market during the forecast period. The increasing demand for baby diapers in emerging nations such as South Korea and China has contributed to the demand for superabsorbent polymers (SAPs). Moreover, glacial acrylic acid finds multiple applications in adhesives, paints, construction, water treatment, detergents, leather treatments, and textile chemicals, among others. Consequently, these factors have led to the glacial acrylic acid market growth in the region.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the status of the glacial acrylic acid market and has negatively impacted its growth. The outbreak has declined operational efficiency and interrupted the value chains, owing to the sudden closure of national and international boundaries, thereby creating revenue loss and damage. The disruptions in value chain have restricted the supply of raw material, which, in turn, is hindering the growth of the market and affecting the development of the end-use industries. However, as the economies are planning to revive their operations, the demand for glacial acrylic acid is expected to rise globally in coming months. With the growing consciousness toward sustainability and diversification of application bases in post-pandemic times, the demand for glacial acrylic acid is expected to take huge leaps in the future. According to International Finance Corporation, the COVID-19 outbreak is forecasted to slow down investments in the water sector globally. A survey by Global Water Leaders Group predicted that industrial water demand will fall by approximately 27% due to the outbreak. Further, the Global Water Leaders Group stated that water and wastewater utilities worldwide are expected to see revenue collection reductions of 15% on average due to the COVID-19 crisis. Thus, the water sector is anticipated to witness decline in the demand for water treatment chemicals, which would negatively impact the glacial acrylic acid market. Nevertheless, effective measures taken by associations—such as Industrial Fabrics Association International—backed by positive government initiatives to safeguard their frontline health care workers are expected to boost the textile industry, which would bolster the demand for glacial acrylic acid in coming years.
Acrylic acid accounts for 80–85% of raw materials utilized in the production of superabsorbents (SAPs). The polymer is produced by aqueous solution polymerization of glacial acrylic acid with crosslinking monomer and an initiator. Superabsorbents are extensively used in diapers and hygienic products as they can absorb and retain large volumes of water and aqueous solutions. SAPs are primarily made from partially neutralized and lightly crosslinked polyacrylic acids and are the indispensable constituents in feminine hygiene, disposable diapers, as well as adult incontinence products. Approximately 77.5% of the global SAP is utilized in diapers, 9.5% in adult incontinence products, and 4% in feminine hygiene. SAPs are vital products in the acrylic acid value chain, and their water-absorbing attributes are increasing their demand in sanitary and hygiene products. Furthermore, the key manufacturers are focusing on the production of acrylic acid and its derivative products, such as acrylates and superabsorbent polymers. For instance, NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD has been expanding its core businesses in superabsorbent polymers and acrylic acid across the world. With their surging application in diapers, the company’s annual production capacity of SAPs has grown strongly, which also acts as the company’s strength. Thus, the growth of the glacial acrylic acid market is attributed to the rising demand for superabsorbent polymer production. In addition, the growing hygiene awareness among the populace, especially aging population drives the demand for glacial acrylic acid in diapers and hygiene products.
Based on application, the global glacial acrylic acid market is segmented into nappies; adult & feminine hygiene; detergents; adhesives, coatings & sealants; water treatment; and others. The nappies segment held the largest share of the market during the forecast period. Glacial (distilled) acrylic acid is utilized in superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) which are extensively used in disposable baby diapers. Superabsorbent polymers are cross-linked polyacrylates that absorb and retain over a hundred times their own weight in liquid. SAPs account for more than 30% of world acrylic acid consumption. Manufacturers are offering glacial acrylic acid, which finds extensive applications in nappies. BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn. Bhd. offers glacial acrylic acid for disposable diapers. Further, glacial acrylic acid offered by Tasnee is an unsaturated carboxylic acid available in clear colorless liquid with a characteristic acrid odor. It is miscible with water, alcohol, and ethers. It is utilized for polymer preparation and as a chemical intermediate. Glacial acrylic acid finds applications in industries such as nappies.
|Market Size Value in||US$ 2,607.67 Million in 2021|
|Market Size Value by||US$ 3,351.24 Million by 2028|
|Growth rate||CAGR of 3.6% from 2021-2028|
|No. of Pages||159|
|No. of Tables||29|
|No. of Charts & Figures||65|
|Historical data available||Yes|
|Regional scope||North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA|
|Country scope||US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina|
|Report coverage||Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends|
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The Dow Chemical Company; Arkema; BASF SE; Sasol; Tasnee; HAITUNG CHEMICALS CO., LTD.; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation; NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD.; Formosa Plastics Corporation; and BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn. Bhd are among the well-established players in the global glacial acrylic acid market. Companies in this market have been continuously focusing on strategies such as product developments, plant expansions, and mergers and acquisitions to expand their footprint worldwide and fulfill the growing demand of the market. For instance, in 2019, Arkema successfully brought a new 90,000-ton per year acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site. The new reactor, which is equipped with the latest production technologies, replaces two decommissioned reactors of 45,000 tons each. The investment of approximately US$ 90 million positions Clear Lake as one of the most competitive acrylic acid sites in the US. This new capacity will enable the Group to promote the growth of its North American customers in markets such as paints and coatings, superabsorbents, adhesives, and polymers for water treatment and enhanced oil & gas recovery. In addition, this expansion consolidates Arkema’s position as the second-largest producer of acrylic acid in the region.
The List of Companies - Global Glacial Acrylic Acid Market