Bricks, Blocks, & Pavers

As Quoted In Concrete Products

A recovery in construction expenditures, particularly in new housing, will be the primary driver of gains as the brick, block and paver market continues to rebuild from declines since 2006.

US demand to rise 8.8% annually through 2018

Demand for bricks, blocks, and pavers in the United States is forecast to rise 8.8 percent per annum from a low 2013 base to $8.9 billion in 2018. A recovery in construction expenditures across all market segments will be the primary driver of gains as the brick, block, and paver market continues its improvement from declines related to the 2006 collapse of residential construction and subsequent economic recession. Rebounding new housing construction will have a particularly significant impact on demand growth.

Bricks to be fastest growing product segment

Bricks, typically made of clay, will see the most rapid growth of any product, driven by the expected robust increases in new housing construction. Brick is used primarily as a siding material on residential buildings, most intensively in the single-family segment. After suffering steep declines following the 2006 collapse in housing construction, demand for brick remained low in 2013. Through 2018, demand is projected to rise at a double-digit annual rate.

Structural block to grow at strong pace

Demand for structural blocks is concentrated in nonresidential markets, where they are used both in foundations and in above-grade walls. Although residential buildings do not use structural block as intensively, foundations in such buildings represent a second important market for structural block. Spending on structural block is projected to grow at a strong annual pace, driven by rebounding building construction expenditures. Competition from other materials such as poured concrete foundations will prevent stronger advances.

Pavers to pace healthy industry average

Pavers and outdoor wall block are used in various hardscaping applications in residential, nonresidential, and nonbuilding markets. Many buildings use retaining walls to support earth or part of the weight of structures in areas where sloped land presents a danger of erosion. In addition, increasing interest in aesthetically pleasing features such as terraced landscaping and paver patios and walks will continue to support demand for hardscaping products across many markets. Interest in “green” building materials such as permeable pavers or products made from recycled plastics will also support sales of hardscaping products. Demand for pavers and outdoor wall block is concentrated in improvements and repairs, particularly in the residential market; consequently, sales of these products will not be boosted by rebounding new building construction and growth will not be as robust as that for brick. Through 2018, demand for pavers is projected to rise at a strong, industry-average rate, while that for outdoor wall block is projected to rise at a slightly slower pace than pavers.

Study coverage

Details on these and other key findings are contained in the Freedonia industry study, Bricks, Blocks & Pavers. This study presents historical demand data (2003, 2008, 2013) and forecasts (2018, 2023) by product (structural concrete block, brick, pavers, wall block), material, market (e.g., residential building, nonresidential building, nonbuilding), application (e.g., structural, hardscaping, siding, fireplace) and US region. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 34 industry players, including CRH, Quikrete and Berkshire Hathaway.

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  1. Bricks, Blocks, & Pavers

    $5,200.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $118.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $156.00

      1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,614.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $269.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $234.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Spending Trends

        $172.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Construction Activity

        $982.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 3.5.1 Building Construction

          $787.00

          1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          2. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          3. Table | HOUSING COMPLETIONS

          4. Table | HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE

          5. CHART II-1 YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING STOCK, 2013

          6. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES

          7. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          8. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES

        3. 3.5.2 Nonbuilding Construction

          $82.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

      6. 3.6 Environmental & Regulatory Trends

        $394.00

        1. 3.6.1 Environmental Issues

          $134.00

        2. 3.6.2 Regulatory Issues

          $117.00

        3. 3.6.3 Recycling

          $82.00

        4. 3.6.4 Green Building

          $95.00

      7. 3.7 Competitive Products

        $139.00

      8. 3.8 Historical Market Trends

        $116.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER MARKET, 2003-2013

        2. CHART II-2 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER MARKET, 2004-2013

      9. 3.9 Pricing Trends

        $90.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER PRICING

        2. CHART II-3 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER PRICING, 2003-2023

      10. 3.10 Foreign Trade

        $82.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER FOREIGN TRADE

      11. 3.11 International Overview

        $82.00

    4. 4 PRODUCTS

      $2,133.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND

        2. CHART III-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2013

      2. 4.2 Structural Concrete Block

        $348.00

        1. 4.2.1 Demand by Market

          $90.00

          1. Table | STRUCTURAL CONCRETE BLOCK DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.2.2 Demand by Type

          $143.00

          1. Table | STRUCTURAL CONCRETE BLOCK DEMAND BY TYPE

      3. 4.3 Brick

        $1,087.00

        1. 4.3.1 Demand by Market

          $159.00

          1. Table | BRICK DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.3.2 Demand by Type

          $149.00

          1. Table | BRICK DEMAND BY TYPE

        3. 4.3.3 Demand by Material

          $677.00

          1. Table | BRICK DEMAND BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | CLAY BUILDING BRICK DEMAND

          3. Table | GLAZED CLAY BRICK DEMAND

          4. Table | OTHER CLAY BRICK DEMAND

          5. Table | CONCRETE BRICK DEMAND

      4. 4.4 Pavers

        $365.00

        1. 4.4.1 Demand by Market

          $118.00

          1. Table | PAVER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.4.2 Demand by Material

          $158.00

          1. Table | PAVER DEMAND BY TYPE & MATERIAL

      5. 4.5 Wall Block

        $251.00

        1. 4.5.1 Demand by Market

          $110.00

          1. Table | WALL BLOCK DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.5.2 Demand by Material

          $82.00

          1. Table | WALL BLOCK DEMAND BY MATERIAL

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $1,410.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $105.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART IV-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

