Hitting a brick wall: Declines in single-unit housing construction constrain revenue growth

Bricks and mortar have traditionally been the preferred materials for building Australian homes, possibly reflecting the availability of clay deposits and the thermal insulation properties of bricks. However, over the past five years, the construction of higher density multi-unit apartments rather than single-unit dwellings, and the use of alternative materials, such as glass, concrete and cement fibre panels, for exterior walls, have negatively affected demand for bricks and bricklayers.Revenue for the Bricklaying Services industry is expected to marginally grow over the five years through 2017-18, climbing at an annualised 0.5% to total $3.0 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The use of alternative materials, especially in multi-unit apartments, has constrained demand
  • Demand for bricklaying has declined due to an increase in multi-unit apartment construction
  • A forecast upswing in housing investment is likely to lead to stronger demand conditions
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The principal industry activity is supplying skilled labour for construction projects. Bricklaying is a physically arduous activity, which involves a limited capital equipment input for construction. The industry is therefore considered highly labour-intensive.The ratio of labour costs to capital depreciation charges indicates an industry's labour-to-capital intensity. The industry's total labour costs are estimated to account for 46.3% of revenue in 2017-18 while depreciation charges represent approximately 2.2%. The industry, therefore, allocates $21.05 to labour inputs for every dollar spent on capital equipment. The industry's main capital equipment requirement is for rudimentary construction tools, ladders and rollers. Som...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Bricklaying Services Industry

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

  • Market research and understanding
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from house construction and Demand from non-residential building construction in the Bricklaying Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Bricklaying Services Industry?

    Industry operators lay and repair clay and concrete bricks, blocks and pavers.

    Industry Products
  • Brick veneer walls
  • Double brick walls
  • Brick fences
  • Laying pavers and blocks
  • Other specialist services
  • Industry Activities
  • Bricklaying
  • Concrete block laying
  • Brickwork repair
  • Laying stonework on construction projects
  • Pre-cut stone laying
  • Brick pointing
  • Tuck pointing on brick structures
  • Pargeting
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from house construction
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • Residential housing loan rates
  • Demand from multi-unit apartment and townhouse construction
  • Mortgage affordability

  • Current Performance
  • Building market trends
  • Brick construction trends
  • Profit and employment trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and employment trends
  • Housing market trends
  • Non-residential building trends
  • Brick volume trends
  • Table: Bricklaying Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Bricklaying Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • House Construction
  • Multi-Unit Apartment and Townhouse Construction
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction
  • Institutional Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clay Brick Manufacturing
  • Farm and Construction Machinery Wholesaling
  • Hardware Wholesaling
  • Metal Cladding, Waterproofing and Scaffolding Services
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Brick veneer walls
  • Laying pavers and blocks
  • Brick fences
  • Other specialist services
  • Double brick walls
  • Chart: Bricklaying Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential building contractors and developers
  • Commercial builders and property developers
  • Households and residential property managers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Bricklaying Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Vehicle expenses
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Bricklaying Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Bricklaying Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Bricklaying Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Bricklaying Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Normally a mix of lime and sand used to bind bricks together.
  • Pargeting
  • A coating of mortar (or the process of applying it), which may contain damp-proofing ingredients, over a surface.
  • Pointing
  • The visible edge of mortar between bricks.
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