Tabular Alumina is formed by sintering ball-shaped calcined alumina at a temperature just under the 2040Â°C fusion point of aluminum oxide. These tabular alumina balls are then crushed, graded, and blended to a wide range of powdered or granular particle size distributions. It comprises of large 50 to 200 Âµm flaky, table-shaped elementary crystals. Tabular alumina is widely used in refractory materials. These products are available in spheres, as well as crushed or ground, with open or closed sizes. High-end properties such as thermal and chemical stability, high temperature/heat/electrical resistance, high mechanical strength, abrasion resistance, and excellent shock resistance are positively impacting the growth of tabular alumina market.
Surging demand for tabular alumina in the Asia-Pacific region is the major factor driving the growth of the global market. In addition, the expansion of the steel industry in the developing markets have also supported the market growth. For instance, according to the World Steel Association, around 70% of the worldwide steel was produced in the APAC region, in the year 2017. Moreover, rapid growth in industrial sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and mining in these region has augmented the growth of tabular alumina market. However, the growing cost of production for tabular alumina may hamper market growth.
Furthermore, rising demand for tabular alumina in the oil and gas industry owing to critical and high-temperature applications is expected to thrive the growth of the global market in the coming years. Moreover, rising application of refractories, driven by its unique microstructure and high purity, tabular alumina reportedly offers noteworthy benefits over other high-alumina aggregates, which are used in the formulation of shaped and unshaped refractories which has also contributed for the market to grow in the forecasted period.
The global tabular alumina market is classified on the basis of industry vertical, and geography. The industry vertical segment is further bifurcated into the abrasive industry, refractory industry, ceramic industry, and other (oil & gas, steel, and aluminum metal production). Among which, the refractory industry dominated the market with major share. The high growth in the segment is attributed to the rise of tabular alumina in the utilization of refractory materials in steel, power generation, and various other sectors.
Geographical coverage has also been offered for each of the major regions including North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, South America and Rest of the World. Within the regions, Asia-Pacific region generated the highest revenue in the year 2017 and is likely to continue its trend throughout the forecast period 2018 â 2025. The high growth in the region can be credited to Chinaâs dominance in the APAC tabular alumina market as it is the major manufacturer and supplier of graphite, bauxite, magnesia, and silicon carbide in the region.
The report presents a detailed analysis of major players operating in the tabular alumina market. Few of them include Almatis, AluChem, Bisley & Company, KT Refractories US Company, Possehl Erzkontor, Imerys, Lianyungang Zhong Ao Aluminium, Zibo Biz-Harmony, and Xieta.
The market for high purity alumina appears fragmented and fiercely competitive due to many large and small players churning the competition in the market. Through the strategic partnership, acquisition, expansion, product & technology launch, and collaboration, these players try to gain a competitive edge.
For instance, in the year 2018, Almatis a global world leader in production and supply of premium alumina and alumina-based products is setting up a new Tabular Alumina plant in Falta, India to fuel its growth plans across Asia. The forthcoming Falta, India Tabular Alumina production facility is projected to meet the needs of the companyâs Indian customers and offer supply security in the growing market.
High Purity Alumina Market Segmentation
By Industry Vertical
- Abrasive Industry
- Refractory Industry
- Ceramic Industry
- Other (Oil & Gas, Steel, and Aluminium Metal Production)
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of APAC
- South America
- Rest of South America
- Rest of the World