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New report highlights changes in cement industry

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Updated and extended version of ‘Survey of the cement industry in Great Britain’ now available

BDS Marketing Research, the leading consultancy in the heavy buildings materials industry, have recently released an updated and extended version of their report entitled ‘Survey of the cement industry in Great Britain’, which was first published in 2016.

The new version updates information on trends in the market, estimates of market shares of producers, end-use and distribution models, regional analysis, developments in new, upgraded and extended facilities, and future prospects. A new section also examines investment, innovation and development opportunities, and strategies for cement companies.


In 2018, almost 12 million tonnes of cement were sold in Great Britain, of which almost 80% came from domestic production and the remainder from imports. A further 3.5 million tonnes of cementitious material was in the form of fly ash (also known as PFA or pulverized fuel ash) and ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS).

The importance of imported cement to downstream users – largely comprising producers of ready-mixed concrete, concrete products and mortar – has grown by 73% over the last five years to more than £240 million (at current prices). As a whole the industry is worth around £1 billion with estimates of gross value added (GVA) in the region of £400 million.

There are 11 cement plants currently in operation in Great Britain, operated by five companies, namely Aggregate Industries, Breedon, CEMEX, Hanson and Tarmac. These companies are also the five largest producers of ready-mixed concrete, the main end-use market for cement, as well as being involved in the production of concrete products and mortar, to a greater or lesser degree. Planning for further facilities is also discussed in the new report.

The report will be of use to all companies involved in the production and supply of cementitious products as well as industry observers, potential investors and end-users. The sector is a key element in the supply chain to deliver the Government’s plans to boost housing and infrastructure spending into the next decade.

Further details are available by contacting Andy Sales at BDS Marketing on tel: (01761) 433035; or via email at: [email protected]


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