World Analysis – Acrylates

  • Market Overview
  • Key Benefits
  • Service Features
  • Annual Table of Contents

Market Overview

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

Acrylic acid and acrylate esters are versatile monomers used as building blocks for thousands of polymer formulations. They are flammable, reactive, and volatile liquids based on an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxyl structure. The incorporation of varying percentages of acrylate monomers permits the production of many formulations for latex and solution copolymers, copolymer plastics, and cross-linkable polymer systems. Their main performance characteristics—which comprise varying degrees of tackiness, durability, hardness, and glass transition temperatures—promote their consumption in many end-use applications. Major markets for acrylate esters include surface coatings, textiles, adhesives, and plastics. Typical applications for polyacrylic acid, or its copolymers, are superabsorbent polymers (SAP), detergents, dispersants, flocculants, and thickeners. SAPs are primarily used in disposable diapers, adult incontinence products, and feminine hygiene products.

Currently, the two-stage process to produce acrylic acid from propylene via vapor-phase oxidation with a heterogeneous catalysis system is the predominant technology practiced commercially. Other routes to acrylic acid have been developed or are being developed. Acrylic acid demand is driven by very different industries, each with its own dynamics and growth patterns. Demand for acrylic acid in the production of glacial acrylic acid (GAA) is determined by demographics and income levels because a major end-use is the production of SAPs for diapers and other hygiene products. A significant proportion of GAA is also consumed in the production of non-cross-linked polyacrylic acid and copolymers, which are used as detergent co-builders, dispersants, flocculants, and thickeners. The other 50% of acrylic acid demand remains linked to the production of acrylate esters, which are used in various industries for paints, coatings, and resin formulations. These end uses are much more dependent on GDP growth and demand from residential construction, packaging, and automotive manufacturing.

Key Benefits

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

The World Analysis – Acrylates & SAP provides a comprehensive analysis and key insights of critical market developments as they shape the future outlook for the global Crude Acrylic Acid (ACA), Glacial Acrylic Acid (GAA), n-Butyl Acrylate (BA), 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2-EHA), and Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) markets.

The following reports, data files, analytical tools and visualization modules are available online and can be downloaded from our website:

  • Direct Access to the Subject Matter Experts
  • In-depth exploration of present market strategic insights, recognition of critical challenges, and presentation of our experts’ forecasts and analysis
  • Explanatory Notes detailing data sources, methodologies, unit and conversion factors, and World Analysis deliverables.
  • Energy and Economy assumptions
  • Price, cost, and margin base assumptions forecast and sensitivities analysis, including price assessment methodology and price definitions across all regions.
  • Excel data files with standard supply/demand graphics and price forecasts extended to 2050, trade grids with country and regional trade flows Data appendix (Excel) with supply/demand, capacity and trade tables.
  • An online dashboard visualization of capacity, supply/demand, trade grids, and price, cost and margin forecasts
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser
  • Data Appendix (Excel) with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Capacity by company/shareholder, capacity integration, top producer/consumer and surplus/deficit capacity ranking, and ownership/subsidiary information

In addition to the main product(s), Crude Acrylic Acid (ACA), Glacial Acrylic Acid (GAA), n-Butyl Acrylate (BA), 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2-EHA), and Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP), capacity is provided for the following products:

  •  Ethyl Acrylate (EA), Methyl Acrylate (MA)

This World Analysis contains detailed information on capacities, production, demand, and trade for all significant producing and consuming countries and regions. Although data gathering is essential for understanding history and potential future trends, we believe that the interpretation and analysis of the data is the most valuable information to our clients.

Service Features

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: By country/region; include “hypothetical” capacity changes in the forecast period
Chemical Coverage: Acrylic Acid (Crude), Acrylic Acid (Glacial), n-Butyl Acrylate, 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate, Ethyl Acrylate, Methyl Acrylate, Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP)


Frequency: Updated daily
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050

  • Nameplate capacity on individual plant location by producer and by the shareholder for main study products + essential derivatives
  • Integration table and top producer and consumer ranking tables (includes net surplus/deficit)
Chemical Coverage: Acrylic Acid (Crude), Acrylic Acid (Glacial), n-Butyl Acrylate, 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate, Ethyl Acrylate, Methyl Acrylate, Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP)


Frequency: Quarterly
Format: Excel
Timeframe: up to 2050
Area Coverage: For the critical regions of North America (US), Europe & Asia
Chemical Coverage: Acrylic Acid (Glacial), n-Butyl Acrylate, 2- Ethylhexyl Acrylate, Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP)


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 1 year of history, up to 10 years of forecast
Area Coverage: Between partner countries and by region
Chemical Coverage: Acrylic Acid (Crude), Acrylic Acid (Glacial), n-Butyl Acrylate, 2- Ethylhexyl Acrylate, Ethyl Acrylate, Methyl Acrylate, Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP)


Frequency: Annual
Format: PDF/HTML
Timeframe: 5-year history, forecast to 2050
Coverage: Regional market summaries

