Bricked up: Declines in single-unit housing construction constrain industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Bricklaying Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 grow by a marginal annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2016-17, to total $2.9 billion. The industry has faced deteriorating demand in the brick-intensive single-unit house construction market over the past five years...

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Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Bricklaying Services industry has contended with variable demand conditions across key building markets over the past five years. The industry's performance has been severely constrained by the swing in residential building construction towards higher density apartments and townhouses. These developments typically involve fewer bricks per unit constructed than traditional single-unit housing. The industry has also been adversely affected by competition from substitute cladding products, particularly concrete and cement fibre panels.

Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to grow by a marginal annualised 0.2%, to $2.9 billion. This includes the 7.2% slump in the current year, due to the sharp decline in total residential investment. Man..

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Industry Products

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
Concrete block laying
Brickwork repair
Laying stonework on construction projects
Pre-cut stone laying
Brick pointing
Tuck pointing on brick structures

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About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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