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Industrial Absorbents Market - By Material (Natural, Inorganic, Synthetic), By Type (Universal, Hazmat, Oily-only, Sheets & Mats), By Product, By End User (Oil & Gas, Chemical, Food Processing, Healthcare, Manufacturing) & Forecast, 2024 to 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8386
  • Published Date: Mar 2024
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Industrial Absorbents Market Size

Industrial Absorbents Market was valued at over USD 4.5 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% from 2024 to 2032. Strict environmental protection and waste management and policies require businesses to adopt practices and products. Compliance with environmental standards often requires the use of environmentally friendly fuels to reduce the environmental impacts of oil spills and industrial accidents.

Industrial Absorbents Market

For instance, In June 2022, Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with international companies. The MoUs with Green Boom, a leading U.S. based manufacturer of bio-degradable absorbents, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), caters these leading international companies to deepen their presence in Qatar.

The demand for eco-friendly absorbents is leading to innovations and technological advancements in the industrial absorbent market. Manufacturers are aiming and developing new materials and processes to make absorbents that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and highly effective in spill condition and cleanup. These innovations are helping industries to address environmental issues more effectively while reducing their ecological footprint. Traditional absorbents contain harmful chemicals which can increase environmental damage and pose health risks to workers and communities. By using eco-friendly absorbents, industries reduce the environmental impacts of spills and minimize potential liabilities.

Compliance with diverse and evolving environmental regulations presents a challenge for manufacturers and users of industrial absorbents. Navigating regulatory requirements across different jurisdictions can be complex and costly, particularly for multinational companies operating in multiple regions. Ensuring compliance requires continuous monitoring of regulatory updates, interpretation of legal requirements, and implementation of appropriate measures to address compliance gaps.

Industrial Absorbents Market Trends

The rising demand for eco-friendly industrial absorbents is due to increasing environmental issues and regulation concerns. Companies are seeking absorbents that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and sustainable to minimize the environmental impacts. For instance, in September 2023, EarthSafe, a provider of eco-friendly industrial cleaning solutions, expanded its portfolio with the introduction of a new line of high-efficiency absorbents centered around its FlashDry coir absorbent.

With the increasing awareness of waste management and sustainability, there is a trend toward reusable and recyclable absorbent products. Companies are seeking absorbents that can be reused multiple times or recycled after use to decrease waste generation and environmental impacts, contributing to conservation efforts. Advancement in material science and product design have made possible the development of reusable absorbent products that offer superior performance to disposable alternatives.

Industrial Absorbents Market Analysis

Industrial Absorbents Market Size, By Material, 2022-2032, (USD Billion)

Based on the material, the market is segmented into natural, inorganic, and synthetic. The natural segment is the fastest growing and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period between 2024 and 2032.

  • With the increasing awareness and concerns regarding the environmental effects of conventional absorbent materials, notably those sourced from petroleum-based origins, companies are progressively exploring alternatives that are biodegradable, renewable, and possess a reduced carbon footprint. For instance, in February 2023, NAGASE & CO., LTD., in collaboration with Nagase ChemteX Corporation and Hayashibara Co., Ltd., announced a significant breakthrough in the development of a Super-absorbent Polymer (SAP) with enhanced absorption properties and a higher biomass content derived from increased proportions of bio-based materials.
Industrial Absorbents Market Share, By End-User, 2023

Based on the end user, the industrial absorbents market is divided into oil & gas, chemical, food processing, healthcare, manufacturing, and others. The healthcare segment is significant growth and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5.5% during the forecast period between 2024 and 2032.

  • The rising trend toward industrial absorbents that prioritize safety, efficiency, and sustainability is propelling the healthcare segment growth. Healthcare facilities are increasingly demanding absorbent products that minimize the risks of accidents, such as slips and falls, while efficiently managing blood and other bodily fluids during medical procedures. For instance, in January 2024, Novipax, a manufacturer based in the U.S. that specializes in high-quality absorbent pads, unveiled a strategic partnership with Front1 Health Partners, a trailblazer in healthcare solutions. This collaboration will evolve operating room essentials, particularly targeting orthopedic, cardiothoracic, trauma, obstetric/gynecological, liver & kidney, and urological procedures with cost-effective and highly efficient absorbent floor mats.
China Industrial Absorbents Market Size, 2022-2032 (USD Billion)

Asia Pacific dominated the industrial absorbent market and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% from 2024 & 2032. Asia Pacific has a large and diverse industrial base, with a wide range of industries requiring absorbent materials for spill containment, cleanup, and safety purposes. There is an increasing emphasis on workplace safety and employee health across industries in the region. Industrial absorbents play a crucial role in maintaining safe working environments by preventing slips, falls, and accidents caused by spills and leaks.

Industrial Absorbents Market Share

3M Company is a key player in the industrial absorbent market, offering innovative solutions tailored to diverse industrial applications. Leveraging advanced technologies and a commitment to sustainability, 3M provides a comprehensive range of absorbent products including pads, rolls, pillows, socks, and mats, designed to effectively manage spills and contamination.

Ansell Ltd. is a global leader in providing safety solutions including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and industrial absorbents, catering to various sectors worldwide. Ansell offers a range of industrial absorbent products designed to effectively manage spills, leaks, and other hazardous materials in workplace environments.

Industrial Absorbents Market Companies

Major players operating in the industrial absorbent industry are:

  • 3M
  • Meltblown Technologies Inc.
  • Johnson Matthey
  • EP Minerals
  • Brady Corporation
  • New Pig Corporation

Industrial Absorbents Industry News

  • In January 2024, Finite Fiber, a leading authority in fibers and precision cut fiber technology, launched PurAbsorb Industrial Super Absorbent, a product for spill cleanup processes across various industries. PurAbsorb offers instantaneous and complete absorption upon contact with liquids, ensuring swift & thorough cleanup with no residual moisture. Its high-absorption capabilities leave surfaces dry and slip-resistant, enhancing safety and efficiency in the workplace.
  • In November 2022, Cellcomb, a Paper Province company, unveiled its latest innovation, a cellulose-based pad designed to effectively absorb liquid in packaging for fresh foods such as meat, fish, and poultry. This plastic-free food pad aids in reducing food waste and promoting climate-smart & safe food packaging solutions.

The industrial absorbents market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Material

  • Natural
  • Cellulose
  • Corncob 
  • Inorganic
  • Clay
  • Synthetic
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyester

Market, By Type

  • Universal
  • Hazmat
  • Oily-only
  • Others

Market, By Product

  • Pads
  • Pillows
  • Rolls
  • Sheets & mats
  • Others

Market, By End User

  • Oil & gas
  • Chemical
  • Food processing
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • Nort America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Suraj Gujar, Deeksha Vishwakarma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Industrial absorbents industry size surpassed USD 4.5 billion in 2023 and is expected to witness over 4% CAGR from 2024 to 2032, due to strict environmental protection and waste management and policies requiring businesses to adopt practices and products.

Industrial absorbents market from the natural material segment may strike a CAGR of over 5% between 2024 and 2032, with the increasing awareness and concerns regarding the environmental effects of conventional absorbent materials.

Asia Pacific industrial absorbent industry size is anticipated to record over 5% CAGR from 2024 to 2032, driven by the presence of a large and diverse industrial base, with a wide range of industries requiring absorbent materials for spill containment, cleanup, and safety purposes in the region.

Some of the leading industrial absorbent firms are 3M, ANSELL LTD., Meltblown Technologies Inc., Johnson Matthey, EP Minerals, Brady Corporation, and New Pig Corporation.

Industrial Absorbents Market Scope

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