Gypsum – the favorite of all!

Gypsum – the favorite of all!

Gypsum powder is one of the most preferred building materials in the real estate industry around the world. The reason being its ease of use, fast setting time, excellent strength and many such properties. Gypsum has also enthralled Indian builders over the years. And with the extensive growth in the Indian real estate, this building material has made its place in the market. So, if you are looking for a detailed yet striking information on gypsum and its market, read on this blog to know more.

What is gypsum?

Derived from a Greek word, “Gypos” which means plaster, gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral that is composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate(CaSO4.2H20). Gypsum is classified as 7.CD.40 under Strunz classification and has a monoclinic crystal system. Gypsum is water soluble and can be heated as well. When heated, the composition of calcium sulfate dihydrate changes to calcium sulfate hemihydrate(CaSO4.1/2H20). If this hemihydrate form is further heated, it turns into anhydrous calcium sulfate commonly known as anhydrite. Gypsum crystals contain anion water and hydrogen bonding.

Not many are aware of the fact that in the year 1820, a plaster war was fought in Nova Scotia to stop the illegal smuggling trade of gypsum.

Gypsum, in its original form, comes in three major varieties, namely, Alabaster, Selenite, and Satin Spar. Satin spar and Selenite are from the same family of gypsum with the only difference being that satin spar comes in pearly and fibrous masses while selenite comes in transparent and bladed crystals. Selenite is also known as desert rose or gypsum flower which is a four crystal structured variety of gypsum. Alabaster, on the other hand, is a finely grained white or slightly tinted form of gypsum. As Alabaster is a soft mineral, it can be molded or carved into various forms. Hence, it is mostly used for various ornamental work.

Apart from the construction industry, gypsum powder can be used in the agriculture industry as well. Since it is a rich source of calcium and sulfate which are needed by corps, gypsum powder acts as a fertilizer as well as a soil conditioner. This powder can retain water for a longer time as it has a high affinity towards water molecules, acting as water retender too.

Market of gypsum in India

As mentioned earlier, the gypsum market in India has seen tremendous growth over the years. Today, there are numerous gypsum powder suppliers in India who offers the best quality products to its clients. Rajasthan is one such state where gypsum powder can be found. With the growing demand in the Indian real estate, it is projected that the market of gypsum in India will increase at a compound annual growth rate, CAGR 6.5% from 2016 to 2022. If we speak globally, then the gypsum market is targeted to grow at CAGR 9.9% in the next decade which means that the expected amount is to reach $8.4 billion by 2029. India stands as the 16th largest supplier of gypsum in the world, producing approximately 2700 metric tonnes of gypsum per year.

Along with construction and agriculture industry, you will be surprised to know that gypsum powder can act as a food additive too. Since it is a non-toxic mineral, it can be added in a small amount for consumption as a dietary source of calcium. Gypsum is a non-active agent in toothpaste and is FDA approved.

India is setting its mark in the gypsum market gradually and Kabco Ventures proudly stands to be one of the best gypsum powder suppliers in India. We offer a high-quality product that has excellent brightness, setting time, and purity. Sourced directly from the mines of Iran and Egypt, our product is a high-performing and environment-friendly one that aims in reshaping the future of the construction industry.

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