03 October 2011 12:57 [Source: ICIS news]
BERLIN (ICIS)--The European acrylic acid (AA) market will be tight in 2012 as strong demand from the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) sector pulls material out of the supply chain, a producer said on Monday.
“Sellers will all be optimising their ester lines as well as steering their monomer production into SAPs, so there will be very little material available on the merchant market, the producer said on the sidelines of the 45th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.
SAPs are made from acrylic acid, and find their application mainly in the disposable nappies (diapers), sanitary napkins and incontinence pads sector.
Several sources in the market have championed the SAP sector as the key area of growth for acrylates in the future, citing its resilience to economic downturn due to the everyday nature of the end-use applications.
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