NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The global market for geopolymers is expected to grow from $2.8 billion in 2017 to $12.8 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.4% for the period of 2017-2022.
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• Geopolymer cement and concrete as a segment is expected to grow from nearly $2.0 billion in 2017 to $9.7 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 37.3% for the period of 2017-2022.
• Geopolymer resins, binders and coating as a segment is expected to grow from $2.8 billion in 2017 to $12.8 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 31.2% for the period of 2017-2022.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Overview Geopolymers are relatively new materials used in heat and fire-resistant coatings, adhesives, medical applications, engineering industries, and high-temperature ceramics. They are also employed as binders for new types of cement, fire-resistant fiber composites, and toxic and radioactive waste encapsulation.
Geopolymers are part of polymer science, chemistry and technology that composes of one of the fundamental areas of materials science. Polymers can be organic (carbon-based) or inorganic (e.g., silicon-based) materials.
Silicon-based polymers are primarily made up of the raw materials of rockforming minerals of geologic origin, thus the name, geopolymer. This term, geopolymer, was devised by Joseph Davidovits in 1978, who went on to establish a non-profit French Scientific Institution, the Institut Géopolymère (Geopolymer Institute). The properties of geopolymers continue to be explored in numerous scientific and industrial fields such as inorganic, physical and colloid chemistry, mineralogy, geology and engineering process technologies.
The demand for heat insulating materials has increased tremendously, especially in the construction sector. For example, ordinary Portland cement (OPC) has historically been used as a binder for concrete, but OPC was found to be less resistant to thermal exposure. Geopolymers possess better thermal insulation properties, such as better resistance to heat, abrasion and corrosion, have been developed as alternative binders. Based on these above properties, raw materials such as fly ash, metakaolin, kaolin, slag or any alumino-silicate precursor are being used for the manufacture of geopolymer composites, which also offer sustainable solutions for infrastructure maintenance.
Study Goals and Objectives
This report examines the global and regional markets for geopolymers with the purpose of locating newer applications and expanding the present market position for various geopolymers. Based on this study, a practical forecast has been created regarding the future market for various types of geopolymers for this reporting period.
The various technologies involved in the manufacturing of different geopolymers are studied, including the value of such products produced and utilized globally and across different regions over the last two years in order to establish our forecast for the next five years. Applications for each geopolymer type are also discussed in detail to determine the global and regional use of these various types of applications. From the data collected, a future forecast has been made for geopolymer applications as well.
A comprehensive examination has been conducted into the increasing utilization of geopolymers in place of various fasteners, binder types and different methods of joining in an ever-increasing number of applications, along with the impact of such newer methods on the economy as a whole.
The environmental impact of usage of various geopolymers is also studied. This report analyzes the raw material requirements for global and regional geopolymer production and the effect of raw material supply over the production, pricing, and distribution of these products. Various new raw materials being used with increasing newer applications have also been studied.
Numerous manufacturers of different raw materials needed for geopolymer production and the market shares of such manufacturers and suppliers are also discussed.
The report also studies the product and technology life cycle (TLC) of various geopolymers, and the methods employed by manufacturers and users in maintaining an ecological balance. Finally, this report profiles the major geopolymer manufacturers and suppliers. Mergers and acquisitions among the companies in this field have also been investigated.
Reasons for Doing This Study
The successful operation of any business in a competitive market depends on the identification of product opportunities from the viewpoint of the company's strengths. It is therefore necessary to understand the size and growth rate of any opportunity, and the competitive atmosphere in which the company exists.
This report presents the ideal medium to enable the reader to understand the exciting and growing opportunities in the field of geopolymers and help prospective manufacturers, distributors and users succeed in this growing field.
Scope of Report
This report has been prepared in a simple format that can be easily understood by its tables and figures. Its scope includes a detailed study of global and regional markets for various products using geopolymers, with the reasons given for variations in the growth of the industry in specific regions. Our research also examines the applications using geopolymer products and their global and regional markets.
Both primary and secondary information sources were used to prepare this report. Interviews were conducted with raw material suppliers for the manufacture of these products, major users, research organizations, governmental agencies, trade associations and application equipment suppliers. Secondary research included databases, trade literature, specialized journals, literature from manufacturers and government statistics.
Initially, a comprehensive and exhaustive search of the literature on geopolymers was conducted. These sources included geopolymer-related journals and books, trade literature, marketing literature, other product/promotional literature, annual reports, security analyst reports, and other publications. A patent search and analysis were also carried out. Subsequently, telephone interviews and e-mail correspondence were implemented with marketing executives, product sales engineers, international sales managers, application engineers, and other personnel of geopolymer companies. Other sources included magazines connected with geopolymers, academics, technology suppliers, technical experts and consulting companies.
In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include, and only include:
• North America. o U.S. o Mexico o Canada
• Europe. o France. o Germany. o Italy. o France. o U.K. o Russia. o Central Europe (CEE) countries. o Rest of Europe.
• Asia- Pacific. o Japan. o China. o India. o Rest of Asia. o Australia and New Zealand.
• Rest of World o Brazil. o Argentina. o Rest of South America. o South Africa. o Rest of Africa. o Middle Eastern countries.
Geopolymers, by Type
Other types of geopolymers
Geopolymers, BY PRODUCT
Geopolymer resins and binders
Geopolymer foam concrete
Art and archeology products
Chapter 2: Summary and Highlights
The new family of synthetic alumino-silicate materials, geopolymers, are formed by alkali activation of alumino-silicate raw materials. The reaction, called "geopolymerization," is exothermic and takes place under atmospheric pressure and at temperatures below 100°C; this reaction results in the formation of compact and durable semi-crystalline solid materials which have a three-dimensional polymeric structure.
These geopolymers, thus formed, exhibit very good thermal, mechanical and physiochemical properties which include micro- or nano-porosity, good surface hardness, thermal stability, high mechanical strength, fire and chemical resistance. These properties make geopolymers excellent alternatives for construction materials.
A geopolymer is a chemical compound, or a mixture of compounds, consisting of silico-aluminate, silicon dioxide (SiO2), aluminum phosphate or ferro-silico-aluminate are formed at room temperatures by using industrial waste through a process called geopolymerization. These materials are environmentally friendly and are increasingly being used for industrial and construction applications by institutions seeking to reduce their carbon footprint without any compromise on performance.
This report includes a detailed analysis of the global geopolymer market, presents insights into the key growth prospects and opportunities. In addition, a study was conducted on the primary drivers, restraints, latest trends, and the challenges in the global geopolymer market. The key segmentation of the global geopolymer market has been provided, along with a detailed overview of the market share and expected growth rate of each leading segment. In addition, a thorough overview of the competitive landscape of the global geopolymer market has been highlighted, with profiles of the leading players operating in it.
From the various tables and figures presented in the report, it can be seen that the Asia-Pacific region has been leading the market for various applications of geopolymer products. This is mainly due to the fact that Australia and New Zealand are included in Asia-Pacific region, and that Australia has been the leading nation in the development of geopolymer products and their applications.
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