Galvanizing Industry Demographics and Statistics
83 galvanizing companies in North America (140 plants)
5 zinc producers/suppliers
28 services/product suppliers
22 galvanizing companies outside N. America
Approximately 80% of industry capacity
Approximately 25 galvanizing companies in N. America
Approximately 20% of industry capacity
3.2 million tons of galvanized steel in 2008
3.0% average annual growth since 2002
Galvanizing operations – 8,000
Zinc Suppliers – 10,000
Service and product suppliers – 2,000
Utility, Agriculture, Construction, Bridge and Highway, Recreation (Stadiums)
22% penetration in 2007
Structurals, fasteners, tubing, pipe, wire, nails, reinforcing steel, weldments, complex fabrications, guardrail, and posts
Most galvanizing operations are privately held
Sales range from $5 million to $50 million
Most galvanizing operations do not take title to the steel they galvanize.
These operations are called “job” or “custom” galvanizers and they provide a service.
Paint, metalizing, concrete and composites
- Cleaning the steel in a hot caustic solution.
- Pickling in dilute hot sulfuric acid or ambient temperature hydrochloric solution.
- Fluxing in an aqueous solution of zinc-ammonium chloride.
- Immersing in a bath (kettle) of molten zinc.
- Inspection of material for consistent and thorough coating.
AGA members represent approximately 80% of the industry of capacity. Non-members are primarily smaller galvanizers, pipe, wire and fence companies, but consolidation has changed the face of the industry in the last 8 years. There are now several multi-plant public and private operators.