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Bricks, Blocks and Precast Concrete Products Market Report - UK 2015-2019 Analysis 

  • November 2015
  • 86 pages
  • AMA Research
Report ID: 3516824


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AMA Research have published the 5th edition of the 'Bricks, Blocks and Precast Concrete Products Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis'. Incorporating original input and primary research, this report represents and up-to-date and independent review of this changing market.Key issues covered:

Detailed assessment of the market - market sizes, product mixes and product trends.
Bricks - facing, engineering and common.
Concrete blocks - dense, lightweight and aerated.
Precast concrete products - stairs, floors, balconies, crosswall panels etc.
Natural and cast stone.
Review of supply and distribution structure
Forecasts of market developments - 2016 to 2019.

Key areas of insight include:

Recent market trends and impact of changing housebuilding market, sustainability issues.
Precast concrete review – blocks, flooring, crosswall panels, foundations, columns, bathroom pods etc.
Housebuilding review – 2009-H1 2015 volumes, forecasts up to 2019, housebuilding mix by build method.
Industry restructuring – review of key players, market shares etc.
Short term prospects in 2015-16 and medium-term forecasts to 2019, prospects and market drivers.
Review of key distribution channels – Builders Merchants, Factors, direct supply etc.

Some of the companies included:

Acheson & Glover, Aggregate Industries, Agstone, A J Mugridge, Albion Stone, All About Bricks, Amber Precast, Bison Manufacturing, Block Stone, Bovingdon Brickworks, Brick Market, Brickability, Broadmead RCS, Buchan Concrete Solutions, Carlton Main Brickworks, Cemco Merchant Network, Cemex UK, Coltman Precast Concrete, Cotswold Natural Stone, CPM Group, CRH, Forticrete, H&B Group, H+H Celcon, Haddonstone, Hanson Building Products, Ibstock Brick, James & Taylor, L&T Stone Supplies, Meon Brick Company, Michelmersh Brick, NMBS, PD Edenhall, Plasmor, Plean Precast, Quinn Building Products, Raeburn Brick, Realstone Holdings, Roger Bullivant, Sandstone Fashions, Stanton Bonna, Stowell Concrete’ Tarmac Building Products, Taylor Maxwell Group, The Combined Buying Association (CBA), Thomas Armstrong (Concrete Blocks), Unimer, Van Elle, Wienerberger.


Total market size by sales value and volume, by units delivered, production output and by area installed 2009-2014. Analysis of key market factors: impact of downturns in economy & housing markets, changes in housing ‘mix’, impact of MMC, trade balance, new product development etc.
Review of product mix - facing, engineering, common bricks - product mix 2014/H1 2015, market size & trends by volume for each type 2009 – 2014, assessment of factors specific to each product type. End-user market mix for facing bricks (new build/RMI housing, non-housing new build).
Supply structure - major suppliers, recent further market consolidation, market share estimates, analysis of international trade 2009–H1 2015.
Forecasts 2015–2019 - assessment of key market factors.


Overview of Concrete Blocks and Precast Concrete Products – market sizes – blocks & structural products (concrete flooring, panels, structural frames and columns, foundations, modules/pods etc.
Blocks - market size and trends by volume – production, stockholdings & deliveries and by value 2009 – 2014; analysis of key market factors; sustainability issues (use of recycled content, trade balance etc).
Review of product mix -lightweight, dense and aerated blocks: sales of each by volume 2009 –2014, key market factors; application by types of block e.g. inner leaves, flooring etc, trends in international trade 2009 – H1 2015.
Structural Products – overall market size 2009-2014, product mix (Stairs/floors/balconies etc, crosswall panels, others). Market forecasts 2015-2019, key factors influencing forecasts.
Supply structure - major suppliers, market shares for aircrete blocks, market shares for aggregate concrete blocks, market positioning, changing structures etc.
Forecasts for total market 2015–2019 and identification of key market factors.


Market size by value and trends 2009 - 2014, analysis of key market factors e.g. end use sector trends.
Supply structure - key suppliers of natural stone products, trends in international trade.
Forecasts for both natural and cast stone blocks 2015–2019 by value and key market drivers.


Bricks - market mix by distributor types - builders merchants, brick factors, direct sales etc. Identification of major distributors and key niche players.
Precast concrete blocks - market mix by distributor types - builders merchants, brick factors, direct sales etc. Identification of major distributors and key niche players.
Natural stone and cast stone - market mix by distributor types - builders merchants, brick factors, direct sales etc. Identification of major distributors and key niche players.


Review of recent construction & housebuilding trends 2009–2014 including new orders 2009-14 and key issues e.g. sustainable development, modern methods of construction (MMC). Housebuilding mix – flats and apartments. Non-residential construction market by Sector.
Focus on housebuilding market – analysis of key trends including size & types of dwelling, completions by sector 2009 – 2019, private vs public sector, houses/flats, new build/RMI, self-build sector 2009-2014.
Overview of housebuilding industry structure, market shares of leading groups, assessment of industry.
Future prospects for new housing - medium/longer term up to 2019.The market for bricks, blocks, concrete precast products, cast stone and natural stone peaked in 2007 and reached a low point of in 2012, before starting to recover. Since then, growth has been strong with the market estimated to have grown by around 25% between 2012 and 2014 by value. Current estimates indicate that £2bn threshold will be within reach at the end of 2015. Key specific factors trends that drive this market include the health and performance of the housing sector, levels of public sector investment in major projects and developments, business confidence & investment, as well as consumer confidence and spending.

Bricks were estimated to account for around 30% share of the total market in 2014 within indications that good growth experienced 2013-14 has continued into 2015 with further double digit growth. UK manufacturers of bricks have been placed under significant pressure by a sudden spike in demand after 5 years of volume decline and significant cuts in production. Major players have been reopening mothballed plants, creating jobs and increasing shifts, as well as investing in technology and skills in order to boost output. Imports have also risen significantly in the period 2012-2014.

Precast concrete blocks have seen a similar rise in demand, with sales rebounding in 2013 after two years of decline, and signs of a further strengthening of demand in 2014 and 2015. Block manufacturers have also had to adjust to the surge in housebuilding activity, although according to industry information there are now no discernible shortages, and current demands are being met. The market for precast concrete structural building products increased by around 9% in 2014, with current indications of similar growth by the end of 2015. Natural stone products used in building recorded 10% growth in 2014, following a similar increase in the previous year. However, its value remains significantly below the market peak in 2010.

The total market for bricks, blocks, concrete precast and natural stone products is likely to continue on its relatively strong path of growth in the short to medium term. However, the performance of individual product groups within the overall market will vary, although the general trend is positive. Into the medium-term, annual growth rates of 7-11% are forecast to 2019. In addition, the precast concrete products market is affected by global demand, supply and pricing issues which remain volatile as well as the performance of the UK construction sector. The current trends in the greater construction sector and a broadly positive outlook in the underlying economy, are likely to stimulate further growth in the market. Initiatives aimed at prioritising housebuilding will boost demand, at least in the short to medium term, with the most important of these being plans to build 200,000 ‘starter homes’ by 2020, aimed at first time buyers under 40.

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