Incontinence products

In industrialized nations life expectancy is continuously rising and societies are aging. This results in many challenges and raises many questions such as: How do we ensure that older people enjoy a good quality of life?

This involves dealing with the important issue of incontinence. Frequently the people concerned feel embarrassed; they avoid being close to other people as they fear that someone may smell the urine, or they hardly drink any water before they leave their homes because they are afraid that their pads might overflow.

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Consumer needs

  • Leakage prevention
  • Wearing comfort
  • Invisible, underwear like products
  • Odor protection 
  • Skin protection
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Market studies

Market studies have shown that incontinence products must, above all, fulfill two criteria:

  • They need to absorb large quantities of urine safely and discreetly.
  • They need to prevent odor effectively. Only discreet and reliable incontinence pads and underwear allow their wearers to lead an active social life.

BASF’s HySorb® Advanced Odor Control has been specifically developed to meet these requirements. Its excellent absorption performance keeps the skin dry, maintains a neutral ph and allows the design of even thinner diapers. Furthermore, its innovative formula delays the formation of urine odor from ammonia for up to nine hours, providing a new level of confidence and comfort for people with incontinence.

More Information about BASF’s HySorb® Advanced Odor Control

World Facts

  • Today's global market penetration is 22%. 
  • Adult incontinence products will reach penetration 26% by 2020.
  • Many affected people rather feminine care products instead of incontinence products.

BASF Global Hygiene Portfolio

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With HySorb® the BASF’s Hygiene business offers a comprehensive portfolio of state-of-the art superabsorbents. 
Im Werksteil Friesenheimer Insel des BASF-Verbundstandorts Ludwigshafen stehen 50 Tanks, die die Produktionsanlagen mit Einsatzstoffen versorgen. Die Tanks haben zusammen etwa ein Fassungsvermögen von 350 Millionen Litern an Petrochemikalien wie Butan, Benzol und Naphtha. 

The Friesenheim Island section of BASF’s Verbund site in Ludwigshafen is home to 50 tanks that supply the production facilities with feedstocks. The tanks have a combined total capacity of around 350 million liters of petrochemicals such as butane, benzene and naphtha.

HySorb® Biomass Balanced

It is the only available high-performance superabsorbent polymer based on renewable raw materials with a sustainability certificate.
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SAVIVA®, the next generation of superabsorbent polymer is based on a pioneering technology platform, the droplet polymerization.