In 2010 USG shook the foundations of the wallboard market with the introduction of a new reduced-weight wallboard product, Sheetrock UltraLight Panels. Several other producers have since produced their own lightweight boards. Here Global Gypsum presents its detailed report into the lightweight wallboard market, including a detailed run-down of all lightweight wallboard producers, technical descriptions for all lightweight gypsum wallboard products currently available, discussion of the effects of lightweight wallboard on the global gypsum industry as a whole and future outlook.
Gypsum wallboard overview
The global gypsum market
The US wallboard market
Lightweight wallboard overview
-- United States Gypsum (USG)
-- American Gypsum (Eagle Materials)
-- National Gypsum
-- CertainTeed (Saint-Gobain)
-- Continental Building Products
-- Pabco Gypsum
-- GCG (USG)
-- Panel Rey
Gypsum wallboard standards
Lightweight wallboard producers
The lightweight wallboard market
Lightweight wallboard trends
Lightweight wallboard production
-- Plasterboard liner (PBL)
-- Stucco additives
Table 3: List of ALL lightweight wallboard products, available on the market, including:
-- Producer and product name,
-- Standards compliance,
-- Board weight (metric and Imperial),
-- Thermal resistance,
-- Flame spread,
-- Smoke development characteristics.
Table 4: Comparison of lightweight fire-resistant gypsum wallboard products and their standard weight analogues (where such analogues exist). All are 5/8 inch.
Table 5: Comparison of Georgia-Pacific ToughRock Gypsum Board and ToughRock Lite-Weight Gypsum Board.
Table 6: Prices of lightweight gypsum wallboard products stocked at various Lowes and Home Depot outlets in the USA.
Table 7: Typical properties and miminum/maximum standards as required by ASTM C1396 test method for 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch wallboard.
Table 8: Hamburger Reiger's current front-facing ivory and back-facing grey PBL products and properties.
Map: Global gypsum wallboard industry by level of development.