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Develop A Strategic Forecast of Silica Sand Based on Supply Chain Decomposition
Mohammad Mansour
Pages - 9 - 27     |    Revised - 31-1-2015     |    Published - 28-2-2015
Volume - 9   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - January / February 2015  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Silica Sand, Supply Chain, Forecast, Demand.
ABSTRACT
As a commodity, silica sand is a low priced product but a primary ingredient for a diversity of products. On the whole, the consumption of silica sand can be measured as indicator to the global economy’s trends and circumstances. The last decade showed a fluctuation in silica sand consumptions in several industries and reached the lowest level in 2009 due to the global recession. Due to the variety of products and the new or future developments in applications, the long term forecast of silica sand requires nonconventional methods of prediction. As an integrated part of the supply chain of numerous industries, silica sand demand has been decomposed into many sectors based on the intended applications. in this research. the impact of future demand of glass containers, flat glass, specialty glass, fiber glass, fracture sand, foundry sand, whole grain fillers, abrasive, gravel sand, recreation sand, chemicals, fillers, ceramic and filtration industries in the total global silica demand for the next decade. Each unique market position and its interconnection with other industries had been studied to draw a strategic long term forecast of silica sand based on market share of each industry.
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Dr. Mohammad Mansour
Collage of Engineering and Technology University of Business and Technology Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia
m.mansour@ubt.edu.sa