Lime Market by Product (Quick Lime, Slaked Lime), End-Use (Chemical Intermediates, Construction, Environment) - Global Forecast 2024-2030

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[196 Pages Report] The Lime Market size was estimated at USD 48.30 billion in 2023 and expected to reach USD 50.93 billion in 2024, at a CAGR 5.76% to reach USD 71.53 billion by 2030.

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Lime is an inorganic material that is composed of calcium oxides and hydroxides. Lime is produced through a process known as thermal decomposition involving limestone heated at high temperatures in a lime kiln. The rapid growth of the construction industry and expansion of agricultural activities are expanding the use of lime for soil stabilization in agriculture and as an additive in plastering material in construction. However, environmental concerns associated with limestone mining may influence their cost and impede their use by the end-use industries. Moreover, ongoing research to improve the production process to enhance efficiency and reduce emissions is expected to encourage the growth of the lime market globally.

Lime Market - Global Forecast 2024-2030
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Product: Significant penetration of slaked lime for water treatment

Quick lime is a caustic alkaline substance that is a white crystalline solid at room temperature. It is produced by heating limestone in specially designed kilns. Quick lime is commonly used in the construction industry as it helps in the production of cement, plaster, and mortar. It is also used in the steel industry, which acts as a flux in purifying steel. In agriculture, quick lime is utilized in soil stabilization and adjustment of pH levels for healthier crop growth. Slaked lime is obtained by the slaking process and is in powder form that is white in appearance. Slaked lime is used in water and wastewater treatment plants, where it helps in the removal of impurities. Quick lime is widely used for its application in the construction and steel industry due to its caustic nature, while Slaked lime’s diluted strength has increased its usage in treating water and wastewater and in the pharmaceuticals and food industry.

End-Use: Proliferating use of lime in the construction sector

Lime is extensively used in chemical intermediates for pH control, purification, and neutralization. It is used to produce vital chemical products, including sodium alkalis, calcium hypochlorite, propylene oxide, and petrochemicals. It acts as a catalyst, facilitating chemical processes thereby enhancing efficiency and productivity. Lime is used in construction, primarily for mortar preparation and concrete manufacturing. Lime increases the durability of construction materials, improving water resistance and overall longevity of the structures. Additionally, it enhances the aesthetic quality of buildings, thereby making it integral to architectural construction methodologies. In environmental applications, lime effectively treats drinking water and wastewater by removing impurities. Lime also aids in flue-gas treatment, eliminating hazardous substances, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulates from emissions. In metallurgical applications, lime usage is increasing in fluxing, refining, and pH control processes. The addition of lime to the blast furnace helps to remove silica, thereby preventing damage and ensuring optimal furnace performance. In non-ferrous metallurgy, lime is instrumental in extracting metals such as aluminum, copper, and gold from their ores.

Regional Insights

Americas represents a robust market for lime, considering its varied applications in industrial and agricultural sectors. Growth in the demand for lime is primarily driven in the Americas by the construction sector due to its usage in masonry and plastering. In APAC, rapid industrial development and urbanization have amplified the need for lime. Additionally, increases in steel manufacturing and road construction are expanding the use of lime in the APAC region. The EMEA region has a steady demand for lime from the agriculture sector to improve pH balance and for water treatment, where lime softens water by removing impurities. Besides, inclination towards sustainable practices and research to expand the applications of lime are anticipated to increase their use across end-use sectors globally.

FPNV Positioning Matrix

The FPNV Positioning Matrix is pivotal in evaluating the Lime Market. It offers a comprehensive assessment of vendors, examining key metrics related to Business Strategy and Product Satisfaction. This in-depth analysis empowers users to make well-informed decisions aligned with their requirements. Based on the evaluation, the vendors are then categorized into four distinct quadrants representing varying levels of success: Forefront (F), Pathfinder (P), Niche (N), or Vital (V).

