World Refractories to 2016

Published: March 2013
No. of Pages: 448
  

This study analyzes the world refractory industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011 with forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by market (e.g., iron and steel, other metals, nonmetallic minerals), form, material, world region and for 23 countries. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry competitors.

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).

Company Profiles

Company Profiles for 50 global industry players such as Krosaki Harima, Magnesita Refratarios, RHI, Saint-Gobain, Shinagawa Refractories and Vesuvius

Additional Information

This study analyzes global supply of and demand for refractory products. Historical data (2001, 2006, and 2011) and forecasts for the years 2016 and 2021 are provided for total refractory shipments, net exports, and demand on a country-by-country basis, valued in millions of current US dollars, including inflation. Historical and projected refractory demand is also shown in metric tons, broken out by form (bricks and shapes, and monolithic and other), material (clay and nonclay), and market (iron and steel, nonferrous metals, nonmetallic minerals, and other).

In addition, major manufacturers of refractory products and refractory raw materials are identified and profiled, and the key industry competitive variables are discussed. The entire report is framed within the refractory industry’s economic, technological, and market environments. Therefore, environmental variables affecting refractory supply/demand patterns (especially steel production) are emphasized.

The term “demand” actually refers to “apparent consumption” and is defined as shipments (also referred to variously as “production,” “output,” or “supply”) from a nation’s indigenous refractory production facilities plus imports minus exports. It is used interchangeably with the terms “market,” “sales,” and “consumption.” World refractory market share data by company presented in the “Industry Structure” section are estimated based on consultation with multiple sources. Tabular details may not always add to totals due to rounding.

Data on world refractory supply and demand are derived from differing sources and developed from statistical relationships. As a result, variations are commonplace in this type of international reporting, and consequently, statistics presented in this study are historically consistent but may differ from other sources. Variances may occur because of definitional differences, undistributed exports, inventory accumulation, and goods-in-transit. To reduce the impact of such discrepancies, global refractory imports and exports have been assumed to balance in any given year.

World Refractories to 2016

Table Of Contents

Introduction  XII

I. Executive Summary  1

II. Market Environment  4
General  4
World Macroeconomic Overview  4
Recent Historical Trends  5
World Economic Outlook  7
World Fixed Investment Trends  11
World Manufacturing Outlook  13
World Crude Steel Outlook  15
World Glass Outlook  17
Container Glass  17
Flat Glass  19
World Cement Outlook  21
Pricing Trends  22
Technology  26
Basic Refractory Properties  28
Refractory Shapes & Forms  31
Refractory Materials  32
Other Technological Developments  33

III. Overview  35
Overall  35
Regional Overview  36
Demand  36
Production  42
International Trade  44
Demand By Market  46
Iron & Steel  48
Steelmaking Technology  49
Steel Refractory Manufacturers & Products  52
Nonferrous Metals  53
Nonmetallic Minerals  56
Other  59
Demand By Form  61
Bricks & Shapes  62
Monolithics & Other  64
Demand By Material  66
Clay  67
Nonclay  69

IV. North America  72
North America: General  72
North America: Refractory Supply & Demand  73
North America: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers  76
United States  78
Canada  83
Mexico  88

V. Western Europe  94
Western Europe: General  94
Western Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand  95
Western Europe: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers  98
Germany  100
Italy  106
France  110
Spain  115
United Kingdom  120
Other Western Europe  126
Belgium  132
Austria  133
All Other  134

VI. Asia/Pacific  136
Asia/Pacific: General  136
Asia/Pacific: Refractory Supply & Demand 137
Asia/Pacific: Refractory Outlook & Suppliers 140
China  142
India  149
Japan  154
South Korea  161
Taiwan  165
Australia  170
Other Asia/Pacific  175

VII. Other Regions  181
Central & South America  181
Refractory Supply & Demand  182
Refractory Outlook & Suppliers  184
Brazil  186
Other Central & South America  191
Eastern Europe  197
Refractory Supply & Demand  199
Refractory Outlook & Suppliers  201
Russia  203
Ukraine  209
Poland  213
Other Eastern Europe  218
Africa/Mideast  224
Refractory Supply & Demand  225
Refractory Outlook & Suppliers  227
Turkey  229
Iran  234
South Africa  240
Other Africa/Mideast  244

