Updated Dec 10, 2022 19:02

Clay Market in the European Union

Market Overview
Please note: Annual data for 2022 are preliminary and subject to revision
In , after two years of decline, there was significant growth in the EU clay market, when its value increased by % to $. Over the period under review, consumption, however, saw a noticeable reduction. Over the period under review, the market attained the maximum level at $ in 2007; however, from 2008 to , consumption remained at a lower figure.

In value terms, clay production totaled $ in estimated in export price. Over the period under review, production, however, continues to indicate a mild shrinkage. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2018 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, production hit record highs at $ in 2007; however, from 2008 to , production stood at a somewhat lower figure.

The country with the largest volume of clay production was Germany ( tons), accounting for % of total volume. Moreover, clay production in Germany exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest producer, Spain ( tons), twofold. The third position in this ranking was taken by France ( tons), with a % share.

From 2007 to , the average annual growth rate of volume in Germany amounted to -%. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Spain (+% per year) and France (-% per year).


Consumption
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Clay consumption declined slightly to tons in , dropping by -% against the previous year. In general, consumption showed a mild slump. The volume of consumption peaked at tons in 2007; however, from 2008 to , consumption remained at a lower figure.

The value of the clay market in the European Union shrank modestly to $ in , approximately equating the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Over the period under review, consumption showed a mild curtailment. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in when the market value increased by %. Over the period under review, the market reached the maximum level at $ in 2007; however, from 2008 to , consumption failed to regain momentum.


Consumption by Country
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The countries with the highest volumes of consumption in were Spain ( tons), Italy ( tons) and Germany ( tons), together accounting for % of total consumption. These countries were followed by Belgium, France, Greece, Poland, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and Bulgaria, which together accounted for a further %.

From 2007 to , the biggest increases were recorded for Belgium (with a CAGR of +%), while consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, France ($) led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was held by the Netherlands ($). It was followed by Italy.

In France, the clay market remained relatively stable over the period from 2007-. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual rates of market growth: the Netherlands (-% per year) and Italy (-% per year).

From 2007 to , the average annual rate of growth in terms of the clay per capita consumption in No country was relatively modest.


Consumption by Type
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The products with the highest volumes of consumption in were fireclay ( tons), kaolin and kaolinic clays ( tons) and clays for construction and industrial use ( tons), together comprising % of the total volume.

From 2007 to , the biggest increases were recorded for fireclay (with a CAGR of +%), while consumption for the other products experienced mixed trends in the consumption figures.

In value terms, fireclay ($) led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was held by kaolin and kaolinic clays ($). It was followed by clays for construction and industrial use.

For fireclay, market remained relatively stable over the period from 2007-. For the other products, the average annual rates were as follows: kaolin and kaolinic clays (-% per year) and clays for construction and industrial use (-% per year).


Market Forecast
Please note: Annual data for 2022 are preliminary and subject to revision
Depressed by shrinking demand for clay in the European Union, the market is expected to continue its downward consumption trend over the next eight years. The performance of the market is forecast to contract with an anticipated CAGR of -% for the period from to , which is projected to depress the market volume to tons by the end of .

In value terms, the market is forecast to contract with an anticipated CAGR of -% for the period from to , which is projected to bring the market value to $ (in nominal prices) by the end of .