Corundum Market Poised for Steady Growth with a Projected CAGR of 3.9% During the Forecast Period 2030

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The global corundum market, valued at USD 2.2 billion in 2021, is set to experience a steady growth trajectory with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.9% during the forecast period. Corundum, a naturally occurring mineral composed of aluminum oxide crystals, holds a significant place in various industries due to its unique properties and versatile applications.

Characteristics and Uses of Corundum

Corundum is recognized for its hardness and durability, second only to diamond. It forms the basis of gemstones like sapphires and rubies, contributing to the jewelry and precious stones industry. Corundums applications extend beyond gemstones:

  • Industrial Abrasives: Corundums hardness makes it ideal for abrasives used in sandpaper, grinding tools, and other industrial applications.
  • Electronics: Its scratch-resistant properties make corundum suitable for scratch-resistant windows in electronic devices and wafers for circuit boards.
  • Fine Grinding: The demand for fine alumina has driven up the need for corundum in various grinding applications.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to the corundum market. Economic slowdowns, reduced consumer spending, and supply chain disruptions have affected the demand for jewelry and precious stones, thereby impacting the corundum market. The industry faced hurdles, but as the world adapts and economies recover, the corundum market is anticipated to regain its momentum.

Market Drivers

  • Jewelry Industry Demand: The use of corundum gemstones, particularly sapphires and rubies, in jewelry is a significant driver of the markets growth.
  • Industrial Applications: Corundums hardness and versatility make it a valuable material in various industrial applications, such as abrasives and electronics.

Market Restraints

  • Price Volatility: Fluctuations in prices of jewelry-grade corundum, driven by changing consumer demand and geopolitical factors, can hinder market growth.

Segment Overview

  • Jewelry Dominates: The jewelry segment holds the largest market share, driven by the popularity of corundum gemstones, including sapphires and rubies, in the industry.
  • Ruby Category Leads: Among the various types of corundum, rubies hold the majority share due to their scarcity and desirability in the market.

Regional Landscape

  • Asia Pacific Leads: The Asia Pacific region is at the forefront of the corundum market, driven by the demand for gemstones and the regions glass and steel manufacturing industries.
  • North America Shows Promise: North America is expected to experience significant growth, with the United States contributing substantially due to its jewelry industry.

Key Players

  • Key players in the corundum market include Alteo Alumina, Riken Corundum Co. Ltd., Swarovski Gemstones, Henge Group, K.A. Refractories Co. Ltd., and others.


The global corundum market is expected to grow steadily, driven by its diverse applications in the jewelry industry, industrial abrasives, electronics, and more. Although challenges exist, including price fluctuations and the impact of the pandemic, the markets unique properties and versatile uses position it for long-term growth.

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