Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Polymer Gel Manufacturers to Tap into New Industrial Verticals with Extensive R&D Activities

Polymer gel is a synthetic water-soluble polymer that has a three-dimensional cross-linkage structure. The structure givesit excellent absorption and deformation capabilities. Spiraling demand for personal care products will translate into greater uptake of polymer gels.

Personal Care Segment to Hold Prominence through 2025

Key areas of application of polymer gel are construction, personal care, wastewater treatment, agriculture, and drug delivery systems. Among these, the personal care segment will be the leading segment through 2025. Polymer gels are highly effective absorbents of water and other aqueous solutions, owing to which they are widely used in personal care products such as diapers and female hygiene products. Widening base of infant population, growing number of working mothers, and rising disposable income are triggering the sales of baby diapers. This, in turn, is contributing to the growth of the segment.

Demand for polymer gels in estimated to experience a sharp rise in the agricultural sector in coming years. Polymer gels are economical and save resources such as water and fertilizers. Their application saves 40 to 70 percent of irrigation water. They are highly beneficial in areas with water scarcity. Shortage of agricultural land in urban areas is also promoting the adoption of polymer gels. Increasing shift towards smart farming techniques can supplement the growth of the segment.

Recent Development

Apart from the aforementioned verticals, polymer gels are gradually finding application in other sectors as well, thanks to increasing research and development activities. For instance, in October 2017, a research group from the Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo developed fluids that show amoeba-like spontaneous sol-gel oscillation. The fluid is made up of a polymer with a special molecular arrangement and improved its properties by incorporating a metal complex. This would help the polymer be a gel in reduced state and a sol in oxidized state. The liquid can be used for studying the movement of cancer cells from one part of the body to another, immune cells development, and cell division.

Market Insights

According to a report by Grand View Research Inc., the global polymer gel market is poised to rise at a CAGR of 5.7% between 2017 and 2025. Rising awareness regarding merits of polymer gel along with increasing hygiene consciousness among people can stoke the growth of the global polymer gel market. Robust growth of the cosmetics industry is anticipated to help the market in gaining significant traction.Asia Pacific will account for a large share in the global arena throughout the forecast horizon (2014–2025).

Some of the prominent companies operating in the market are Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., BASF Corporation, Dow Chemicals, LG Chemicals Ltd., and FIMA Group Ltd.

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