Non-residential, by end-use, accounted for the most significant demand for fiber cement in 2019

The global fiber cement market size is projected to grow from USD 16.4 billion in 2020 to USD 20.3 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2020 to 2025. The market is projected to grow in accordance with the growth of the residential and non-residential sector across the globe. Fiber cement products are known for their properties, such as high strength, durability, fire-proof, and resistance to deterioration from salt or UV rays. These properties of fiber cement products increase their preference in a wide range of applications.

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The non-residential segment comprises industrial, commercial, and agricultural buildings of fiber cement. Fiber cement is commonly used in industrial buildings, such as factories, mills, and warehouses, owing to the enforcement of legislation by several governments, such as the UK, the US, and Canada, banning the use of asbestos at such workplaces. This is primarily due to favorable and lenient lending policies initiated by governments across the world, which is driving the growth of non-residential construction projects. The residential construction spending is estimated to increase, particularly in emerging regions, including Asia Pacific and Latin America. Rapid urbanization is observed in these regions, resulting in a higher growth rate of the residential sector than that of developed regions.

Portland cement, by material, accounted for the largest market share in the fiber cement market. Portland cement is the most widely used type of cement, which is used for making concrete and mortar. The chief chemical components of Portland cement are calcium, silica, alumina, and iron. It is a reasonably priced material and is readily available, which makes it one of the widely used materials for construction globally.

The APAC region is projected to lead the fiber cement market, in terms of both value and volume from 2020 to 2025. The countries in this region is expected to achieve high growth in the construction sector, and in turn, triggering a huge demand for fiber cement products. Growing construction sector, particularly in rapidly-growing countries such as China and India, huge foreign investments, and growing awareness about the ill-effects of using asbestos, drive the demand for fiber cement products.

The fiber cement market has been dominated by large players, such as the Etex Group NV (Belgium), James Hardie Industries PLC (Ireland), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Toray Industries Inc (Japan), CSR Limited (Australia), and Nichiha Corporation (Japan). These players have adopted various growth strategies, such as acquisitions, investments, and expansions, to increase their market shares and enhance their product portfolios.

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