Magnesium Metal Market

Magnesium Metal Market: Increasing demand from automotive industry to drive consumption during forecast period; Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016 - 2026

  • 2016-05-26
  • REP-GB-1550
  • 160 pages
  • Format: PDF/PPT/Excel

An Incisive, In-depth Analysis on the Magnesium Metal Market

This study offers a comprehensive, 360 degree analysis on the Magnesium Metal market, bringing to fore insights that can help stakeholders identify the opportunities as well as challenges. It tracks the global Magnesium Metal market across key regions, and offers in-depth commentary and accurate quantitative insights. The study also includes incisive competitive landscape analysis, and provides key recommendations to market players on winning imperatives and successful strategies.

The report covers comprehensive information about market trends, volume (metric tonnes) and value (US$ Mn) projections, market dynamics, competition, and recent developments in the global magnesium metal market for the study period 2016 to 2026.

The global magnesium metal market is expected to reach a little over US$ 6,271.5 Mn by the end of forecast period, registering a CAGR of 7.1% for the period between 2016 and 2026. Advancements in automobile manufacturing, increasing adoption in aviation capacity, and expansion of crude steel production are some of the factors expected to lay the robust foundation for the growth of the global magnesium metal market.

Magnesium Metal – Definition

Magnesium metal, a silvery white metal, is one of the lightest metals available for structural applications. Magnesium metal is around 33% lighter than aluminium and nearly 67% lighter than steel. Moreover, magnesium metal is one of the most abundant elements in the world, and can be obtained from various mineral sources - also from sea water or brines. Magnesium metal finds a variety of applications across a diverse set of industries. Some of the prominent application areas for magnesium metal include the production of aluminium alloys, where magnesium metal effects improved physical properties and processability of these alloys. Another prominent application area for magnesium metal is die-casting. Comparable physical attributes coupled with a relatively lower density of magnesium metal helps the manufacture of components that are lighter, yet adhering to exacting standards. The relatively higher affinity of magnesium metal towards sulphur renders it ideal for use in iron and steel desulphurization applications. Moreover, magnesium metal is also used as a reductant in the production of metals such as titanium, uranium, hafnium, and zirconium, among others.

Increasing Emphasis on Automotive Light-weighting to Boost Demand for Magnesium Metal

Growing automotive sales and a corresponding increase in automotive /vehicle parc are expected to result in a significant increase in environmental greenhouse gas emissions. According to EPA, the transportation sector accounted for around 26% of overall greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 in the U.S. Thus, in order to tackle the menace of increasing environmental pollution emanating from the transportation sector, the development of greener technologies and vehicles that are all the more fuel-efficient has emerged as a top priority for automotive industry think tanks and related R&D activities. Magnesium metal is one of the most versatile metals on earth. It is around 65% lighter than steel and 33% lighter than aluminium. Moreover, the use of magnesium metal for automotive components results in parts that are not only lighter in weight but also relatively more dimensionally stable. Besides, several intricate and thin-walled components can be manufactured with relatively more ease vis-à-vis some of the conventional materials.

Use of Magnesium in Aircraft Applications to Fuel Global Market Revenue Growth

The use of magnesium metal and magnesium metal alloys in aircraft and aerospace applications is expected to witness a steady growth over the forecast period. Over the years, aircraft manufacturers across the globe have focussed on developing lighter and more fuel-efficient aircraft in order to adhere to stringent emission norms and regulations imposed by various regulatory bodies and associations. Magnesium metal is one of the lightest metals on Earth. Moreover, magnesium metal is relatively more dimensionally stable, resistant to elevated temperatures, and relatively easier to process. In order to effect weight saving without compromising structural strength and effectiveness, magnesium metal has found application in the aerospace and aircraft industry. Several engines and other related components made of magnesium metal and magnesium alloys are a part of present-day aircraft. For instance, components made from magnesium metal and alloys, thereof, are a part of some of The Boeing Company’s aircraft (Boeing 636, 646, etc.). However, the use of magnesium metal and magnesium metal alloys for cabin and aircraft interior parts was restricted by regulatory bodies and organizations such as SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), which develop the necessary standards.

Regional Analysis and Outlook of the Magnesium Metal Market - Developing Economic Regions in APEJ Expected to Lead to the Growth of the Global Magnesium Metal Market During the Forecast Period

The Asia Pacific excluding Japan market is expected to exhibit a relatively higher CAGR than other regions over the forecast period, owing to the significant level of investments in the automobile industry, and crude steel production, thus incurring a high need for magnesium metal. Latin America and MEA are also expected to register high growth rates in the magnesium metal market over the forecast period, owing to the growth of aviation industries in the region. The rest of the world is expected to witness decent growth levels in the magnesium metal market during the forecast period.


