Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing

Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry manufacture clay products and refractories, glass and glass products, cement and concrete products, lime and gypsum products, and abrasives and other nonmetallic mineral products. Major companies include 3M, Guardian Industries, and Kohler (all based in the US), as well as AGC and Noritake (both based in Japan), CRH (Ireland), Holcim (Switzerland), Knauf (Germany), RHI Magnesita (Austria), and Saint-Gobain (France).


Demand is driven by industrial production and construction spending. Profitability depends on efficient operations, as many products are essentially commodities that compete primarily on price. Large companies have advantages of scale in purchasing and the ability to invest in equipment and technology that improve efficiency. Small companies can compete by offering specialized products, or by serving local markets. Overall, the industry in the US is fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about 45% of industry revenue.


Major product groups include cement and concrete products (more than 50% of revenue); glass and glass products (more than 20%); and clay product and refractory (more than 5%). Other products include lime and gypsum products.

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