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Non Metallurgical Alumina Market Trends

ID: MRFR//10310-CR | 128 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| June 2023

Global Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market Overview

Non-metallurgical alumina market Size was valued at USD 1,885.00 million in 2021. The non-metallurgical alumina industry is projected to grow from USD 2,009.41 million in 2022 to USD 3,380.43 million by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.72% during the forecast period (2022 - 2030). Rising construction activity and growing demand for non-metallurgical alumina in other sectors are driving market growth.

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market Trends

  • Growing demand for non-metallurgical alumina in the end-use industry represents one of the major factors boosting market growth globally.

Over the next few years, it is anticipated that the ceramic proppants industry will grow to be a significant market for non-metallurgical bauxite. More than 20% of the entire non-metallurgical bauxite was used in refractories, both directly and through brown fused alumina. As North America and China aim to increase the exploitation of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, the need for calcined bauxite in the production of ceramic proppants is anticipated to increase significantly.

Figure 1: U.S. Imports Of Crude And Dried Bauxite, By Country (Metric Tons)

U.S. Imports Of Crude And Dried Bauxite, By Country

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

The majority of proppants are made from naturally occurring, rounded quartz sands. Ceramic proppants are more suited to high-pressure drilling scenarios than natural sand proppants because they have a higher crush strength. Consumption of ceramic proppant is projected to rise, especially in China and North America, where unorthodox gas reserves are currently being developed, including the Sulige tight sandstone gas field in Inner Mongolia. Although the non-metallurgical markets for bauxite and alumina are sizable in and of themselves, they are frequently mentioned in relation to the considerably larger industry of aluminum feedstock. This is true despite the fact that non-metallurgical grades are frequently far more specialized and expensive goods.

Further, the rise in construction activity with the growing population is increasing the demand for construction materials such as cement, glass, ceramics, metal, and others. Thus, the rising consumption of non-metallurgical in various end-use industries is expected to increase the growth of the non-metallurgical alumina market revenue over the forthcoming years.

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market Segment Insights

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Type Insights

The global non-metallurgical alumina market segmentation, based on type, includes calcined alumina and alumina trihydrate. The alumina trihydrate segment held the majority share in 2021 contributing to around ~59.90% with respect to the global non-metallurgical alumina market revenue. This is primarily owing to the rising construction activities along with the high demand for energy in the industrial sector are expected to propel market growth. For instance, as per the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in November 2022, around 1,342,000 privately‐owned housing units received building permits, and 1,427,000 housing units started construction in the United States. The growing construction activity owing to the rise in population is accelerating the growth of non-metallurgical alumina during the forecast period.

Figure 2: Global Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market, by Type, 2021 & 2030 (USD Million)

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market, by Type, 2021 & 2030

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Application Insights

Based on Application, the global non-metallurgical alumina industry has been segmented into refractories, abrasives, ceramics, aluminum sulfate, ATH fire retardant, and others. The refractories held the largest segment share in 2021, owing to the rise in private as well as public investments in infrastructural sectors. Non-metallurgical bauxite is in high demand for refractories.

The second fastest-growing segment in the non-metallurgical alumina industry is ceramics. Population growth continued industrialization, and the challenge to meet global demand for special commodity products are expected to play a key role in shaping the ceramics sector.

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Regional Insights

By Region, the study segments the market into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The Asia-Pacific non-metallurgical alumina market accounted for USD 946.87 million in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a 7.06 % CAGR during the study period. The growing infrastructure development in emerging economies has led to a strong increase in the demand for commodities like cement, slag conditioners, and alumina-based compounds.

For instance, India's non-metallurgical alumina market is among the fastest growing market as India is one of the largest emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the Ministry of Mines, bauxite production in India recorded 75.11 Lakh tonne in 2022, the highest ever bauxite production as compared to the previous year. Hence, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to register the highest growth rate over the forecast period from 2022–2030.

Further, the major countries studied are The U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review

North America's non-metallurgical alumina market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the rising infrastructure activities along with high demand from refractories. Further, the US non-metallurgical alumina market held the largest market share, and the Canadian non-metallurgical alumina market also holds a significant market share in the North American region.

The Europe non-metallurgical alumina market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.41% from 2022 to 2030. This is due to growing industrialization, along with rapid demand for non-metallurgical alumina for various applications. Moreover, the German non-metallurgical alumina market held the largest market share, and the France non-metallurgical alumina market was the fastest-growing market in the European region

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Major market players are spending a lot of money on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the non-metallurgical alumina market grow even more. Market participants are also taking a range of strategic initiatives to grow their worldwide footprint, including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the non-metallurgical alumina industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market environment.

One of the primary business strategies adopted by manufacturers in the global non-metallurgical alumina industry to benefit clients and expand the non-metallurgical alumina market sector is to manufacture locally to reduce operating costs. In recent years, non-metallurgical alumina has come up with various features with some of the most significant benefits.

Key Companies in the Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market include

  • Alcoa Corporation

  • Almatis GMBH

  • Alteo Alumina

  • Alumina D.O.O – Zvornik

  • Dadco Alumina and Chemicals Limited

  • Hindalco Industries Ltd

  • Aluminum Corporation of China Limited

  • Atlantic Alumina Company (ATALCO)


  • PT Indonesia Chemical Alumina (ICA)

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Industry Developments

In July 2022, Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco) acquires a 19% Stake in Yunnan Aluminium. After the transaction, Chalco is the largest shareholder of Yunnan Aluminium, holding 29.10% of the shares.

In October 2021, Alcoa of Australia Limited (AoA), a subsidiary of Alcoa Corporation formed a joint venture with Western Australia-based FYI Resources Ltd for development activities to produce high-purity alumina, or HPA to enter the growing high-purity alumina market to address the increasing demand for sustainable products through a joint development project.

In June 2023, The Chinese government announced that it would be increasing its support for the domestic alumina industry. The government plans to provide subsidies for alumina production and investment in new capacity.

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Market Segmentation

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Type Outlook

  • Calcined Alumina

  • Alumina Trihydrate

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Application Outlook

  • Refractories

  • Abrasives

  • Ceramics

  • Aluminum Sulphate

  • ATH Fire Retardant

  • Others

Non-Metallurgical Alumina Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Indonesia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

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