Market Share Analysis

The Market Share Analysis is a comprehensive tool that provides an insightful and in-depth examination of the current state of vendors in the Lime Market. By meticulously comparing and analyzing vendor contributions in terms of overall revenue, customer base, and other key metrics, we can offer companies a greater understanding of their performance and the challenges they face when competing for market share. Additionally, this analysis provides valuable insights into the competitive nature of the sector, including factors such as accumulation, fragmentation dominance, and amalgamation traits observed over the base year period studied. With this expanded level of detail, vendors can make more informed decisions and devise effective strategies to gain a competitive edge in the market.

Recent Developments
  • KulaDAO launches ground-breaking partnership with Bekazulu mining limited as its first RegionalDAO

    Bekazulu Mining Limited, the RegionalDAO of KulaDAO, dispatched a delegation to the Eastern Province of Zambia for a meeting with the management and operations teams. The primary objective of the panel was to evaluate the team and assets involved in limestone mining, as well as to establish local, regional, and national political connections for future collaboration. Bekazulu Mining Limited is responsible for producing lime products, including hydrated lime, quick lime, aggregate, and concrete/cement, catering to both local and regional markets. After the evaluation, KulaDAO finalized a share agreement, acquiring 14% of the stock and officially adding Bekazulu Limestone as its first RegionalDAO. [Published On: 2023-07-25]

  • Graymont touts benefits of hydrated lime in asphalt applications and committed to expand its Australian operations

    Graymont has recently expanded its operations in Australia to meet the demand for high-quality lime and limestone products among domestic customers, including asphalt producers. This expansion allows Graymont to leverage its global production network and demonstrates its commitment to investing several hundred million Australian dollars in the coming years to enhance and expand its production capacity for quicklime, hydrated lime, and limestone in Australia. These investments ensure a stable supply of lime and limestone & support the growth of various industries in the country. [Published On: 2022-06-02]

  • Lhoist UK Extends Bulk Hydrated Lime Transport Contract with Abbey Logistics

    Lhoist UK, a part of the Lhoist Group, has extended its contract with Abbey Logistics to meet the lime requirements of customers throughout the UK. The Lhoist Group is a producer of lime and limestone products globally. In the UK, the group operates from its works in Buxton and Kirkby Stephen, producing lime for various applications. The partnership between Abbey Logistics and Lhoist UK ensures the delivery of high-quality lime products to customers while maintaining a commitment to environmental sustainability. [Published On: 2022-05-16]

Key Company Profiles

The report delves into recent significant developments in the Lime Market, highlighting leading vendors and their innovative profiles. These include Adbri Ltd., Austin White Lime Company, Boral Limited, Carmeuse, Celtic Sustainables, Cheney Lime & Cement Company, Cornish Lime Company, GP Group, Graymont Limited, LAFARGE by Holcim Group, Lhoist Group, Linwood Mining & Minerals Corp., Minerals Technologies Inc., Mississippi Lime Company, Neelkanth Group, Nordkalk Corporation, Ognyanovo K AD, Omya AG, Pete Lien & Sons, Inc., SCR-Sibelco NV, Shandong Zhongxin Calcium Industry Co., Ltd., Sigma Minerals Ltd., Tarmac Trading Limited by CRH Company, United States Lime & Minerals, Inc., and Wagners Holding Company Ltd..

Market Segmentation & Coverage

This research report categorizes the Lime Market to forecast the revenues and analyze trends in each of the following sub-markets:

  • Product
    • Quick Lime
    • Slaked Lime
  • End-Use
    • Chemical Intermediates
    • Construction
    • Environment
    • Metallurgical

