Qatar is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent in its construction chemicals segment. A key reason behind this forecast remains a preference for quality construction.
According to TechSci Research report Qatar Construction Chemicals Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020, Qatar’s construction chemicals market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent by 2022.
The forecast is primarily based on the country’s ongoing construction boom ahead of the World Cup. That said, TechSci Research has also stated the market’s increasing awareness about quality construction as another major reason behind the expected growth. When used with fundamental building materials, construction chemicals provide strength and prevention against damages such as weather-driven erosion, thereby lengthening the lifespan of a project.
Emad Shawky, general manager, Qatar, BASF Construction Chemicals, said the nature of construction and infrastructure projects underway in Qatar also explains this growth trajectory. “Qatar’s strategic projects include roads and transportation such as the Doha Metro project, bridges such as Sharq Crossing, and water treatment and transportation facilities, etcetera. Such construction has created a growing demand for chemical-based solutions to help enhance durability and strength of structures, while reducing overall construction time and costs,” he told QCN.
“During 2010-14, the underground construction system chemicals segment experienced the fastest growth.”
When asked about some key chemicals used in the local construction market, Shawky mentioned admixtures for concrete, underground construction solutions (for foundations and tunneling), waterproofing solutions and repair and grouts, among others. Qatar’s construction chemicals market is classified into three categories, namely construction system chemicals, admixture system chemicals, and underground construction system chemicals. According to TechSci Research, “During 2010-14, the underground construction system chemicals segment experienced the fastest growth, whereas, the construction system chemicals segment accounted for the largest revenue share in the country’s construction chemicals market.”
Commenting on some emerging trends in Qatar’s construction chemicals market, Shawky said, “Apart from the increasing demand for chemical-based infrastructure solutions, we have observed a trend in the use of anti-carbonation coatings and protection.” Speaking about the finishing products in particular, he said there is a noticeable trend in the use of terrazzo flooring, created with binding chemicals. Because of their flexibility, durability and decorative potential, this flooring option is now increasingly being considered in major infrastructure and construction projects, thus driving the growth of the
While the increasing use of chemicals reflects improving building standards in Qatar construction, the maintenance conditions for such chemicals can significantly contribute to their overall efficacy. Therefore, contractors and suppliers of these chemicals must be aware of international standards for storage. Considering the combustible nature of these materials, warehouses carrying such chemicals must be temperature-controlled, with higher fire safety precautions in place.