Top Sanitary Napkin Companies in the World


Top Sanitary Napkin Companies in the World

The global sanitary napkin market size reached US$ 27.0 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 37.9 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% during 2024-2032. As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top 5 sanitary napkin companies are increasingly focusing on investments in research and development (R&D) to upgrade their manufacturing technology to introduce higher quality menstrual pads that absorb liquid faster, prevent leakage as well as reduce irritation. Moreover, they are expanding their product portfolio with various customizations in the pad size, absorbency, and material, to cater to the diverse needs of women by providing a more personalized experience. In addition to this, the key players are capitalizing on numerous government initiatives as well as collaborating with non-profit organizations (NGOs) promoting menstrual hygiene awareness campaigns, particularly in emerging economies.

Moreover, the considerable rise in the number of working women population is leading to inflating disposable income levels and increased demand for premium sanitary napkins with enhanced comfort and durability, resulting in rapid product premiumization. The major market players are also adopting aggressive promotions and innovative marketing strategies such as sanitary pad subscription plans, period planners and period care packages. Furthermore, the introduction of sustainable and eco-friendly product variants by the key players using raw materials with low carbon footprint, such as flax spinning waste, organic cotton cellulose core, corn and bamboo extracts, banana fiber, and compostable bio-plastics, is creating a positive market outlook. Some of the other factors contributing to the market growth include rapid urbanization, easy product availability across online and offline organized retail channels, rising female literacy rates, and growing awareness regarding the usage of menstrual products.

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Top Companies and Manufacturers Operating in the Global Sanitary Napkin Industry 

1. Procter & Gamble

Establishment:  1837
Headquarters:  Cincinnati, United States

As a manufacturer and marketer of fast-moving consumer goods, Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is one of the leading players in this segment globally. As an organization, P&G operates through five industry-based sectors: Baby, Feminine and Family Care; Beauty; Health Care; Grooming; and Fabric and Home Care that comprise its vast product portfolio. As part of its distribution strategy, the company sells products through grocery stores, online channels, pharmacies, membership clubs, beauty stores, high-frequency stores, and department stores. In addition to this, the company is investing on numerous sustainable development models. P&G has a global presence in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as in North America and South America, with its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2. Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Establishment:  1872
Headquarters:  Texas, United States

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a multinational company producing primarily paper-based products for consumers in the personal care segment. Their product portfolio includes sanitary paper products, surgical and medical instruments, incontinence care products, diapers, tissues, paper towels, surgical gowns, and disposable face masks. With three business segments focused on personal care, consumer tissue, and professional services, K-C is one of the largest manufacturers of personal care products in the world. Kimberly-Clark employs around 45,000 people globally with a strong business presence in more than 175 countries and holds the top share position in approximately 80 countries. Furthermore, the company conducts extensive research and development (R&D) activities with an enhanced focus on sustainable practices.

3. Hengan International Group Company Limited

Establishment:  1985
Headquarters:  Quanzhou, China

Hengan International Group Company Limited is a paper & forest products company and is the largest producer of sanitary napkins and baby diapers in China. The company operates through three segments: disposable diapers, tissue paper, and sanitary napkins. More than 3,000 sales agents are affiliated with 300 sales offices in China, where the company has established a strong marketing network. Over 40 locations make the company's products, which include the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Additionally, Hengan Group has stepped up its efforts to expand overseas, acquiring listed companies in Malaysia and investing in factories in Indonesia and Russia. The company also takes initiatives in the development of low-carbon, green and sustainable development strategies.

4. Edgewell Personal Care Company 

Establishment:  2015
Headquarters:  Connecticut, United States 

Edgewell Personal Care Company is an American multinational consumer products company that was formed in 2015 following the corporate spin-off from Energizer Holdings. The company is headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, and has a workforce of 6,500 employees globally. They have over 25 brands in their portfolio and offer a range of shave, grooming, sun care, skin care, and feminine care products that are innovative and market-leading. Edgewell and its brands have a strong business presence in more than 50 countries across the Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Additionally, the company invests significantly in several business models focusing on efficiency and sustainability.

5. Kao Corporation 

Establishment:  1887
Headquarters:  Tokyo, Japan

Kao Corporation is a preeminent manufacturer in the domains of hygiene, beauty, and health, as well as chemicals. The company concentrates on the Beauty Care business, presenting premium brands in three business sectors: Consumer, Salon, and Cosmetics. With a strong worldwide presence, Kao operates business centers across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America, a workforce of over 33,000 employees worldwide. The company's exceptional performance in innovation capacity, employee retention, and clean revenue, defined as revenue obtained from goods and services with evident environmental benefits, has gained significant recognition.

About Author:

Anushka Bhattacharya

Editor and Writer at IMARC Services Pvt Ltd. 

Anushka Bhattacharya is an editor and content writer for a market research and business consultancy company, IMARC Services Pvt. Ltd. Anushka holds a Master's degree in Commerce and has been writing and editing long-form content for 4 years covering diverse business areas such as healthcare, digital marketing, sports equipment, home appliances, social media promotion, and clothing. Her mission to educate business owners in all aspects of market analysis flows through the expert industry coverage she provides. When not writing or editing files, you will find her sketching, exploring heritage and historic places, or cooking. 

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