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Refractories (US Market & Forecast)

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Refractories (US Market & Forecast)
Published: June 30, 2015 Content info: 238 Pages

US demand to grow 3.3% annually through 2019

US demand for refractories is forecast to increase 3.3 percent per year through 2019 to $3.1 billion. This will represent a deceleration from robust 2009-2014 gains, as crude steel production in the US slows. Sales will also be limited by moderating output in a number of other durable goods manufacturing industries, many of which utilize refractories to at least some extent. Furthermore, a shift in demand toward better performing refractories, while providing an initial boost to sales based on their premium prices, will cause market growth to slow in the long run as replacement cycles are extended. However, continued increases in the price of raw refractory materials will support value gains. Additionally, the nonmetallic minerals market, which is expected to grow the fastest, utilizes some of the highest cost refractories, boosting overall dollar growth.

Nonmetallic minerals to post fastest market growth

When measured in volume terms, demand increases will be much more sluggish, averaging under one percent per year through 2019, when sales will total 2.3 million tons. Improvements in refractory designs have enabled end users to utilize less weight per ton of output, adversely affecting demand. Among specific markets, nonmetallic minerals will record the fastest demand advances through 2019, supported by an acceleration in shipments of cement and mineral, and ceramic products. Overall refractory market advances will be limited by the modest increases in iron and steel production in the US. The health of the iron and steel industry, which comprises the largest share of refractory demand by volume, has a major impact on overall refractory demand.

Nonclay refractories to outpace clay types

Growth opportunities for suppliers of nonclay refractories will be greater than those for clay refractories in dollar terms. Nonclay refractories typically present a number of performance advantages that boost their usage in more demanding applications, and nonclay refractory prices will rise faster than those for clay products, boosting value gains. However, the lower cost of clay refractories ensures their continued usage, especially when the performance advantages of nonclay refractories are not required.

US producers to gain from technological edge

Although the US has a small trade surplus in refractories in dollar terms, the country is both a large importer and exporter of refractories. The US typically imports lower cost commodity type products, while exporting higher value, advanced refractories. As a result, the nation is a small net importer of refractories in volume terms; the US had a trade deficit of 22,000 tons in 2014, equivalent to one percent of domestic demand. Shipments of refractories are expected to rise 2.7 percent yearly in value terms to $3.1 billion, while in volume terms shipments will grow less than one percent per year to 2.3 million tons in 2019. As is the case with demand, domestic production gains will be limited by the modest gains expected for iron and steel production in the US. Domestic producers of refractories will continue to see competition from low cost sources of supply, notably China and Mexico. Despite this, the technological advantage that US refractory producers have will continue to pose opportunities for growth, as the global trend toward usage of better performing refractories will favor output by US manufacturers.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, Refractories, presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) plus forecasts (2019 and 2024) by refractory form, material and market. The study also considers market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 25 competitors in the US industry.

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Table of Contents
Product Code: 3295

Table of Contents




  • General
  • Macroeconomic Trends
  • Fixed Investment Trends
  • Manufacturing Outlook
  • Refractory Technology
    • Basic Refractory Properties
    • Refractory Shapes & Forms
    • Refractory Materials
    • Other Technological Developments
  • Pricing Trends
  • Historical Market Trends
  • International Environment
    • World Supply & Demand
    • Foreign Trade
      • Imports
      • Exports


  • General
    • Refractory Supply & Demand by Value
    • Refractory Supply & Demand by Volume
  • Refractory Bricks & Shapes
    • Standard Bricks
    • Preformed Shapes
  • Monolithic Refractories
    • Castables
    • Plastic & Ramming Mixes
    • Gunning Mixes
    • Bonding & Other Mortars
  • Other Refractory Forms


  • General
    • Refractory Supply & Demand by Value
    • Refractory Supply & Demand by Volume
  • Nonclay Refractory Products
    • Magnesite & Chrome
    • Zircon & Zirconia
    • Extra-High Alumina
    • Ceramic Fibers
    • Silicon Carbide
    • Graphite & Carbon
    • Mullite
    • Silica
    • Dolomite & Other Nonclay Refractories
  • Clay Refractory Products
    • High-Alumina
    • Fireclay
    • Insulating


  • General
  • Metals Industries
    • Outlook
      • Iron & Steel
      • Nonferrous Metals
      • Metal Casting & Fabrication
    • Refractory Market
      • Iron & Steel
      • Nonferrous Metals
      • Metal Casting & Fabrication
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Industries
    • Outlook
    • Refractory Market
      • Ceramics
      • Glass
      • Cement, Lime, & Other Mineral Processing
      • Engineering Contractors
      • Nonmanufacturing Industries
      • Petroleum & Chemicals
      • Other Manufacturing Industries


