Fiber Cement

Growth in demand will be driven by accelerating construction expenditures, specifically in new home siding, where fiber cement is a popular material in the fast-growing South and West regions of the United States.

US demand to rise 6.0% annually through 2019

US demand for fiber cement products is forecast to grow 6.0 percent annually through 2019 to 2.9 billion square feet, valued at $2.2 billion. Rebounding construction expenditures, specifically in new housing construction, will fortify demand. This growth in new housing construction will be by far the biggest driver of fiber cement product demand growth, as single-family housing starts advance rapidly and fiber cement siding -- the most popular application for fiber cement -- continues to gain market share nationally. Growth in fiber cement siding use in single-family housing will be supported by fiber cement’s high levels of market penetration in the South and West, the US regions that will experience the strongest levels of growth in population and housing starts going forward.

New housing to drive dominant residential market

The residential market makes up the majority of fiber cement demand. While new housing demand for fiber cement products will increase at the fastest pace through 2019, residential improvement and repair will continue to account for a larger portion of residential demand. Sales of existing housing will generate demand for fiber cement products as homeowners look to increase the values of their properties before going to market. For example, homeowners can engage in renovation activities like bathroom and kitchen remodeling, which will support demand for fiber cement backerboard. Even when properties are not changing hands, fiber cement products will make inroads in re-siding and exterior trim applications.

Nonresidential segment to gain market share

While exterior fiber cement products’ aesthetic properties make them well suited for residential markets, the material has seen increasing usage in the nonresidential market in recent years, particularly for fiber cement backerboard. Fiber cement product demand in the nonresidential market is forecast to grow 5.8 percent annually through 2019 to 710 million square feet. Gains will be driven primarily by rebounding nonresidential building construction demand. Additionally, fiber cement siding and exterior trim will benefit from a design trend in commercial buildings that favors a more authentic, exposed-wood exterior. Fiber cement product manufacturers have responded to this demand by developing new wood-like products aimed at commercial buildings.

Siding applications to offer best growth opportunities

Siding accounts for nearly 70 percent of fiber cement product demand. Fiber cement manufacturers have found a great deal of success in this application, managing to penetrate a highly competitive market and becoming a major material option for siding over the course of a couple of decades. Backerboard is the second largest application for fiber cement in the US, but it is projected to have only modest growth in market penetration through the forecast years.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, Fiber Cement, presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) plus forecasts for 2019 and 2024 by material, application, market and region of the US. In addition, the study considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry competitors. The companies profiled include James Hardie Building Products subsidiary of Irelandbased James Hardie Industries, Elementia (Mexico) subsidiaries Plycem USA and Allura, the Nichiha USA subsidiary of Nichiha (Japan), and GAF Materials.

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  1. Fiber Cement

    $5,300.00

  2. INTRODUCTION: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $0.00

  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

    $0.00

  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $95.00

  5. Overview

    $35.00

  6. FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  7. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $2,250.00

  8. General

    $35.00

  9. Macroeconomic Trends (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  10. Macroeconomic Trends (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  11. Macroeconomic Trends (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  12. Macroeconomic Trends (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  13. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  14. Demographic Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  15. Demographic Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  16. Demographic Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  17. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  18. Consumer Trends

    $35.00

  19. Consumer Spending (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  20. Consumer Spending (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  21. PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  22. Consumer Financing (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  23. Consumer Financing (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  24. CONSUMER FINANCING ENVIRONMENT, 2004 - 2014

    $60.00

  25. Building Construction (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  26. Building Construction (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  27. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  28. Residential Buildings (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  29. Residential Buildings (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  30. RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  31. Housing Completions (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  32. Housing Completions (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  33. Housing Completions (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  34. NEW HOUSING INDICATORS 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  35. Housing Stock (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  36. Housing Stock (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  37. HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  38. YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING STOCK, 2014 (percent)

    $35.00

  39. Residential Bathroom Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  40. Residential Bathroom Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  41. NUMBER OF BATHROOMS IN NEW HOUSING UNITS, 2004 - 2014: SINGLE-FAMILY & MULTIFAMILY (percent distribution)

    $35.00

  42. Residential Improvements & Repairs

    $35.00

  43. RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  44. Nonresidential Building Construction (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  45. Nonresidential Building Construction (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  46. NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  47. Nonresidential Improvements & Repairs

