Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Revenue growth across Australia's Sand and Gravel Quarrying industry has been limited in the five years through 2013-14 due to flat building construction growth and weak increases in demand from concrete manufacturing companies. Low industry growth has been the result of difficult operating conditions to 2010-11 as building activity slowed in response to the global financial crisis and some domestic economic uncertainty that 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 investment in new quarry sites... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The two products quarried by the industry are sand and gravel, which are estimated to account for 79.8% and 20.2% of industry revenue, respectively, in 2013-14.
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. The widespread use of sand in construction industries is because it is generally used as a raw input in foundations or basic materials such as bricks and concrete... purchase to read more