The fly ash market was valued at US$ 32.83 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach US$ 45.73 billion by 2028; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2021 to 2028. Fly ash is produced as a residue in combustion and contains fine particles such as silicon dioxide, aluminum oxide, ferric oxide, and calcium oxide (sometimes). It is a fine gray powder that has pozzolanic properties, and it can react with lime to form cement compounds that are used in a wide range of applications such as cement and concrete mixing, mines and dams, landfills, and eopolymer concrete. Fly ash improves the performance of the concrete upon mixing and also acts a catalyst for converting polyethylene during pyrolysis.
In 2020, Asia Pacific held the largest share of the market. The market growth in this region is attributed to increasing infrastructural developments, such as the development of rail networks, fly overs, and highways; rising activities in residential and commercial construction; and high emphasis of governments and other regulatory bodies on recycling and reutilizing fly ash. Governments in countries such as India, China, and Japan have taken various initiatives to save energy and avoid dumping fly ash into landfills and ponds, resulting in the increased use of fly ash in concrete and Portland cement. Therefore, the growth of the fly ash market in Asia-Pacific is driven by rising government infrastructural development projects and increasing utilization of fly ash-based concrete for the construction of new infrastructures in the region.
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Constant Growth in Building Construction Industry is Expected to Drive the Fly Ash Market Growth During Forecast Period
Construction activities have also increased in Asia Pacific. The region's rising population is putting a strain on current infrastructure, necessitating the development of new rail networks, residential structures, and roadways. The governments and regulatory bodies in this region are actively focusing on additional infrastructure investments. For instance, China recently announced the ‘New Infrastructure’ program in an effort to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while also promoting long-term developments. The ‘New Infrastructure’ projects will focus on the construction of various key areas, including inter-city transportation and inner-city rail systems, 5G networks, industrial Internet, data centers, artificial intelligence, ultra-high voltage, and new energy vehicle charging stations.
According to the Journal of Environmental Research, Engineering, and Management, currently, in India, 38.67% of fly ash is utilized in the construction sector for various application, with 25.60% in cement. With a vision to provide housing for all by 2022, the Government of India has launched the “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna” mission. Through this mission, the Government aims at providing houses for all by the year 2022. This factor has resulted in enhanced construction activities, driving the demand for fly ash.
Fly Ash Market: Segment Overview
The cement and concrete segment held the largest share of the global fly ash market in 2020. Fly ash is widely used in the manufacturing of cement and concrete for stabilization. This helps reduce the usage of water in the mixing of cement and improves its workability. Growing demand from the developing economies for new construction projects are expected to propel the demand for fly ash within the cement and concrete segment.
Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Fly Ash Market
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected economies and industries in various countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. The chemicals materials industry is one of the major industries suffering severe disruptions, such as supply chain breaks and shutdowns of production plants, because of this pandemic. The shutdown of various manufacturing plants and factories in leading regions has affected the global supply chain and negatively impacted the manufacturing, delivery schedules, and sales of various goods. Further, various companies have already announced possible delays in product deliveries and slump in future sales of their products. In addition, the global travel bans imposed by countries in Europe, Asia, and North America are affecting business collaborations and partnership opportunities. All these factors are anticipated to affect the chemicals materials industry negatively, thereby acting as a restraining factor for the growth of various markets related to this industry in the coming months. The pandemic has directly affected the production and demand, led to supply chain and market disruption, and has subsequently impacted the financial status of the firms and the global economy. Similarly, the fly ash market has been negatively affected by the pandemic.
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Fly Ash Market
The COVID-19 ongoing pandemic has drastically altered the chemicals materials sector's status and limited the fly ash market growth. The implementation of measures to combat the spread of the virus has aggravated the situation and impacted the growth of several industrial sectors. Many of the thermal power plants were not operational or operating at a lower capacity. This has negatively impacted fly ash production. Reduced economic activity has resulted in less demand for new commercial or industrial facilities. The loss of income and lack of consumer confidence have lowered the demand for housing construction. Also, the construction sites exhibited suboptimal performance due to disrupted supply chains and operational restrictions. However, as the economies are planning to revive their operations, the demand for fly ash is expected to rise globally. Moreover, the previously postponed construction projects are ready to resume, which is further providing opportunities for the fly ash market players to regain normalcy.
- Fly Ash Market Breakdown – by region
The report segments the fly ash market as follows:
Based on type, the fly ash market is segmented into type F and type C. Based on application, the market is segmented into cement and concrete, block and brick, mining, road stabilization, fills and embankments, waste stabilization, and others. Based on geography, the fly ash market is primarily segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Oceania, and South Central America (SAM)
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