Competitive Landscape Overview and Associated Market Participants in the Global Magnesium Metal Market - Market Footprint Expansion and Optimization of Operations Followed by the Manufacturers of Magnesium Metal for Sustained Business Development and Growth

The magnesium metal market is a highly competitive market, consisting of tier-1 global scale manufacturers and a greater proportion of small-scale magnesium metal manufacturers catering to domestic demand. However, large industrial operations seek products from reputed magnesium metal manufacturers for demand procurement. Key strategies employed by tier-1 magnesium metal manufacturers include the provision effective sales and services, strategic tie-ups with regional distributors/manufacturers to foray expansion in untapped markets, and undergoing restructuring business operations to optimize the use of resources.

  • In February 2014, the magnesium metal manufacturing company US Magnesium LLC announced plans to increase its existing primary magnesium production capacity (63,500 metric tonnes per year) by around 20%, taking the capacity to 66,500 metric tonnes per annum by 2015 end. Moreover, the company announced that it had completed an engineering study intended to examine the possibility of ramping up production capacity to around 90,000 metric tonnes per annum.

  • In June 2013, POSCO announced plans to set up a magnesium plant among other investments, including a ferroalloy plant in Kyrgyzstan.

  • The company has announced a three phase magnesium metal production expansion plan:

    • 2016 end – 20,000 metric tonnes

    • 2018 end – 100,000 metric tonnes

Some of the market participants identified in the magnesium metal market are US Magnesium LLC., Dead Sea Magnesium Ltd, POSCO, RIMA Group, Solikamsk Magnesium Works OAO, Wenxi YinGuang Magnesium Industry (Group) Co., Ltd., Shanxi Wenxi Hongfu Magnesium Co., Ltd., Shanxi Wenxi Zhenxin Magnesium Co., Ltd., and Taiyuan Tongxiang Magnesium Co., Ltd.

Key Questions Answered in the Magnesium Metal Market Report

  • How has the magnesium metal market evolved in the past four years?

  • What shape is the magnesium metal market expected to take in terms of volume and value during the study period?

  • What are some of the prevailing market dynamics in the magnesium metal market?

  • What are the competition developments and trends in the magnesium metal market?

  • What are some of the underlying macro-economic and industry factors impacting the growth of the magnesium metal market?

  • What are the important key challenges, opportunities, and improvement factors for magnesium metal market players?

  • What are the important market positioning and key strategies of key manufacturers as per the magnesium metal market taxonomy?

  • How is the competition structured at present, and how has it evolved in the magnesium metal market over the past few years?

Report Description

This FMI study offers a ten-year analysis and forecast of the global magnesium metal market for the period between 2016 and 2026. The study considers 2015 as the base year, with market values estimated for the year 2016, and forecast developed for the duration of 2016 to 2026. Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) has been calculated from 2016 to 2026. The study covers various perspectives of the magnesium metal market, including market dynamics, value chain, pricing analysis, competition analysis, regional and segmental growth comparison, and macro-economic and industry growth analysis, along with segment level projections in a comprehensive manner. As per the findings of the study and perspectives of industry participants, the global magnesium metal market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% between 2016 and 2026, in terms of value. Growing automotive industry, capacity expansion of crude steel production, and growth of the aviation industry of are some of the factors positively impacting the consumption of magnesium metal in the global market.

The FMI report on the magnesium metal market carefully analyses the market on a global and regional level through market segmentation on the basis of application. The primary objective of the report is to offer key insights on market updates, competition positioning, current trends, market potential, growth rates, and other relevant information and statistics in a suitable manner to the readers or various stakeholders of the market.

Global magnesium metal production capacity was pegged at around 1.9 million metric tonnes for 2015, while annual production of magnesium metal was around a million metric tonnes in the same year. On the flipside, global aluminium production of magnesium metal for 2015 stood at around 57 million metric tonnes. Of the overall global magnesium metal production capacity, around 85% is concentrated in China, while the remainder is distributed in pockets across the globe. Thus, the current supply of magnesium metal is characterised by an overdependence on magnesium metal output from China. Also, there exists regulations on the import of magnesium metal from China into the U.S. Moreover, there is only one magnesium metal producer based in the U.S., as of 2015. This renders the U.S. automotive industry reluctant in adopting magnesium metal on a wide scale.

Moreover, of the two major magnesium metal production routes, namely, the thermal process and electrolytic process, the former accounts for a dominant share in overall production capacity. In China, almost the entire magnesium metal output is obtained through the thermal process. Thermal process is energy- and labor-intensive, and is at the same time characterized by relatively more amount of environmental emissions.

