Year-over-year concrete masonry unit sales for 2017 increased 2.6 percent in the U.S. and 1.9 percent in Canada, according to gray or architectural block and masonry veneer data collected from 44 producers operating 210 plants across the U.S. and Canada, and analyzed in the inaugural National Concrete Masonry Association CMU Sales Survey.
“This overall survey is not only definitive, it’s more than encouraging,” says NCMA Masonry Committee Chair Gary Hensley (vice president of Sales for Adams, an Oldcastle Company). “Altogether, it not only shows the demand for the various concrete masonry products, but a spike in value. Anyone in the industry will feel a boost according to this research.”
More than 85 percent of U.S. production was gray block versus 50 percent for Canada. NCMA 2018 CMU Sales Survey authors also estimate 2016-2017 shipments climbing from 1.09 billion to 1.12 billion units in the U.S., and 98.9 million to 100.8 million in Canada. The category with the largest gain was masonry veneer, which experienced a 2.9 percent sales increase in 2017 against prior-year figures. The report is available from the NCMA Bookstore, www.ncma.org or 703/713-1900.
HARDSCAPE MARKET OUTLOOK: BULLISH
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In a new report, Cleveland market researcher Freedonia Group projects hardscape unit demand increasing 5.4 percent annually through 2023, driven especially by consumer interest in higher value offerings like concrete plank pavers that resemble wood, along with permeable interlocking concrete, natural stone or porcelain pavers.
According to “Landscape Products,” owners will increasingly invest in more expensive hardscape units as they seek to expand the square footage of their homes by creating more elaborate “outdoor rooms” emulating indoor living area comfort and aesthetics. Outdoor living stalwarts like fire pits and chimeneas—part of a $665 million category Freedonia researchers dub “other landscaping products”—will see renewed interest over the next five years as homeowners extend their outdoor leisure time past sunset, particularly in cooler climates bound by seasonal limitations.
“Landscaping Products” analyzes the U.S. landscaping market by product and region; historical data and demand forecasts are presented in value and volume terms. Pricing data, regulatory information, and in-depth profiles of leading industry participants, including estimated market share, are also provided. — www.freedoniagroup.com