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Stone Quarrying in the UK: Market Research Report

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Stone Quarrying Market Research Report | SIC B08.110 | Jun 2017

A slow build: Industry revenue growth is expected to slow, dampened by uncertainty

IBISWorld’s Stone Quarrying market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd Aggregate Industries UK Ltd market share
Breedon Aggregates Limited Breedon Aggregates Limited market share
Cemex UK Cemex UK market share
Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited market share
Lafarge Tarmac Trading Limited Lafarge Tarmac Trading Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue growth is expected to slow due to economic uncertainty dampening demand
  • Operators restructuring and streamlining has resulted in wages absorbing a lower proportion of industry revenue
  • Economic uncertainty is expected to constrain demand from commercial building contractors
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Stone Quarrying industry predominantly mines for limestone, sandstone and igneous rock. Industry products are largely used directly in construction, or by downstream manufacturing industries that produce construction products. As a result, industry performance is significantly affected by the level of construction activity in the United Kingdom. A small portion of quarried stone is sold to industrial users.

The industry has grown strongly over the five years through 2017-18. However, this was following a harsh operating environment in the previous period as a result of the economic downturn, when construction activity was drastically low... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter


Limestone occurs in many forms throughout the United Kingdom. As a result, it is estimated to account for 49.9% of industry revenue in 2017-18. Limestone is a hard stone composed primarily of calcium carbonate combined with other minerals. In the form of blocks, it can be used as a building material in its own right, and it is also a primary ingredient in the manufacture of cement. Limestone also has value for industrial uses.

Bath, Portland and Cotswold stone are popular and common types of limestone used to construct and renovate buildings. The limestone found in Derbyshire is flat-lying and noted for is chemical uniformity. This makes it ideal for industrial use. Lim.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Stone Quarrying Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Stone Quarrying Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from residential building construction and Total value of construction in the Stone Quarrying industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Stone Quarrying Industry?

    Firms in this industry mine ornamental building stone such as granite, limestone and sandstone, in addition to gypsum, anhydrite, chalk, uncalcined dolomite and slate. Operators break, crush, roughly trim and saw each type of stone. The industry excludes chemical and fertiliser mineral mining (see IBISWorld report B08.910), the production of calcined dolomite and the finishing of stone outside quarry sites.

    Industry Products
    LimestoneIgneous rockSandstoneChalkSlate
    Industry Activities
    Limestone miningIgneous rock miningSandstone mining

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Total value of construction
  • Demand from stone cutting, shaping and finishing
  • Household expenditure on maintenance and repair
  • Demand from cement manufacturing
  • Demand from road and motorway construction
  • Current Performance
  • Demand determinants
  • Restructuring
  • Aggregates Levy
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Construction and confidence
  • The Aggregates Levy and profit
  • Developing quarries
  • Table: Stone Quarrying Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Stone Quarrying Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Cement Manufacturing
  • Stone Cutting, Shaping & Finishing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Road & Motorway Construction
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fuels, Industrial Chemicals & Metals Agents
  • Mining, Construction & Civil Engineering Machinery Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Limestone
  • Igneous rock
  • Sandstone
  • Chalk
  • Slate
  • Chart: Stone Quarrying Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Building and restoration companies
  • Road construction firms
  • Concrete and cement producers
  • Finishing, shaping and cutting companies
  • Industrial users
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Stone Quarrying Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Stone Quarrying
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Stone Quarrying Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Tarmac Trading Ltd
    Cemex UK Operations Ltd
    Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited
    Aggregate Industries UK Ltd
    Breedon Aggregates Limited
  • Table: Tarmac Trading Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Cemex UK Operations Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Aggregate Industries UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Breedon Aggregates Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Stone Quarrying Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Stone Quarrying Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Igneous Rock
  • Rock formed from volcanic activity, such as granite.
  • Limestone
  • A sedimentary rock consisting mainly of calcium, typically the remains of marine creatures.
  • Sandstone
  • A sedimentary rock consisting of sand held together with natural cement, such as clay or quartz.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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