Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market is segmented by Type (Wall Board, Ceiling Board, and Pre-decorated Board), Application (Residential Sector, Institutional Sector, Industrial Sector, and Commercial Sector), and Geography (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Rest of Middle-East and Africa). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (million square meters).

Market Snapshot

Market Summary - Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >5.75 %

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Market Overview

The Middle-East and African gypsum board market is estimated to witness significant growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 5.75%, over the forecast period (2022-2027).

The COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected the market. However, the market has now been estimated to have reached pre-pandemic levels.

  • Rising construction activities in Saudi Arabia and booming tourism in the Middle Eastern countries are the major factors driving the market in the region.
  • The growing awareness of energy efficiency policy toward Middle-Eastern region buildings is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • South Africa dominated the market across the region with the largest consumption with almost 30% share.

Scope of the Report

Drywall is a panel made of calcium sulfate dihydrate, with or without additives, typically extruded between thick sheets of facer and backer paper, used in the construction of interior walls and ceilings. The Middle-East and Africa gypsum board market is segmented by type (wall board, ceiling board, and pre-decorated board), application (residential sector, institutional sector, industrial sector, and commercial sector), and geography (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Rest of Middle-East and Africa). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (million square meters).

Wall Board
Ceiling Board
Pre-decorated Board
Residential Sector
Institutional Sector
Industrial Sector
Commercial Sector
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Ceiling Boards to Dominate the Market

  • Gypsum ceiling boards are designed for application on interior ceilings, suitable for both residential and commercial buildings, primarily those intended to receive a water-based texture finish.
  • Ceiling boards are interior surfacing materials with the same physical appearance as the gypsum wallboard.
  • Fire-resistant ceiling boards are used in the kitchen areas, and water-resistant ceiling boards are used in the top floor ceiling applications.
  • These boards reduce VOC levels and reverberation time and improve speech intelligibility in a given room. Other advantages include reduced weight, shear resistance, fire resistance, dimensional stability, specified lengths, etc.
  • Some of the major manufacturers of gypsum ceiling boards are Mada Gypsum, Saint-Gobain Gyproc, USG Boral, etc.
  • Hence, ceiling boards are expected to dominate the market.
Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market - Segmentation

Saudi Arabia to Dominate the Market

  • Saudi Arabia announced Vision 2030 program in April 2016. The program is likely to empower the nation to be less dependent on oil exports and production through increased tourism and foreign investments.
  • However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected approximately 60,000 people in the country, the government announced a cut of USD 8 billion for 2020. This is a direct result of the severe lockdown that the country has witnessed, which reduced production across various sectors countrywide.
  • The market openness and investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia are moderate as compared to the other emerging economies. However, the government, in its 10th development plan, is reforming the economic policies with investments in diversified sectors.
  • The country is embarking on a large number of residential and commercial projects, which are expected to increase the construction activities in the country. Moreover, the government and private investments in different sectors of the country led to a rise in the industrial and commercial building and construction activities in the country.
  • Saudi Arabia registered a 13% year-over-year (Y-o-Y) growth, which was influenced majorly by the urban and industrial constructions. The urban construction sector is the largest contributor to the construction sector’s expansion, with 3,727 active projects valued at USD 386.4 billion.
  • In Saudi Arabia, according to Major Building Expo in Riyadh, the construction industry is poised for tremendous growth over the next five years, with 700 new projects set to be launched in the coming months and targeted for completion by 2022.
  • Thus, based on the aforementioned factors, Saudi Arabia is expected to dominate the market.
Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market - Regional Trend

Competitive Landscape

The Middle-East and Africa gypsum board market is partially consolidated, with the top five players accounting for more than 50% of the market. The major companies include Knauf Gips KG, Saint-Gobain, Gypsemna, Mada Gypsum Company, and National Gypsum Company, among others.

Recent Developments

  • In April 2021, Boral sold its 50% stake in USG Boral to Gebr Knauf KG (Knauf) for USD 1.02 billion. The profit on sale after tax will go towards reducing the group’s net debt by 21% to USD 1.15 billion from USD 1.45 billion. This will leave a USD 763,000 surplus for reinvestment or return to investors.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Construction Activities in Saudi Arabia

      2. 4.1.2 Booming Tourism in the Middle Eastern Countries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Prone to Water Damage

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Wall Board

      2. 5.1.2 Ceiling Board

      3. 5.1.3 Pre-decorated Board

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Residential Sector

      2. 5.2.2 Institutional Sector

      3. 5.2.3 Industrial Sector

      4. 5.2.4 Commercial Sector

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Saudi Arabia

      2. 5.3.2 South Africa

      3. 5.3.3 Iran

      4. 5.3.4 Nigeria

      5. 5.3.5 Egypt

      6. 5.3.6 United Arab Emirates

      7. 5.3.7 Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share(%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 AYHACO Gypsum Products Manufacturing

      2. 6.4.2 Global Gypsum Co. Ltd

      3. 6.4.3 Gypsemna

      4. 6.4.4 KCC Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Knauf Gips KG

      6. 6.4.6 Mada Gypsum Company

      7. 6.4.7 National Gypsum Company

      8. 6.4.8 Saint-Gobain (Gyproc)

      9. 6.4.9 Tanzania Gypsum

      10. 6.4.10 USG Boral

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Awareness of Energy Efficiency Policy Toward the Middle Eastern Region Buildings

    2. 7.2 Increasing Urbanization Increasing the Requirement for Affordable Housing in African Countries

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market is growing at a CAGR of >5.75% over the next 5 years.

Knauf Gips KG, Mada Gypsum Company, National Gypsum Company, Saint-Gobain, GYPSEMNA CO LLC. are the major companies operating in Middle-East and Africa Gypsum Board Market.

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