Feet of clay: Markets have been increasingly substituting bricks with cheaper materials

The Clay Brick Manufacturing industry has exhibited volatile revenue over the past five years due to fluctuations in dwelling commencements, which heavily influences the industry's performance. Strong dwelling commencement numbers fuelled industry growth at the beginning of the period. However, a downturn in new dwellings over the past three years has almost offset earlier revenue gains. Demand growth from the commercial and industrial building market has supported the industry's expansion. Robust construction activity has largely been due to low interest rates and rising urbanisation.Despite reporting growth over the past five years, long-term trends in residential preferences have tempered industry revenue...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Fluctuations in dwelling commencements has resulted in volatile industry revenue
  • Establishment numbers have declined as firms have consolidated their manufacturing operations
  • Construction markets will continue to substitute bricks with other types of materials
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Clay Brick Manufacturing industry has moderate capital intensity. The industry is expected to spend $4.97 on wages for every dollar invested in capital equipment. Capital intensity has increased over the past five years due to the consolidation of manufacturing facilities and investment in plant upgrades. Plants contain several expensive pieces of machinery including kilns, dryers, setting machines, grinders and crushing machines. Investment in new and upgraded equipment has increased the efficiency of production, allowing operators to increase volumes without needing to increase employment. Although, the industry still requires a large labour force to operate and supervise the manufacturing process. Fur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Clay Brick Manufacturing are:

  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Access to high quality inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Dwelling commencements and Demand from house construction in the Clay Brick Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Dwelling commencements
  • Demand from house construction
  • Demand from hardware wholesaling
  • Demand from multi-unit apartment and townhouse construction
  • Demand from commercial and industrial building construction

  • Current Performance
  • Dwelling commencements
  • Substitute materials
  • International trade
  • Profit and structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and structure
  • Building activity
  • Table: Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • House Construction
  • Multi-Unit Apartment and Townhouse Construction
  • Bricklaying Services
  • Landscaping Services
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction
  • Institutional Building Construction
  • Hardware Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Road Freight Transport
  • Rock, Limestone and Clay Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Face bricks
  • Common bricks
  • Clay pavers
  • Chart: Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Single-unit housing contractors
  • Multi-unit apartment contractors
  • Wholesalers
  • Non-residential building contractors
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Freight and cartage
  • Depreciation
  • Utilities and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Clay Brick Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Brickworks Ltd, CSR Limited, Boral Limited,
  • Table: Brickworks Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: CSR Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Boral Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Clay Brick Manufacturing 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 Clay Brick Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Brick Face
  • The long side of the brick that is intended for display in the wall. Bricklayers ensure the face is displayed correctly (i.e. fair faced).
  • Common Bricks
  • Common bricks are made with basic brick clay, with no colour control or particular surface treatment. Common bricks generally have dull texture or poor colour.
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyurethane (PU) is a type of cladding that is lightweight and often used as a substitute or to complement clay bricks
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