    $35.00

  48. NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  49. Fiber Cement: Historical Market Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  50. Fiber Cement: Historical Market Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  51. FIBER CEMENT PRODUCTS MARKET, 2004 - 2014

    $60.00

  52. Fiber Cement: Building Codes (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  53. Fiber Cement: Building Codes (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  54. Green Building Standards (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  55. Green Building Standards (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  56. Fiber Cement Materials: Environmental Concerns (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  57. Fiber Cement Materials: Environmental Concerns (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  58. Fiber Cement Materials: Environmental Concerns (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  59. Fiber Cement: Worker Safety

    $35.00

  60. Fiber Cement: Foreign Trade (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  61. Fiber Cement: Foreign Trade (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  62. FIBER CEMENT FOREIGN TRADE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  63. MATERIALS: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $675.00

  64. Overview

    $35.00

  65. MATERIALS USED IN FIBER CEMENT (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  66. Sand in Fiber Cement

    $35.00

  67. SAND USED IN FIBER CEMENT (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  68. Portland Cement in Fiber Cement

    $35.00

  69. PORTLAND CEMENT USED IN FIBER CEMENT (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  70. Cellulosic Materials in Fiber Cement (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  71. Cellulosic Materials in Fiber Cement (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  72. CELLULOSIC MATERIALS USED IN FIBER CEMENT (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  73. Other Materials in Fiber Cement (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  74. Other Materials in Fiber Cement (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  75. OTHER MATERIALS USED IN FIBER CEMENT (thousand tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  76. Paints on Fiber Cement (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  77. Paints on Fiber Cement (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  78. PAINTS USED ON FIBER CEMENT 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  79. APPLICATIONS: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $1,915.00

  80. Overview (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  81. Overview (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  82. Overview (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  83. FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  84. Fiber Cement Siding: General

    $35.00

  85. Siding Outlook (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  86. Siding Outlook (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  87. Siding Outlook (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  88. SIDING DEMAND (million square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  89. Fiber Cement Siding Demand (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  90. Fiber Cement Siding Demand (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  91. Fiber Cement Siding Demand (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  92. Fiber Cement Siding Demand (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  93. FIBER CEMENT SIDING DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  94. Fiber Cement Siding: Historical Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  95. Fiber Cement Siding: Historical Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  96. Fiber Cement Siding: Characteristics (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  97. Fiber Cement Siding: Characteristics (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  98. Fiber Cement Siding: Characteristics (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  99. Fiber Cement Siding: Competitive Materials (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  100. Fiber Cement Siding: Competitive Materials (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  101. Fiber Cement Backerboard: General

    $35.00

  102. Backerboard Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  103. Backerboard Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  104. BACKERBOARD DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  105. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Overview

    $35.00

  106. FIBER CEMENT BACKERBOARD DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  107. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Demand by End Use

    $35.00

  108. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Demand by Market (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  109. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Demand by Market (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  110. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Characteristics (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  111. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Characteristics (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  112. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Competitive Materials (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  113. Fiber Cement Backerboard: Competitive Materials (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  114. Molding & Trim Outlook (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  115. Molding & Trim Outlook (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  116. Molding & Trim Outlook (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  117. MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  118. Fiber Cement Molding & Trim Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  119. Fiber Cement Molding & Trim Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  120. Fiber Cement Molding & Trim Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  121. FIBER CEMENT MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  122. Fiber Cement Molding & Trim: Characteristics (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  123. Fiber Cement Molding & Trim: Characteristics (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  124. Fiber Cement Molding & Trim: Competitive Materials

    $35.00

  125. Fiber Cement Roofing & Other Applications Demand

    $35.00

  126. FIBER CEMENT ROOFING & OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  127. Fiber Cement Roofing & Other Applications: Characteristics (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  128. Fiber Cement Roofing & Other Applications: Characteristics (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  129. MARKETS: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $1,600.00

  130. Overview

    $35.00

  131. FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY MARKET 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  132. Residential Market for Fiber Cement

    $35.00

  133. RESIDENTIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  134. New Residential: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  135. New Residential: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  136. New Residential: Fiber Cement Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  137. NEW RESIDENTIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  138. Residential Improvement & Repair: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  139. Residential Improvement & Repair: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  140. Residential Improvement & Repair: Fiber Cement Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  141. RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  142. Fiber Cement: Demand by Housing Type

