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Lafarge Tarmac regain number three spot

Latest annual BDS report lists company as third largest producer of ready-mixed concrete in UK

IN their latest annual report on the ready-mixed concrete industry, BDS Marketing estimate that Lafarge Tarmac have regained their position as the third largest producer of ready-mixed concrete in the UK.

Although the company only began trading at the start of 2013, if Lafarge Tarmac had operated the same plants in the previous year, they would have been the fourth largest company.


BDS estimate that Hanson remain as the largest ready-mixed concrete company, with CEMEX in second place, while Hope and Aggregate Industries also make up the top five. Together, these companies represent over a half of all concrete produced in the country.

These are some of the conclusions of BDS Marketing’s annual report on the industry entitled: ‘Estimated market shares of ready-mixed concrete companies in Great Britain’. The report estimates the market shares of all companies in the industry, by county, regionally and nationally.

As well as a three-year forecast, the BDS report identifies plants and companies that have both closed and opened over the past 12 months.

Commenting on the report, principal consultant Julian Clapp said: ‘We have identified a further 20 concrete plants closed by the leading companies over the past year. This brings to around 100 [the number of] plants closed since 2010.’

He added: ‘It is the smaller companies that continue to grow. Most applications and consents for new concrete plants that we pick up are made by the independent businesses.’

The BDS report shows that Hanson are the largest concrete company in southern England and Wales, CEMEX are the leading company in much of the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East, and Breedon continue to develop in Scotland.

The consultancy expects the ready-mixed concrete market to increase by 5% during 2014, followed by similar increases in each of the next few years. Although the housing market is showing some slowdown in its rate of growth, concrete producers are expected to benefit from increased demand for private industrial and commercial work, and infrastructure schemes.

This is the only published report that lists all companies in the industry. It includes details of 225 businesses that mix concrete at static batching plants as well as a further 200 volumetric companies.

For further details contact BDS Marketing.


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