CoalTrans India 2019: AsianCAA to Discuss India’s Utilization Policies

Delhi, India

The annual Coaltrans India event will take place this February 18-20, at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, India.  Coaltrans events are very well established in the region, with 18 years of proceedings with an annual attendance of approximately six hundred international industry professionals.

The coal industry in India has changed drastically in the past few years, which makes this conference key in bringing decision makers together to discuss changes and strategies. India has transformed from a net exporter to importer, changing the way business is done, and who controls the flow of resources. Demand for coal-fired power increases every year, making electricity increasingly expensive to consumers. The government is very supportive of import initiatives, however there is still considerable demand to be satisfied by outside sources. The largest contributors to India coal are Indonesia and the US (Click below to read about Indonesian coal trends from our last blog post). India entering the import business of coal will be a big topic at this year’s event.

Mr. David Harris, Chairman of the AsianCAA and industry leader with over 20 years experience in developing green technology, new materials and supply chain service companies will be in attendance alongside other members of the AsianCAA. The Association plans to be a meaningful contributor throughout Coaltrans proceedings.  Mr. Harris will lead a talk and presentation regarding the logistics of import/export as well as new and interesting technologies surrounding processing and handling. This will be AsianCAA’s 4th visit to a Coaltrans event.



Global Gypsum Market to Grow 10% in the Next Decade

Resource: The Future of Gypsum: Market Forecasts to 2016, Smithers Apex

Currently, the global gypsum market is valued at approximately $1.5 billion USD. 60% of this contributed to by the cement industry, while 33% is taken up by plasterboarding. Gypsum’s primary uses are in the settling of retarders (cement), building construction and for conditioning soil and fertilizer in agricultural applications. The 252 million ton per year industry is expecting to grow another $1 billion USD in the next two years and another 1.5billion in the 8 years following, as expressed by Ken Soezen, author of this report.

The pattern of consumption fluctuates geographically. The western world, including the US and large parts of Western Europe, use the product for wallboarding. This is not true for the rest of the world and especially in developing countries such as India and China where drier applications in instruction are not the industry standard yet.

Population growth particularly contributes to the need for gypsum in developing worlds, as the market fluctuates between the need for housing, and therefore cement becomes in higher demand. China and India, where construction and infrastructure work has exploded in recent years, became catalysts for growth in cement production in Asia. In 2012, China alone accounted for 58% of worldwide cement production, with India also making the top of the list at 10%, behind the USA.

The construction industry tends to be very cost conscious as seen in recent shifts towards eco-friendly and cost effective utilization of waste bi-products in the building materials sector.  Gypsum has become an industry favorite due to its recyclability and durability during repeated applications. Gypsum is one of the cheapest alternatives to widely used portland and sand based aggregate cements that have been the industry norm.