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Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction in the UK: Market Research Report

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Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction Market Research Report | SIC B08.120 | Mar 2017

Solid performance: Revenue will increase in the next five years despite contracting in 2016-17

IBISWorld’s Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd Aggregate Industries UK Ltd market share
Cemex UK Cemex UK market share
HeidelbergCement AG HeidelbergCement AG market share
Lafarge Tarmac Trading Limited Lafarge Tarmac Trading Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Gravel and sand are used extensively in the production of cement and concrete. Sand is a fundamental input into the manufacture of glass, while clay is used to make bricks and roof tiles. As a result, industry demand fluctuates with the level of construction activity in the United Kingdom. Operating conditions were particularly difficult for the industry at the beginning of the five-year period through 2016-17. The lingering effects of the economic downturn were still taking their toll on demand, and revenue dipped by 3.9% in 2012-13 as a result. Following this, general rises in confidence aided construction activity and therefore boosted demand for industry products.

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Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The South East

The South East accounts for 15.9% of industry establishments, which largely reflects the level of construction activity that takes place in this region and London. The cost of materials extracted relies heavily on transport costs, as the materials extracted generally tend to be bulky and of low value.

Furthermore, a large amount of dredging activity takes place off the South Coast, with CEMEX possessing a number of operations in the area. However, increasing population density and pressure on land for alternative uses makes the South East a difficult region to expand into.

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What is the Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction Industry?

Firms in this industry operate gravel and sand pits, dredge sand and gravel offshore and mine clay and kaolin. The industry does not cover bituminous-sand mining.

Industry Products
SandClayGravel and crushed rock
Industry Activities
Extracting and dredging sand and gravelBreaking and crushing gravelQuarrying sandMining clay

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