Ready to rock: Profit margins are forecast to improve due to higher gravel and sand prices

IBISWorld’s Gravel and Sand Quarrying market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Gravel and Sand Quarrying industry produces raw materials that are mainly used in construction products and landscaping supplies. The industry's performance has been subdued over the past five years, largely due to low building construction growth and weak demand from concrete manufacturing companies. In particular, difficult operating conditions in 2012-13 and 2014-15 affected the industry's growth rate, as the activity in some construction industries slowed. Additionally, the reduced public sector spending on heavy industry and other non-building construction over the past five years has resulted in lower sand and gravel demand from this market.

Industry revenue is projected to increase by an annualised 1.7% over the five years through 2016-17, to $688.5 million...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Capital expenditure within the Gravel and Sand Quarrying industry is at a medium level, reflecting plant and equipment expenses, and the cost of establishing a new quarry or expanding an existing one. Quarry firms are required to make substantial investments in specialised quarrying equipment, including heavy earthmoving equipment such as excavators, loaders, bulldozers and dump trucks. The industry also makes extensive use of grading and screening facilities, and sand-washing facilities.

To calculate the capital intensity level for the industry, IBISWorld uses data from the industry cost structure. Depreciation estimates are used as a proxy for capital, and wage costs are used as a proxy for labour. Depreciation is estimated to account for 6.1% o..

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Industry Products

What is the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry?

Industry firms operate sand and gravel quarries. Some industry firms also wash or screen the products recovered.

Industry Products
Specialty sand
Fine sand
Construction sand
Decorative pebbles
Industry Activities
Quarrying pebbles
Quarrying, washing or screening river gravel
Gathering ornamental rocks
Quarrying, washing or screening sand

Table of Contents

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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