Ceramic Industry News

U.S. Brick & Block Demand to Reach 12.4 Billion Units in 2014

September 24, 2010
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

Demand for brick and block products is projected to increase nearly 12% annually from a weak 2009 base to 12.4 billion units in 2014, valued at $8 billion. The expected recovery in building construction, specifically residential construction, will drive growth, according to “Brick & Block,” a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc.

Consumption of clay brick products tends to be concentrated in residential markets, reflecting the heavy use of clay brick as a siding material in new home construction. In 2009, demand for clay brick was very low (less than one-half the 2004 level) due to the ongoing severe contraction in new housing construction. As residential construction (particularly new single-family housing) rebounds through 2014, demand for clay brick will benefit, advancing 15% annually to 8.2 billion units in 2014, a considerable improvement over the weak performance of 2009 but still below the record level of 2004.

Demand for concrete brick and block products is projected to increase 6.9% annually to 4.3 billion units in 2014. Although the majority of demand will remain concentrated in nonresidential markets, the most significant growth opportunities will derive from the recovery in the housing market. This will benefit concrete brick (used in siding, paving and landscaping applications) and concrete pavers. Much slower gains will occur in structural and decorative concrete block products, which are more heavily reliant on nonresidential construction.

For more information, call (440) 684-9600 or visit www.freedoniagroup.com.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Ceramic Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

May 2014 Issue Highlights

Our May 2014 issue is now available!

Podcasts

Manufacturing Day 2014

Manufacturing Day organizers share their insights with Managing Editor Kelsey Seidler.

More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

CI September 2014 cover

2014 September

You won't want to miss the CI Top 10, traditionally our most popular article of the year!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Directories

CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px