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 Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry's moderate profitability is due to limited substitutes and low import competition
  • Demand for sand and gravel from ready-mixed concrete manufacturers has been flat over the period
  • Housing construction trends will influence demand for sand and gravel over the period

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    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 Key Buyers Chapter

    The Gravel and Sand Quarrying industry has a moderate level of concentration, with the four largest firms accounting for an estimated 60.9% of industry revenue in 2016-17. This is up from 58.1% in the past five years due to several major players expanding via acquisitions and the opening of new quarries. Most major players have Australia-wide operations, and each has a relatively large number of quarries. The major players each use a substantial share of the sand and gravel from company-owned quarries in the manufacture of intermediate or secondary construction materials, such as concrete, asphalt, tiles or bricks.

    A large number of independent operators, which often concentrate on particular regional areas, account for the remainder of the industry. Ove..

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    Additional Insights for the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry are

  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Downstream ownership links
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from building construction and Demand from road and bridge construction in the Gravel and Sand Quarrying industry impact industry performance..

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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 Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from building construction
  • Demand from road and bridge construction
  • Demand from ready-mixed concrete manufacturing
  • Domestic price of concrete, cement and sand
  • Road freight service price

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cement and Lime Manufacturing
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete Manufacturing
  • Concrete Product Manufacturing
  • House Construction
  • Multi-Unit Apartment and Townhouse Construction
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction
  • Institutional Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Engine and Parts Repair and Maintenance
  • Road Freight Transport

  • Products & Services
  • Construction sand
  • Fine sand
  • Gravel
  • Specialty sand
  • Decorative pebbles
  • Chart: Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Cement and concrete manufacturers
  • Road and highway construction firms
  • Residential building contractors
  • Non-residential building contractors
  • Landscaping suppliers and other sectors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gravel and Sand Quarrying

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Boral LimitedHanson Australia (Holdings) Proprietary LimitedHolcim (Australia) Holdings Pty LtdAdelaide Brighton Ltd
  • Table: Boral Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Hanson Australia (Holdings) Proprietary Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Holcim (Australia) Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Adelaide Brighton Ltd - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Gravel and Sand Quarrying Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Sand and Gravel Output (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Decorative Pebbles
  • Up to 64 millimetres in diameter, decorative pebbles are often quarried from rivers and used for ornamental landscaping purposes.
  • Gravel
  • Naturally occurring rock fragments or pebbles, up to about 64 millimetres in diameter.
  • Menage Sand
  • Very fine, washed and processed sand for specialist uses.
  • Quarrying
  • The extraction of sand, stone, rock and construction materials from an open pit or surface quarry.
  • Sand
  • Particles of mineral material, primarily quartz, up to five millimetres in diameter.
  • Screening
  • A process using a series of wire screens with holes of diminishing size to separate particles of different size.
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