US Demand for Explosives to Reach 2.4 Million Metric Tons in 2021


Cleveland, OH, November 1, 2017 — US demand for explosives is forecast to total 2.4 million metric tons in 2021, according to Explosives: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Increased activity in the mining and construction sectors will drive gains in consumption over the forecast period.

Coal mining is both the fastest-growing and the largest explosives market segment. Increasing strip ratios in coal mining will necessitate greater employment of explosives to sustain coal output levels, although regulatory factors and substitution of alternative fuels for electricity generation will limit growth potential. Growth in nonbuilding construction spending, the second largest market segment, will support increased use of explosives for rock blasting on construction sites.

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

  • blasting agents and oxidizers
  • high explosives.

The scope of this report encompasses commercial explosives used for industrial purposes. Consumer pyrotechnics, including fireworks, and explosives for military use are excluded.

Total demand is also segmented by market as follows:

  • coal mining
  • construction work
  • quarrying and nonmetal mining
  • metal mining
  • other markets such as oil well perforation, explosion welding, and seismic surveying.

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

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