Global Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Snapshot
The global concrete block and brick manufacturing market is gaining from the booming construction sector worldwide. Rapid urbanization leading to the demand for new housing units in developing countries is stoking demand for concrete blocks and bricks. For instance, Brazil is a key domestic market in Latin America in terms of manufacturing volume of concrete blocks and bricks. Concrete blocks are preferred in the construction of walls as they are less susceptible to damage and provide insulation as well.
Apart from this, foreign direct investments in manufacturing and construction sectors in several countries of Asia Pacific have led to significant expansion of the concrete block and brick manufacturing market in recent years.
The emergence of eco-friendly building materials has been another significant factor acting in favor of this market predominantly in developed regions. Countries in North America and Europe are increasingly shifting towards sustainable construction with the introduction of green building materials. Eco-friendly building materials such as autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) are obtained from non-toxic ingredients and industrial waste that do not leave fumes, unlike synthetic building materials.
A report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) projects the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market to expand at a moderate 3.8% CAGR for the forecast period 2017-2027. At this pace, the market evaluated at 1,837.48 billion units in 2016 will become 2769.24 billion units by 2027 end.
Eco-friendly Characteristics to Make AAC Block Product Segment Attractive
On the basis of product type, the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market is bifurcated into concrete block, brick, and AAC block. Of them, the brick segment held the leading share of the market in 2016. Expanding at a CAGR of 3.5% during the forecast period, the brick product segment is anticipated to dominate over the forecast period.
Clay type, sand lime, and fly ash clay are the most common type of bricks used in the construction sector. Clay bricks are mostly used in construction projects. The production of bricks employs a chemical process to mix the raw materials. Following this, the mixture is then molded under pressure to form brick. For instance, clay bricks are manufactured by pressing the mixture of raw materials in mold, and are dried followed by frying or baking in kiln. Fly ash clay bricks are made with clay and fly ash, wherein the mixture of raw materials is heated up to10000C.
On the other hand, AAC block are the approved eco-friendly bricks that offer incredible construction quality at relatively low cost. AAC blocks are witnessing increasing demand due to their attributes of light weight, flexibility, and durability. The AAC block product segment is anticipated to rise at a significant CAGR over the forecast period 2017-2027.
Rising Housing Needs Makes Asia Pacific Leader
In terms of geography, the key segments of the concrete block and brick manufacturing market include North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. Vis-à-vis volume, Asia Pacific held the leading more than 80% market share in 2016; going forward, the region is likely to remain dominant over the forecast period. Rising population and growth of the construction industry are key factors driving the Asia Pacific concrete block and brick manufacturing market.
CRH plc, Wienerberger AG, Boral Limited, Acme Brick Company, UltraTech Cement Ltd., Xella Group, CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V. Lignacite Ltd., LCC Siporex Company, MaCon LLC, Midwest Block and Brick, Oldcastle, Magicrete Building Solutions Pvt. Ltd., General Shale Inc, Monaprecast Brickworks Limited, and Midland Concrete Products Inc. are the key players in the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market profiled in this report. Large players are striving to partner with regional players to expand their geographical presence and to help make the market somewhat consolidated.
Global Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Overview
Concrete block or concrete masonry unit is primarily used as a building material in the construction of walls. The concrete blocks are formed and hardened before they are brought to the work site. Concrete blocks are stacked one at a time and are held together with fresh concrete mortar to form the desired length and height of the wall. Bricks are produced by mixing the ground clay with water, forming the clay into the desired shape and drying and firing. The various steps involved in the manufacturing of bricks include phases such as mining & storage of raw materials, preparation of raw materials, bricks formation, drying, firing & cooling, de-hacking and storage of finished products. Various shapes and sizes of bricks can be obtained by extrusion process, molding process and dry pressing. The normal method of manufacturing of autoclaved aerated concrete block is to incorporate an aerating agent in the mix, the most common of which is aluminum powder. This reacts with the alkali derived from the cement or lime to form complex hydrates and hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas forms the voids and thus makes block aerated. The brick segment holds a major share of the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market in 2016. The clay brick segment holds more than 75% of the concrete block and brick manufacturing market owing to its size, ease of manufacturing, and extensive usage in developing nations.
Global Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Scope of Study
This report analyzes and forecasts the market for concrete block and brick manufacturing market at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (Billion Units) from 2016 to 2027, considering 2016 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on production for concrete block and brick manufacturing market during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the concrete block and brick manufacturing market at the global and regional level.
The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the concrete block and brick manufacturing market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, where in source, and application are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.
The report provides the actual market size of concrete block and brick manufacturing for 2016 and estimated market size for 2017 with forecast for the next ten years. The global market of concrete block and brick manufacturing has been provided in terms of volume. Market volume has been defined in Billion Units. Market numbers have been estimated based on source, and application of concrete block and brick manufacturing. Market volume have been provided in terms of global, regional and country level markets. The report also includes brick layers employed globally.
Global Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Market Segmentation
The study provides a decisive view of the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market by segmenting it in terms of product type. In terms of product type, concrete block, brick and AAC block. Concrete block segment is sub segmented into hollow, cellular, fully solid and others. Brick segment is sub segmented into clay, sand lime, fly ash clay and others. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. The report also includes production cost analysis for each manufacturing process and number of bricklayers employed globally. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for concrete block and brick manufacturing in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa.
Among the regions, Asia Pacific holds a major share of the market. It is estimated to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period. Increase in population, high demand for shelter, and need for an inexpensive building material are major factors driving the concrete block and brick manufacturing market in Asia Pacific. In Europe, the autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) segment in the region is primarily driven by the increased focus toward using light-weight building materials. Therefore, the ACC manufacturing segment is anticipated to observe significant growth rate during the forecast. Economic development in Latin America has stimulated the growth of the concrete block and brick manufacturing industry in the region. There are approximately 45,000 brick manufacturers in the region, most of them are informal units. The brick segment is declining its share in North America and Middle East & Africa regions due to increase use of light weight building materials in the regions.
Global Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Research Methodology
In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, magazines and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.
Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoover’s, oneSOURCE, Factiva and Bloomberg, national government documents, statistical databases, trade journals, market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market.
We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators to validate data and analysis. These help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.
Global Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Competitive Landscape
The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global concrete block and brick manufacturing market. Key players in the concrete block and brick manufacturing market are CRH plc, Wienerberger AG, Boral Limited, Acme Brick Company, UltraTech Cement Ltd., Xella Group, CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V., Lignacite Ltd, LCC Siporex Company, MaCon LLC, Midwest Block and Brick, Oldcastle, Magicrete Building Solutions Pvt. Ltd., General Shale, Inc., Monaprecast, Brickworks Limited, Midland Concrete Products, Inc., and others. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.
The global concrete block and brick manufacturing market has been segmented as follows:
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Product Type
- Concrete Block
- Fully solid
- Others (Lintel, jamb, etc.)
- Sand Lime
- Fly ash Clay
- Others (soil stabilizers, engineering, etc.)
- AAC Block
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing Market: Regional Analysis
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Asia Pacific
- Other ASEAN
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa