World Cement & Concrete Additives

As Quoted In International Construction

Growth trends include higher additive loadings in developing markets, more fiber additive usage in developed areas, and a shift to higher-performance water reducers and other chemical additives.

World demand to rise 9.3% annually through 2017

Global demand for cement and concrete additives is projected to increase 9.3 percent annually to $21.2 billion in 2017. Although growth in world cement consumption will decelerate from that of the 2007-2012 period, a number of factors will contribute to robust value growth for additives. First, additive loadings are increasing in all but the most developed markets, and even in those, fiber additive usage is becoming more prevalent. Second, a shift to higher-performance water reducers and other chemical additives will drive value gains, particularly in developing markets. Finally, while growth in overall cement consumption will decelerate, much of this slowdown will occur in large cement markets that are low-intensity additive users. Meanwhile, growth in cement demand will be strong in the US and Western Europe, where additive use per metric ton of cement is much higher than the global average.

Growth in developed markets to rebound

Growth in cement use in the US, Italy, Spain, and several other developed markets will rebound as construction markets recover from recent disastrous periods, which will fuel above average gains for additives. For example, additive demand in Spain will increase more than 13 percent per year through 2017, but even that stellar performance will only return the market for additives to about 70 percent of what it had been in 2007. In contrast, the construction markets of many developing countries were not affected (or much less so) by the recent economic downturn. In these areas, gains will be prompted by increased additive usage, and a move to higher-value additives to produce concrete that meets increasingly stringent performance expectations. In China, which accounted for nearly three-fifths of the world’s cement demand and more than one-quarter of additive demand in 2012, increased use of high-performance superplasticizers will sustain growth for additives, even as growth in construction activity and cement demand decelerates.

Fibers, chemicals to be fastest growing additives

Chemical additives will post strong growth through 2017 as many significant markets for chemical additives rebound. In developing markets, use of higher loadings and higher-value products will boost demand. Demand for minerals will post healthy gains, although below the overall pace due to the increased use of fly ash, slag, and other materials as components of blended cement, rather than as concrete additives. Blended cement demand is projected to outpace that of portland cement. The fibers segment will post the fastest growth from a small base, due to overall increases in the use of fibers in concrete.

Study coverage

This study analyzes the $13.6 billion world cement and concrete additive industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, with forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by type (e.g., water reducers, set controllers, coloring agents, air entrainers, blast furnace slag, gypsum, fly ash, silica fume, fiber additives), market (e.g., buildings, highways and streets), world region, and for 21 countries.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 35 industry players including Master Builder Solutions, Sika and Grace Construction Products.

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