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Bricks, Blocks & Pavers

Bricks, Blocks & Pavers

US demand to rise about 9% annually through 2018
Demand for bricks, blocks and pavers in the United States is forecast to rise about nine percent per annum from a low 2013 base to $9.3 billion in 2018. A recovery in construction expenditures across all market segments will be the primary driver of gains as the brick, block and paver market continues its recovery from declines related to the 2006 collapse of residential construction and subsequent economic recession. Rebounding new housing construction will have a particularly significant impact on demand growth.

Bricks to be fastest growing
Bricks, typically made of clay, will see the most rapid growth of any product, driven by the robust expected increases in new housing construction. Brick is used primarily as a siding material on residential buildings, most intensively in the single-family segment. After suffering steep declines after the 2006 collapse in housing construction, demand for brick remained low in 2013. Demand is forecast to post double-digit annual growth through 2018 to nearly $3 billion.

Dominant structural block segment to face competition from poured concrete
Structural block made up two-fifths of demand in 2013, the largest share of any product. Demand for such products is concentrated in nonresidential markets, where structural blocks are used both in foundations and in above-grade walls. Although residential buildings do not use structural block as intensively, foundations in such buildings represent a second important market. Spending on structural block is projected to reach $3.7 billion in 2018 on roughly eight percent annual growth, spurred by rebounding building construction expenditures. However, competition from other materials such as poured concrete foundations will restrain stronger gains.

Pavers, outdoor wall block to track industry average
Pavers and outdoor wall block are used in various hardscaping applications in residential, nonresidential, and nonbuilding markets. Many buildings use retaining walls to support earth or part of the weight of structures in areas where sloped land presents a danger of erosion. In addition, increasing interest in aesthetically pleasing features such as terraced landscaping and paver patios and walks will continue to support demand for hardscaping products across many markets. Furthermore, interest in green building materials such as permeable pavers or products made from recycled plastics will support consumption of hardscaping products.

Demand for pavers and outdoor wall block is concentrated in improvements and repairs, particularly in the residential market; consequently, demand for these products will not be boosted by rebounding new building construction and growth will not be as robust as that seen in brick demand. Through 2018, US demand for pavers is projected to grow nearly nine percent per annum to $1.6 billion while demand for outdoor wall block is projected to grow seven percent annually to just over $1 billion.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Spending Trends
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Construction Activity
      • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Building Construction
        • Table BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
        • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
        • Table HOUSING COMPLETIONS
        • Table HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE
        • Table CHART II-1 YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING STOCK, 2013
        • Table RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES
      • Nonbuilding Construction
        • Table NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
    • Environmental & Regulatory Trends
      • Environmental Issues
      • Regulatory Issues
      • Recycling
      • Green Building
    • Competitive Products
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER MARKET, 2003-2013
      • Table CHART II-2 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER MARKET, 2004-2013
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER PRICING
      • Table CHART II-3 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER PRICING, 2003-2023
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER FOREIGN TRADE
    • International Overview
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND
      • Table CHART III-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2013
    • Structural Concrete Block
      • Demand by Market
        • Table STRUCTURAL CONCRETE BLOCK DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Demand by Type
        • Table STRUCTURAL CONCRETE BLOCK DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Brick
      • Demand by Market
        • Table BRICK DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Demand by Type
        • Table BRICK DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Demand by Material
        • Table BRICK DEMAND BY MATERIAL
        • Table CLAY BUILDING BRICK DEMAND
        • Table GLAZED CLAY BRICK DEMAND
        • Table OTHER CLAY BRICK DEMAND
        • Table CONCRETE BRICK DEMAND
    • Pavers
      • Demand by Market
        • Table PAVER DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Demand by Material
        • Table PAVER DEMAND BY TYPE & MATERIAL
    • Wall Block
      • Demand by Market
        • Table WALL BLOCK DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Demand by Material
        • Table WALL BLOCK DEMAND BY MATERIAL
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART IV-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Residential Building
      • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
      • New
        • Table NEW RESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
      • Improvement & Repair
        • Table RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
      • Demand by Housing Type
        • Table RESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVERS BY HOUSING TYPE
        • Table SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
        • Table MULTIFAMILY HOUSING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
        • Table MANUFACTURED HOUSING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
    • Nonresidential Building
      • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
      • New
        • Table NEW NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
      • Improvement & Repair
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
    • Nonbuilding
      • Table NONBUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
  • APPLICATIONS
    • General
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Table CHART V-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013
    • Structural
      • Table STRUCTURAL DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
    • Hardscaping
      • Table HARDSCAPING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
    • Siding
      • Table SIDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
    • Fireplace
      • Table FIREPLACE DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
    • Other Applications
      • Table OTHER DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS
  • REGIONS
    • General
    • Regional Economic & Demographic Activity
      • Economic Outlook
        • Table GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION
      • Population Patterns
        • Table POPULATION BY REGION
      • Construction Activity
        • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION
      • Housing Trends
        • Table REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS
    • Regional Brick, Block, & Paver Demand
      • Table BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY REGION
      • Table CHART VI-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY REGION, 2013
      • Northeast
        • Table NORTHEAST BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND
      • Midwest
        • Table MIDWEST BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND
      • South
        • Table SOUTH BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND
      • West
        • Table WEST BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER SALES FOR SELECTED MANUFACTURERS, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VII-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Horizontal & Vertical Integration
    • Product Development
    • Manufacturing
      • Clay Brick Manufacturing
      • Concrete Block Manufacturing
    • Raw Materials
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Acquisitions & Divestures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Belden Brick Company
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Boral Limited
      • Carolina Ceramics Brick Company
      • Castle & Cooke Incorporated
      • CEMEX SAB de CV
      • Cherokee Brick & Tile Company
      • Columbus Brick Company
      • CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC
      • CPG International LLC
      • CRH plc
      • Elgin Butler Company
      • Emsco Group Incorporated
      • Endicott Clay Products Company
      • Headwaters Incorporated
      • Hebron Brick Supply Company
      • HeidelbergCement AG
      • Henry Brick Company Incorporated
      • Ideal Concrete Block Company Incorporated
      • Lee Masonry Products Incorporated
      • Morin Brick Company
      • Nash Brick Company
      • Old World Bricks
      • Pine Hall Brick Company Incorporated
      • Quikrete Companies Incorporated
      • Redi-Rock International LLC
      • Richards Brick Company
      • Rosetta Hardscapes LLC
      • RTS Companies Incorporated
      • Taylor Clay Products Incorporated
      • Titan Cement Company SA
      • Triangle Brick Company
      • Whitacre Greer Company
      • Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG
    • Additional Companies Mentioned in Study

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