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World Refractories


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World Refractories - World demand to rise 3.4% per annum through 2016

Global refractory demand is projected to grow at a 3.4 percent annual rate through 2016 to 46.3 million metric tons, an improvement over the 2006-2011 period. Product sales will climb 5.3 percent per year in value terms to $46.5 billion in 2016, not as strong as gains registered in recent years because of a moderation in raw material costs and refractory prices.

There are three main factors that impact the world refractory market total: output levels in major end use markets, the manufacturing methods used in these industries, and the nature of the refractory products utilized. Increases in refractory demand through 2016 will be stimulated by an acceleration in construction and other fixed investment activity as economic conditions continue to improve, leading to stepped up output of steel, aluminum, cement, and other goods made using refractories. A pickup in personal consumption expenditures will also result in higher demand for everything from glass containers to motor vehicles, contributing to growth in refractory sales as industry production levels rise.

Increased use of refractories in chemicals manufacturing, incinerators, and a variety of other small volume markets will also help bolster overall product sales. However, the manufacturing methods utilized in key end use industries will continue to become more efficient, refractory technologies will improve further, and demand for longer lasting, higher end refractories will climb. This will lead to reduced intensity of usage and limit global market advances.

Global iron & steel market to dominate refractory sales

The iron and steel market will continue to dominate refractory sales worldwide, accounting for almost three-fifths of all 2016 product demand in volume terms. Gains will come primarily from a pickup in global steel output. The market for refractories used in nonferrous metals production will climb at about the same pace for similar reasons.

China to account for 72% of volume gains worldwide

Refractory sales will expand most quickly in developing areas, reflecting an ongoing shift in metals and other heavy industry production to countries with low cost structures. The Asia/Pacific region, in particular, will post the largest tonnage increases, followed by the Africa/Mideast region, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. China alone will account for 72 percent of all refractory volume gains between 2011 and 2016, due both to additional growth in its huge steel, cement, and other heavy manufacturing industries, and the use of less sophisticated production methods in steelmaking and other important markets than those used in economically advanced nations.

The volume of refractories consumed will also rise in the US, Western Europe, and Japan following an extended period of decline, as economic conditions grow stronger in these areas and output of ferrous metals and other refractory-using products rebounds. Output gains in these areas are more likely to result in higher refractory demand because the manufacturing techniques utilized are already so efficient that it will be much more difficult to reduce refractory consumption on a per unit output basis than in less developed countries. Due to their greater use of more costly, high quality products, the US, Western Europe, and Japan will account for a somewhat larger share of the world refractory market total in dollar terms (19 percent in 2016) than they will in tonnage (14 percent).


