Explosives are used in mining site to break through rock formation for excavation.

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    Explosives market report transcript

    Global Market Outlook on Explosives


    Global Supply: 14.65 MMT (2022E)

    Global Demand: 13.59 MMT (2022E)

    Global Demand CAGR: Approx. 3.5–4 percent (2021–2024)

    • The demand for explosives is driven by rising commodity consumption levels from China, India, and other Asian countries. This scenario is expected to continue in 2022 with higher demand from countries, like India and China

    • A constant rise in commodity demand, coupled with increasing mineral output, and declining ore heads are the key drivers for explosives

    Global Explosives - Drivers and Constraints


    Increase in Commodity Demand

    • The mining industry is expected to witness a 22 percent increase in capital expenditure in 2022, as overall prices and demand for metals and minerals are expected to improve in 2022

    • Commodities, such as copper, gold, iron ore, etc., have a positive impact on demand for explosives, due to the expansion of mining activity

    Rise in Commodity Prices

    • It results in high-profit margins for mining companies, which triggers Greenfield and Brownfield mine project expansion

    Technology Changes

    • Major explosive manufacturers invest significantly in R&D in order to develop innovative products, which improves the efficiency of blasting as well as result in lower GHG emissions. This helps the mining industry meet the emission targets


    Decrease in Mineral Output Growth Rate

    • It will result in a reduction in mineral output from mines, adversely impacting explosives demand

    Regulations and Complexity in Transportation and Logistics

    • Increasing security and safety regulations have had a negative impact on the sales and supply of explosive products, especially in mining destinations, such as Africa, LATAM, etc.

    • Such stringent regulations affect the supply security and have impacted blasting services cost significantly


    • The global shift toward phasing out the use of coal for energy needs would significantly impact the demand for explosives, as coal mining industry is the largest end-user of explosives at present

    Market Driver - Commodity Price

    • Prices of key commodities are the best indicators of mining activities, which, in turn, evinces the demand for explosives

    • Iron ore prices have increased by 19.5 percent and averaged at $111/MT, due to improved demand from the end users

    • LME Nickel prices averaged at $13.17/lb. in December 2022, a monthly rise of around 12.2 percent compared to $11.56/lb. in Nov 2022

    Cost Structure Analysis : Explosives

    • Feedstock raw materials are the key cost drivers for explosives, as they constitute to ~60–70 percent of the total production cost across all regions.

    • The profit margin for explosives in a particular region is set up by the supplier, based on demand from the customers in that region and competition among the suppliers

    • Other costs are inclusive of logistics, warehouse cost, and other direct and indirect expenses

    • Utilities mainly include storing of AN prill at the appropriate temperature, as it should not be subjected to extreme external conditions of rain, high humidity, etc.

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