US demand for refractory products is forecast to advance eight percent annually through 2014, reflecting a rebound in steel manufacturing from dismal 2009 levels. Preformed shapes and certain monolithics will see the strongest gains, based on their ease of use and versatility, respectively. Nonclay refractory materials will outpace clay types.
This study analyzes the $2.1 billion US refractory industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1999, 2004 and 2009, and forecasts for 2014 and 2019 by refractory form (e.g., bricks and shapes, monolithics), material (e.g., nonclay, clay) and market (e.g., metals industries, nonmetallic mineral processing, engineering contractors).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 26 industry players, including Cookson, ANH Refractories and Saint-Gobain.