International Plasterboard Market Growing By 4.1% A Year
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International Plasterboard Market Growing By 4.1% A Year

posted in News by Skippy on 12:09 Jan 19th, 2015

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Almost every building features walls and ceilings which are covered with plasterboard, or gypsum as it’s often known. Like many other materials which are removed from renovated houses and offices, plasterboard can be recycled so it can be re-used again for another purpose. The construction and demolition industry in the UK generates around 1 million tonnes of plasterboard recycling every year, but this is only a small fraction of the total created worldwide.

Plasterboard Recycling Set To Increase Globally

Global demand for plasterboards is forecast to expand 4.1% each year between 2014 and 2018. Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Ethiopia and the United States are considered the highest potential markets in the coming years. The research data was produced by a leading international market research company called Global Research & Data Services.

It also found that in the previous four years between 2007 and 2013 the market increased with an average annual growth of 4.8%. Today paper reinforced plasterboards account for 63.6% of the global demand while other plasterboards have a 36.4% share of the market.

China, France, Germany, Italy and the United States represent the largest plasterboard markets while the strongest annual growth is forecast to occur in Bangladesh (19.1%), Bolivia (16.3%), Ethiopia (12.9%) and Ecuador (10.7%).

In the UK the continued use of plasterboard is set to help the plasterboard recycling industry grow even more. Plasterboard is turned into useable gypsum by drying out the plasterboard before adding water and sticking it between two sheets of paper, and once dried it becomes tough enough to become a wall.

With old or waste plasterboard, the paper and gypsum can be separated so that the latter can be fed back into the manufacturing process. Gypsum itself comes from two sources; natural gypsum is dug out of the ground while synthetic gypsum is made from a by-product of coal power stations.

Plasterboard Recycling Services From Skippy

Skippy Nationwide are industry experts when it comes to construction waste management. We can collect and recycle all clean uncontaminated plasterboard waste from site. For more information on our plasterboard recycling services, call one of our experts today on 03333 218402 or email

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