The CPA’s latest State of Trade Survey for the second quarter of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.
The increase was driven by growth in all key areas of the UK construction market, together with a rise in export demand.
Key points include:
A balance of 78% of heavy side firms and 73% of light side firms reported that sales rose during the second quarter of 2015, compared to a year earlier
78% of heavy side product manufacturers and 50% of light side product manufacturers reported that they anticipate a rise in sales over the coming year
Exports increased for 20% of heavy side firms and 40% of light side firms
23% of heavy side firms and 38% of light side firms anticipate a rise in exports over the next year
33% of heavy side firms reported capacity utilisation of over 90% during Q2. 28% of heavy side firms and 15% of light side firms reported operating at over 90% capacity over the last 12 months
89% of heavy side firms and 47% of light side firms increased employment in the year to Q2
72% of heavy side firms and 50% of light side firms anticipate increasing investment in plant and equipment over the next 12 months
CPA economist Rebecca Larkin said: “The construction recovery has broadened beyond private house building to the commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors, which has increased demand for construction products and led to a sustained period of growth among manufacturers.”