When Nippon Shokubai goes kaboom, every mother in the world sits up and cries. The company supplies one fifth of the world’s super-absorbent polymers. Hello, polymers are used in the production of nappies, it’s what soaks up that wee and “pulls the wetness away”. The Nippon Shokubai company, which controls about one fifth of the world’s production of super-absorbent polymers, exploded into a massive fireball , after a tank had a chemical reaction mishap yesterday. So get ready for a global nappy shortage , massive price hikes and the wettest baby bottoms in decades.