COVID-19 Economic Impact Report: Global Drywall

The global drywall industry is facing a number of challenges as it deals with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. How has the macroeconomic environment changed and what does it mean for the global protective packaging industry going forward?

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COVID-19 Economic Impact Report: Global Drywall looks at how the expected impact of the pandemic on the current macroeconomic environment compares to other major events since 2000, including the bursting of technology bubble, the SARS outbreak, the 2009 global downturn, and the European financial crisis. It also provides a historical view of global industry sales since 2000, a look at how the industry is being currently impacted, and estimates for global sales through 2023.

Drywall supply and demand is presented in square meters. The most common dimension for standard drywall worldwide is 120 centimeters (cm) wide by 240 cm high by 1 cm to 1.25 cm thick – meaning that the weight per square meter for drywall in each country is similar. Even so, numerous other factors also affect the average weight of a square meter of drywall, including:

  • types of drywall used (e.g., water-resistant, fire-resistant, sheathing, veneer, mobile home, and ceiling tile)
  • weight of front and back faces
  • proportion of use in residential versus nonresidential applications
  • proportion of synthetic versus naturally mined gypsum material inside the drywall

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