      2. 5.2 Residential Building

        $764.00

        1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

        2. 5.2.1 New

          $155.00

          1. Table | NEW RESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

        3. 5.2.2 Improvement & Repair

          $184.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

        4. 5.2.3 Demand by Housing Type

          $328.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVERS BY HOUSING TYPE

          2. Table | SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

          3. Table | MULTIFAMILY HOUSING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

          4. Table | MANUFACTURED HOUSING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

      3. 5.3 Nonresidential Building

        $422.00

        1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

        2. 5.3.1 New

          $111.00

          1. Table | NEW NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

        3. 5.3.2 Improvement & Repair

          $125.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

      4. 5.4 Nonbuilding

        $119.00

        1. Table | NONBUILDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

    6. 6 APPLICATIONS

      $851.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $115.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART V-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      2. 6.2 Structural

        $131.00

        1. Table | STRUCTURAL DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

      3. 6.3 Hardscaping

        $163.00

        1. Table | HARDSCAPING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

      4. 6.4 Siding

        $152.00

        1. Table | SIDING DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

      5. 6.5 Fireplace

        $219.00

        1. Table | FIREPLACE DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

      6. 6.6 Other Applications

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER DEMAND FOR BRICKS, BLOCKS, & PAVERS

    7. 7 REGIONS

      $2,007.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Regional Economic & Demographic Activity

        $588.00

        1. 7.2.1 Economic Outlook

          $143.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION

        2. 7.2.2 Population Patterns

          $159.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION

        3. 7.2.3 Construction Activity

          $111.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION

        4. 7.2.4 Housing Trends

          $140.00

          1. Table | REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS

      3. 7.3 Regional Brick, Block, & Paver Demand

        $1,374.00

        1. Table | BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY REGION

        2. CHART VI-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND BY REGION, 2013

        3. 7.3.1 Northeast

          $258.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND

        4. 7.3.2 Midwest

          $341.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND

        5. 7.3.3 South

          $405.00

          1. Table | SOUTH BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND

        6. 7.3.4 West

          $301.00

          1. Table | WEST BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER DEMAND

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,233.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Industry Composition

        $103.00

        1. Table | US BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER SALES FOR SELECTED MANUFACTURERS, 2013

      3. 8.3 Market Share

        $174.00

        1. CHART VII-1 BRICK, BLOCK, & PAVER MARKET SHARE, 2013

      4. 8.4 Competitive Strategies

        $152.00

      5. 8.5 Horizontal & Vertical Integration

        $84.00

      6. 8.6 Product Development

        $82.00

      7. 8.7 Manufacturing

        $169.00

        1. 8.7.1 Clay Brick Manufacturing

          $82.00

        2. 8.7.2 Concrete Block Manufacturing

          $82.00

      8. 8.8 Raw Materials

        $82.00

      9. 8.9 Marketing & Distribution

        $96.00

      10. 8.10 Acquisitions & Divestures

        $150.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      11. 8.11 Cooperative Agreements

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      12. 8.12 Company Profiles

        $4,090.00

        1. 8.12.1 Belden Brick Company

          $210.00

        2. 8.12.2 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

          $246.00

        3. 8.12.3 Boral Limited

          $171.00

        4. 8.12.4 Carolina Ceramics Brick Company

          $94.00

        5. 8.12.5 Castle & Cooke Incorporated

          $185.00

        6. 8.12.6 CEMEX SAB de CV

          $153.00

        7. 8.12.7 Cherokee Brick & Tile Company

          $82.00

        8. 8.12.8 Columbus Brick Company

          $82.00

        9. 8.12.9 CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC

          $121.00

        10. 8.12.10 CPG International LLC

          $113.00

        11. 8.12.11 CRH plc

          $466.00

        12. 8.12.12 Elgin Butler Company

          $127.00

        13. 8.12.13 Emsco Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        14. 8.12.14 Endicott Clay Products Company

          $98.00

        15. 8.12.15 Headwaters Incorporated

          $119.00

        16. 8.12.16 Hebron Brick Supply Company

          $82.00

        17. 8.12.17 HeidelbergCement AG

          $145.00

        18. 8.12.18 Henry Brick Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 8.12.19 Ideal Concrete Block Company Incorporated

          $206.00

        20. 8.12.20 Lee Masonry Products Incorporated

          $140.00

        21. 8.12.21 Morin Brick Company

          $82.00

        22. 8.12.22 Nash Brick Company

          $82.00

        23. 8.12.23 Old World Bricks

          $82.00

        24. 8.12.24 Pine Hall Brick Company Incorporated

          $116.00

        25. 8.12.25 Quikrete Companies Incorporated

          $206.00

        26. 8.12.26 Redi-Rock International LLC

          $82.00

        27. 8.12.27 Richards Brick Company

          $82.00

        28. 8.12.28 Rosetta Hardscapes LLC

          $82.00

        29. 8.12.29 RTS Companies Incorporated

          $82.00

        30. 8.12.30 Taylor Clay Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        31. 8.12.31 Titan Cement Company SA

          $82.00

        32. 8.12.32 Triangle Brick Company

          $82.00

        33. 8.12.33 Whitacre Greer Company

          $98.00

        34. 8.12.34 Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG

          $147.00

      13. 8.13 Additional Companies Mentioned in Study

        $82.00

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