Increased demand from the housing market will boost industry revenue
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
The Sand and Gravel Mining industry principally mines and undertakes basic processing of sand and gravel used for construction aggregate and industrial applications, such as road building, landscaping, snow and ice control, and petroleum extraction. “The industry also undertakes the extraction and primary processing of clay and refractory products for use in downstream manufacturing applications,” IBISWorld industry analyst Agiimaa Kruchkin says. The volume of the domestic production of sand and gravel is expected to amount to 927.4 million metric tons in 2013, having declined at an average annual rate of 3.2% over the five years to 2013. This fall in production is largely due to the struggles of US construction markets during the recession.
Revenue is expected to grow 5.3% in 2013 to total $10.8 billion, yet it remains far below the record revenue of $12.7 billion generated in 2006. “The slump in downstream construction markets from 2008 to 2009 hurt demand for construction aggregates and materials for building products,” Kruchkin says. Consequently, weak demand resulted in a steep revenue drop in 2009, which followed a fall in 2008. Despite the recovery from 2011 to 2012, industry revenue is expected to have dropped at an annualized rate of 0.9% in the five years to 2013.
The Sand and Gravel Mining industry has a low level of concentration. Currently, the industry’s three largest companies are CRH PLC, HeidelbergCement AG and Martin Marietta Materials. Most of the industry is made up of smaller firms, as it is difficult to acquire the vast amounts of capital required to set up a network of facilities serving multiple geographic markets necessary to capture a large market share.
In the five years to 2018, industry revenue is forecast to rise. The demand for clay and refractory materials is projected to continue deteriorating in several downstream manufacturing industries. This decline will be offset by stronger demand in the downstream housing construction market in the latter part of the five-year period, strong growth in public sector investment in the highway and bridge construction market and the expected increase in private spending on home improvements as the US economy strengthens. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Sand and Gravel Mining in the US industry report page.
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This industry comprises firms involved in mining and quarrying sand (construction and industrial) and gravel, along with clays, and ceramic and refractory minerals. Industry activity may include the beneficiation of these minerals by washing, screening and otherwise preparing the mined sand, gravel and clays.
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