European shotcrete market
Concrete is probably the most versatile material used in the construction industry. It is strong enough to form the base material required for the most massive structures. Shotcrete was widely used for repair work and adopted for new construction activities. The current acceptance is that “shotcrete” is used in the United States and “shotcrete” is the term most widely used in Europe. There are several suppliers of shotcrete / shotcrete in the European region. These service providers use various processes such as dry spray and wet spray to build and repair.
In 2019, the European shotcrete / shot cement market was valued at USD 6,043 million, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period 2020-2027.
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The European shotcrete / shot cement market is mainly driven by increasing urbanization, the development of cement to improve its efficiency and various advantages over traditional cement. equipment, processes and chemicals. Thus, the improved products are responsible for improved structural and mechanical strength of the built infrastructure. For example, in January 2018, Kryton International Inc. launched a concrete hardening admixture, named Hard-Cem, which increases the erosion and abrasion resistance of concrete. The construction segment is expected to account for around 10.3% of GDP in developed economies compared to 0.7% in emerging markets by 2027.
In addition, increased government support for the development of new and advanced products and the presence of large companies have supported the growth of the market in Europe.
Economic and technical efficiency of shotcrete
Significant metropolitan growth and a rapidly growing urban population are responsible for the increasing demand for public infrastructure such as the underground rail network, road tunnels and parking lots. In addition, the expansion of underground industrial activities such as mining, water and wastewater treatment plants is fueling the demand for underground construction. Unlike ordinary concrete, the shotcrete process does not require compaction or forming and can be sprayed directly onto the surface, reducing construction time and saving additional costs for users. Shotcrete offers several advantages such as increased durability and it also offers improved mechanical strength to the infrastructure compared to ordinary concrete. In addition, the built structure constructed of shotcrete is less porous, which increases the bond strength and improves the overall strength of the structure.
Difficulties in spraying processes
Shotcrete mortar is conveyed by two distinct spraying processes namely wet spraying and dry spraying. However, the two methods have different drawbacks such as dust formation, rebound, spray rate and material waste.
The dry spraying process leads to the production of large amounts of dust as well as a higher rebound rate due to the types of aggregates used in concrete. In addition, it has a lower spray rate, which can lead to reduced productivity.
However, in the wet spraying process, the dust generation and rebound rate is very low compared to the dry process, but the equipment used for wet spraying is very expensive and may require high maintenance, which will probably lead to low maintenance. segment growth. be hampered during the forecast period.
Advantages and disadvantages of spraying techniques
Difficulties Dry spraying Wet spraying
Dust formation High Low
High Low Rebound
Spray Low High
Equipment cost Low High
Source: RM Analysis
By type, fast-curing cement held the largest market share of the European shotcrete / shot-cement market
On the basis of type, the market is segmented into Fast Curing Cement, Low Temperature Cement, Sulphate Resistant Cement, White Cement, Impermeable Cement, High Alumina Cement, and others. Among which the fast-curing cement is mostly common and widely used in road construction where the traffic cannot be interrupted for a long time. In addition, it is also used in conditions where sufficient strength for further construction is desired as quickly as possible, such as precast slabs, poles, utility poles and the like. Fast-curing cement holds most of the market due to its huge applications.
By process, the wet spraying segment dominated the European shotcrete / shot cement market in 2018
On the basis of the process, the market is segmented into wet spraying and dry spraying. The wet spraying market held the largest market share in 2018 and was valued at approximately USD 4,168 million during the forecast period. Wet shotcrete is the delivery of ready-mixed shotcrete composed of cement, aggregate, shotcrete admixtures and water in a workable mixture. Wet shotcrete is primarily used where a high setting concrete class is specified and high performance is required. The main applications of the wet shotcrete process are: significantly improved working conditions in the spray area, shotcrete work with high production capacity and higher durability due to mixing water quantity controlled. It is the fastest growing segment.
By application, the underground construction segment held the largest market share of the European shotcrete / shot cement market.
Based on application, the market is categorized into underground construction, water retention structures, protective coatings, freeform structures, and repair work. Underground construction is expected to dominate the market due to the growth in construction and transportation activities. The construction sector in Europe is a major contributor to regional GDP, accounting for around 9% of EU GDP, due to which the government of the region is taking various initiatives to boost the growth of the sector. According to the European Federation of the Construction Industry (FIEC), in 2018 the total EU construction output was estimated at around 1.641 billion. The sector included 3.3 million enterprises, creating around 29% and 6.4% of total industrial employment and total employment in the European Union in the same year.
Source: European Federation of the Construction Industry
Geographically, the European shotcrete / shot cement market is segmented into Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and the rest of Europe.
The European shotcrete / shot cement market is one of the most dominant markets in the world. Germany and the UK represent a significant share of the European market due to the increase in high-tech and safe transport infrastructure and systems. In addition, the rapid development of construction industries, strict government regulations regarding cement grades and quality, and the availability of funds for research and development are stimulating the growth of the market to a certain extent. Germany holds the largest share of the European market, while Turkey is expected to become the region’s fastest growing economy.
Some of the major market players are CEMEX SAB de CV (Mexico), LafargeHolcim Ltd. (Switzerland), Tarmac Building Products Limited (UK), Natural Cement distribution ltd (UK), Lkab Berg & Betong AB (Sweden), KPM Industries (Canada), HEIDELBERGCEMENT AG (Germany), BASF (Germany), A & A Ready Mixed Concrete, Inc. (US) and GCP Applied Technologies (UK).
The major market players are focusing on various business growth strategies such as expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and product launch to expand their business in the regional market, thereby helping them to gain the maximum market share.
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Some of the recent developments in the shotcrete / shot cement market are:
In 2018, Heidelberg Cement AG, a major player in cement and other construction products, completed the acquisition of Essroc Cement for $ 4.2 billion.
In 2017, GCP Applied Technologies announced its two new cement additives to improve performance and reduce costs
In 2017, BASF SE, a leading player in the manufacture of chemicals, announced that it had completed the acquisition of THERMOTEK, a leading sealant supplier. In addition, in the same year, PCI Group, a subsidiary of BASF SE also finalized the acquisition of the professional building materials business for Western Europe from Henkel.
In 2017, LafargeHolicim, the Swiss materials giant, announced its investment of 120 million USD to expand the cement plant in the province of Argentina
Cement additive manufacturers
Research and development institutes
Fast curing cement
Low temperature cement
Sulphate resistant cement
High alumina cement
Water retention structures
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