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Growing U.S. Cement and Concrete Additives
Demand to Reach $4 Billion by 2020


Demand for cement and concrete additives in the U.S. is forecast to grow 7% annually to $4 billion in 2020. The robust growth will be mostly the result of gains in concrete consumption; however, additive loadings are also rising across all markets and major product types. These and other trends are presented in "Cement & Concrete Additives" (, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Note: The full industry study (153 pages) costs $4,900, but individual pages or sections can also be purchased.

Cement and concrete additives, in addition to steel rebar reinforcement, are the primary means of modifying the properties of concrete in the plastic and the hardened state, with the goal of enhancing strength and durability. More use of cement and concrete additives on a per ton basis is expected in all major markets.

Building construction will continue to be the largest market for cement and concrete additives, comprising more than half of total demand in 2020. Because of the diversity of concrete applications, nearly every type of additive is used in this market, however, demand is more concentrated in the nonresidential building segment because of the higher performance standards needed for concrete used in high-rise buildings and in structures that must endure harsh industrial conditions.

Low cost supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) are used in most concrete mixes today. They are key ingredients for specialized, technologically advanced types of concrete, including self-consolidating concrete (SCC), shotcrete, high-performance concrete (HPC), and ultra high-performance concrete (UHPC), among others. Use of these highly modified concrete mixes will continue to grow, particularly in nonresidential building applications. High value chemical, mineral and fiber additives are frequently used for these types of mixes, and are often available in proprietary products tailored to the application. Transportation projects in which performance is critical, such as overpasses and bridges, will provide an important outlet for such materials.

Note: The Freedonia Group, a division of, is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Freedonia says that more than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use its research to help with strategic planning.

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