VIII. Industry Structure  250
General  250
Market Share  253
Leading Refractory Producers  253
Leading Raw Material Suppliers  259
Product Development & Manufacturing  260
Marketing & Distribution  263
Cooperative Agreements  265
Financial Issues & Requirements  270
Mergers, Acquisitions, & Industry Restructuring 271
Company Profiles  274
Alcoa Incorporated  275
Allied Mineral Products Incorporated  276
Almatis GMBH  279
Alteo Holding  282
Aluchem Incorporated  283
American Precast Refractories, See Allied Mineral Products Anh Refractories Company  285
Bosai Minerals Group Company Limited  290
Burton GMBH & Company KG  292
Calderys, See Imerys Calucem GMBH  294
Carborundum Universal Limited  296
C-E Minerals, See Imerys Chamottes Europe Bu, See Imerys China Gengsheng Minerals Incorporated 299
China National Bluestar Group Company Limited 301
Chosun Refractories Company Limited  304
Clayburn Industrial Group Limited  306
Coorstek Incorporated  309
Corning Incorporated  310
Damrec Sas, See Imerys Dsf Refractories & Minerals Limited  312
Dyson Group Plc  314
Elkem, See China National Bluestar Group Esk-Sic GMBH  315
Guizhou Kaifeng Mining, See Bosai Minerals Group Haicheng Houying Corporation Limited  316
Harbison-Walker Refractories, See Anh Refractories Imerys SA  317
Jiachen Group  327
Kerneos, See Materis Holding Luxembourg Krosaki Harima Corporation  328
Krosaki Magnesita Refractories, See Krosaki Harima And Magnesita Refratários Kumas Manyezit Sanayi AS  332
Kyanite Mining Corporation  333
Lhoist SA  335
Liaoning Jinding Magnesite Group Company Limited 336
Magnesita Refratários SA  338
Materis Holding Luxembourg SA  341
Metallurgica, See Vesuvius
Minerals Technologies Incorporated  344
Minteq International, See Minerals Technologies Morgan Crucible Company Plc  347
North American Refractories, See Anh Refractories Ocl India Limited  355
Orkla ASA  356
Puyang Refractories Group Company Limited 357
Qinghua Refractories Company Limited  358
Rath AG  360
Refractory Specialties, See Unifrax I Refratechnik Holding GMBH  364
Resco Products Incorporated  367
Rhi AG  369
Rio Tinto Group  374
Saffil, See Unifrax I
Saint-Gobain  375
Sanac SPA  380
Shandong Luyang Share Company Limited 382
Shandong Refractories Group Company Limited 384
Shinagawa Refractories Company Limited 386
Shin-Nippon Thermal Ceramics, See Krosaki Harima And Morgan Crucible Sinosteel Refractory Company Limited  388
Specialty Ceramics, See Unifrax I Timcal, See Imerys Treibacher Schleifmittel, See Imerys Tyk Corporation  390
Unifrax I Llc  392
United Company Rusal  396
Vacuform, See Unifrax I
Vesuvius Plc  397
Xiyang Group Company Limited  404
Other Companies Mentioned In Study  405

List Of Tables

Section I -- Executive Summary
Summary Table  3

Section II -- Market Environment
1 World Gross Domestic Product By Region  11
2 World Gross Fixed Investment By Region  13
3 World Manufacturing Value Added By Region  15
4 World Crude Steel Production By Region  17
5 World Container Glass Demand By Region  19
6 World Flat Glass Production By Region  20
7 World Cement Production By Region  22
8 World Refractory Prices  25

Section III -- Overview
1 World Refractory Volume Demand By Region  38
2 World Refractory Value Demand By Region  40
3 World Refractory Shipments By Region  43
4 World Refractory Net Exports By Region  46
5 World Refractory Demand By Market  47
6 World Iron & Steel Refractory Demand By Region  49
7 World Nonferrous Metals Refractory Demand By Region 56
8 World Nonmetallic Minerals Refractory Demand By Region 59
9 World Other Markets Refractory Demand By Region  61
10 World Refractory Demand By Form  62
11 World Brick & Shape Refractory Demand By Region  64
12 World Monolithics & Other Refractory Demand By Region 66
13 World Refractory Demand By Material  67
14 World Clay Refractory Demand  69
15 World Nonclay Refractory Demand  71

