Metals and Minerals
Overview of the lime market
Extensive research carried out market research analysts at Technavio has shown that the global lime market will grow at a steady pace and will post a moderate CAGR of more than 4% over the forecast period. The increasing use of lime for animal waste treatment is one of the major factors driving this market’s growth. The use of lime for animal waste treatment is not only cost-effective but also helps to control odor and maintain pH. Also, lime treatment is almost half the cost of aerobic and anaerobic digestion and creates a pH level higher than 12, which helps in efficiently eliminating pathogens. Moreover, quicklime aids in increasing the temperature of the waste to very high temperature of nearly 158F that helps in drying the solid waste faster. Furthermore, lime has calcium ions that react with the hydrogen sulfide present in animal waste to form complexes, thereby getting rid of the foul smell.
The modernization of lime production plants in Europe is an important trend likely to spur this market’s growth prospects. As Europe is focusing on becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050, the lime sector being a carbon and energy intensive sector is likely to contribute immensely to this objective. This has led the lime industry in Europe to undergo major transformation, resulting in the modernization of plants and adjusting the fuel mix in order to lower its carbon emissions. Modernization of plants leads to increase in efficiency of engines and other technical progress, thus, reducing the carbon emissions significantly.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The global lime market is highly fragmented owing to the presence of several well-established vendors. As logistics plays a critical role in manufacturing value-added products, the commercial
Overview of the global molecular sieves market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global molecular sieves market to grow at a moderate CAGR of more than 6% between 2016 and 2020, in terms of volume. Molecular sieves are adsorbents and act as desiccants. These sieves have extensive uses in various applications such as the oil and gas, petrochemicals, process, construction, and other industries including automotive, packaging, and paints and coating. Molecular sieve-based adsorbents also find use in the chemical industry and are used to control the dew point of natural gases, acting as a moisture level indicator. Also, molecular sieves can be reused by eliminating the absorbed fluid or gas. The rising environmental apprehensions have led to growing frequencies in water treatment, clean foundry additives solutions, biodiesel purification, and power plants, which subsequently aid in the steady demand for molecular sieves.
In terms of geography, APAC is the largest revenue contributing region to the global market for molecular sieves and will continue its dominance over the predicted period. India, China, and Japan are the major countries who are increasingly demanding molecular sieves for air separation and gas refining segments. Several upcoming nuclear projects in the region coupled with the increasing safety measures for existing nuclear plants in Japan are expected to propel demand for molecular
Global outlook of metalworking fluids market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global metalworking fluids market to grow steadily at a CAGR of around 4% by 2020. Currently, the market is witnessing a growing inclination towards synthetic fluids that contain lubricants. Synthetic fluids are better than conventional fluids due to their advanced forms and functions. These fluids provide better tramp oil control than conventional fluids, and offer accurate concentration measurements and extend pump life by lowering the oil contamination. These metalworking fluids also generate less foam and reduce mist. They have better efficiency and performance under load in low viscosity formulations and are also fire resistant. Also, these fluids are expensive and are consumed in a lower concentration. The growing popularity of these fluids will contribute significantly towards the cumulative overall sales and revenue in the market in the coming years.
APAC is the largest revenue contributing region in the market and is likely to occupy more than 46% of the total market share by 2020. The major growth driver for the market growth in this region is the massive consumption of removal fluids. The increase in industrialization in the region is anticipated to increase the consumption of metalworking fluids in machinery, transportation equipment, and metal fabrication industries. Owing to their cost-effectiveness and associated benefits, metalworking fluids will have extensive usage across various end-user industries, providing prospects for the market growth during the forecast period.
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Overview of the global magnesium market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global magnesium market to grow at a CAGR of almost 6% between the estimated period of 2016 and 2020. A steady shift from traditional metal casting to non-ferrous casting is one of the key driving forces in the growth of the magnesium market. At present, several organizations across telecommunications, automotive, and industrial machinery have started developing lightweight products to enhance quality and minimize the overall weight. For instance, various auto components that are usually manufactured using ferrous casting materials like iron are being replaced by non-ferrous casting materials such as magnesium. These casting materials are lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and offer high conductivity. Due to its lightweight property, magnesium is used in various automobile components such as gearboxes, steering wheels, and seat frames. To reduce the weight of the automobile, OEMs are replacing aluminum and steel parts with magnesium in vehicles, which will further trigger the growth of the magnesium market in the coming years.
The demand for magnesium stainless alloys is expected to increase considerably during the forecast period. Magnesium stainless alloys are anticipated to transform the manufacturing industry by offering lesser weight and high strength. Several industries including automobile and electronics have started using magnesium alloys for manufacturing. For instance, 2016 BMW 7 series, Jaguar XF, and the Ferrari 488 Spider uses magnesium alloys. Some high-resolution full-frame cameras have also started using magnesium alloys
Overview of the global high-performance alloys market
The superior chemical and mechanical properties, resistance to heat and corrosion, high tensile strength, and inertness towards alkaline chemicals are some of the key properties that have increased the applications of high-performance alloys across several end-user industries including aerospace, electronics, oil and gas, and gas turbines. These characteristics help in extending the life cycle of the equipment that are made using these materials. High-performance alloys also offer improved heat and sound insulation. They contribute to minimise weight and increase fuel efficiency, and are easy to handle, design, shape, and repair. The growing prominence of nickel-based and titanium-based high-performance alloys across aerospace and automotive industries will positively impact the growth of the market over the next four years. Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global high-performance alloys market to grow steadily at a CAGR of around 4% by 2020.
North America is the highest revenue-contributing region in the market and will continue to dominate the market during the forecast period. Much of the market’s growth can be attributed to the increase in expenditure on aerospace and defense and for the enhancement of military security. Moreover, the growing requirement for reducing emissions and elevating fuel efficiency have propelled engine manufacturers to develop advanced engines and components made of high-performance alloys. Factors such as the increase in aircraft supplies and the presence of significant
Overview of the global activated alumina market
According to the market research analysts at Technavio, the global activated alumina market will grow progressively and will post a CAGR of around 8% by 2020. The extensive use of activated alumina ball for a wide range of catalyst-based applications coupled with its ability to act as an adsorbent will fuel this market’s growth during the forecast period. Activated alumina will be used for the removal of impurities such as fluoride and arsenic from drinking water and can also be used for the drying of liquids, air, and gasses. Also, these will be used in the purification and conditioning of insulating oil and industrial oils as its chemical and physical structure is very stable at higher temperatures. Furthermore, activated alumina is also used for maximum defluoridation as it requires minimum contact time and ensures lower attrition loss during the regeneration process. Since it offers greater defluoridation efficiency at a lower pH, its demand among the end users will increase substantially.
Market researchers predict that APAC will be the largest market for activated alumina by 2020 by posting a CAGR of approximately 9%. Due to the presence of abundant raw materials in China, it will be the major producer or supplier of semi-finished or fully finished raw material for others countries. In this region, the manufacturing units will be equipped to supply these products at a consistent quality and at relatively lower prices to retain customers and create a unique market space for themselves.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The activated alumina market consists of
The metals, minerals, and materials industry consists of enterprises engaged in producing all types of metals, like precious metals, base metals, minor metals, and rare earth metals; minerals, like metallic minerals, fuel minerals, and industrial minerals; and materials, like automotive materials, construction materials, specialty materials, and industrial materials.