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Polyacrylamide Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Product (Non-ionic [NPAM], Cationic [CPAM], Anionic [APAM]) and Application (Water Treatment, Petroleum, Paper Making), Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI1891
  • Published Date: Jul 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Polyacrylamide Market size was around USD 5 billion in 2020 and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of over 7% from 2021 to 2027. Rapidly growing water treatment industry across the globe projected to drive the industry growth during the forecast timespan.

Polyacrylamide is a synthetic, potassium-based long-chain homopolymer. It is a high-molecular weight and water-soluble polymer produced by polymerization of acrylamide. It is widely used a thickening agent, binder and flocculating agent.

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The wastewater & water treatment industry is expected to grow at a considerable rate in the coming years owing to the rising concerns of declining water quality due to rapid industrial growth across the globe. A huge amount of water is required for energy, power, industry, and domestic sectors. Water pollution is a rising concern due to the vast activities of agriculture run-off, industrial effluents, and domestic sewage.

The growing global demand for clean water and the presence of industrial regulations and stringent environmental norms has given prominence to water & wastewater treatment. The increased focus on sewage & industrial wastewater treatment in countries including the U.S., China, Japan, and India provides a significant opportunity for polyacrylamide market expansion.

The COVID-19 pandemic will affect the product demand over the forecast period

Lockdown and quarantine measures imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have limited the production & supply by manufacturing facilities, negatively affecting the polyacrylamide market globally. Transportation costs of polyacrylamide increased as shipping was delayed by all major carriers across the globe. A similar trend of cost increase has been witnessed in all major regions due to the lower number of merchant ships and closure of international borders.

Overall, the demand for polyacrylamide in 2020 decreased in comparison to 2019. However, the situation is getting back to normal. Since the first quarter of 2021, the polyacrylamide industry is expected to showcase a higher growth trend with the end-user sectors regaining momentum.

Anionic polyacrylamide (APAM) demand will boost the overall industry growth

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Anionic PAM (APAM) accounted for over 50% of the global polyacrylamide market volume share in 2020. Its versatile properties make it highly desirable in wastewater treatment industries. The growing demand for recycling wastewater and treating sewage in rapidly growing urban centers across the globe is likely to accelerate anionic PAM demand over the forecast timeframe.

Cationic polyacrylamide (CPAM) market revenue is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2021 to 2027. This can be credited to the usage of cationic polyacrylamide as sludge conditioners, for its low dosage requirement, higher efficiency, and pollution-free effects.

Petroleum will remain a key PAM application segment

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Petroleum applications is anticipated to grow with a CAGR over 7% through 2027, due to investment in energy projects by governments to meet the rising energy demands. For example, the U.S. is investing heavily in its shale oil/gas exploration projects to meet the country’s energy demands and cut down dependency on Middle East countries for oil, petroleum, and petrochemical derivatives. In addition, the growing automobile sales are forecast to fuel petroleum consumption in the coming years, which, in turn, will accelerate polyacrylamide market share over the forecast period.

Polyacrylamide used in various applications like mineral processing, coating, printing & dyeing chemical, bio-medical, etc. Mining is an important application segment that uses the flocculation properties of polyacrylamide. In the flotation process, if polyacrylamide is added, it increases the filtration rate and thus improves the output of flotation coal. Beneficiation and metallurgical processes usually use massive quantities of water. An effective method must be used to separate solid minerals from water or aqueous solutions. PAM can be used as a flocculant to make useful solid minerals sink quickly, so it can improve the separation efficiency and production efficiency of minerals, reducing the losses of gauges, lowering the production costs of minerals, and decreasing environmental pollution.

In the textile industry, polyacrylamide is used as a finishing agent or sizing agent for fabric post treatment. It is able to produce a soft, anti-wrinkle, and anti-mold protective layer. With strong moisture absorption, this range of textile chemicals can reduce the breakage rate of spun yarn. Polyacrylamide allows fabric to develop strong resistance to fire and static electricity. As a textile chemical, the product offers great adhesion and a high degree of vividness. In addition, this product can also act as a non-silicon polymer stabilizer.

Europe polyacrylamide market was valued at USD 1 billion in 2020

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Europe polyacrylamide market was valued at USD 1 billion in 2020 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR around 5% in the near future. Wastewater treatment and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) are the key PAM applications in the region. The European industry has already reached a stage of maturity with a well-established regulatory landscape pertaining to wastewater management.

Increasing shale gas extraction activities will drive the consumption of polyacrylamide for fracking applications in Europe by 2027. As per the European Unconventional Oil and Gas Assessment (EUOGA), shale gas resources in Europe amounts to 89 million cube meters. This high potential of the shale gas industry in the region anticipated to drive the product demand in coming years.

Multinational companies are increasing their production capacity to cater growing product demand

Majority of the multinational companies working in the industry are increasing their production capacity to suffice the rapidly growing polyacrylamide demand across the globe. For instance, BASF SE expanded its polyacrylamide powder production capacity of Nanjing, China plant by 20 kilo tons in 2019. Other major multinational companies operating in polyacrylamide industry are Kemira, Solvay, Shuiheng, Envitech Chemical, Solenis, Mitsubishi Rayon, PetroChina, King Union Group, Shadong Polymer Biochemicals, SNF Floerger Group, Yixing Bluwat Chemicals, Anhui Jucheng Fine Chemicals and Xitao Polymer.

The polyacrylamide market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Product

  • Non-ionic (NPAM)
  • Cationic (CPAM)
  • Anionic (APAM)
  • Others

By Application

  • Water treatment
  • Petroleum
  • Paper making
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Sayan Mukherjee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Anionic polyacrylamide segment had accounted for over 50% share in 2020 owing to increasing product demand in wastewater treatment industries due to its versatile properties.

Petroleum applications segment will register a CAGR over 7% through 2027 on account of increasing investment in energy projects by governments to meet the rising energy demands.

Polyacrylamide market size had reached at around USD 5 billion in 2020 and will exhibit a CAGR of over 7% through 2027 with increasing demand from rapidly growing water treatment industry.

Europe was valued at USD 1 billion in 2020 and will observe a CAGR of over 5% through 2027 with increasing wastewater treatment activities and enhanced oil recovery in the region.

Cationic polyacrylamide will record CAGR of 7.2% through 2027 owing to rising product demand as sludge conditioner for its low dosage requirement, higher efficiency and pollution-free effects.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 188
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 200

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