Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Sand and gravel quarried by the industry is mainly used for raw materials in construction products and landscaping supplies. Across Australia's Sand and Gravel Quarrying industry, revenue growth has been limited in the five years through 2015-16 due to low building construction growth and weak increases in demand from concrete manufacturing companies. Subdued industry growth has been the result of difficult operating conditions from 2010-11 through 2012-13, as building activity slowed in response to domestic economic uncertainty, which limited investment in building and construction. Additionally, reduced public sector spending on infrastructure and non-dwelling construction projects over the past five years resulted in lower sand and gravel demand from these areas... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The two main product groups quarried by the industry are sand, and gravel and pebbles. These are estimated to account for 73.4% and 26.6% of industry revenue, respectively, in 2015-16. The sand segment is broken down further into construction sand, fine sand and specialty sand.
Construction sand comprises rock and mineral particles (mainly quartz) that measure up to five millimetres in diameter. Construction sand is used mainly as fine aggregate in the manufacture of concrete and mortar. In this application, sand is often marketed in various sizes. Other major uses for construction sand include the manufacture of sand-lime bricks and filling or packing applications... purchase to read more