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Latest BDS Marketing Research report reveals further growth in recycled aggregates market 

LATEST industry findings from BDS Marketing Research, the leading consultancy for the heavy buildings materials sector, indicate that the market for recycled aggregates continues to strengthen. In 2018, estimated volumes produced at stationary recycling plants from construction, demolition and excavation waste reached 50 million tonnes.

The most recent report identifies around 670 individual static recycled aggregates plants, operated by more than 450 separate companies across England, Scotland and Wales.  

These include major primary aggregates producers such as Tarmac, Hanson and CEMEX, as well as regional players with multiple large-scale operations, and individual specialist operators with a single plant servicing a local market.

These are some of the conclusions in the latest report published by BDS entitled ‘Directory of Static Aggregates Recycling Plants’.

Commenting on the latest findings, report author Andy Sales said: ‘We have seen further evidence of the importance of recycled aggregates to the construction industry in 2018. Growth over the last two years in their production has been in contrast to a fall in the output of primary aggregates over the same period. Recycled aggregates can represent a more sustainable, economic or local alternative to the use of primary materials.’

Some further growth in the sub-market is likely when planning consents over the last 12 months are taken into account. BDS say capacity to produce a further 2.5 million tonnes was consented, up by 25% on the same period two years ago.

According to BDS, the market for recycled aggregates remains very fragmented with no individual producer holding a market share in excess of 5%. This is in contrast to the primary aggregates market where the leading five suppliers share around 70% of the market between them.

The latest BDS report is the only source of information listing all known static aggregates recycling plants in the country. As well as providing address details and estimated outputs for every plant, contact names and office addresses for all of the recycling companies are included.

Further details of the report are available by contacting Andy Sales at BDS Marketing. Tel: (01761) 433035; or email: [email protected]

BDS also prepare market surveys and reports for individual clients in other market sectors, which can include customer research, commercial due diligence, company profiles and acquisition appraisals, and analysis of markets and prices.

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