Global Building Materials Industry

  • January 2012
  • -
  • Global Industry Analysts

The global outlook series on Building Materials provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers an aerial view of the global construction landscape, identifies major market segments, and offers a bird’s eye view of the industry’s diverse and recession-related dynamics impacting demand. The report also offers incisive insights into key technological breakthroughs i.e. the evolution of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete, Fly ash, Green building materials, ICF and others. Discussion on the industry’s regional markets are amply detailed with unbiased research commentary and punctuated with 33 fact-rich market data tables with a special focus on the US and China markets. The report offers a compilation of strategic corporate developments and product launches. Other markets briefly synopsized to offer the reader a prelude to regional dynamics, include France, Finland, Germany, Russia, UK, Turkey, Australia, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia among others. Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 488 companies worldwide.

Table Of Contents




1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW 1
Construction Activity - A Yardstick for Measuring Economic Growth 1
Market Outlook 1
The Market In and Out of Recession 2
Developing Markets More Resilient to Crisis Than their
Developed Counter Parts 2
Price Fluctuations to Continue 3
Key Statistics 3
Table 1: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Building Materials by Geographic Region - US, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (Including Japan), Middle East and Rest of World
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in
US$ Million for Years 2010 through 2015 3

Table 2: World Five Year Perspective for Building Materials
by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
for US, Europe, Asia-Pacific (Including Japan), Middle East
and Rest of World Markets for Years 2011 and 2015 4

Table 3: World Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Building Materials by Product Segments - Aggregates (Sand and
Gravel and Crushed Rock), Cement and Concrete (Cement,
Concrete Products and Ready-Mixed Concrete), Bricks, Tiles,
Glass, Metal Timber and Other Building Materials Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2010 through 2015 5

Table 4: World Five Year Perspective for Building Materials
by Product Segments - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
for Aggregates (Sand and Gravel and Crushed Rock), Cement and
Concrete (Cement, Concrete Products and Ready-Mixed
Concrete), Bricks, Tiles, Glass, Metal Timber and Other
Building Materials Markets for Years 2011 and 2015 6

2. MARKET TRENDS 7
Construction Industry Going Green 7
Advanced Materials - Future of the Global Construction
Materials Market 7
Construction Demand Shifts to Emerging Markets 7
Do-it-Yourself - An Emerging Market 7
Factors Governing the DIY Market 8
The Online Marketplace for Building Materials 8

3. SEGMENTAL PERSPECTIVE 9
Aggregates 9
Table 5: Global Top 10 Aggregate Manufacturers - Ranked on
the Basis of Production in 2010 9
Sand and Gravel 10
Table 6: Top End-use Markets for Sand and Gravel (2010) 10

Table 7: Leading Industrial Sand and Gravel Consuming Nations
(2010): Percentage Share Breakdown of Volume Consumption by -
US, Italy, Germany, UK, Australia, France, Spain, Poland,
Finland and Others 10

Table 8: Leading Industrial Sand and Gravel Producing Nations
(2010): Percentage Share Breakdown of Volume Production by -
US, Italy, Germany, UK, Australia, Poland, France, Japan and
Others 11
Crushed Rock 11
Cement and Concrete Products 11
Cement - The Basic Material in Construction Industry 11
Concrete - A Mix of Cement and Aggregate 11
Precast Concrete 12
Ready-Mixed Concrete 12
Textured Concrete 12
Applications of Concrete 12
Concrete in Flooring 12
Concrete Screws 13
Glass Fiber-Reinforced Concrete 13
Concrete Pads 13
Bricks 13
Table 9: Global Market for Bricks and Blocks (2010):
Percentage Breakdown of Market Share by Producers - CEMEX,
Heidelberg, Pavestone, CRH, Berkshire Hathaway, Boral and
Others 13
Metal 14
Steel - The Key Constituent 14
Glass - The Most Green Building Material 14
Asahi Leads Building Glass Market 14
Timber 14
Timber Scores on Benefits 14
Plastic 15
Other Building Materials 15
Mineral Wool 15
Bitumen 15
Asphalt 15
Wood 16
Wood Fiber Plastic Composites - A Modern Building Material 16
Consolidation, Technology and Substitution Molding Wood Sector 16
Engineered Wooden Products Ready to Replace Wood 16
Engineered Wood Products - Performance Oriented 17

4. TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS 18
Glass - Permeable to Sunlight but Not to Heat 18
Ductal: An Innovative Composite Building Material 18
PPC Pipe Production Line: A Green Environment Friendly
Building Material 18
Insulated Concrete Forming 18
Flyash - For Concrete Reinforcement 19
Fiber-Reinforced Concrete 19
Cement Pulsation 20
Wire Mesh Products Expand Metal Applications 20
CanFibre Develops Barkboard from Waste 20
Tiles - In All New Natural Looks 20

5. STRATEGIC CORPORATE DEVELOPMENTS 21

6. WORLD CEMENT AND CONCRETE MARKET 34
Global Cement Statistics 34
Production 34
Table 10: Global Market for Cement and Concrete Additives
(2010): Percentage Breakdown of Market Share for
Manufacturers - BASF, Headwater, Grace and Co., Propex
Operating Co and Others 34

Table 11: Global Cement Production (2010) - Percentage
Breakdown of Volume Production by Regions - China, India,
Other Asian Countries, Europe, Americas, Africa, US and
Others 34

Table 12: Top Five Cement Producers Globally with Details of
Installed Capacity and Cement Sales in 2010 (In Million
Tons) 35
Top 10 Concrete Contractors Globally - Contractors Ranked by
Revenues Earned in 2010 35
Consumption 36
Table 13: Global Cement Consumption (2006-2010) in Millions
of Tons 36
Top 10 Cement Consuming Regions in 2010 - Ranked on the
Basis of Volume Consumption 36
Trade 37
Table 14: Top Ten Cement Exporting Nations (2010)- Breakdown
of Volume Exports by Countries 37
Table 15: Top Ten Cement Importing Nations (2010)- Breakdown
of Volume Imports by Countries 37
Outlook 37

7. WORLD STEEL MARKET 38
An Overview 38
Table 16: World Top 10 Steel Makers (2008 and 2009): Ranked by
Production Output of Crude Steel in Million Tons 38

Table 17: Top 10 Crude Steel Producing Countries Worldwide -
Volume Production in Millions of Metric Tons for 2010 39
Emerging Markets - The Next Frontier in Global Steel Industry 39


A REGIONAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE 40

1. THE UNITED STATES 40
US Building Materials Market Crumbles 40
Major Trends 40
Cement Consumption Declines in the US During Crisis 40
US Cement Industry - An Overview 40
Technology Transitions - Corporate America is no Stranger to
Efficiency Boosters 41
Brick and Block Market to Witness Strong Demand 41
Aggregates Market - Future Prospects 41
Stone Industry Registers Consistent Growth 41
Plastics and Metals Keep Roof Market Buoyant 42
Prospects for Appearance Wood Products in North America 42
Opportunities for New Products 42
Building Materials in the US - A Fragmented Market 42
MandA Activity Soars in the US Building Products Sector 43
Table 18: MandA Activity in the US Building Products Market
(2009): Percentage Breakdown of Transactions by Category -
Commercial and Infrastructure Builders, Integrated Building
Materials (Metals and Lumber), Construction Materials
(Cement, Concrete and Aggregate), Finished Building Products
and Residential Builders 43
Green building Materials Demand to Rise 44
Table 19: US Market for Green Building Materials (2011):
Percentage Breakdown of Value Demand by Green Products -
Insulation, Concrete, Floor Coverings, Roofing, Windows and
Doors 44
US Building Products Trade Statistics 44
Table 20: US Exports of Building Materials (2010): Value
Exports of Various Product Types in Millions of US Dollars 44

Table 21: US Imports of Building Materials (2010): Value
Imports of Various Product Types in Millions of US Dollars 45
United States Housing Market 45
New Housing Purchases - Consumer Preferences 45
Multifamily Housing 45
Positives Abound 45
Braving the Negative Perception 45
House Remodeling - Bright Prospects 46
Commercial Constructions 46
Federal Projects Augment Growth 46

