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Global Alumina Market

Global Alumina Market Size By Product (Metallurgical Grade, Refractory Grade, Grinding Grade), By Application (Refractory, Metallurgy), By Geographic Scope And Forecast

Alumina Market size is growing at a faster pace with substantial growth rates over the last few years and is estimated that the market will grow significantly in the forecasted period.

The increasing demand from the automotive and building & construction industries is the crucial aspect of the rise in the market revenue of Alumina Market as well as the increasing demand for lightweight and high strength materials to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles and to reduce the carbon footprint will foster market growth. The Global Alumina Market report provides a holistic evaluation of the market. The report offers a comprehensive analysis of key segments, trends, drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, and factors that are playing a substantial role in the market.

Summary: Global Alumina Market Definition

Aluminum oxide may be a compound of aluminum and oxygen with the formula Al2O3. It is the foremost commonly occurring of several aluminum oxides and is specifically identified as aluminum (III) oxide. It is commonly called alumina and should even be called alkoxide, alkoxide, or alundum counting on particular forms or applications. It occurs naturally in its crystalline polymorphic phase α-Al2O3 as the mineral corundum, sorts of which form the valuable gemstones ruby and sapphire.

Al2O3 is critical in its use to supply aluminum metal, as an abrasive attributable to its hardness, and as a refractory material owing to its high freezing point. Known as alpha-alumina in materials science communities or alundum (in the fused form) or aloxite within the mining and ceramic communities alumina finds wide use. The annual world production of aluminum oxide in 2015 was approximately 115 million tonnes, over 90% of which is used in the manufacture of aluminum metal.

The major uses of specialty aluminum oxides are in refractories, ceramics, polishing, and abrasive applications. Large tonnages of aluminum hydroxide, from which alumina springs, are utilized in the manufacture of zeolites, coating titania pigments, and as a fireplace retardant/smoke suppressant. Over 90% of the alumina, normally termed Smelter Grade Alumina (SGA), produced is consumed for the assembly of aluminum, usually by the Hall–Héroult process.

The remainder, normally called specialty alumina is used in a wide variety of applications that reflect its inertness, temperature resistance, and electrical resistance. Being fairly chemically inert and white, aluminum oxide is a favored filler for plastics. Aluminum oxide is a common ingredient in sunscreen and is sometimes also present in cosmetics such as blush, lipstick, and nail polish. Moreover, Many formulations of glass have aluminum oxide as an ingredient. Aluminosilicate glass may be a commonly used sort of glass that always contains 5% to 10% alumina.

Additionally, Aluminium oxide catalyzes a variety of reactions that are useful industrially. In its largest scale application, alumina is that the catalyst within the Claus process for converting sulfide waste gases into elemental sulfur in refineries. It is also useful for dehydration of alcohols to alkenes. Aluminum oxide is catalyst support for several industrial catalysts, such as those utilized in hydrodesulfurization and a few Ziegler–Natta polymerization.

Global Alumina Market Overview

One of the key factors driving the growth of the Global Alumina Market is the increasing demand from the automotive and building & construction industries. With the rapid increases in construction spending in developed and developing countries as a result of rapid urbanization and economic growth, the demand for aluminum is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period.

Furthermore, the increasing demand for lightweight and high-strength materials to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles and to reduce the carbon footprint is expected to boost the demand for aluminum during the forecast period. Moreover, with the economic growth across the globe particularly in the developing regions and increasing per capita disposable income, automobile production and sales are expected to increase, which, in turn, is predicted to further propel the expansion of the worldwide Alumina Market during the forecast period.

Another factor that is expected to drive the growth of the Global Alumina Market is the shifting trend in the food & beverage industry towards packaged food, especially in developing markets such as India, China, and Brazil. The demand for aluminum in the packaging industry is expected to advance due to the rapid proliferation of processed food and beverage products in developing countries. However, fierce competition from alternative materials such as glass and plastics is expected to hamper the growth of the Alumina Market during the forecast period.

Although the demand for aluminum is expected to increase significantly owing to high demand from the automotive, construction, and packaging industries, the global market is expected to face some challenges owing to fluctuating raw material prices, and the availability of alternative materials such as glass and plastics. However, owing to its characteristics such as lightweight, high strength, flexibility, good thermal & electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, and barrier properties, the demand for aluminum is expected to increase during the forecast period.

Global Alumina Market Segmentation Analysis

The Global Alumina Market is segmented on the basis of Product, Application, And Geography.

Alumina Market, By Product

• Metallurgical Grade

• Refractory Grade

• Grinding Grade

• Others

Based on Product, the market is bifurcated into Metallurgical Grade, Refractory Grade, Grinding Grade, and Others. Metallurgical alumina accounted for the most important demand within the Alumina Market. The high demand for metallurgical grade is attributed to the increasing consumption of aluminum in end-use industries, such as transportation, construction, packaging, and consumer durables. Furthermore, global macroeconomic growth, coupled with robust prosperity forecasts for these industries, is expected to draw the demand for aluminum for a plethora of product formulations, thereby offering driving the market in the foreseeable future.

Alumina Market, By Application

• Refractory

• Metallurgy

• Others

Based on Application, the market is bifurcated into Refractory, Metallurgy, and Others. The demand for alumina for ceramics is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the Alumina Market. Advanced ceramics are chiefly manufactured using calcined alumina. The material is favored as the choice of substrate for ceramic production owing to its ease of mixing with other batch formulations, ability to allow particle size control and distribution, good electrical insulation, high mechanical strength, low dielectric constant, and excellent corrosion resistance. Furthermore, alumina components are easily workable and machinable with a range of physical and chemical processes, which improves its possible user base.

Alumina Market, By Geography

• North America

• Europe

• Asia Pacific

• Rest of the world

On the basis of regional analysis, the Global Alumina Market is classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the world. Globally, APAC was the largest Alumina Market during the forecasted period and is expected to maintain the trend during the forecast period. This can be mainly attributed to the high-volume demand for metallurgical-grade alumina, which is closely followed by the growing requirement for chemical-grade alumina in the region, chiefly China, owing to the requirement for alumina in ceramics, abrasives, and refractories. Additionally, other countries, such as Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Australia, have significant aluminum production capacities and also account for the significant consumption of metallurgical-grade alumina.

Key Players

The “Global Alumina Market” study report will provide valuable insight with an emphasis on the global market. The major players in the market are Alcoa, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL), indalco, São Luís (Alumar), Hydro, Porto Trombetas, Aluminum Corporation of China, BHP Billiton Group, Glencore International, CVG Bauxilum, National Aluminum Company, United Company RUSAL Alumina Limited, Sangaredi, Hariom Rocks and Rio Tinto. The competitive landscape section also includes key development strategies, market share, and market ranking analysis of the above-mentioned players globally.