Polymer gel is also referred to as hydrogel. It is a class of gel which consists a three dimensional cross linked polymer linkage. The gel is soft and is filled with a solvent which imparts various deformation properties in several sizes and shapes. The gel has the ability to shrink and expand up to 1000 times in terms of volume. The importance of polymer gel has been realized and recognized over the past few years only. These products help in achieving greater efficiency and higher production. The significance of these gels is yet to be fully disclosed.
The polymer gel manufacturers have been investing in several R&D projects in order to help the producers achieve optimum product quality at minimum cost. Achieving economies of scale has been the key objective of manufacturers in the global market. Polymer gel, a synthetic water-soluble polymer has been the key ingredient that is utilized in the formulation of various of end-use industries. The key end-use industries include personal care, construction, agriculture, drug delivery system, and waste treatment.
The polymer gel market is witnessing significant demand from industries including personal care and agriculture. Polymer gel being highly absorbent in nature are effective in absorbing liquid, thus are attaining popularity among diaper manufacturing. Moreover, demand for cosmetic applicators is anticipated to rise owing to its effective performance. The gel is made up of helical polymers which feature molecules which twist together in order to form a nano rope. Thus on account of increasing product developments the demand is anticipated to witness favorable growth.
The global market is governed by several government regulations, mainly including CLP Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, REACH and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The manufacturers of polymer gel are required to adhere to regulatory framework described by these government bodies.
Market competition for polymer gel is expected to be high over the next eight years owing to the rising demand for biodegradable products. A large number of players in the market are focusing on the expansion of polymer gel applications with high focus on the research and development in order to strengthen their market presence. Construction and drug delivery systems are among emerging applications of polymer gels, strengthening competitive rivalry among the competitors in the global market.
Acrylic acid, vinyl alcohol, and polyaspartic acid are the most important raw materials used for the manufacturing polymer gel. The market consists of a huge number of raw material suppliers such as Dow Chemical, BASF and others. As a result of which, the demand for these raw materials is governed by several regulations at country and regional level.
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