Metals, Minerals & Glass

James Lacy
Meet James Lacy

Senior Market Analyst
Focus Reports

James specializes in the metals and minerals market, authoring such titles as Lime: United States, Kaolin: United States and Salt: United States. James has a Bachelor's and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Freedonia industry market research on Metals, Minerals & Glass includes coverage of such manufacturing inputs as rare earths, industrial sand, gypsum, and kaolin. Most of our market research in this area focuses upon major applications in which the metals and minerals are used. Applications include packaging such as beverage containers and building materials such as pipe. Freedonia's industry market research studies include market size, forecasts, product and market segmentations, related economic indicator and regulatory analysis, market share estimates, a discussion of industry structure, and profiles of the leading companies.

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Freedonia Studies covering Metals, Minerals & Glass

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  • World Copper

    3274

    Global demand for copper metal (refined copper and recycled scrap) is projected to advance 4.2 percent per year through 2019 to 36.0 million metric tons. Gains will be driven by applications such as building wire and plumbing and electrical grid wire ...

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  • Abrasives

    3248

    Demand for abrasives in the US is forecast to rise 3.8 percent annually through 2019 to $7.0 billion. Durable goods will remain the dominant market as well as one of the fastest growing. Market share gains for superabrasives will benefit the bonded, c...

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  • World Industrial Silica Sand

    3237

    Global demand for industrial silica sand is forecast to advance 5.5 percent annually to 291 million metric tons in 2018, with a value of $12.5 billion. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest market, while North America will grow the fastest. ...

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  • World Flat Glass

    3212

    World flat glass demand is forecast to increase 6.6 percent per annum to $102 billion in 2018. The dominant Asia/Pacific region will see the fastest gains in demand. The architectural market will remain the largest segment while other markets will gro...

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  • Barite: United States

    FF65032

    This report forecasts demand for and production of crude and ground barite in metric tons to 2018. Total demand is segmented in terms of market by drilling fluid and other markets.

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  • World Graphite (Natural, Synthetic & Carbon Fiber)

    3164

    World demand for natural and synthetic graphite (including carbon fiber) is forecast to expand 5.8 percent annually to 4.2 million metric tons in 2018, valued at $30 billion. China will remain the largest and fastest growing market. Synthetic graphite...

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  • World Salt

    3199

    Global demand for salt is forecast to climb 1.5 percent annually to 325 million metric tons in 2018, valued at $13.4 billion. The dominant Asia/Pacific region will be the fastest growing market. Trends in the production of chlor-alkali chemicals will ...

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  • World Specialty Silicas

    3178

    Global demand for specialty silicas will rise 5.0 percent per year through 2018 to 2.9 million metric tons, valued at $6.9 billion. Rubber is the largest market and will also be the fastest growing. Precipitated silica will remain the dominant product...

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  • Lightweight Automotive Materials in North America

    3153

    North American demand for lightweight automotive materials will rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion pounds in 2018. Gains will be driven mainly by increasingly strict automobile fuel economy mandates. The dominant metals segment (e.g., aluminum,...

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  • Well Stimulation Materials

    3160

    US demand for well stimulation materials will climb 10.6 percent annually to $15.2 billion in 2018. Efforts to improve well productivity and develop unconventional resources will continue to change the product mix. Proppants are the largest material t...

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  • World Kaolin

    3147

    Global demand for kaolin is forecast to rise 3.3 percent per year to 28.7 million metric tons in 2017, valued at $4.4 billion. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest and fastest-growing geographic market. Paper and paperboard production will ...

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  • World Abrasives

    3132

    World demand for abrasives is forecast to rise 5.8 percent annually to $40 billion in 2017. Over half of additional demand will be attributable to China, the world's leading national market. Coated and bonded abrasives, which account for most produ...

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  • World Well Stimulation Materials

    3080

    World demand for well stimulation materials will grow more than 12 percent per year to over 65 million metric tons in 2017, valued at $23 billion. Both proppants and chemicals will grow at similar annual rates. The US will remain the dominant market w...

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  • World Construction Aggregates

    3078

    This study analyzes the world construction aggregates industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007, and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product (e.g., sand, crushed stone, gravel), market (nonbuilding, nonresidential building, ...

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  • Advanced Ceramics

    3091

    Demand for advanced ceramics in the US is forecast to increase 5.1 percent annually to $13.6 billion in 2017. Medical products will be the fastest growing market, driven by applications such as dental implants and prosthetic components. Ceramic matrix...

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  • World Aluminum

    3070

    World demand for aluminum (primary and secondary/recycled) is projected to expand 5.8 percent per year through 2017 to 82.5 million metric tons. China will remain the largest and fastest growing market. Construction will remain the largest end use whi...

