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April 14, 2016 05:00 ET

Uptick in Global Construction to Spur Growth in SCM Market, Reports BCC Research

WELLESLEY, MA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2016) - Global growth in the supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) market is expected to depend heavily on the global construction sector. BCC Research reveals in its new report that global infrastructure development, particularly in emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, should drive demand for SCM.

Supplementary cementitious materials are added to concrete mixtures and other building products to improve both their microstructure and resistance to environment hazards. Fly ash, ground granulated blast-furnace slag and silica fumes are the most commonly used types of SCMs.

The global supplementary SCM market, valued at $79.2 billion in 2015, should reach $103.2 billion by 2020, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4%. Fly ash as a segment totaled $75 billion in 2015, and should reach $98 billion by 2020 with a five-year CAGR of 5.5%. Slag cement as a segment, which reached $4 billion in 2015, should total $5 billion by 2020 with a five-year CAGR of 4.1%.

Fly ash accounted for a significant share within the global SCM market in 2014, accounting for over 70% of the volume and almost 95% of the revenue. Extensive utilization of fly ash in a host of industries, including construction and agriculture, should drive market demand. Increasing awareness among consumers regarding the benefits of using fly ash as a partial substitute for cement, which helps in lowering overall costs as well as reducing carbon footprints, is expected as another key market driver.

Within the global fly ash market, Asia-Pacific was the largest market, followed by North America. Abundant availability of the product has resulted in huge demand in these regions. In addition, relatively relaxed regulations regarding the use of fly ash in Asia-Pacific drove high consumption of the product. This trend should continue over the forecast period.

In 2014, Asia-Pacific was the largest producer as well as consumer of SCM. The region accounted for 68.3% of the global volume market in the same year. Rapid industrialization in the region has resulted in expansion of the infrastructure sector, leading to a huge demand for SCMs. In addition, rising awareness regarding the economical, mechanical and chemical benefits of using SCMs in concrete mixtures has resulted in bolstering market demand.

"The positive economic outlook in Asia-Pacific, particularly China and India, is expected to drive demand for SCM in the region over the forecast period," says BCC Research analyst Tanmay Joshi. "The focus of these two countries on infrastructure development is expected to augment demand for cement mixtures that include SCMs. China and India have included infrastructure development as a key focus area in each of their five-year plans."

Supplementary Cementitious Materials: Global Markets and New Technologies (AVM128A) analyzes the key players, competitive intelligence, market dynamics and geographic opportunities. The report also examines market drivers and obstacles, offers trends based on data from 2014, 2015, and projects CAGRs through 2020.

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