Predicts Steady Growth in Refractories for Glass Manufacturing
Demand for refactory products in the United States is expected
to accelerate through 2011 and reach $2.5 billion, according to
a recent report from the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry
market research firm.
Nonmetallic mineral markets, including glass and ceramic production,
are expected to show the biggest growth. Refractories are used in
glassmaking operations, in furnaces that perform annealing, melting
and shaping processes. The report projects that sales of refractories
for glass manufacturing will rise 1 percent annually to $140 million
in 2011, recovering from the declines of the 2001-2006 period. While
sales are likely to rise, volume demand is expected to decline-slightly-to
150,000 tons in 2011. Demand will be supported by a rise in shipments
of glass products through 2011, which are expected to accelerate
from the 2001-2006 pace.
According to the report, the use of high-quality refractories has
lengthened the life of glass furnaces and decreased refractory consumption
per unit of glass produced. Life spans of glass furnaces have reached
15 years in some instances, although this can depend on the types
of glass produced in the furnace. To help increase furnace life,
a number of glass manufacturers now undertake a "hot repair" of
the furnace, whereby monolithics are used to protect the bricks
and seal cracks in between furnace rebuilds. While the report predicts
that demand for bricks and shapes is expected to advance more rapidly
than for monolithics among refractory forms-as preformed shapes
are increasingly utilized due to performance advantages such as
reduced heat-up time-demand for monolithic bonding and other mortars
is projected to grow at an above-average pace.
HERE to read the full press release on the report.
Glass Refractory Market
|Glass Refractory Demand (mil $)
|Glass Refractory Demand (000 tons)
Source: The Freedonia Group, Inc.
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