Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Across Australia's Sand and Gravel Quarrying industry, revenue growth has been limited in the five years through 2014-15, due to low building construction growth and weak increases in demand from concrete manufacturing companies. Slow 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. However, a stronger economy in subsequent years, greater building activity and increased concrete demand contributed to improved operating conditions for sand and gravel quarries, driving industry output and revenue in 2013-14 and 2014-15... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The two main products quarried by the industry are sand and gravel, which are estimated to account for 79.9% and 20.1% of industry revenue, respectively, in 2014-15. 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 for filling or packing applications... purchase to read more