Published on : Nov 17, 2014
Mankind has known gypsum, and has used it abundantly as a reliable building material, since as long as 6000 B.C. The use of gypsum has also been recorded in the interiors of the great pyramids of Egypt dating back to 2560B.C.
In 2011, China produced more than 45million metric tons (Mt) of crude gypsum and emerged as the world’s largest producer (and also the largest consumer) of gypsum. During the same period, U.S. ranked fifth worldwide in terms of gypsum production, with more than 8Mt of production.
In addition to mined/crude gypsum, the global gypsum market also benefits from the synthetic gypsum produced as a byproduct of a number of industrial processes, such as desulfurization of flue gas. Gypsum is primarily used in the production of cement production, wallboard manufacturing and a number of agriculture processes.
The significant expansion of the construction industry, more importantly in the Asia-Pacific region, has spurred demands of crude as well as synthetic gypsum in the past few decades.
The rapid expansion of wallboard industry in the past decade has also led to rising gypsum demands. Increased use of wallboards in the Asia-Pacific region, coupled with the development of new gypsum production units throughout the world, spurred production rates in these regions. Analysts estimate that the worldwide production and demand for both crude gypsum, and more prominently, synthetic gypsum would rise due to the rising popularity of wallboards and their economic and efficient nature.
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