Dry Mix Mortar; Focus on advantages and demand in Asia Pacific

dry mix mortar

A dry mix mortar is a term for readily mixed raw materials in dry form which may also have additives and polymers added for specific usage in construction. Dry mix products provide excellent technical properties to meet the stringent performance requirements which are common in the current construction scenario.

Dry-mixed mortar or dry mortar is made of cement, sand, mineral and functional additives, mixing together proportionally. It is often in powder or granule form pre-mixed in special factory and transported to construction site. After stirring with adequate amount of water, it can be used directly. There are usually two kinds of dry mortars- normal type and purposed type-Normal type includes masonry mortar, plastering mortar and ground mortar, Special purposed ones like tile adhesive, interface dry powder, insulating mortar, self-leveling, water-proof mortar, repair mortar, wall putty and tile grout…

Market growth scope; Asia Pacific

The dry mix mortar market is expected to register a CAGR of ~6.73% during the forecast period of 2019 – 2024. Major factor driving the market studied is the increasing amount of construction activities in the United States and Asia-Pacific. The non-residential sector dominated the dry mix mortar market in 2018 and is expected to grow during the forecast period, owing to the growing construction activities globally.Emerging trend of green building certifications is likely to act as opportunities in the future.

Asia-Pacific dominated the market with the largest consumption from the countries, such as China, India, and Japan.

Rapid increase in population, in Countries like China and India, is expected to give a rise in demand for the residential construction, which, in turn, augments the usage of dry mix mortar. The key areas of expected growth are social infrastructure, schools, hospitals, government accommodation, water, defence infrastructure, and water resources. In the Asia-Pacific region, infrastructure accounted for 37%, residential for 34%, and non-residential for 29% share of the construction spending in 2017.

In India, a cumulative total of USD 24.67 billion foreign direct investment has been made for the construction activities (including townships, built-up infrastructure and construction- development projects), between April 2000 – December 2017. The country is likely to witness an investment of around USD 1.3 trillion in housing over the next seven years, where the country is likely to witness the construction of 60 million new homes. The availability of affordable housing is expected to rise around 70% by 2024, in India. All the above-mentioned factors, in turn, expected to increase the demand for dry mix mortar in the region during the forecast period.

The advantages:

The modern Dry Mix Mortar are produced in a special factory with dedicated facilities on batching & blending of all the necessary ingredients in highly-controlled process. In this way, different types of Dry Mix Mortar products with well-defined properties & performance to meet specific requirement and application can be produced. Today the Dry Mix Mortar is conquering the market by replacing the traditional job site mixing mortar because of its various advantages.

Comparing with traditional made-on- site mortar, it has many advantages like stable quality, complete kinds, high work efficiency, good work performance and easy to operate…

  • Drymix mortar can be transported simple container, stirred automatically, pumped and applied by machine, thus making work efficiency to 500-600%.
  • Stirring and applying by machine also ensures mortar can be processed and used correctly, avoiding water added too less or much, or other potential mistakes during formulation or inexperienced workers. It can make quality stable and durability longer.
  • Drymix mortar helps the improvement of industrial structure, modernizes the construction industry, reduces cement waste and project cost.
  • Drymix mortar as a thermal insulation and environmental friendly material, can contribute to energy saving and emission reduction, which should be promoted on large scale.
  • Testing of products for all technical parameters and creating awareness about the technical attributes to users for choosing the right product
  •  Proper quantification of materials and reduction in wastage
  • Hassle free and ease of application and usages 
  • Good water resistance property
  • Better flexibility
  • Very good compressive flexural and tensile strength than ASTM standard values
  • Easy to mix and apply
  • Better finish and surface appearance
  • Almost nil wastage of the material at site
  • Minimum space required for the storage
  • Inventory cost saving
  • Minimum supervision required

Dry Mix Mortar Product Types

  • Plastering – internal / external
  • Thin joint mortars
  • Floor screeds
  • Stuccos
  • Repair mortar
  • Waterproofing mortar
  • Cement grouts
  • Tile adhesives
  • Tile joint fillers
  •  Waterproofing products
  • Crack fillers and repair materials
  • Sand based internal plaster
  • Brick jointing mortar
  • Grouts
  • Floor screeds
  • Bonding mortar
  • Wall putty
  • Gypsum based internal plaster


One key factor that has been driving demand is the ability of these products to save on labour costs. With the use of specialized application equipment, substantial improvement in workmen efficiency and output has been reported due to the use of these products. For countries like India suffering from a crunch in construction labour, adoption of this technology could be the answer. Ease of application is another important factor that works in favour of dry mix mortar products. This is one more factor that is especially important in countries like India, where a majority of the construction workers are unskilled, with very low levels of education.


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