  • Region
    • Americas
      • Argentina
      • Brazil
      • Canada
      • Mexico
      • United States
        • California
        • Florida
        • Illinois
        • New York
        • Ohio
        • Pennsylvania
        • Texas
    • Asia-Pacific
      • Australia
      • China
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Japan
      • Malaysia
      • Philippines
      • Singapore
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Vietnam
    • Europe, Middle East & Africa
      • Denmark
      • Egypt
      • Finland
      • France
      • Germany
      • Israel
      • Italy
      • Netherlands
      • Nigeria
      • Norway
      • Poland
      • Qatar
      • Russia
      • Saudi Arabia
      • South Africa
      • Spain
      • Sweden
      • Switzerland
      • Turkey
      • United Arab Emirates
      • United Kingdom

The report offers valuable insights on the following aspects:

  1. Market Penetration: It presents comprehensive information on the market provided by key players.
  2. Market Development: It delves deep into lucrative emerging markets and analyzes the penetration across mature market segments.
  3. Market Diversification: It provides detailed information on new product launches, untapped geographic regions, recent developments, and investments.
  4. Competitive Assessment & Intelligence: It conducts an exhaustive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certifications, regulatory approvals, patent landscape, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players.
  5. Product Development & Innovation: It offers intelligent insights on future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments.

The report addresses key questions such as:

  1. What is the market size and forecast of the Lime Market?
  2. Which products, segments, applications, and areas should one consider investing in over the forecast period in the Lime Market?
  3. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the Lime Market?
  4. What is the market share of the leading vendors in the Lime Market?
  5. Which modes and strategic moves are suitable for entering the Lime Market?

Table of Contents
  1. Preface
  2. Research Methodology
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Market Overview
  5. Market Insights
  6. Lime Market, by Product
  7. Lime Market, by End-Use
  8. Americas Lime Market
  9. Asia-Pacific Lime Market
  10. Europe, Middle East & Africa Lime Market
  11. Competitive Landscape
  12. Competitive Portfolio
  13. List of Figures [Total: 20]
  14. List of Tables [Total: 196]
  15. List of Companies Mentioned [Total: 25]
Metallurgical Applications Fuel the Rising Demand for Quicklime
December 3, 2023
Metallurgical Applications Fuel the Rising Demand for Quicklime
Lime is a versatile and essential mineral in diverse industries, including agriculture, construction, and manufacturing. Chemically known as calcium oxide, lime is prized for its myriad applications, primarily as a fluxing agent in metallurgy. Metallurgical and steel-making processes rely heavily on quicklime. From traditional blast furnaces to modern electric arc furnaces, metallurgical applications continue to fuel the demand for quicklime.

Metallurgical applications of lime are largely due to its excellent fluxing ability. Lime helps to remove impurities and other non-metallic particles from the molten metal during smelting and refining. Additionally, lime improves steel quality by removing phosphorus, sulfur, and other impurities, resulting in high-quality, strong, and durable steel. Quicklime is also used to produce calcium carbide - an essential raw material in producing steel, acetylene, ethylene, and other chemicals.

The modern steel-making process involves electric arc furnaces that can produce high-quality steel quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Quicklime plays an essential role in the electric arc furnace process by helping to maintain the slag's basicity, which helps remove impurities and separate them from the molten metal. This process results in pure, high-quality steel that meets stringent quality standards. The global lime market is experiencing an upsurge in demand for quicklime due to the rapid growth of the steel industry.

Lime production requires a unique combination of mineral resources, equipment, and skilled labor. In recent years, the lime industry has faced several challenges, including fluctuations in raw material costs, energy, and shipping costs. Moreover, environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency have increased the pressure on lime producers to minimize their environmental footprint. Therefore, lime producers invest in innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption, minimize waste, and promote sustainability.

Lime is an essential mineral crucial in the metallurgical industry. Quicklime's excellent fluxing ability produces high-quality steel and promotes energy efficiency in steel-making processes. The rising demand for quicklime underscores the importance of this mineral in the steel industry and underpins economic growth and job creation. As the lime industry evolves, the focus must be on sustainability, innovation, and maintaining a balance between environmental protection and economic growth.

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    Ans. The Global Lime Market to grow USD 71.53 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 5.76%
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