2. CANADA 47
Overview 47
Restructuring of the Canadian Cement Industry 47
Canadian Steel manufacturers Affected by Price Differentiation 47
Canadian Building Products - Trade Statistics 47
Table 22: Canadian Exports of Building Materials (2010):
Value Exports of Various Product Types in Millions of US
Dollars 47

Table 23: Canadian Imports of Building Materials (2010):
Value Imports of Various Product Types in Millions of US
Dollars 47

3. JAPAN 48
Overview 48
Optimistic Future of Japanese Cement Industry 48
Factors Affecting Housing Market in Japan 48
Japan Timber Housing - Japanese and Western Style 48
Japanese Style 48
Western Style 48
Regulatory Environment 49
Import Laws 49
Building Standards Law 49

4. EUROPE 50
European Cement Market - Ripe but Not Rotten 50
European Construction Industry - Top Consumer of Wooden Products 50
Shift Towards Secondary Wood Products in Europe 50
European Steel Industry Growing 50
Clay Tiles Dominate the European Roof Tile Market 51
Major Trends Influencing WPC in the Building Products Market 51
Key Statistics 52
Table 24: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Building Materials by Geographic Region - France,
Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe Markets Independently
Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years
2010 through 2015 52

Table 25: European Five Year Perspective for Building
Materials by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Dollar Sales for France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of
Europe Markets for Years 2011 and 2015 53

4a. BELGIUM 54
Overview 54
The Belgian Cement Industry 54

4b. BULGARIA 54
Overview 54
Construction Industry in Need of Investment 54
Cheap Labor but Inferior Technology 54

4c. CZECH REPUBLIC 55
Overview 55
Czech Construction Market in Focus 55
Impact of Recession on Building Products Market 55
Recession Takes Toll on Building Materials Quarrying 55
A Minor Dip in Cement Output in 2010 55

4d. DENMARK 56
Overview 56
Largest Exporter of White Cement in the World 56

4e. FRANCE 57
Overview 57
France - The Most Mature Cement Market in Europe 57
Steel Market Hotting Up 57

4f. FINLAND 57
Overview 57
Monopolistic Cement Market Thriving in Finland 57

4g. GERMANY 58
Overview of the German Construction Industry 58
Cement Market - Mature and Consolidating 58
Recycling Under Government Scrutiny 58

4h. NORWAY 59
Overview 59
Building Material Market Flourishing with Governmental Energy
Projects 59
Local Producers Govern Building Material Market 59
DIY and Wood - Prospective Segments 59

4i. POLAND 60
Overview 60
Corporate Scenario: The Evolution 60
A Giant But Troubled Cement market 60
Competition Breeds Novelties 60
Ceramic Tiles - In Focus 61
Regulatory Network 61
Certification of Product Mandatory 61
Foreign Players Solicit Local Support 61

4j. RUSSIA 62
Overview 62
Land of Potential Opportunities 62
The End-Use Market 62
Good Times Ahead for Russian Building Materials Market 62
Demand for Gypsum Based Building Materials Increases in Russia 63
Cement Production in Russia 63
Table 26: Leading Cement Producers in Russia (2010):
Percentage Breakdown of Market Share for Eurocement,
Sibirskiy Cement, Alpha Cement, Lafarge, Novorosstcement,
Park Group, Mordow Cement and Others 63

4k. TURKEY 64
Overview 64
A Principal Region for Construction Industry 64
Construction Sector Playing Prominent Role 64
Cement Market in Turkey 64
Eczacibasi - Sets the Trends in Ceramics 64

4l. THE UNITED KINGDOM 65
Overview 65
Building Material Sales in UK Flat through 2010 65
Brick Market - Europe’s Largest 65
Cement Production Market - Highly Concentrated 65
Timber Flooring and Other Products Market 65
Ceramic Tiles Industry - At its Peak 66
UK Ceramic Tiles 67
Outlook 67
Doors - The Application Route 67
UK Flooring Products 67
Seamless Flooring Products 67
Price Margins 67
Other Industrial Flooring Products 67
Table 27: UK Industrial Flooring Products Market (2008 and
2010): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Product
Group/Segment - Seamless Flooring (Epoxy Resin,
Polyurethane, Cementitious Polymer, Methacrylate, and
Screeds), Ceramic Tiles (Dust Pressed Tiles and Floor
Quarries),Mastic Asphalt, and Chemical Resistant Bricks 68
Outlook 68