  • Production economics/snapshots for selected regions/processes
  • Production process/technology overview
Chemical Coverage: Acrylic Acid (Crude), Acrylic Acid (Glacial), n-Butyl Acrylate, 2- Ethylhexyl Acrylate, Ethyl Acrylate, Methyl Acrylate, Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP)


  • Access to our global team of subject matter experts
  • Interactive data visualization module (dashboard)
  • Standard supply/demand graphs
  • Data appendix with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser

Annual Table of Contents

  • Introduction 6
  • Executive Overview 7
  • Acrylic Acid 7
  • Acrylates 10
  • SAP 14
  • Strategic Insights 17
  • Economic Forecast Update 17
  • Capacity developments and outlook - Mainland China and India 18
  • High energy prices and Cost competitiveness 19
  • Environmentally friendly SAP 21
  • North America 23
  • Acrylic Acid 23
  • Acrylates 25
  • SAP 27
  • South America 28

Market Coverage


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Paint & Coating

Joyce Jahyung Lee

Joyce Jahyung Lee Associate Director, Acrylates / OXO Alcohols Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Joyce Jahyung Lee is an Associate Director with the Asia Olefin Team at Chemical Market Analytics. Joyce is based in Singapore. She is responsible for providing various market advisory services and world analysis on propylene derivatives products of Global Acrylates and Oxo services – Acrylic Acid, Acrylate, SAP, Oxo Alcohols and Plasticizers in Asia(ex-China). Before Chemical Market Analytics in 2021, she worked at Hanwha Solutions, South Korea, for 12 years, covering various roles in commercial, procurement, planning & new business development in petrochemical products, including ethylene and propylene derivatives and chlor-alkali products. She also has extensive experience in research and analysis on international trade and overseas sales in the steel & iron industry for around six years. She holds master's and bachelor’s degrees from Korea University, majoring in International Commerce (M.A.) and Public Administration as a double major (B.A).
Julian Gunther

Julian Gunther Associate Director, Olefin Derivatives - Americas Acrylic Acid, Acrylates, SAP, MMA, Oxo Alcohols, Plasticizers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Julian Gunther is an Associate Director on the Global Olefins team at Chemical Market Analytics's Houston, Texas, office. Mr. Gunther is responsible for the propylene derivatives market, including acrylic acid, acrylates, methyl methacrylate (MMA), super absorbent polymers (SAP), oxo alcohols, and the plasticizers market in the Americas. Mr. Gunther worked with ODS-Petrodata’s offshore rig team from 2006-2012. In addition to ODS, Mr. Gunther worked as an account manager at S&P Global and OptaSense. Mr. Gunther holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.  
Martin Staley

Martin Staley Executive Director, EMEA Acrylates / OXO Alcohols Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Martin Staley is the Executive Director for the Acrylic Acid and OXO Alcohol value chains at Chemical Market Analytics. Martin Staley joined Chemical Market Analytics in March 2022 and served as the Research and Analysis Director for the Acrylic Acid and OXO Alcohol value chains, which includes Acrylic Acid, the acrylate esters; Butyl acrylate, 2-EH Acrylate, Methyl Acrylate and Ethyl Acrylate and Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP). The closely related chemical, methyl methacrylate (MMA), is also under Martin’s purview, as well as the downstream OXO plasticizer derivatives. These chemicals are covered in the Market Advisory Service reports, published monthly, and the World Analysis reports, published annually. Martin has over 30 years of chemical industry experience, having recently served as the Regional Vice President for Third Coast International for 14 years. Third Coast is a leading chemical service provider with operations in the Houston area and historic joint ventures in Singapore and Qatar. The company is a leading automotive brake fluid producer, marketer of propylene glycol and a leading contract manufacturing company. Before Third Coast, Martin spent 17 years in a variety of roles with LyondellBasell with a focus on the Propylene Oxide and derivatives business, including  PO-based glycol ethers, glycols, 1,4-Butanediol and derivatives and C4 specialties. He also held the Chair of the Glycol Ether sector for the Oxygenated Solvent Producers Association (OSPA), an industry trade body under C.E.F.I.C., helping prepare the industry for the introduction of REACH. Martin started his chemical industry career in the United Kingdom with what is now Univar. Martin holds a BSc. Hons. Degree in Biology with subsidiary subjects of Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Portsmouth University.
Wei Lu

Wei Lu Director, China Acrylics / Oxo-alcohols Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Wei Lu is the Research and Analyst Director in the Asia Light Olefins team at Chemical Market Analytics. Wei focused on the Acrylic acid/Acrylates and Oxo alcohols market in mainland China and provided professional market analysis to the global market. Wei has 13 years of work experience in the refining and petrochemical industry. He started his career as a chemical engineer and marketing representative of ethylene oxide and derivatives at BASF-YPC. Then, Wei moved to UOP and KBR as a technology licensing business sales in the past eight years. For three years, he covered hydrogen (PSA) and gas processing technologies in UOP. In KBR, he covered refining and olefin technologies, i.e., steam cracking technology, catalytic cracking technology, and waste plastic chemical recycling technology. Wei obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering and technology from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

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