Concrete position: Revenue has remained largely stagnant due to mixed demand

Ready-mixed concrete is the principal material used in the construction of infrastructure, precast panels, building foundations and tilt walls. Manufacturers batch, mix and deliver concrete for use by construction contractors. The product's perishable nature restricts manufacturers' supply capabilities to a narrow geographic market, with most operating within a 50-kilometre radius from the batching plant. The Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing industry includes four large vertically integrated multi-plant firms, which together account for over two-thirds of annual industry revenue. These include Boral, Hanson Australia, Holcim and Barro more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue is expected to fall in the current year due to declining apartment construction
  • Firms have faced rising domestic prices for cement, concrete and sand over the past five years
  • The forecast short-term fall in residential building will contribute to excess productive capacity
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    While the industry comprises many small-scale establishments, it is considered to have a significant concentration of ownership as it is dominated by a few large multi-plant companies that compete in each market against smaller, independent operators. The four largest players in the industry (Boral, Holcim and Hanson Australia and Barro Group) contribute about 69.0% of industry revenue in 2018-19. These companies operate under their own trading names and through wholly or partially owned subsidiaries.The concentration of industry ownership has steadily increased since the early 2000s, led by strategic acquisitions by Boral Limited of medium-size players in regional markets. This included the acquisition of the Wagners Group's quarry and concrete operations in 2011. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing are:

  • Ability to control total supply on market
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Dwelling commencements and Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction in the Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry companies manufacture ready-mixed concrete or mortar, dry-mix concrete and concrete slurry. These firms deliver ready-for-pouring mixed concrete and mortar to the customer in an unhardened state.

    Industry Products
  • Standard concrete
  • Decorative concrete
  • High-performance concrete
  • Specialist applications
  • Industry Activities
  • Concrete slurry
  • Dry-mix concrete
  • Dry-mix mortar
  • Ready-mixed concrete
  • 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 heavy industry and other non-building construction
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • Demand from road and bridge construction
  • Capital expenditure on private dwellings
  • Domestic price of concrete, cement and sand

  • Current Performance
  • Building construction subdued
  • Infrastructure construction declines
  • Profit fluctuates
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit recovers
  • Construction

    market trends

  • Table: Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • House Construction
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Site Preparation Services
  • Concreting Services
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cement and Lime Manufacturing
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Gravel and Sand Quarrying
  • Rock, Limestone and Clay Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Standard concrete
  • High-performance concrete
  • Specialist applications
  • Decorative concrete
  • Chart: Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Engineering construction companies and asset owners
  • Residential building contractors and developers
  • Non-residential building contractors and developers
  • Residential renovators and specialist contractors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Boral Limited, Hanson Australia (Holdings) Proprietary Limited, Holcim (Australia) Holdings Pty Ltd, Barro Group Pty Limited,
  • Table: Boral Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Hanson Australia (Holdings) Proprietary Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Holcim (Australia) Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Barro Group Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ready-Mixed Concrete 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 Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Sand, gravel or crushed stone materials, which are combined with cement and water to make concrete.
  • Batch
  • Production of a quantity of ready mixed concrete by volume (e.g. cubic yards or cubic metres) by mixing aggregate, cement, water, extenders and chemical additives.
  • Concrete Slurry
  • Another term for ready-mixed concrete, which is a construction material formed by mixing cement, sand, stone, extenders and water to harden into a rigid and strong mass.
  • Fly Ash
  • An inorganic residue or by-product from thermal coal power plants, which has cementitious properties and is used as a partial replacement (or extender) for cement in a concrete batch.
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