Acrylic Acid Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Acrylic Acid Market is Segmented by Derivative (Acrylic Ester and Glacial Acrylic Acid), Application (Paints and Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, Surfactants, Sanitary Products, Textiles, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size and forecasts for acrylic acid in volume (kilo metric ton) and revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Acrylic Acid Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The acrylic acid market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Considering the pandemic scenario, construction activities were temporarily stopped during the lockdown, reducing the demand for acrylic acid-based sealants, adhesives, paints and coatings, and others. However, owing to the increased awareness and consciousness regarding personal hygiene and clean surroundings, the demand for laundry care products has increased during the current situation, where acrylic acid is used in the production of liquid laundry detergent, thereby stimulating the demand in the market studied.

Over the short term, the rising applications of acrylic acid-based super absorbent polymers and the increasing demand for architectural coatings in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to drive the market's growth.

The rising demand for bio-based polymers in healthcare applications is likely to act as an opportunity for market growth in the future. However, the increasing cost of propylene raw materials may hinder the growth of the market studied.

Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest market share, and it is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Acrylic acid is a colorless unsaturated carboxylic acid with the molecular formula C3H4O2 produced through two-stage catalytic oxidation of propylene. It can be polymerized to form homopolymers and can be copolymerized with esters and other vinyl monomers. Thus, acrylic acid is mainly used in the production of polymers for different plastic products and can also be used in the production of adhesives, sealants, and surfactants. The acrylic acid market is segmented by derivative, application, and geography. By derivative, the market is segmented into acrylic ester and glacial acrylic acid. By application, the market is segmented into paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, surfactants, sanitary products, textiles, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the acrylic acid market in 16 countries across the major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kilo metric ton) and revenue (USD million).

By Derivative
Acrylic Ester (Crude Acrylic Acid)
Butyl Acrylate
Ethyl Acrylate
Methyl Acrylate
2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate
Glacial Acrylic Acid
Super Absorbent Polymer
Detergent Builder
By Application
Paints and Coatings
Adhesives and Sealants
Sanitary Products
Other Applications
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Sanitary Products are Expected to Dominate the Market

Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) account for approximately 30% of the total acrylic acid demand in the global scenario. Superabsorbent polymers are prepared using acrylic acid as raw material, along with sodium hydroxide, to form polyacrylic acid.

SAPs are materials that possess the ability to absorb and retain large volumes of liquid or aqueous solutions. This makes them ideal for use in water-absorbing applications, such as baby nappies, adult incontinence pads, absorbent medical dressings, and controlled release drugs.

The baby diaper segment consumes nearly 72% of the total superabsorbent polymer demand.

In addition, adult incontinence products are used in nursing homes and hospitals to provide considerable advantages to both patients and nursing staff. The market for incontinence products has grown significantly due to the increasing popularity of in-home care environments in developed regions.

For instance, around USD 21.6 billion worth of sanitary napkins were sold in 2019 globally, with a growth rate of about 5.5% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, several initiatives by governments in different countries involve continuously collaborating with various NGOs and media centers to educate people about personal hygiene management and promote the use of sanitary napkins among women.

Rising hygiene awareness, coupled with growing infant and aging populations in emerging economies, and continuous demand for feminine hygiene products are expected to drive the SAP market in the hygiene industry.

According to the Statista market forecast, the market for feminine hygiene and baby diapers reached USD 80.71 billion in 2019, witnessing a growth of around 3.88% compared to the previous year. Also, the market value is estimated to reach USD 92.21 billion in 2023.

Overall, the increasing awareness about hygiene among all population groups is expected to promote the usage of superabsorbent polymers (diapers, pads, and sanitary napkins), which may augment the consumption of acrylic acid during the forecast period.

Acrylic Acid Market Share

China to Dominate the Market in the Asia-Pacific Region

Asia-Pacific dominated the market, owing to the high demand from countries like China, India, and Japan.

China is the largest consumer of acrylic acid in the Asia-Pacific region, and its demand is expected to grow further in the coming years due to several factors.

The demand for adhesives, paints, and coatings in China is also increasing at a strong rate due to the growing investments in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

For instance, the Chinese construction industry was valued at about USD 1,049.2 billion in 2020, and it is estimated to reach about USD 1,117.4 billion by 2021, with a growth rate of about 6.5%. Additionally, China is one of the major consumers of personal hygiene products in the world. The demand for personal hygiene products in the country is attributed to a large infant population and an increase in disposable income, which leads to an increase in personal and hygiene care spending.

The Chinese feminine hygiene market was valued at about USD 8,953 million in 2020, and it is estimated to reach about USD 10,904 million by 2025, with a CAGR of about 4%.

China is the largest producer and consumer of engineering plastics in the region. In China, the consumption of engineering plastics increased drastically in the recent past due to increasing urbanization and the substitution of many metals by suitable engineering plastics in various applications.

Engineering plastics are also used in the automotive industry to reduce the mass of the parts, and it also offers more design freedom compared to metal. For instance, according to OICA, around 25.23 million vehicles were produced in China during 2020 compared to 25.75 million vehicles produced in 2019, witnessing a decreasing growth rate of about 2%, leading to decreased demand for engineering plastics.

Acrylic acid also finds its application in the laundry care segment. Acrylic acid is used in the preparation of detergent builders. It acts as a copolymer and can be used in zeolites and phosphates in washing powder solutions. The Chinese laundry care market was valued at about USD 10,805 million in 2020, and it is estimated to reach about USD 11,758 million by 2025, with a CAGR of about 2%.

Hence, owing to the aforementioned factors, China is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Acrylic Acid Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The acrylic acid market is partially consolidated in nature, as the market share is divided among a few key companies. Some of the key players of the market include BASF SE, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Arkema, Dow, and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, among others.

Recent Developments

In September 2019, Arkema completed the acquisition of its partner Jurong Chemical's stake in Taixing Sunke Chemicals, which was a joint venture created to produce acrylic monomers with an annual production capacity of 480 kilo metric ton, thereby enhancing the company's business.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Applications of Super Absorbent Polymers

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Architectural Coatings in Asia-Pacific

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Propylene Costs

      2. 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising Due to the Impact of COVID-19

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Derivative

      1. 5.1.1 Acrylic Ester (Crude Acrylic Acid)

        1. Butyl Acrylate

        2. Ethyl Acrylate

        3. Methyl Acrylate

        4. 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate

      2. 5.1.2 Glacial Acrylic Acid

        1. Super Absorbent Polymer

        2. Detergent Builder

        3. Polyacrylate

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Paints and Coatings

      2. 5.2.2 Adhesives and Sealants

      3. 5.2.3 Surfactants

      4. 5.2.4 Sanitary Products

      5. 5.2.5 Textiles

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. France

        3. United Kingdom

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Arkema

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC)

      4. 6.4.4 Dow

      5. 6.4.5 LG Chem

      6. 6.4.6 Merck KGaA

      7. 6.4.7 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Sasol

      10. 6.4.10 Shanghai Huayi Acrylic Acid Co. Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Bio-based Polymers in Healthcare Applications

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Acrylic Acid Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Acrylic Acid Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

BASF SE, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Arkema, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Dow are the major companies operating in Acrylic Acid Market.

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