March 5, 2024

Magnesium Oxide Market Propelled by Increasing Use in Production of Refractories

Magnesium oxide is a white highly caustic material extensively used in production of refractories and chemicals like caustic magnesia, dead burned magnesia etc. Refractory grade magnesium oxide is used as a raw material or bonding agent for manufacturing high-performance refractory products for infrastructure, steel and cement industries. The global Magnesium Oxide Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 6.8 billion in 2024 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.4% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Market key trends:

Increasing use of magnesium oxide in production of refractories is a key trend propelling the global magnesium oxide market growth. Refractory grade magnesium oxide enjoys high demand from refractory producers as it acts as a binding agent imparting strength and thermal conductivity to refractories. Refractories made using magnesium oxide have extensive usage in furnace linings and reactor walls in cement, steel and petrochemical industries where high temperature resistance is critical. Rapid infrastructure development and industrialization across developing regions of Asia Pacific and Latin America has accelerated demand for cement and steel, fuelling consumption of refractories and consequently magnesium oxide over the forecast period.

SWOT Analysis
Strength: Magnesium oxide is a highly versatile mineral with wide industrial applications. It has properties such as heat resistance, flame retardancy, and electrical insulation.

Weakness: Volatility in raw material prices affects the overall cost of production and profit margins for companies. Countries with rich reserves of magnesium control global supply.

Opportunity: Rising use of magnesium oxide for refractories in steel production, construction, and environmental applications is expect to drive the market. Growing automobile sector will boost its consumption in diesel emulsifiers.

Threats: Stringent environmental regulations can impact mining activities. Development of substitutes like aluminium oxide and calcium oxide can threaten market share.

Key Takeaways
The global magnesium oxide market is expected to witness high growth. The market size for 2024 is projected to reach US$ 6.8 billion, rising at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period of 2023 to 2030.

Regional analysis: Asia Pacific dominates the global market and is expected to continue leading the demand for magnesium oxide. Abundant reserves of magnesium in countries like China and rapid industrialization are driving the regional market. North America is anticipated to exhibit strong growth due to increasing refractories consumption in the steel industry.

Key players operating in the magnesium oxide market are Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., Premier Magnesia LLC, Ube Industries Ltd., Grecian Magnesite, Nedmag BV, Imerys, Baymag Inc., RHI Magnesita, American Elements, and Weifang Qiangyuan Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. Major players are focusing on expanding production capacities and global footprint through partnerships to strengthen market position.