Market Overview

Global Refractories Market (2006-2021) by Region, Form and Material - Featuring Krosaki Harima, RHI Magnesita, SaintGobain, Shinagawa Refractories, and Vesuvius -


The "Global
Refractories by Region, Market, Form and Material, 4th Edition"

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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
  • Vesuvius

Refractory Demand to Accelerate as Steel, Cement, Glass Industries

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

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

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

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

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

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