The fly ash market size is expected to grow from USD 3.4 billion in 2018 to USD 4.5 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.0% during the forecast period. The major driving factors for the fly ash market are the growth in the construction industry, increasing focus on infrastructure and road paving, promotion of fly ash by the governments of various countries, and increasing focus on the use of environment-friendly products.
The fly ash market has grown at a moderate pace over the past five years owing to the increase in demand of fly ash for Portland cement & concrete and bricks & blocks applications. Currently, the fly ash market is dominated by various key players, such as Boral Limited (Australia), CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V. (Mexico), Lafarge North America Inc. (US), Charah Inc. (US), Separation Technologies LLC (US), Aggregate Industries (UK), FlyAshDirect (US), Salt River Materials Group (US), and Ashtech (India) Pvt. Ltd. (India).
Merger & acquisitions and expansions were the most preferred development strategies followed by companies to improve their presence in the fly ash market. In May 2018, Charah Solutions acquired SCB International, Inc. (SCB) to develop and deploy innovative technologies for fly ash benefaction for sale to concrete producers, processing kiln dust to remove mercury, and to grind granulated blast furnace slag to be sold to concrete producers. This will help Charah Solutions in expanding its MultiSource fly ash network and meet customer demand.
Boral Limited is a global distributor and manufacturer of building and construction materials. The company operates through four divisions, namely, Boral Construction Materials & Cement, Boral Building Products, Boral USA, and Boral Gypsum. In March 2018, Boral Limited acquired the Carbon Burn-out (CBO) technology developed by PMI Ash Technologies, LLC that helps in improving the quality of fly ash in coal-powered power plants. This helped the company in maintaining its leadership in the fly ash supply chain in North America. In November 2016, Boral Limited acquired Headwaters Incorporated to improve its presence in the US market. This will improve the company’s position in the fly ash market, as Headwaters Incorporated is the biggest fly ash company in the US. In February 2014, Aggregates Industries acquired the remaining 15% of shares in Ash Solutions. This improved the company’s capability to provide sustainable construction solutions to its customers in the UK.