Germany Becomes The Leading EU Producer of Lime, with 7.2M tonnes (2013) Other Mining And Quarrying April 29, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

The EU countries with the highest lime production in 2013 were Germany (7.2 million tonnes), Italy (3.6 million tonnes), France (3.5 million tonnes), which together accounted for 56% of total output. In Italy, production declined by 11% annually from 2007 to 2013. The other EU countries showed slight decrease in physical terms: France (-7%), Germany (-1%), Spain (-1%) and Poland (-4%).

Quicklime accounted for a substantial share (74% in 2013, based EUR) of total lime production in the EU-28. It was followed by slaked lime, with a share of 21%.

In general, EU lime production was estimated at 2.2 billion EUR in 2013, which was 31 million EUR more than in 2012, and 222 million EUR (or 9%) less than the peak production level that was recorded in 2008. In physical terms, lime  production decreased slightly by 5.1% to 25.3 million tonnes in 2013.

Driven by an anticipated economic recovery in Europe, the quarrying of stone sector as a whole is expected to begin an upward production and consumption trend over the next seven years.

The performance of the market is expected to accelerate, with an anticipated CAGR of +1.7% for the seven-year period from 2014 to 2020, which is expected to lead the market value to 5.55 billion EUR by the end of 2020.

Source: EU: Quicklime, Slaked Lime And Hydraulic Lime - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020