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD REFRACTORY DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Macroeconomic Overview
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2010 dollars)
    • World Fixed Investment Trends
      • Table WORLD GROSS FIXED INVESTMENT BY REGION (billion 2010 dollars)
    • World Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION (billion 2010 dollars)
    • World Crude Steel Outlook
      • Table WORLD CRUDE STEEL PRODUCTION BY REGION (million metric tons)
    • World Glass Outlook
      • Container Glass
        • Table WORLD CONTAINER GLASS DEMAND BY REGION (million dollars)
      • Flat Glass
        • Table WORLD FLAT GLASS PRODUCTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
    • World Cement Outlook
      • Table WORLD CEMENT PRODUCTION BY REGION (million metric tons)
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table WORLD REFRACTORY PRICES (dollars per metric ton)
    • Technology
      • Basic Refractory Properties
      • Refractory Shapes & Forms
      • Refractory Materials
      • Other Technological Developments
  • OVERVIEW
    • Overall
    • Regional Overview
      • Demand
        • Table WORLD REFRACTORY VOLUME DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD REFRACTORY VALUE DEMAND BY REGION (million dollars)
      • Production
        • Table WORLD REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS BY REGION (million dollars)
      • International Trade
        • Table WORLD REFRACTORY NET EXPORTS BY REGION (million dollars)
    • Demand by Market
      • Table WORLD REFRACTORY DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Iron & Steel
        • Table WORLD IRON & STEEL REFRACTORY DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Nonferrous Metals
        • Table WORLD NONFERROUS METALS REFRACTORY DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Nonmetallic Minerals
        • Table WORLD NONMETALLIC MINERALS REFRACTORY DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Other
        • Table WORLD OTHER MARKETS REFRACTORY DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
    • Demand by Form
      • Table WORLD REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM (thousand metric tons)
      • Bricks & Shapes
        • Table WORLD BRICK & SHAPE REFRACTORY DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Monolithics & Other
        • Table WORLD MONOLITHICS & OTHER REFRACTORY DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
    • Demand by Material
      • Table WORLD REFRACTORY DEMAND BY MATERIAL (thousand metric tons)
      • Clay
        • Table WORLD CLAY REFRACTORY DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Nonclay
        • Table WORLD NONCLAY REFRACTORY DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: General
    • North America: Refractory Supply & Demand
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • North America: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • United States
      • United States: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED STATES: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United States: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table UNITED STATES: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Canada
      • Canada: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table CANADA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Canada: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table CANADA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Mexico
      • Mexico: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table MEXICO: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Mexico: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table MEXICO: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: General
    • Western Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Western Europe: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Germany
      • Germany: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table GERMANY: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Germany: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table GERMANY: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Italy
      • Italy: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table ITALY: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Italy: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table ITALY: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • France
      • France: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table FRANCE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • France: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table FRANCE: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Spain
      • Spain: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table SPAIN: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Spain: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table SPAIN: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • United Kingdom
      • United Kingdom: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United Kingdom: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Other Western Europe
      • Other Western Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Western Europe: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Western Europe: Refractory Demand by Country
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND BY COUNTRY
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: General
    • Asia/Pacific: Refractory Supply & Demand
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Asia/Pacific: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • China
      • China: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table CHINA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • China: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table CHINA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • India
      • India: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table INDIA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • India: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table INDIA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Japan
      • Japan: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table JAPAN: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Japan: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table JAPAN: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • South Korea
      • South Korea: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • South Korea: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Taiwan
      • Taiwan: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table TAIWAN: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Taiwan: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table TAIWAN: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Australia
      • Australia: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table AUSTRALIA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Australia: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table AUSTRALIA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Central & South America: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table BRAZIL: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Eastern Europe: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table RUSSIA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Ukraine
        • Table UKRAINE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table UKRAINE: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table POLAND: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
      • Africa/Mideast: Refractory Supply & Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Africa/Mideast: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table TURKEY: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Iran
        • Table IRAN: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table IRAN: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • South Africa
        • Table SOUTH AFRICA: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table SOUTH AFRICA: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: REFRACTORY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: REFRACTORY DEMAND BY FORM, MATERIAL, & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table FINISHED REFRACTORY SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
      • Leading Refractory Producers
      • Leading Raw Material Suppliers
    • Product Development & Manufacturing
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Financial Issues & Requirements
    • Mergers, Acquisitions, & Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • Alcoa Incorporated
      • Allied Mineral Products Incorporated
      • Almatis GmbH
      • Alteo Holding
      • AluChem Incorporated
      • ANH Refractories Company
      • Bosai Minerals Group Company Limited
      • BURTON GmbH & Company KG
      • Calucem GmbH
      • Carborundum Universal Limited
      • China GengSheng Minerals Incorporated
      • China National Bluestar Group Company Limited
      • Chosun Refractories Company Limited
      • Clayburn Industrial Group Limited
      • CoorsTek Incorporated
      • Corning Incorporated
      • DSF Refractories & Minerals Limited
      • Dyson Group plc
      • ESK-SiC GmbH
      • Haicheng Houying Corporation Limited
      • Imerys SA
      • Jiachen Group
      • Krosaki Harima Corporation
      • Kümas Manyezit Sanayi AS
      • Kyanite Mining Corporation
      • Lhoist SA
      • Liaoning Jinding Magnesite Group Company Limited
      • Magnesita Refratários SA
      • Materis Holding Luxembourg SA
      • Minerals Technologies Incorporated
      • Morgan Crucible Company plc
      • OCL India Limited
      • Orkla ASA
      • Puyang Refractories Group Company Limited
      • Qinghua Refractories Company Limited
      • Rath AG
      • Refratechnik Holding GmbH
      • Resco Products Incorporated
      • RHI AG
      • Rio Tinto Group
      • Saint-Gobain
      • SANAC SpA
      • Shandong Luyang Share Company Limited
      • Shandong Refractories Group Company Limited
      • Shinagawa Refractories Company Limited
      • Sinosteel Refractory Company Limited
      • TYK Corporation
      • Unifrax I LLC
      • United Company RUSAL
      • Vesuvius plc
      • Xiyang Group Company Limited
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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