Concrete admixtures are additives/materials that act as enhancers to the concrete before or during cement mixing. Adding these chemicals to freshly formed concrete or hardened concrete alters the properties, enriching the cement mixture. Moreover, in construction plants, they are delivered in liquid form & directly added to concrete. Its primary functions include corrosion inhibition, shrinkage reduction, alkali-silica reactivity reduction, workability enhancement, water reduction, damp proofing, coloring, among others. With the rise in the construction sector, the demand for the concrete admixtures industry is expected to grow in the coming years.
The GCC Concrete Admixture Market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period, i.e., 2022-27. The rise in government investments by countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, etc., for the development of smart cities has contributed significantly to the growing demand for concrete additives. In addition, the growing infrastructure, such as the Silicon Park Project, the Red Sea Project, and various power projects, has expanded the need for concrete admixtures in the countries. Furthermore, noteworthy events have been hosted in the region, such as Expo 2020 in the UAE, FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, etc., resulting in the rapid development of new structures such as residential buildings, office buildings, hospitals, etc.
|Study Period||Historical Data: 2017-20|
|Base Year: 2021|
|Forecast Period: 2022-27|
|Country Covered||UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain|
|Key Companies Profiled||BASF SE, Sika GCC, MBCC Group, Arkema Middle East DMCC (Bostik), Chryso Group, Mapei S.p.A., Dow Chemical Company, Arkaz Alsharq Building Materials, Don Construction Products Ltd., Fosroc Inc|
|Unit Denominations||USD Million/Billion|
Hence, the progressive growth in the number of construction activities across the GCC has heightened the requirement of concrete admixture for the durability of the building & stability improvement. In addition, the GCC region has a chronic water shortage, and several countries, including Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait, are actively implementing technologies and other water-saving methods to reduce water usage. In this regard, concrete admixture, such as water reducers, has placed itself as a promising product to reduce the water usage at the time of cement mixing. The ability of water-reducing concrete admixture to harden the cement mixture with minimum utilization of water has broadened the scope of concrete admixture in the region. As a result, the market for concrete admixture is expected to grow rapidly in the forecast years.
Impact of Covid-19 on the GCC Concrete Admixture Market
The outbreak of the COVID-19 resulted in the sudden standstill of construction activities due to mobility restrictions imposed by the government of countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, etc., in 2020. On the other hand, the disruption in the global supply chain resulted in low oil revenues of these countries, which contracted the government construction budget during 2020. Subsequently, the impact of the slowdown in the construction industry was also felt in the mid of 2021. Therefore, the contraction of the overall spending on building & infrastructure across GCC led to low demand for concrete admixture during 2020-21.
By Admixture Type:
Based on admixture type, water-reducing admixture captured a notable share in the concrete admixture market during the historical period. Water-reducing concrete admixtures are used to enhance the durability & improve the stability of the building structures as they can reduce water up to 15% in the concrete mixture. In addition, it reduces the water-cement ratio by 7-8%, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions during construction. Thus, the water-reducers appeared to be one of the most protruding admixtures used in the construction, as it is readily available, sustainable, and has a low cost. Further, the demand for plasticizers has been increased in the residential & commercial construction industry, owing to its water-reducing property. Hence, it would significantly elevate the demand for concrete admixture in the coming years. Moreover, various players in the region have started implementing different ways to position their product offerings in the market. As a result, this would establish firm grounds for concrete admixture demand across GCC.
By End User:
Based on end-user, the residential sector held a considerable share in the GCC Concrete Admixture Market during the historical period, and the trend will continue to lead in the forthcoming years as well. There has been a growing use of concrete admixture in residential construction, as it improves the sturdiness & firmness of the building structure. Therefore, the growing investments to build new residential infrastructure settings, such as affordable social housing, construction of new skyscrapers, increasing count of luxury villas, etc., would magnify the demand for concrete admixture. In addition, the growing trend of constructing high-rise buildings across GCC countries to accommodate the rising population of expatriates has deepened the government’s emphasis on the construction sector.
Geographically, Saudi Arabia is one of the major countries in the GCC region, contributing to the growth of the concrete admixture market. The factors responsible for the market growth are the rising cost competitiveness, advancements in building infrastructure, power projects, and surging government investments in the construction sector. Moreover, under the Saudi Vision 2030 & National Transformation Plan, the government aimed to increase the real estate sector contributing GDP by 5% to 10% by establishing a partnership with private sector developers to use government land for housing projects in Saudi Arabia. Further, under Saudi Vision 2030, the government has invested a considerable amount in housing projects for the development of new residential buildings, which would further fuel the market growth of concrete admixture. Additionally, the increasing inclination & massive investment towards the development of new construction projects in Saudi Arabia has led to the generation of new demand for the concrete admixture, which, is further projected to escalate during the forecast period.
Recent Developments by Leading Companies
The growing number of construction activities focused on the development of new commercial & residential buildings in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, etc., have led to an increased demand for concrete admixtures. Concrete admixtures provide high durability & ensure the high quality of concrete during mixing, curing, and transporting. Furthermore, the countries in the region have an increasing number of construction projects under their strategic initiatives, and long-term infrastructure strengthening goals, that are closely associated with the development of modern residential complexes & commercial structures. In addition, the rising implementation of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in the GCC’s construction sector, along with the numerous government projects such as the Red Sea project, Silicon Park project, Furjan Wadi Lusail, etc., has escalated the demand for the concrete admixture market.
The downfall experienced by GCC’s construction sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the growth of concrete admixtures. The rippling effects of COVID-19 have been critical on the construction sector of countries, such as Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait due to which the scope of concrete admixtures has been contracted notably. Moreover, the decline in the foreign direct investments (FDI) in these countries has impeded the establishment of new greenfield projects which could have been an opportunity area for concrete admixtures.
Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:
Frequently Asked Questions
A. The GCC Concrete Admixture Market is expecting around 4% CAGR during 2022-27.
A. Public utilities & residential sectors are anticipated to emerge as an opportunity area for the leading players in the market during the forecast period.
A. The long-term plans, including Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2030, etc., of various governments in GCC to enhance its building & construction sector would emerge as a growth opportunity for concrete admixture through 2027.
A. The rippling effect of the COVID-19 pandemic would be critical in the construction sector of countries such as Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait, owing to the holding on to major construction projects, returning of labor to their native countries, and contraction in construction spending. Consequently, the demand for concrete admixture would witness gradual recovery in the forecast years.