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US Refractories Market

Nonmetallic minerals to be fastest growing market

The fastest gains of any market will be posted in the nonmetallic minerals market through 2016. This market includes glass, ceramics, and cement producers, all of which were hurt by the recent economic downturn. Shipments from these industries will rise quickly as the US economy continues to grow, fueling associated refractory demand. Further gains will come from nonmanufacturing markets for refractories, such as waste-to-energy plants, traditional power plants, and the construction and renovation of restaurants with in-house bakeries and stone ovens. These refractory markets are much smaller than those for metals or nonmetallic minerals processing.

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This upcoming industry study, Refractories, presents historical demand data for 2001, 2006 and 2011, plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by refractory form (e.g., bricks and shapes, monolithics), material (e.g., nonclay, clay) and market (e.g., metals industries, engineering contractors, nonmetallic mineral processing). The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles industry competitors such as ANH Refractories, Cookson, Magnasita, Minerals Technologies, RHI, and Saint- Gobain.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION viii

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4

Macroeconomic Trends 5

Capital Spending/Fixed Investment Trends 8

Manufacturing Sector Outlook 11

Durable Goods 13

Nondurable Goods 14

Refractory Technology 15

Basic Refractory Properties 17

Refractory Shapes & Forms 20

Refractory Materials 21

Other Technological Developments 22

Pricing Trends 23

Historical Market Trends 26

International Environment 29

World Supply & Demand 30

Trends in US Foreign Trade 34

Imports 35

Exports 38

III. FORMS 41

General 41

Refractory Supply & Demand by Value 42

Refractory Supply & Demand by Volume 45

Refractory Bricks & Shapes 48

Standard Bricks 50

Preformed Shapes 53

Monolithic Refractories 56

Castables 59

Gunning Mixes 61

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