  • General
  • Industry Composition & Restructuring
  • Market Share
    • Leading Refractory Suppliers
    • Significant Raw Material Suppliers
  • Product Development & Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Distribution

Company Profiles

  • Alcoa Incorporated
  • Allied Mineral Products Incorporated
  • Almatis GmbH
  • Alteo Holding
  • AluChem Incorporated
  • American Precast Refractories, see Allied Mineral
  • Products
  • ANH Refractories, see HarbisonWalker International
  • Asbury Carbons Incorporated
  • BNZ Materials Incorporated
  • Calderys, see Imerys
  • CerCo LLC
  • Cookson Group, see Vesuvius
  • Corning Incorporated
  • HarbisonWalker International
  • Imerys SA
  • Kerneos SA
  • Lhoist SA
  • Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB
  • Magneco/Metrel Incorporated
  • Magnesita Refratários SA
  • Metallurgica, see Vesuvius
  • Minerals Technologies Incorporated
  • Minteq International, see Minerals Technologies
  • Morgan Advanced Materials plc
  • Plibrico Company LLC
  • Refractory Specialties, see Unifrax
  • Resco Products Incorporated
  • RHI AG
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Specialty Ceramics, see Unifrax
  • TYK Corporation
  • Unifrax I LLC
  • VacuForm, see Unifrax
  • Veitsch-Radex America, see RHI
  • Vesuvius plc
  • Other Companies Mentioned in the Study



  • Summary Table


  • Macroeconomic Indicators
  • Nonresidential Fixed Investment
  • Manufacturers' Shipments
  • Selected US Manufacturer Refractory Pricing
  • Refractory Demand, 2004-2014
  • US Foreign Trade in Refractories
  • US Refractory Imports by Source, 2004-2014
  • US Refractory Exports by Destination, 2004-2014


  • Refractory Supply & Demand by Form in Value Terms
  • Refractory Supply & Demand in Volume Terms
  • Refractory Brick & Shape Supply & Demand
  • Standard Brick Refractory Shipments
  • Preformed Shape Refractory Shipments
  • Monolithic Refractory Supply & Demand
  • Castable Refractory Shipments
  • Plastic & Ramming Mix Refractory Shipments
  • Gunning Mix Refractory Shipments
  • Bonding & Other Mortar Refractory Shipments
  • Other Refractory Form Supply & Demand


  • Refractory Supply & Demand by Material in Value Terms
  • Refractory Supply & Demand by Material in Volume Terms
  • Nonclay Refractory Supply & Demand
  • Magnesite & Chrome Refractory Shipments
  • Zircon & Zirconia Refractory Shipments
  • Extra-High Alumina Refractory Shipments
  • Ceramic Fiber Refractory Shipments
  • Silicon Carbide Refractory Shipments
  • Graphite & Carbon Refractory Shipments
  • Mullite Refractory Shipments
  • Silica Refractory Shipments
  • Dolomite & Other Nonclay Refractory Shipments
  • Clay Refractory Supply & Demand
  • High-Alumina Clay Refractory Shipments
  • Fireclay Refractory Shipments
  • Insulating Clay Refractory Shipments


  • Refractory Demand by Market
  • Metals Industry Indicators
  • Metals Industry Refractory Market
  • Iron & Steel Production Refractory Market
  • Nonferrous Metal Production Refractory Market
  • Metal Casting & Fabrication Refractory Market
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Shipments
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Refractory Market
  • Ceramics Refractory Market
  • Glass Refractory Market
  • Cement, Lime, & Other Mineral Processing Refractory Market
  • Engineering Contractor Refractory Market
  • Nonmanufacturing Industries Refractory Market
  • Petroleum & Chemical Refractory Market
  • Other Manufacturing Industries Refractory Market


  • US Refractory & Raw Material Sales by Company, 2014
  • Capital Spending Patterns: Selected Refractory Manufacturers



  • Melting Points of Industrial Materials & Refractories
  • Selected US Manufacturer Refractory Pricing, 2004-2024
  • Refractory Demand, 2005-2014
  • World Refractory Demand by Region, 2014
  • US Refractory Imports by Source, 2014
  • US Refractory Exports by Destination, 2014


  • Refractory Demand by Form in Value Terms, 2004-2024
  • Refractory Demand by Form in Volume Terms, 2004-2024


  • Refractory Demand by Material in Value Terms, 2004-2024
  • Refractory Demand by Material in Volume Terms, 2004-2024
  • Nonclay Refractory Shipments by Material, 2014
  • Clay Refractory Shipments by Material, 2014


  • Refractory Demand by Market, 2014


  • US Refractory Market Share, 2014
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