US Lime Demand to Reach 18.9 Million Metric Tons in 2021


Cleveland, OH, October 13, 2017 — US lime demand is forecast to reach 18.9 million metric tons in 2021, according to Lime: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Expanding production of durable goods and increasing construction activity will spur demand for quicklime. Hydrated lime suppliers will benefit from expansion in the construction sector, while rising production of steel and other manufactured goods will bolster demand for refractory lime.

Through 2021, growth in steel production levels will be the primary driver of increased demand for lime in metallurgical applications, which will remain the leading application segment. The environmental segment is expected to exhibit the fastest gains over the forecast period due to growth in lime consumption for the removal of air pollutants at coal-fired power plants and increases in the volume of treated water.

These and other key insights are featured in Lime: United States. This report forecasts to 2021 US lime demand and production in metric tons. Total demand is segmented by product in terms of:

  • quicklime
  • hydrated lime
  • refractory lime.

The term “lime” comprises manufactured lime forms and excludes limestone and dolomite, which are used as feedstock. Regenerated lime, produced as a byproduct at paper mills, carbide plants, and water treatment facilities, is also excluded from the scope of this report.

Total demand is also segmented by application as follows:

  • metallurgical
  • environmental
  • industrial
  • construction
  • refractory.

To illustrate historical trends, total demand, total production, and the various segments are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016.

More information about the report is available at