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  • World Cement

    3096

    World sales for cement are forecast to expand more than five percent annually through 2017 to over 4.7 billion metric tons. Demand will rebound sharply in North America and Western Europe, while growth in China will decelerate yet still achieve impres...

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  • Proppants in North America

    3048

    North American proppant demand will grow 11.6 percent annually to over 100 billion pounds in 2017. Raw sand will remain the dominant type and will grow the fastest. Ceramic proppants will be limited to areas requiring high performance products. The US...

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  • Silver: United States

    FF65023

    This report forecasts US silver consumption and mine production in metric tons to 2017. Total consumption is segmented by market in terms of industrial, coins and medals, photography, and jewelry and silverware.

    To illustrate historical trends,...

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  • High-Performance Flat Glass

    3034

    US demand for high-performance flat glass products is forecast to rise 8.2 percent annually to $9.2 billion in 2017. Solar control glass such as low-emissivity (low-e) glass will grow the fastest, while security and safety glass will remain the larges...

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  • Magnesium: United States

    FF65019

    This report forecasts US magnesium metal demand in metric tons to 2017. Total demand is segmented in terms of primary magnesium and secondary magnesium. Total demand is also segmented by application as follows: magnesium alloys, aluminum alloys, iron ...

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  • World Refractories

    2985

    Global refractory demand will rise 3.4 percent annually through 2016 to 46.3 million metric tons. Sales will grow the fastest in developing areas, reflecting the ongoing shift in heavy industry production to countries with low cost structures. The iro...

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  • World Flat Glass

    2970

    World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 7.1 percent per year through 2016 to 9.2 billion square meters. The dominant Asia/Pacific region will continue to post the fastest gains. Fabricated flat glass demand will benefit from rapid growth in sa...

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  • Refractories

    2968

    US demand for refractories is projected to grow 3.3 percent annually to $2.6 billion in 2016. A shift toward higher-priced, advanced refractories will bolster sales value, but longer lasting, more durable refractories will limit future demand. Bricks ...

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  • Feldspar: United States

    FF65035

    This report discusses US feldspar demand and production for the years 2006 and 2011, with forecasts for 2016. Topics covered include market size and trends, application segmentation, domestic production, environmental and regulatory considerations, pr...

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  • World Industrial Silica Sand

    2940

    Global demand for industrial silica sand will grow 4.8 percent annually to 280 million metric tons in 2016, valued at $9.2 billion. Glass and foundries will remain the largest markets, while faster gains will be seen in the developing hydraulic fractu...

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  • World Specialty Silicas

    2906

    World demand for specialty silicas will grow 5.6 percent annually to 2.8 million metric tons in 2016. Precipitated silica will remain dominant, with good growth fueled by the adoption of green tires, especially in North America and the Asia/Pacific re...

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  • Well Stimulation Materials

    2867

    US demand for well stimulation materials is forecast to rise 10.2 percent annually to nearly $12 billion in 2016. Growth will be driven by continued advances in hydraulic fracturing technology designed to increase the productivity of both new and exis...

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    329 Pages
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  • World Kaolin

    2846

    The world market for kaolin is projected to grow 3.7 percent per year through 2015 to 28.4 million metric tons. The biggest gains will be in China, which will easily overtake the US to become the world's largest kaolin market. Paper will remain the...

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  • World Abrasives

    2837

    Global abrasives demand will rise 6.3 percent annually to $44.8 billion in 2015. The fastest gains will be seen in China and India, while gains in North America and Western Europe will be much improved over the 2005-2010 period. Loose grains and powde...

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    413 Pages
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  • World Salt

    2857

    Global demand for salt will rise 2.9 percent annually through 2015 to 327 million metric tons. Growth in chemical production, especially in China, will fuel most new demand. Demand will also benefit from shale gas drilling in North America, which will...

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    286 Pages
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  • Metal Powders

    2811

    US metal powder demand will grow 6.2 percent annually to $4.8 billion in 2015, driven primarily by increased output in several key industries. Ferrous metal powders will outpace nonferrous types in volume terms, but nonferrous metal powders will remai...

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    316 Pages
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  • World Rare Earths

    2775

    World rare earths demand will expand 7.1 percent annually through 2015, driven by gains in battery alloy, electronic product, motor vehicle and permanent magnet output. Neodymium and dysprosium will post the fastest growth, while cerium will remain t...

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    270 Pages
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  • Specialty Silicas

    2762

    US demand for specialty silicas is forecast to rise 5.8 percent annually through 2015. Fumed silica will be the fastest growing type, fueled by a strong rebound in nontire rubber consumption. Precipitated silica will remain the leading segment, based ...

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    228 Pages
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  • Abrasives

    2696

    Demand for abrasives in the US is forecast to rise four percent annually through 2014. Durable goods manufacturing will remain the dominant market, with the motor vehicle segment growing the fastest. Nonmetallic coated and bonded abrasives and loose g...

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    308 Pages
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