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Global Refractories by Region, Market, Form and Material

Global Refractories by Region, Market, Form and Material

  • January 2018
  • 292 pages
  • ID: 5342751
  • Format: PDF
  • By Freedonia


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Refractory Demand to Accelerate as Steel, Cement, Glass Industries Prosper

Refractory demand is closely tied to global patterns of heavy industry, in particular steel, nonferrous metals, cement, glass, and petrochemicals.

Overall market increases will be fueled by:
- an acceleration of iron and steel production in developing economies
- strong industrial expansion and construction activity in economically developing areas
- improved prospects for growth of heavy industry in developed economies
Value growth will also be supported by increasing use of monolithics and specialty precast shapes in developing markets to improve performance and reduce long term costs. Faster growth will be prevented by market maturity in economically developed areas.

In addition, the adoption of higher value, more durable refractories will gradually lengthen product lifespans and limit volume gains.
Key Findings in the Global Refractories Study:

Iron and Steel Market Remains Dominant
The iron and steel market will have improved growth opportunities compared to the 2011-2016 period. It will remain the largest outlet for refractories and the greatest driver of growth.

However, it will expand less quickly than other key markets, as global demand for steel is expanding more slowly than other materials that require refractories in their manufacture. As a result, iron and steel’s share of total refractory demand will continue to decrease.

Refractories for Aluminum, Copper, and Other Nonferrous Metals Will Excel
Nonferrous metals will expand more quickly than other major refractory markets due to strong growth in nonferrous metal production in economically developing areas.

Gains will be concentrated in China, as concerns about energy consumption associated with smelters, as well as the country’s low cost production environment, will continue to drive nonferrous metal production – and associated refractory demand – to China.

A rapidly growing aluminum industry will be the strongest driver of the nonferrous metal market, presenting market opportunities for ultra high alumina and other high value refractory products that resist the harsh conditions associated with aluminum production.

China and India Lead the Pack and Expand their Appetite for Monolithics
In 2016, China accounted for over half of global refractory demand. Going forward, China and India will account for most refractory market growth.

High levels of construction activity and healthy growth of heavy industries in these countries will power gains. Although market growth in China will moderate, the country’s large size will ensure continued dominance.

Study Coverage 
This study presents historical demand data (2006, 2011, and 2016) and forecasts for 2021 by market (iron and steel, nonferrous metals, nonmetallic minerals), form (bricks and shapes, monolithics and others), and material (clay, nonclay). 
Data are presented by region (North America, Central & South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia/Pacific, and Africa/Mideast) and country (United States, Mexico, Canada; France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom; Poland, Russia, Ukraine; Australia, China, India, South Korea, Taiwan). Data are provided in volume (metric tons) with selected figures in value (US dollars). 

The study also evaluates company market share and provides analysis on industry competitors including Krosaki Harima, RHI Magnesita, Saint­Gobain, Shinagawa Refractories, and Vesuvius.

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