Europe Reached 4.9 billion EUR Of Total Revenues In The Quicklime Segment

Cement, Lime And Plaster April 08, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

One of the main trends on the European quicklime, slaked lime and hydraulic lime market lies in the fact that the domestic volume of supply is large enough to meet the domestic demand. In real terms, exports consistently exceeded imports in 2007-2013, making the European Union a net exporter of lime. 

Between 2009 and 2013, European exports of lime grew by 4% per year, amounting to 87 million EUR in 2013. In all product categories, imports accounted for less than 1% of the market. Experts forecast that this trend will continue in the medium term.

The EU market for lime had total revenues of 4.9 billion EUR in 2013, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4% between 2009 and 2013. With total revenues of 3.7 billion EUR, equivalent to 75.5% of the market's overall value, the quicklime segment became the most lucrative segment in the market in 2013.

The production of lime in the EU-28 was estimated at 2.2 billion EUR in 2013, which was 31 million EUR more than in 2012, and 222 million EUR (or 9%) less than the peak production level that was recorded in 2008. In physical terms, production of lime decreased slightly by 2.5% to 25.3 million tonnes in 2013.

In physical terms, the countries with the largest production in absolute values were Germany (28%), Italy (14%) and France (14%). Quicklime accounted for a high share (74% in 2013, based EUR) of the total production in the EU-28. The second was taken by slake lime, which had a share of 21% in the total volume of production in value terms.


Source: EU: Quicklime, Slaked Lime And Hydraulic Lime - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020