Global Information would like to present a new market research report, "Gypsum and Anhydrite: Global Industry Markets and Outlook, 2009" by Roskill Information Services, Ltd..
Although natural gypsum still dominates the market, use of synthetic gypsum has grown rapidly during the past decade in particular. Three factors are responsible for this major shift in the market; stricter environmental regulations at coal-fired stations resulting in increased sales of FGD gypsum, the high cost of landfill, and the low cost of FGD gypsum compared to natural gypsum. In the future, increased use of FGD and other suitable waste gypsum materials is assured in the manufacture of plasterboard, plaster, cement and other materials.
Overall, world consumption of gypsum dropped 4% between 2006 and 2008, a total reduction of 8Mt, as result of the global financial crisis and associated recession. Plasterboard and cement production are expected to take at least 2 - 3 years to regain the 2006 peak levels, but full economic recovery will see growth rates of between 4 and 7%py for cement and plasterboard respectively.