Magnesium oxide is a chemical compound with formula MgO and occurs naturally as periclase. It is a source of magnesium and has a wide range of applications such as it is used as an insulator in industrial cables and refractory materials for the production of ceramic, steel, and glass. It is also used in animal feed for magnesium nutrition and in the production of fertilizers. Furthermore, it is also used across the pharmaceutical industry in the formulation of antacid. Additionally, it is also used as a pulp bleaching agent and due to its high alkalinity, it also finds application across the wastewater treatment process and flue gas desulphurization.
The global magnesium oxide market is projected to reach around US$ 8.5 billion by the end of 2027, in terms of revenue, growing at CAGR of 4.16% during the forecast period (2019-2027).
The growing demand for magnesium oxide from refractories is a prime driver factor augmenting the market growth of magnesium oxide. According to the Coherent Market Insights analysis, the refractory industry is one of the key growth markets for magnesium oxide demand, which has been estimated to account for 54.8% share in terms of overall consumption. In terms of end-use, Iron and steel accounted for 74% share in terms of consumption of the overall refractory end-use, followed by cement & lime with a 13% share.
Increasing production of glass around the globe is expected to foster the market growth of magnesium oxide. According to the Alliance Group 2019, in 2018, the EU-28 glass production reached a volume of 36.5 million tons, a slight increase of 0.2% compared with 2017. Magnesium oxide is used as a refractory brick in the production of glass. Hence, the growing production of glass is projected to augment market growth.
On basis of the region, Asia Pacific region dominated the global magnesium oxide market in 2018, accounting for 59.2% share in terms of value, followed by Europe and North America respectively.
Figure 1. Global Magnesium Oxide Market, Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2018
The availability of substitutes for magnesium oxide as a refractory application across end-use industries is expected to restrict the market growth. For example, alumina, chromite, and silica are being used as a substitute for magnesia across the refractory application. Hence, increasing utilization of substitutes for magnesium oxide is projected to hamper market growth over the forecast period.
Side effects associated with the consumption of magnesium oxides such as diarrhea and cramping is projected to hinder the market growth of magnesium oxide. Sometimes, exposure of magnesium oxide also caused itching, rash or hives, lightheadedness or dizziness, weakness, unusual fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. This factor is expected to restrict the market growth of magnesium oxide.
Increasing demand for magnesium oxide for exterior and interior wallboards is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period. Magnesium oxide is effective materials for the construction of energy-efficient and durable buildings and also reduces the overall cost of construction. Hence, the growing usage of magnesium oxide in the production of wallboards is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period.
Usage of MgO in wastewater treatment is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period and this is expected to propel the market growth of magnesium oxide. MgO is increasingly replacing lime as the pH balancer in the treatment of wastewater industries as it serves the major purpose of precipitation and neutralization of heavy metals. Therefore, the growing usage of MgO will favor market growth over the forecast period.
Figure 2. Global Magnesium Oxide Market– Opportunity Analysis
The rising trend of using fuse magnesia in refractories is projected to foster the market growth of magnesium oxide. Fused magnesia has excellent properties as compared to DBM and is now highly preferred across refractory applications. It has high magnesium content, larger crystal size, and higher density. Hence, growing trend of using fused magnesia across refractories application will positively impact the market growth of magnesium oxide.
Increasing usage of magnesium oxide in the production of fertilizers is expected to augment the market growth over the forecast period. The market is expected to gain exponential growth on the account of increasing demand for fertilizers due to the rising need for quality yield production. Hence, the growing demand for fertilizers is expected to foster the market growth of magnesium oxide.
Figure 3. Global Magnesium Oxide Market, Revenue Share (%), By Product Type, in 2018
On the basis of the product type, the global magnesium oxide market, in 2018, the dead burned magnesia segment has accounted the largest market share of 56.6% in terms of value, followed by the caustic calcined magnesia and fused magnesia.
Figure 4. Global Magnesium Oxide Market– Value Chain Analysis
Key players operating in global magnesium oxide market are Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Grecian Magnesite S.A., Premier Magnesia, LLC, Ube Industries Ltd., Robert Half International AG, Magnezit Group Europe GmbH, Magnesita Refractories SA, Kumas Manyezit Sanayi A.S., SMZ, a.s. Jelšava, Xinyang Mineral Group, Premier Periclase Ltd., and Israel Chemicals Ltd.
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Magnesium oxide is a chemical compound with formula MgO and occurs naturally as periclase. It is a chemical compound, also known as magnesia and has a wide range of applications. Moreover, magnesium oxide is mainly used across refractory bricks for ceramic, steel, and glass industries. It also used in the agriculture industry for the fertilizers and cattle feed.
The global magnesium oxide market has witnessed significant growth in recent past years, owing to the increasing industrialization across the globe. Based on application, the global magnesium oxide market is bifurcated into the refractory, agriculture, industrial, and others. Among these segments, the refractory segment dominated the global magnesium oxide market in 2018, owing to the growing industrialization propelled the demand for the refractory materials coupled with the demand of refractory materials in the steel, ceramics, glass industries around the world. This factor is estimated to drive growth of the global magnesium oxide market during the forecast period.
Furthermore, Asia Pacific region dominated the global magnesium oxide market in 2018, owing to the rising demand for magnesium oxide in the various industries such as construction industry and ceramic industry in the region. As a result, this scenario is estimated to foster the growth of the global magnesium oxide market during the forecast timeframe.
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