Calcium Carbonate Production in Germany Totaled 155K Mt in 2018 - Global Trade Magazine
  March 6th, 2020 | Written by

Calcium Carbonate Production in Germany Totaled 155K Mt in 2018

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  • The average calcium carbonate import price stood at $173 per tonne in 2018, jumping by 52%.
  • Driven by rising demand for calcium carbonate in Germany, the market is expected to start an upward consumption trend.
  • From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by France.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Germany – Calcium Carbonate – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

The revenue of the calcium carbonate market in Germany amounted to $126M in 2018, declining by -5.9% against 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).

In general, calcium carbonate consumption continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2015 when the market value increased by 34% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the calcium carbonate market attained its maximum level at $139M in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2018, consumption remained at a lower figure.

Market Forecast to 2030

Driven by rising demand for calcium carbonate in Germany, the market is expected to start an upward consumption trend over the next decade. The performance of the market is forecast to increase slightly, with an anticipated CAGR of +0.8% for the period from 2018 to 2030, which is projected to bring the market volume to 713K tonnes by the end of 2030.

Production in Germany

Calcium carbonate production in Germany totaled 155K tonnes in 2018, flattening at the previous year. Over the period under review, calcium carbonate production continues to indicate a steady decline. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2012 with an increase of 28% y-o-y. In that year, calcium carbonate production reached its peak volume of 291K tonnes. From 2013 to 2018, calcium carbonate production growth remained at a lower figure.

Exports from Germany

In 2018, the amount of calcium carbonate exported from Germany totaled 42K tonnes, going down by -6.9% against the previous year. In general, calcium carbonate exports continue to indicate a drastic decline. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2014 when exports increased by 233% against the previous year. In that year, calcium carbonate exports reached their peak of 177K tonnes. From 2015 to 2018, the growth of calcium carbonate exports remained at a somewhat lower figure.

In value terms, calcium carbonate exports amounted to $27M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Exports by Country

Poland (5.6K tonnes), France (4.4K tonnes) and Denmark (4K tonnes) were the main destinations of calcium carbonate exports from Germany, together comprising 0.3% of total exports. These countries were followed by the Netherlands, Italy, China, Turkey, Austria, the Czech Republic, the UK, Belgium and Spain, which together accounted for a further 0.4%.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of exports, amongst the main countries of destination, was attained by China, while exports for the other leaders experienced mixed trend patterns.

In value terms, the largest markets for calcium carbonate exported from Germany were France ($2.7M), Poland ($2.5M) and Italy ($2.1M), with a combined 1% share of total exports. These countries were followed by Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, China, Turkey, Spain, the Czech Republic, Belgium and the UK, which together accounted for a further 1.2%.

Export Prices by Country

In 2018, the average calcium carbonate export price amounted to $632 per tonne, rising by 10% against the previous year.

There were significant differences in the average prices for the major foreign markets. In 2018, the country with the highest price was Spain ($803 per tonne), while the average price for exports to Denmark ($409 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to France, while the prices for the other major destinations experienced more modest paces of growth.

Imports into Germany

In 2018, approx. 538K tonnes of calcium carbonate were imported into Germany; shrinking by -27.3% against the previous year. Over the period under review, calcium carbonate imports continue to indicate a mild descent. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2017 when imports increased by 66% y-o-y. In that year, calcium carbonate imports reached their peak of 739K tonnes, and then declined slightly in the following year.

In value terms, calcium carbonate imports amounted to $93M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.

Imports by Country

In 2018, Belgium (545K tonnes) constituted the largest calcium carbonate supplier to Germany, accounting for a 11% share of total imports. Moreover, calcium carbonate imports from Belgium exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest supplier, Slovenia (115K tonnes), fivefold. Austria (23K tonnes) ranked third in terms of total imports with a 0.5% share.

From 2007 to 2018, the average annual rate of growth in terms of volume from Belgium stood at +3.8%. The remaining supplying countries recorded the following average annual rates of imports growth: Slovenia (+7.7% per year) and Austria (+4.6% per year).

In value terms, Belgium ($43M) constituted the largest supplier of calcium carbonate to Germany, comprising 5.2% of total calcium carbonate imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Slovenia ($19M), with a 2.2% share of total imports. It was followed by the UK, with a 1.1% share.

From 2007 to 2018, the average annual rate of growth in terms of value from Belgium amounted to -1.5%. The remaining supplying countries recorded the following average annual rates of imports growth: Slovenia (+12.9% per year) and the UK (-3.4% per year).

Import Prices by Country

The average calcium carbonate import price stood at $173 per tonne in 2018, jumping by 52% against the previous year.

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major supplying countries. In 2018, the country with the highest price was the UK ($560 per tonne), while the price for Belgium ($79 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2007 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by France, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform