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Latest annual reports on key heavy building materials markets now available from BDS Marketing Research

IN their latest annual review of outputs in the major heavy building materials markets in Great Britain, leading industry specialists BDS Marketing Research have identified Tarmac as the largest company in two of the main product sectors. These are aggregates and asphalt, in which the company is estimated to hold market shares of 24% and 32%, respectively.

In ready-mixed concrete, Hanson, with a market share approaching 17%, are still the largest company. This is a sector that includes material produced by static batching plants as well as on-site batching vehicles.


The top five companies across each of these sectors consist of Tarmac, Hanson, LafargeHolcim, CEMEX and Breedon. Whilst their respective positions change from product to product, their smallest combined market share in any sector is around 64%, rising to 80% where they have their highest penetration. Breedon continue to grow in size, with further acquisitions in the last 12 months.

These companies also feature, to a greater or lesser extent, as producers in one or more concrete products markets, for which reports have also recently been published. Tarmac have the leading share in the concrete building blocks market, including both aggregate and aircrete blocks. LafargeHolcim and CEMEX also appear in the listing of the top 10 producers, as they do in both the concrete blocks and concrete block paving sectors.

With the exception of the concrete block paving sector, each of the other five markets experienced growth in 2016 against the previous year. This ranged from a 2% increase in the concrete paving sector, to growth of 9% for concrete blocks.

These are some of the conclusions from the annual BDS reports, which represent the only independent source of information on the outputs and shares of all sites and companies in Great Britain.

Each report provides estimated outputs at individual site level, with volumes and market shares shown at county, regional and national level. Aside from the five major producers, there are significant numbers of sites and producing companies in each sector, many with a strong regional or local presence.

Information on planning activity for extensions and new facilities, which is supporting existing and proposed growth across the industry, is also provided, as BDS monitor each of the 400+ planning authorities on an ongoing basis to track new schemes and decisions on existing proposals.

In addition, each report contains an economy-wide construction forecast for the next four years, along with a product-specific forecast. BDS expect each sector to continue to grow through to the end of the century, with demand underpinned by increased housing construction and the delivery of the Government’s infrastructure programme. 

For further details of the reports covering aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete, concrete blocks, block paving and paving slabs, contact Andy Sales at BDS on tel: (01761) 433035; email: [email protected]; or visit:

BDS also prepare market surveys and reports for individual clients in these sectors, which can include customer research, new product development, company profiles and acquisition appraisals, and analysis of markets and prices.


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