Gypsum and Anhydrite: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (PRWEB) April 26, 2012
Follow us on LinkedIn – The gypsum market worldwide is dominated by a few large vertically integrated companies that mine and calcine gypsum and also manufacture plaster and wallboard products. These companies also sell crude gypsum for use in cement and agriculture. Gypsum production takes place worldwide, and as a result of its wide distribution and plentiful supply, most of the world’s production is consumed domestically. However, there are exceptions such as Canada and Mexico, which export significant portions of their production to the United States, while Thailand and Australia export large volumes to the Southeast Asian markets. The industrialized countries primarily use Gypsum in the manufacture of plasterboard for dry wall construction. The rest of the world largely uses it as a setting retarder in Portland cement. Construction applications represent the vast majority of consumption. Hence, the level of construction activity tends to have the greatest influence on the market.
Increase in construction activity such as public works projects and new house constructions in industrialized and emerging nations enhanced the sales of products including concrete blocks, pre-cast construction products, gypsum and lime plasters. Usage of cement is much more widespread as compared to plasterboards and is extensively used for laying roads, in residential as well as commercial constructions as well as several other infrastructure projects. As such, gypsum demand in cement industry is expected to rise at a faster pace in comparison to the plasterboards. Moreover, government stimulus expenditure on various infrastructure development projects is benefiting the usage of gypsum in cement industry. China is a major growth driver in the cement industry.
General economic conditions have a major impact on the gypsum market, as the raw material is extensively used in construction industry including the production of cement, plasters and plasterboard. The global gypsum market faced several challenges that hampered the growth of the market to a noticeable extent in recent years. During the turbulent years of 2008-09, business in the Construction sector and demand for all related materials declined sharply in all matured markets due to the global economic turmoil. This had a negative impact on the demand for gypsum. The market plummeted sharply in 2009 as compared to the market figures in 2008. Nonetheless, demand for gypsum including gypsum products in Mexico and Canada is expected to grow slowly due to stagnant construction sector.
Over the last few years, usage of synthetic gypsum in various applications has increased considerably. Growth factors for synthetic gypsum include higher costs of landfill, lower cost of flue gas desulphurization (FGD) gypsum in comparison to the natural gypsum, and stringent environmental policies implemented at the coal-fired stations that are resulting in increased production of FGD gypsum. On the other hand, demand for gypsum floor underlayments is steadily growing due to its increased compressive potential. Gypsum products are capable of surviving heavy construction traffic without powdering, dusting, cracking, or chipping. Gypsum underlayments are a preferred choice for new as well as remodeling of commercial projects.
Asian and European companies lead in the sales of construction material. Asia-Pacific stands tall as the largest as well as fastest growing region worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Gypsum and Anhydrite. Surging at a compounded annual growth rate of about 4% through 2017, the Asia-Pacific market is portended to retain its dominance over the coming years. Gypsum and anhydrite are used in the preparation of various prefabricated products such as lath, veneer base, and sheathing. The Prefabricated Products segment constitutes the largest end-use market. The major use of gypsum is in the building industry where it is used to produce plasterboard/wallboard and in Portland Cement, which represents another major end-use market for gypsum. Portland cement is largely used in the construction of high strength constructions dams, skyscrapers, roads, bridges, and other structures.
Major players profiled in the report include Eagle Materials Inc., American Gypsum, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, Grupo Uralita, Knauf AG, Lafarge SA, National Gypsum Company, Saint Gobain SA, Gypsum Industries Ltd., Thai Gypsum Company Limited, USG Corporation, and CGC Inc.
The research report titled “Gypsum and Anhydrite: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the gypsum & anhydrite markets, impact of recession on the markets, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for Gypsum and Anhydrite market for the years 2009 through 2017 for the following geographic markets - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World. Key end-use segments analyzed include Prefabricated Products, Plasters, Portland Cement and Agriculture & Miscellaneous. Also, a six-year (2003-2008) historic analysis is provided for additional perspective.
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