Global Water Soluble Polymer Market to Reach US$ 55.4 Billion by 2032, Propelled by Significant Growth in Water Treatment Industry

March 13, 2023 | Chemical & Materials

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Water Soluble Polymer Market Report by Type (Polyacrylamide, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Guar Gum, Gelatin, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylic Acid, Polyethylene Glycol, and Others), Raw Material Type (Synthetic, Natural, Semi-Synthetic), End Use Industry (Water Treatment, Food and Beverage, Personal Care and Hygiene, Oil and Gas, Pulp and Paper, Pharmaceutical, and Others), and Region 2024-2032," the global water soluble polymer market size reached US$ 37.5 Billion in 2023. Water soluble polymer (WSP) refers to organic macromolecules that dissolve, disperse, and swell in water and change the physical characteristic of the aqueous system. It includes polyacrylamide (PAM), polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polyoxazoline, xanthan gum, pectin, chitosan derivatives, and dextran. WSP is widely used in wastewater treatment, mineral processing, paper manufacturing, oil and gas production, construction materials, adhesives, detergents, and surface coatings. It is a versatile, cost-effective, and eco-friendly substance that exhibits excellent mechanical strength, prevents interparticle agglomeration, and improves the quality, durability, and texture of finished products.

Global Water Soluble Polymer Market Trends:

The significant growth in the water treatment industry is one of the primary factors driving the market growth. WSP is widely used in municipal, industrial, and stormwater treatment plants as a flocculant to promote the clumping of destabilized particles, remove contaminants, separate non-suspended fine solids, and improve water quality. Furthermore, the increasing application of WSP in the pharmaceutical industry as a binder, thickener, and protective coating agent in formulations, powders, capsules, and tablets, owing to its low intrinsic toxicity, excellent biocompatibility, and high stability, is providing an impetus to the market growth. Additionally, the recent development of smart water soluble polymers for targeted drug delivery, chemical sensors, cell encapsulation, and enzyme immobilizations, as they can respond to various external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, electrolytes, illuminations, and the electric and magnetic field is positively influencing the market growth. Apart from this, the growing adoption of WSP in the food and beverage (F&B) industry as a stabilizer, emulsifier, and thickening agent in sauces, salad dressings, ice creams, chocolate milk, and cream cheese, is favoring the market growth. Moreover, increasing utilization of WSP in the oil and gas industry for drilling, hydraulic fracturing operations, well completion and stimulation, and treatment of oil and oil-contaminated systems is creating a positive outlook for the market. Other factors, including rising employment of WSP in the agriculture industry, increasing investment in research and development (R&D) on novel products, and widespread demand for WSP in papermaking, are anticipated to drive the market growth. On account of the aforementioned factors, the market value is expected to reach US$ 55.4 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.3% during 2024-2032.

Market Summary:

  • On the basis of type, the market has been divided into polyacrylamide, polyvinyl alcohol, guar gum, gelatin, xanthan gum, polyacrylic acid, polyethylene glycol, and others.
  • Based on the raw material type, the market has been classified into synthetic, natural, and semi-synthetic.
  • On the basis of end use industry, the market has been divided into water treatment, food and beverage, personal care and hygiene, oil and gas, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and others.
  • On a regional basis, the market has been categorized into North America (the United States and Canada), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and Others), Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Others), and Middle East and Africa.
  • The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined, with some of the key players being Arkema S.A., Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Dow Inc., DuPont de Nemours Inc., J.M. Huber Corporation, Kemira Oyj, Kuraray Co. Ltd., Merck KGaA, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, SNF and Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Company Ltd.

Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Segment Coverage Type, Raw Material Type, End Use Industry, Region
Region Covered  Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Arkema S.A., Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Dow Inc., DuPont de Nemours Inc., J.M. Huber Corporation, Kemira Oyj, Kuraray Co. Ltd., Merck KGaA, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, SNF and Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Company Ltd.
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