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1 Market Overview

1.1 Definition and scope of the study

The building materials market refers to the market in which products for structural construction work (cement, concrete, sand, brick, wood or glass panels, etc.) and products for finishing work (insulation, glass wool, mortar, clay tiles, ceilings, etc.) are traded. In the course of the study, we will focus on and distinguish the following product families:

  • Raw wood;
  • Products of primary and secondary wood processing;
  • Building materials (cement, sand, gravel, gypsum, etc.).

However, in reality, the materials that are used in construction are virtually endless, with many innovations and new trends, as well as new construction standards being put in place to address climate hazards and natural disasters.

Globally, the market is growing, and is expected to have a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5.6 percent between 2020 and 2027 according to experts. In fact, Italian companies operating abroad are experiencing significant revenue growth in recent years.

The Italian construction market is also growing at a rate of 2.3 percent between 2018 and 2019 for example. However, this growth has slowed in 2020 due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.

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Latest news

Kerakoll, here is the new corporate identity - 21/03/2024
  • Kerakoll is a B Corp certified benefit company, certification achieved in 2023.
  • The company is active in the multinational construction industry.
  • The new corporate purpose is: "To bring together passionate thinkers and makers to build better places to live."
  • The corporate purpose and brand identity redefinition project was developed in partnership with global brand consultancy Interbrand.
  • The vice president of Kerakoll Group is Fabio Sghedoni.
  • The group aims to become a platform that brings trust, efficiency and excellence to the entire construction supply chain, combining business objectives with positive goals for all stakeholders.
  • The logotype, visual and verbal identity, entire offering architecture, and packaging system were redesigned in collaboration with Interbrand.
  • In 2022, the internal brand engagement project called K Program was developed in collaboration with Interbrand.
Saint-Gobain ready to set up in Australia for 2.5 billion euros - 22/02/2024
  • Saint-Gobain proposes to acquire the entire capital of CSR
  • The CSR Group has some 40 production sites worldwide, around 130 sales outlets and 2,800 employees.
  • CSR's total revenues for the 2022-2023 financial year amounted to A$2.6 billion.
  • By 2022, North America and emerging markets already accounted for 62% of Saint-Gobain's operating income, compared with 40% in 2018.
Vicat Produits Industriels modernizes its Eure-et-Loir plant at a cost of 8 million euros - 12/10/2023
  • Production line expanded from 150,000 to 300,000 tonnes of mortar and adhesive capacity at Vicat Produits Industriels (VPI).
  • Sales of Vicat, the group specializing in building materials, in 2022: 3.642 billion euros.
  • Total number of Vicat employees in 2022: 9900.
making cement from raw clay | Vicat and Materrup make cement from clay. - 28/08/2023
  • Vicat, the cement group, and start-up Materrup plan to build a raw clay cement plant with a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year by 2024.
  • The plant will be built by the Borda Occitanie joint venture, equally owned by Vicat and Materrup.
  • The plant will eventually create 10 jobs and require an investment of nearly €7 million.
  • Materrup, founded in 2018, opened its first plant in March 2022 with a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year and employs 18 people.
  • Materrup plans to build ten cement plants in France and a further ten in Europe.
CO2 capture by Vicat in 2027 - 27/06/2023
  • Montalieu-Vercieu cement plant belonging to the Vicat group, established in 1922.
  • Current production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes of cement per year, with a maximum capacity of 2 million tonnes.
  • Objective to capture 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year, given that the plant currently emits around 800,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • Second-generation Oxyfuel technology studied in collaboration with two German cement manufacturers (Heidelberg Materials and Schwenk) and an Italian group (Buzzi Unicem) via the CI4C joint venture.
  • Since September 2020, Vicat has been testing a device developed in partnership with Carbon8 Systems, in which the family-owned group has become a minority shareholder, to transform kiln dust into lightweight aggregates.
Saint-Gobain expands into Canada - 13/06/2023
  • Acquisition of Kaycan by Saint-Gobain one year ago
  • Saint-Gobain to acquire Building Products of Canada in 2023 for C$1.3 billion (approx. €925 million)
  • Building Products of Canada has a 25-30% market share in roofing products
  • Building Products of Canada total sales: C$435 million
  • Saint-Gobain's pro forma 2022 sales in Canada: C$1.8 billion
  • Saint-Gobain in Canada grows from 11 to 24 plants in eighteen months

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Vicat Groupe
Leroy Merlin Italia
OBI Italia
Buzzi Unicem SPA
Colacem SPA
Spartan Hive S.p.A.
Fassa Bortolo
Saint-Gobain Groupe

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