Lime Market Report by Type (Quick Lime, Hydrated Lime), Application (Agriculture, Building Material, Mining and Metallurgy, Water Treatment, and Others), and Region 2023-2028

Lime Market Report by Type (Quick Lime, Hydrated Lime), Application (Agriculture, Building Material, Mining and Metallurgy, Water Treatment, and Others), and Region 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The global lime market size reached US$ 44.4 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 56.1 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 3.97% during 2023-2028. The rapid growth of the construction industry, superior binding and stabilizing properties possessed by the product, sustainable construction practices, increasing focus on infrastructure projects, and constant technological advancements are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2022 US$ 44.4 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028 US$ 56.1 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2023-2028) 3.97%

Lime, also known as hydrated lime or slaked lime, is used in the construction industry. It is produced by adding water to quicklime, a calcined form of limestone or chalk. Lime is primarily utilized as a binding agent, mortar additive, and stabilizer in various construction applications. It plays a crucial role in masonry work, plastering, and rendering, where it improves workability, adhesion, and durability of the construction materials. Lime also aids in soil stabilization, adjusting pH levels, and reducing soil plasticity, making it valuable for road construction, foundation preparation, and environmental remediation projects. Its versatility and chemical properties make it an essential ingredient in the construction sector.

The growth of the construction industry plays a significant role in the expansion of the lime market. As infrastructure development and construction activities increase, the demand for lime rises.. The growing emphasis on sustainable and eco-friendly construction materials also represents another major growth-inducing factor. Furthermore, farmers use lime to adjust the pH levels of acidic soils, allowing for optimal nutrient availability and crop growth. As a result, changes in agricultural practices, crop patterns, and government policies supporting agriculture influence the demand for lime in the agricultural sector. Moreover, technological advancements and innovations in lime production techniques have improved the quality and performance of construction lime, further accelerating the product adoption rate.

Lime Market Trends/Drivers:

Growth of the construction industry

As the construction industry expands, the demand for construction materials, including lime, increases. Lime is the crucial ingredient used in various construction applications, such as masonry work, plastering, and rendering, due to its binding and stabilizing properties. The rising number of infrastructure projects, residential and commercial constructions, and renovation activities all contribute to the demand for lime.

Sustainable construction practices

Lime is recognized as an environment-friendly material due to its recyclability and reusability. With increasing awareness of sustainable building practices, lime becomes a preferred choice for construction projects. Its eco-friendly properties align with the goal of reducing environmental impact and promoting long-term sustainability. It allows for reduced waste generation and provides an eco-conscious solution for builders and developers seeking eco-friendly construction materials.

Increasing technological advancements

Improved production techniques, such as advanced kiln designs and automated processes, have enhanced the efficiency and quality of lime production. These advancements have resulted in higher yields, improved product consistency, and reduced energy consumption, making lime production more cost-effective. Additionally, advancements in logistics and transportation have facilitated the timely and efficient delivery of lime to construction sites, reducing lead times and increasing customer satisfaction. Furthermore, technological innovations have enabled the development of lime-based products with enhanced properties, expanding its applications in various industries.

Lime Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global lime market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels for 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on the type and application.

Breakup by Type:

  • Quick Lime
  • Hydrated Lime

Quick lime dominates the market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the lime market based on the type. This includes quick lime and hydrated lime. According to the report, quick lime represented the largest segment.

Quicklime, also known as calcium oxide, plays a significant role in propelling the lime market. It is a highly versatile and widely used chemical compound in construction materials, such as cement, concrete, and mortar, where it acts as a binding agent. It is also utilized in the steel industry for the production of high-quality steel and steel-related products and as a fluxing agent to remove impurities, such as silica, phosphorus, and sulfur, from iron ore during the steelmaking process. The alkaline properties of quicklime make it valuable for wastewater treatment, soil stabilization, and pH regulation in industrial processes. Moreover, the growing construction and steel industries, along with the increasing demand for water treatment solutions, is accelerating its adoption rate across the globe.