Section IV -- North America
1 North America: Refractory Supply & Demand  75
2 North America: Refractory Demand By Form, Material,
& Market  78
3 United States: Refractory Supply & Demand  81
4 United States: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  83
5 Canada: Refractory Supply & Demand  86
6 Canada: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 88
7 Mexico: Refractory Supply & Demand  91
8 Mexico: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 93

Section V -- Western Europe
1 Western Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand  97
2 Western Europe: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  100
3 Germany: Refractory Supply & Demand  103
4 Germany: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 105
5 Italy: Refractory Supply & Demand  108
6 Italy: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 110
7 France: Refractory Supply & Demand  113
8 France: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 115
9 Spain: Refractory Supply & Demand  118
10 Spain: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 120
11 United Kingdom: Refractory Supply & Demand 123
12 United Kingdom: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  125
13 Other Western Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand 128
14 Other Western Europe: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  131
15 Other Western Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand By Country  132

Section VI -- Asia/Pacific
1 Asia/Pacific: Refractory Supply & Demand 139
2 Asia/Pacific: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  142
3 China: Refractory Supply & Demand  146
4 China: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 149
5 India: Refractory Supply & Demand  152
6 India: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 154
7 Japan: Refractory Supply & Demand  158
8 Japan: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 160
9 South Korea: Refractory Supply & Demand 163
10 South Korea: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  165
11 Taiwan: Refractory Supply & Demand  168
12 Taiwan: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 170
13 Australia: Refractory Supply & Demand  173
14 Australia: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 175
15 Other Asia/Pacific: Refractory Supply & Demand 178
16 Other Asia/Pacific: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  180

Section VII -- Other Regions
1 Central & South America: Refractory Supply & Demand 183
2 Central & South America: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  185
3 Brazil: Refractory Supply & Demand  188
4 Brazil: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 191
5 Other Central & South America: Refractory Supply & Demand 194
6 Other Central & South America: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 197
7 Eastern Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand 200
8 Eastern Europe: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 203
9 Russia: Refractory Supply & Demand  206
10 Russia: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 208
11 Ukraine: Refractory Supply & Demand  211
12 Ukraine: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 213
13 Poland: Refractory Supply & Demand  216
14 Poland: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 218
15 Other Eastern Europe: Refractory Supply & Demand 221
16 Other Eastern Europe: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market  223
17 Africa/Mideast: Refractory Supply & Demand 226
18 Africa/Mideast: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 229
19 Turkey: Refractory Supply & Demand  232
20 Turkey: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 234
21 Iran: Refractory Supply & Demand 237
22 Iran: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 239
23 South Africa: Refractory Supply & Demand 242
24 South Africa: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 244
25 Other Africa/Mideast: Refractory Supply & Demand 247
26 Other Africa/Mideast: Refractory Demand By Form, Material, & Market 249

Section VIII -- Industry Structure
1 Finished Refractory Sales By Company, 2011 252
2 Selected Cooperative Agreements  268
3 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures  273

List Of Charts

Section II -- Market Environment
1 World Refractory Prices, 2001-2021  25
2 Melting Points Of Industrial Minerals & Refractories 29

Section III -- Overview
1 World Refractory Demand By Region, 2011  39
2 Change In Refractory Demand Between 2011 & 2016 By Region 39
3 World Refractory Demand In Metric Tons: Projected 2011-2016 Annual Rate Of Growth  41
4 World Refractory Shipments By Region, 2011  44
5 World Refractory Demand By Market, 2011  47

Section IV -- North America
1 North America: Refractory Demand By Country, 2011 76

Section V -- Western Europe
1 Western Europe: Refractory Demand By Country, 2011 98

Section VI -- Asia/Pacific
1 Asia/Pacific: Refractory Demand By Country, 2011 140

Section VII -- Other Regions
1 Eastern Europe: Refractory Demand By Country, 2011 201
2 Africa/Mideast: Refractory Demand By Country, 2011 227

Section VIII -- Industry Structure
1 World Refractory Market Share, 2011  253

Published By: Freedonia Group
Product Code: Freedonia Group200


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