Lime Market

Lime Market: Metal Industry to Provide Significant Growth Opportunities over the Forecast Period: U.S. Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026

  • 2016-11-25
  • REP-US-2209
  • 101 pages
  • Format: PDF/PPT/Excel

An Incisive, In-depth Analysis on the Us Lime Market

This study offers a comprehensive, 360 degree analysis on the Us Lime market, bringing to fore insights that can help stakeholders identify the opportunities as well as challenges. It tracks the global Us Lime 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.

Lime is a low cost-high volume commodity that is derived from heating limestone and is consumed on a large scale in the United States. There are two types of lime generally available in the market – quick lime and hydrated lime – and are used across various applications including metal processing, cement manufacturing, pulp and paper processing, etc. Revenue from the sales of lime in the U.S. market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2,538.1 Mn by 2016 end. The U.S. lime market is estimated to register a value CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period 2016–2026.

Increasing use of lime to remove impurities during metallurgical operations likely to boost market growth

The domestic metal industry in the U.S., which suffered from dumping of low cost products in the country, is expected to strengthen its position over the coming years. A huge amount of lime is used to eliminate impurities during metallurgical operations such as in the manufacturing process of ferrous (iron and steel) and non-ferrous (alumina & bauxite, magnesium, copper, zinc, lead, etc.) metals. Due to developments in the metal industry, the demand for lime is also anticipated to experience significant rise and the market is forecast to register healthy growth over the coming years. Another key driver impacting the demand for lime in the U.S. market is its increasing use for producing precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC). PCC, due to its high calcium content, is progressively being used in the manufacture of paints, paper, plastic, rubber, calcium-based antacid tablets and liquids, multi-vitamin/mineral tablets, etc. The growing use of PCC, specifically in the healthcare, polymer, and paper industries, is expected to drive demand for lime in the U.S market over the forecast period.

Growing prominence of lime alternatives such as limestone, calcined gypsum, magnesium hydroxide etc. are expected to pose challenges to its market growth in the country. Besides, less storage time is another challenge faced by market players in the U.S. lime market. Lime, when stored for more than six months, changes its physical and chemical characteristics due to absorption of carbon dioxide and moisture, and the product becomes unsuitable for use. These factors are likely to restrict revenue growth of the U.S lime market over the forecast period.

Market Segmentation

By Product Type

By Application

By Region

  • Quick Lime

  • Hydrated Lime

  • Cement Manufacturing

  • Metal Manufacturing

  • Chemical (Water Treatment, Flue Gas, Others)

  • Fertilizer

  • Pulp & Paper

  • Others

  • Northeast

  • Midwest

  • South

  • Western

Quick Lime product type segment anticipated to continue a disproportionate dominance throughout the forecast period

The Quick Lime segment accounted for a volume share of 85.2% in the U.S. lime market in 2015. This segment is anticipated to register a volume CAGR of 3.1% over the forecast period.

Metal Manufacturing and Chemical application segments estimated to consume approximately two-thirds of the total lime consumed in the U.S. by 2016 end

The Metal Manufacturing segment accounted for 32.7% value share in the U.S lime market in 2015. The Chemical segment is estimated to register a value CAGR of 3.7% between 2016 and 2026.

The South and Midwest regions expected to remain the key markets for lime through 2026

The Midwest and South regions, collectively accounting for 76.2% value share, dominated the U.S. lime market in 2015. Growth of the steel industry in South U.S. is expected to boost lime consumption growth in the region.

US Lime Market updated

Top companies are expanding their production facilities and introducing latest technology and equipment to meet market demand

CARMEUSE, United States Lime & Minerals Inc., CHENEY LIME & CEMENT COMPANY, Lhoist, Linwood Mining & Minerals Corporation, Pete Lien & Sons Inc., Mississippi Lime Company, Graymont Limited, and Valley Minerals LLC are some of the leading players operating in the U.S lime market. Some of these companies have followed a strategy of acquisitions and alliances to expand their presence and retain market share.

Future Market Insights offers a 10-year forecast for the U.S. lime market in a new publication titled “Lime Market: U.S. Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016–2026.” Our study demonstrates key market dynamics and developments across various regions of the country that are expected to influence the current status and future prospects of the U.S. lime market over the forecast period (2016 – 2026). The primary objective of this report is to provide information on key drivers, restraints, opportunities, regulations, price, value chain analysis, and updates on developments in the U.S. lime market; and conduct a quantitative as well as qualitative assessment of the market across various regional market segments.

Report description

To understand and assess market opportunities and trends, the U.S. lime market report is categorically split into three different sections based on market segmentation - by product type, by application, and by region. The report starts with a market overview and provides market definition and analysis of the value chain, pricing, product cost structure, drivers, restraints, opportunities, trends, and regulations in the U.S. lime market. The sections that follow include an analysis of the U.S. lime market - by product type, application, and region. All these sections evaluate the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the U.S. lime market on the basis of various factors affecting the market. To give a brief idea of revenue opportunities from product type, application, and region-wise segments, the report also provides volume (KT) data, absolute $ opportunity, and total incremental opportunity for each segment over the forecast period.

In the final section of the report, we have highlighted the U.S. lime market structure and a detailed competition landscape with company market share and performance to provide report audiences with a dashboard view of key players operating in the U.S. lime market.

Research methodology

For market data analysis, we have considered 2015 as the base year, with market numbers estimated for 2016 and a comprehensive forecast made for 2017–2026. To calculate market size, the report considers the weighted average price of lime, based on product type available across key regions of the country. The forecast assesses the total revenue as well as volume (KT) of the U.S. lime market. In order to provide an accurate forecast, we have started by sizing up the current market, which forms the basis of how the U.S. lime market is expected to develop in the future. Critical market data – including the base number and segment splits – has been derived through in-depth secondary research. This data is then triangulated on the basis of different verticals, considering both supply side and demand side drivers and other dynamics of the various regional markets, along with primary interviews of manufacturers and industry experts operating in the U.S. lime market.

Given the ever-fluctuating nature of the global and U.S. economy, we have not only conducted forecasts in terms of CAGR, but have also analysed the market based on key parameters such as year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth rate to understand market predictability and to identify the right opportunities across the U.S. lime market. We have also analysed the different segments of the U.S. lime market in terms of basis point share (BPS) to understand individual segments’ relative contribution to market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identifying the various key trends governing the U.S. lime market. Another important feature of our report is an analysis of all the key segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity, critical in evaluating the scope of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a delivery perspective in the U.S. lime market. The overall absolute dollar opportunity along with the segmental split is mentioned in the report. Further, to understand key market segments in terms of growth and performance, we have developed a market attractiveness index to help providers identify real market opportunities in the U.S. lime market.

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