Breakup by Application:

  • Agriculture
  • Building Material
  • Mining and Metallurgy
  • Water Treatment
  • Others

Building material holds the largest share in the lime industry

A detailed breakup and analysis of the lime market based on the application has also been provided in the report. This includes agriculture, building material, mining and metallurgy, water treatment, and others. According to the report, building material accounted for the largest market share.

Lime has been used as a building material for centuries due to its numerous beneficial properties and advantages. Lime, in various forms such as quicklime and hydrated lime, serves as a fundamental component in manufacturing cement, mortar, and plaster. These lime-based materials provide binding, strength, and durability to structures. It is also utilized in the production of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), a lightweight building material with excellent thermal insulation properties. Additionally, lime is used for soil stabilization, improving the properties of weak or expansive soils for construction purposes. Moreover, it allows for easier application and shaping, making it suitable for intricate or curved architectural details. It also accommodates slight movements and settlement in the building, reducing the risk of cracking or damage.

Breakup by Region:

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others 
  • Middle East and Africa

Asia Pacific exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest lime market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Asia Pacific holds the leading position in the market.

Asia Pacific is a significant driver of the lime market due to several factors. The region's rapid economic growth, urbanization, and infrastructure development create a strong demand for construction materials, including lime-based products. The expanding manufacturing sector, particularly in steel production and cement manufacturing, is escalating the need for lime as a key ingredient. Moreover, lime is widely used in water treatment processes to adjust pH levels, remove impurities, and enhance water quality. The increasing awareness about water pollution issues and the implementation of stricter regulations are increasing the utilization of lime in water treatment facilities. Furthermore, with rapid industrialization and the establishment of manufacturing facilities across various sectors, lime finds applications in chemicals, pulp and paper, and sugar refining industries in the Asia Pacific region.

Competitive Landscape:

The key players in the global lime market are actively engaged in expanding their production capacities and cultivating lime orchards to meet the increasing demand. These players are investing in research and development to develop new lime varieties and improve cultivation techniques. They also establishing strong distribution networks to ensure efficient supply chain management. Apart from this, the marketing initiatives, such as advertising campaigns, product promotions, and participation in trade shows, help create awareness and drive consumer demand.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the global lime market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Afrimat
  • Boral Limited
  • Carmeuse
  • Cheney Lime & Cement Company
  • Cornish Lime
  • Graymont Limited
  • Lhoist Group
  • Minerals Technologies Inc.
  • Mississippi Lime Company
  • Nordkalk Corporation (SigmaRoc plc)
  • Pete Lien & Sons Inc.
  • Sigma Minerals Limited
  • United States Lime & Minerals Inc.

Recent Developments:

  • Cornish Lime launched a new product, named Insulating Render under its brand Cornerstone. It can be applied to any internal surface at 25mm per coat which makes it a quicker application.
  • Graymont Limited and its subsidiaries recently acquired lime operations in Asia Pacific expand Graymont's geographical reach, customer base, and production capabilities in the region.
  • Nordkalk Corporation acquired a majority shareholding of Juuan Dolomiittikalkki Oy, a company that specializes in the production or supply of dolomitic limestone or related products, in order to expand its presence or diversifying its product portfolio in the dolomitic limestone market.

Lime Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment: 
  • Type
  • Application
  • Region
Types Covered Quick Lime, Hydrated Lime
Applications Covered Agriculture, Building Material, Mining and Metallurgy, Water Treatment, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Afrimat, Boral Limited, Carmeuse, Cheney Lime & Cement Company, Cornish Lime, Graymont Limited, Lhoist Group, Minerals Technologies Inc., Mississippi Lime Company, Nordkalk Corporation (SigmaRoc plc), Pete Lien & Sons Inc., Sigma Minerals Limited, United States Lime & Minerals Inc.,etc.
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the global lime market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global lime market?
  • What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the global lime market?
  • What are the key regional markets?
  • Which countries represent the most attractive lime market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the type?
  • Which is the most attractive type in the lime market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the application?
  • Which is the most attractive application in the lime market?
  • What is the competitive structure of the global lime market?
  • Who are the key players/companies in the global lime market?

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the lime market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global lime market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the lime market.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

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