The global dolomite market size was valued at USD 1.80 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% from 2023 to 2030.Rising penetration of steel products in end-use industries such as construction, automotive, and energy is anticipated to augment its production, and positively influence dolomite demand over the forecast period. The product is used as a raw material in steel production. For instance, calcined dolomite is used to protect furnace linings in steel manufacturing, wherein it serves as a flux. In addition, sintered products are a significant raw material for producing refractories that are utilized in steel production.
In terms of revenue, the U.S. constituted 82.1% share of the North America market in 2022. The steel output in the U.S. benefitted from strong economic growth in recent years, which drove the demand for dolomite in the country. However, the steel output declined from 85.8 million tons in 2021 to 80.7 million tons in 2022 in the U.S.
The steel output was affected by the diminishing effect of monetary policy normalization and fiscal stimulus in the U.S. This resulted in the weakening of the construction and manufacturing sectors in the country. The outlook in 2023 is expected to be moderate, with the construction sector eventually gaining its lost momentum. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Statistics, total construction spending in the U.S. increased by 4.3% in the first quarter of 2023 to reach USD 403.3 billion compared to USD 386.7 billion in 2022.
Furthermore, the demand for low-carbon steel products is anticipated to increase over the forecast period and benefit market growth. The country’s economic growth is driven by government-led fiscal stimulus, leading to high business confidence and investor spending. This is expected to result in high regional construction spending, boosting market growth.
There are many alternatives to Dolomites such as synthetic fluxes, gypsum, calcined clay, magnesite, and limestone, which substitute the product in various applications. For instance, limestone can sometimes be used as a substitute for the product in the steel industry, particularly where the specific properties of dolomite are not required. Also, limestone has more deposits and easier access, making it a more cost-effective and practical option for steelmakers.
Based on end-use, iron & steel held the largest revenue share of more than 60.0% in 2022. The product is utilized as a refractory material in steelmaking processes such as converter lining, opening hearth furnaces, and electric furnace walls.Apart from its fluxing and sintering characteristics, dolomite is a natural source of magnesium oxide (MgO). Magnesium oxide is a crucial ingredient in the manufacturing of refractory bricks that are utilized for lining high-temperature furnaces.
The construction segment is expected to register the fastest growth rate across the forecast period. Dolomite is used as a construction aggregate because of its high density and surface hardness. Countries across the world are investing in their infrastructure such as roads, highways, and airports, which is expected to propel the product demand over the forecast period.
The water treatment segment is anticipated to register a growth rate of 7.5%, in terms of revenue, across the forecast period. Calcined dolomite is one of the most cost-efficient alkaline products that is used for making drinking water. It is highly suitable as a medium for filtering drinking water and is also used to increase the pH value of purified water after reverse osmosis. The rising awareness about health and the environment among people is likely to benefit the growth of the segment.
Based on product, the calcined segment accounted for a revenue share of over 39.0% in 2022. This material is commonly used as a refractory material in the manufacturing of basic refractories. In this form, the calcined can withstand high temperatures and is resistant to corrosion and erosion, making it useful in applications that require durability and thermal stability.
Increasing investment to set up new plants or expanding the existing manufacturing capacity of steel manufacturing is expected to propel the consumption of dolomite. For instance, in July 2022, the Odisha government, the state government of India, notified that the state is going to have 12 new steel projects.
Sintered is an important product in the market known for its high heat resistance. It is used to make bricks for LD converter lining. This product is also called dead-burned dolomite because it is produced by heating raw dolomite at very high temperatures to make it dense and resistant to water absorption.
Agglomerated is the raw form of powdered or crushed dolomite, which is used directly and indirectly in construction, agriculture, glass, magnesite, animal feed, and other industries.Agglomerated is extensively used as construction aggregate. It is also added in glass manufacturing to enhance the viscosity of glass melts and to improve the chemical and scratch resistance of glass.
North America held a revenue share of over 36.0% in 2022 of the global market. The region is expected to sustain its dominance owing to its extensive demand for dolomite in the construction industry. For instance, over the last ten years, the construction sector has witnessed tremendous growth in Canada with over 50 skyscrapers in major cities. In addition, over 6,000 infrastructure projects for expressways and highways support the growth of the construction sector in the country.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to register the fastest growth over the forecast period. The region is witnessing expansion in steel facilities. For instance, in January 2023, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation and China BaoWu Steel Group Corporation Limited announced their partnership to build a USD 1.98 billion steel production facility in the Philippines owing to the rising infrastructure expenditure in the country. The facility is anticipated to produce 3 million tons annually.
The Middle East & Africa is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1%, in terms of revenue, over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the increasing investments by government and private players in various industries such as tourism, construction, manufacturing, and food & beverages. Countries in the region are developing at a fast pace owing to the ongoing rapid industrialization and urbanization.
The market players are engaged in initiatives such as capacity expansion and mergers & acquisitions to maintain a competitive edge in the market. For instance, in February 2022, United States Lime & Minerals Inc. acquired Mill Creek Dolomite LLC, from Inter-Rock Minerals Inc. Mill Creek primarily supplies dolomite products to specialized markets including glass, roofing materials, and agricultural lime. Some prominent players in the global dolomite market include:
Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL)
JFE Mineral & Alloy Company, Ltd.
Market size value in 2023
USD 1.86 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 3.05 billion
CAGR of 6.8% from 2023 to 2030
Market size volume in 2023
151.3 million tons
Volume forecast in 2030
228.6 million tons
CAGR of 5.6 % from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million, CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends
Product, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South Africa; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; Russia; Turkey; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Indonesia; Brazil; Argentina; Colombia; Venezuela
Key companies profiled
Calcinor; CARMEUSE; Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL); Imerys S.A.; JFE Mineral & Alloy Company, Ltd.; Lhoist; Omya AG; RHI Magnesita; Sibelco; VARDAR DOLOMITE
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This report forecasts revenue and volume growth and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global dolomite market report based on product, end-use, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Kil0tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
End-use Outlook (Volume, Kil0tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Iron & Steel
Glass & Ceramics
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kil0tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global dolomite market size was estimated at USD 1.80 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 1.86 billion in 2023.
b. The global dolomite market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.8% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 3.05 billion by 2030.
b. Iron & steel dominated the dolomite market and accounted for a revenue share of more than 60.0% in 2022 on account of widespread applications of steel in various end-uses.
b. Some of the key players operating in the dolomite market include CARMEUSE, Imerys, Lhoist, RHI Magnesita, Calcinor, and Sibelco.
b. The key factors driving the dolomite market include increasing production of steel and infrastructural developments.
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