    $35.00

  143. RESIDENTIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY HOUSING TYPE (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  144. Single-Family Housing: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  145. Single-Family Housing: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  146. SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  147. Multifamily Housing: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  148. MULTIFAMILY HOUSING FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 in basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  149. Manufactured Housing: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  150. Manufactured Housing: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  151. MANUFACTURED HOUSING FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  152. Nonresidential Market for Fiber Cement

    $35.00

  153. NONRESIDENTIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  154. New Nonresidential: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  155. New Nonresidential: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  156. NEW NONRESIDENTIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  157. Nonresidential Improvement & Repair: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  158. NONRESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  159. NONRESIDENTIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY BUILDING TYPE (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  160. Office & Commercial: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  161. OFFICE & COMMERCIAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  162. Institutional: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  163. INSTITUTIONAL FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  164. INDUSTRIAL & OTHER FIBER CEMENT DEMAND (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  165. REGIONS: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $1,870.00

  166. General

    $35.00

  167. Regional Demographic & Economic Activity

    $35.00

  168. Regional Population Patterns (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  169. Regional Population Patterns (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  170. POPULATION BY REGION (million persons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  171. Regional Economic Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  172. Regional Economic Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  173. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  174. Regional Construction Activity (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  175. Regional Construction Activity (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  176. CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  177. Regional Housing Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  178. Regional Housing Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  179. Regional Housing Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  180. REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS (thousand units) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  181. Regional Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  182. Regional Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  183. FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY REGION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  184. Northeast Region: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  185. Northeast Region: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  186. Northeast Region: Fiber Cement Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  187. NORTHEAST: FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  188. New England States: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  189. Middle Atlantic States: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  190. Midwest Region: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  191. Midwest Region: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  192. Midwest Region: Fiber Cement Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  193. MIDWEST: FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  194. East North Central States: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  195. West North Central States: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  196. South Region: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  197. South Region: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  198. South Region: Fiber Cement Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  199. SOUTH: FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  200. South Atlantic States: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  201. South Atlantic States: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  202. East South Central States: Fiber Cement Demand

    $35.00

  203. West South Central States: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  204. West South Central States: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  205. West Region: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  206. West Region: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  207. West Region: Fiber Cement Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  208. WEST: FIBER CEMENT DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million square feet -- 5/16 inch basis) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  209. Mountain States: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  210. Mountain States: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  211. Pacific States: Fiber Cement Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  212. Pacific States: Fiber Cement Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  213. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $690.00

  214. General

    $35.00

  215. Market Share (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  216. Market Share (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  217. US FIBER CEMENT MARKET SHARE BY LEADING COMPANIES, 2014 (percent)

    $60.00

  218. Competitive Strategies (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  219. Competitive Strategies (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  220. Competitive Strategies (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  221. Manufacturing

    $35.00

  222. Research & Development (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  223. Research & Development (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  224. Marketing (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  225. Marketing (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  226. Marketing (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  227. Marketing (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  228. Distribution: Big-Box Retailers

    $35.00

  229. Distribution: Specialty Suppliers

    $35.00

  230. Direct Distribution (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  231. Direct Distribution (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  232. Acquisitions, Divestitures, & Cooperative Agreements

    $35.00

  233. COMPANY PROFILES: FIBER CEMENT TO 2019

    $840.00

  234. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  235. Building Materials Corporation of America (GAF)

    $35.00

  236. Canfor Corporation

    $35.00

  237. Dow Chemical Company

    $35.00

  238. Ecolab Incorporated (Nalco)

    $35.00

  239. Elementia SA de CV (Maxitile) (ALLURA) (Plycem) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  240. Elementia SA de CV (Maxitile) (ALLURA) (Plycem) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  241. Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (Giant Cement) (Cementos Portland Valderrivas)

    $35.00

  242. Hardie (James) Industries (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  243. Hardie (James) Industries (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  244. Imerys SA

    $35.00

  245. Mercer International

    $35.00

  246. Nextwire LLC

    $35.00

  247. Nichiha Corporation (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  248. Nichiha Corporation (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  249. PPG Industries (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  250. PPG Industries (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  251. Siempelkamp (G.) GmbH & Company

    $35.00

  252. Standex Engraving

    $35.00

  253. Trinity Industries

    $35.00

  254. US Silica Holdings

    $35.00

  255. Valspar Corporation

    $35.00

  256. Votorantim Participações (Suwannee American Cement) (St. Marys Cement)

    $35.00

  257. Xerium Technologies

    $35.00

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