5. ASIA-PACIFIC 69
Overview 69
Asian Cement Industry 69
Asia-Pacific Leads the World in Cement Consumption 69
Steel Industry in Asia-Pacific 69

5a. AUSTRALIA 70
Building Construction Industry to Witness Growth 70
Australian’s Inclination Towards Spacious Homes 70
Steel Frames in Australia 71

5b. CHINA 72
Overview 72
Luring Players from All Over the World 72
Top 10 International Building Product Suppliers in China 72
Top 10 Domestic Building Material Product Suppliers in China 73
China Shifts Focus to Brazil 73
Green Building Materials in China - A Market With Impressive
Future Potential 73
A Unique Country in Cement Market 73
Building Materials Market 74
Outlook 74
Cement and Concrete 74
Table 28: Leading Cement and Concrete Producers in China
(2010): Percentage Breakdown of Production for Anhui Conch,
South Cement, China Shanshui Cement, China United Cement,
Huaxin Cement and Others 75
Cement Industry Structure 75
Outlook 75
Commercial Concrete on A High 75
Cement Imports and Exports 76
Table 29: Chinese Cement Imports (2010): Breakdown of Value
Imports in Millions of US Dollars by Cement Types 76

Table 30: Chinese Cement Exports (2010): Breakdown of Value
Exports in Millions of US Dollars by Cement Types 77
China Leads the World in Wooden Building Products 77
Environmental Awareness and Easy Finance to Boost Wooden
Products Market 77
China - Destined to Become Outsourcing Station for Wood Products 78
Composite Wooden Floor Tiles Blooming 78
Plastics Products Market Soaring with Prohibition on Cast
Iron Products 78
China's Metal Demand Also Mounting 78
China Steel Market is Steady 79
Outlook 79
Construction - The Backbone of Economy 79
Residential Building Market 79
Commercial Building Market 80
Imports Knock the Shine of Domestic Produce 80
Distribution and Supply Perspective 80
Overseas Practices Take Roots 80
Supply Chain Comparisons 81
Infrastructure: Government Makes Efforts to Tame Bottlenecks 81
Regulatory Environment 81
China Bans Six Building Materials 81

5c. INDIA 82
Construction Sector - An Overview 82
Boom in the Indian Construction Industry Sustains Despite
Recession 82
PEBs to Gain Traction in the Indian Construction Industry 82
Market Snapshots 82
Growing Market for Green Building Material 83
An Overview of the Cement Industry 83
Cement Overcapacity in India - Sporadic Expansions in the
Southern States to Blame 84
State of the Market in 2010 84
Table 31: Top 10 Cement Producers in India with Details of
Installed Capacity as in 2011 85
Tile Manufacture - Current Issues 86

5d. INDONESIA 87
Cement Industry Overview 87
Table 32: Top 3 Cement Manufacturers in Indonesia (2010):
Percentage Share Breakdown for Gresik Indocement, Holcim and
Others 87
Indonesia Bans Sand Exports 87

5e. MALAYSIA 88
Overview 88
Malaysian Timber Industry Initiates Downstream Integration 88

6. LATIN AMERICA 88
Overview 88
A Potential and Secured Cement Market 88

6a. ARGENTINA 89
Overview 89
Construction - Essential for the Country’s Macroeconomic Profile 89

6b. BRAZIL 90
Overview 90
Brazilian Construction Industry Puts Up aGood Performance 90
Demand Rise for Thermal Insulation Building Materials in Brazil 90
Cement - The Hallmark 90
Table 33: Top Cement Manufacturers in Brazil - Ranked by
Installed Capacity in 2010 91
Regulatory Environment 91

6c. MEXICO 92
Overview 92
Regulatory Environment 92

7. MIDDLE EAST 93
Overview 93 Changing Dynamics of MENA Cement Industry 93

7a. SAUDI ARABIA 94

7b. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 95
Overview 95
UAE Construction Industry - Showhome Concept 95
Construction Sector in Dubai Still Reeling Under The Impact
of Recession 95


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