|Minimum Order Quantity||200 Kilogram|
|Grade Standard||Technical Grade|
|Packaging Size||220 kgs drum|
Two new applications - superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) and detergent polymers - have emerged. SAPs are cross-linked polyacrylates with the ability to absorb and retain more than 100 times their own weight in liquid. They have experienced very strong growth, primarily in baby diapers (nappies), although the US and West European markets have now matured. SAPs account for over 30% of world acrylic acid consumption.
A new application for SAPs is soaker pads used in food packaging. In 2007, the US Food and Drug Adminstration authorised SAPs in packaging with indirect food contact for poultry, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.
Applications for water-based acrylics are primarily in decorative, masonry and industrial coatings but other uses include adhesives, paper and leather coatings, polishes, carpet backing compounds and tablet coatings.
Another major use for acrylic acid is the manufacture of polyacrylates
which are used as thickeners, dispersants and rheology controllers.
Acrylic acid is also employed as a comonomer with acrylamide in anionic polyacrylamide and to produce hydroxyacrylates for use in industrial coating formulations.
Detergent polymers are essentially homopolymer polyacrylates and copolymers of polyacrylic acid and maleic anhydride that can be used with both zeolites and phosphates in washing powder formulations. They grew strongly in Western Europe from the mid-1980s as phosphate-based detergents were phased out, and more recently, their use in the US has increased. However, the move to compact formulations in washing powders and a slowdown in phosphate replacement has slowed the growth of these polymers.