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Production of lime by country in 2019

The three leading lime producing countries in the world as of 2019 were China, the United States, and India, with production volumes of 300 million metric tons, 18 million metric tons, and 16 million metric tons, respectively.

What is lime?

Lime is a mineral that is made up of oxides and hydroxide. It is inorganic and encompasses calcium. The most common use of lime is for steel manufacturing, where it is used to remove impurities. It is also used to treat wastewater with ferrous sulfate. Everyday household items such as glass, lawn neutralizers, leather, paint, toothpaste, and many more items also contain lime. In 2019, the estimated total production of lime worldwide was 430 million metric tons.

U.S. lime industry

Lime production in the U.S. has remained steady since 2012. In 2019, the U.S. produced an estimated 18 million metric tons of lime. U.S. lime consumption has also remained about the same since 2011. In 2019, the estimated consumption of lime in the U.S. was about 18 million metric tons.

Lime production by country in 2019

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Release date

February 2020



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Supplementary notes

* Quicklime only.
** Shipments
*** Includes hydraulic lime.

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