Magnesium Metal Market: Segmentation



  • Die-casting

  • Aluminium Alloys

  • Metal Reduction

  • Desulphurization

  • Others

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Western Europe

  • Eastern Europe

  • Asia Pacific Excl. Japan

  • Middle East and Africa

  • Japan


Magnesium Metal Market: Report Structure

The magnesium metal market report is structured in such a way that it will allow the reader to develop a thorough understanding of the market. The magnesium metal report begins with market introduction, which covers the market taxonomy and product definitions for the global magnesium metal market assessment. In the next section, the report describes the magnesium metal market development background, and covers macro-economic factors, industry factors, forecast factors, regional weighted average pricing analysis, value chain overview covering approximate margins, an indicative list of stakeholders involved in each stage, and an assessment of the magnesium metal market for the base year considered for the study.

The next section of the magnesium metal market report discusses market dynamics such as the drivers, restraints, and trends impacting the magnesium metal market growth on a global level. The magnesium metal market opportunities or potential for manufacturers have been presented in the subsequent section of the same chapter. This section also includes the impact assessment of market dynamics on the global magnesium metal market on a qualitative level based on analysis facts and insights.

Subsequent sections of the magnesium metal market report provide value (US$ Mn) and volume (metric tonnes) projections for the magnesium metal market on the basis of the aforementioned segments on a global level. The global magnesium metal market values represented in these sections have been agglomerated by collecting data and information on a regional level. The market information, along with key facts and insights, cover unique analysis frameworks, such as absolute $ opportunity analysis, year-on-year growth trend comparison, market share, and attractiveness analysis for each of the sub-types covered in each segment.

The next section of the magnesium metal market report presents a summarised view of the global magnesium metal market based on seven prominent regions considered in the study. The section includes the regional market position, growth potential, trends, and market attractiveness analysis for each of these regions.

Magnesium Metal Market: Report Methodology

The magnesium metal market analysis sections cover Y-o-Y growth trends, market share analysis, market attractiveness, and incremental $ opportunity assessment for each of the aforementioned segment. These sections analyse the degree at which the global drivers are influencing the magnesium metal market in each region. All the above sections evaluate the present market scenario and growth prospects in the global magnesium metal market, while the forecast presented in the sections assess the market size of magnesium metal in terms of volume and value.

In order to offer an accurate forecast, we started by sizing the magnesium metal market, which forms the basis of how the global magnesium metal market is expected to develop in the future. Given the characteristics of the magnesium metal market, we triangulated the outcome of the three different types of analysis, based on primary research, secondary research, and our own analysis. However, forecasting the magnesium metal market in terms of various applications of magnesium metal and regions is more a matter of quantifying expectations and identifying opportunities rather than rationalising them after the completion of the forecast exercise.

In addition, it is imperative to note that, in an ever-fluctuating global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyse the market on the basis of key parameters, such as Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth, to understand the predictability of the magnesium metal market and identify the right opportunities available. As previously highlighted, the magnesium metal market is split into a number of sub-segments. All the magnesium metal sub-segments, in terms of application and region, have been analysed on the basis of Basis Point Share (BPS) to understand each individual segment’s relative contribution to the magnesium metal market growth. This detailed level of information is important for the identification of various key trends witnessed in the magnesium metal market.

Another key feature of this report is the analysis of all the key segments in the magnesium metal market, sub-segments, and the regional adoption and revenue forecast in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. This is traditionally overlooked while forecasting the market; however, the absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a sales and delivery perspective in the magnesium metal market. In order to understand the key market segments in terms of the growth and consumption of magnesium metal across the concerned regions, FMI has developed the attractiveness index, which will help providers identify real market opportunities.

Magnesium Metal Market: Competitive Landscape

In the final section of the report, a competitive landscape of the magnesium metal market has been included to provide report audiences with a dashboard view, categorised on the basis of providers present in the value chain, their presence in the magnesium metal market, and key differentiating factors and strategies. The primary category of providers covered in the report is magnesium metal manufacturers. This section is primarily designed to provide clients with an objective and detailed comparative assessment of the key providers specific to a market segment in the value chain of the magnesium metal market. Magnesium metal market report audiences can gain segment-specific vendor insights to identify and evaluate key competitors on the basis of in-depth assessment of their capabilities and success in the magnesium metal marketplace. Detailed profiles of the providers have also been included under the scope of the report to evaluate their long- and short-term strategies, key offerings, and recent developments pertaining to the magnesium metal market. Examples of some of the key competitors covered in the magnesium metal market report include US Magnesium LLC., Dead Sea Magnesium Ltd, POSCO, RIMA Group, Solikamsk Magnesium Works OAO, Wenxi YinGuang Magnesium Industry (Group) Co., Ltd., Shanxi Wenxi Hongfu Magnesium Co., Ltd., Shanxi Wenxi Zhenxin Magnesium Co., Ltd., and Taiyuan Tongxiang Magnesium Co., Ltd.

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