Construction aggregates are produced for road base and they are used as top layer for secondary roads and work roads. These aggregates provides a layer which has adequate grading and water content. This layer can be used for parking facilities, work roads, cycle paths and walking paths. Durability of road bases with construction aggregates help to increase the service life of top layers.
The France construction aggregates market is estimated to surpass US$ 5,543.3 million by the end of 2028, in terms of value, exhibiting at a CAGR of 1.56% during the forecast period (2021 to 2028).
Increasing residential construction in the country is another major factor driving growth of the market in France. The construction of residential building is on significant rise since 2014 with 379,000 dwellings obtaining authorization for construction in 2014, 396,900, 453,200, and 497,000 in 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively, as per report published by European Commission in June 2018 on ‘European Construction Sector Observatory’. As per the same source, the number of building permits also increased by 19.0% in 2016 compared to 2015. The increase in construction of residential buildings is attributed to government schemes such as the Zero-Interest Loan and others. Moreover, Housing Energy Efficiency Renovation Plan launched in 2013 aimed to renovate all residential buildings by 2025, which consumes energy of 330 kWhep/m2 per year. By the end of 2017, 450,000 buildings were renovated including 105,000 social homes. Thus, this renovation plan is also driving the construction aggregates market growth in France.
Among End-use industry segment, Residential and Social Building dominated the France construction aggregates market in 2020, accounting for 47.1% share, in terms of revenue, followed by Infrastructure and Commercial, respectively. This growth can be attributed to the expansion of building and construction activities.
Figure 1. France Construction Aggregates Market, Revenue Share (%), By End-use Industry, 2020
Availability of low cost substitutes such as fly ash and recycled aggregates is expected to hamper growth of the France construction aggregates market. However, these materials offer lower compressive strength compared to construction aggregates, which limits their demand from the construction sector. Also, surging presence of large number of players, intense competition in the market, high capital cost required for operations, and stable demand for aggregates from France’s construction sector makes entry of new players difficult in the market.
Increasing Number of Acquisitions among Key Players in the France Construction Aggregates Market is anticipated to provide more opportunities for the key players. For example, in July 2019, Heidelberg Cement France announced that it will acquire Cemex’s aggregates and ready-mix concrete business in France. The acquisition aims to increase the Heidelberg Cement production in Paris. The acquisition includes 28 ready-mixed concrete plants and seven aggregate quarries. Similarly, in 2017, Colas Sud-Ouest, a construction engineering company, acquired 50% stake in six quarry companies operating in Southwest of France, which is owned by Malet family. The acquisition was aimed to increase aggregate production of Colas and further expand its geographical presence in France, particularly in the Toulouse city.
|Base Year:||2020||Market Size in 2020:||US$ 4,855.6 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017 to 2019||Forecast Period:||2021 to 2028|
|Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR:||1.56%||2028 Value Projection:||US$ 5,543.3 Mn|
Cementir Holding N.V., Lafarge Holcim Ltd., Heidelberg Cement Group, CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V., CRH Plc., Vicat SA, VINCI Group, and Groupe SABOULARD
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Figure 2. France Construction Aggregates Market – Opportunity Analysis
Surging adoption of recycled aggregates is anticipated to propel the market growth for construction aggregates across France. Thus, companies in France market are focusing on partnerships with other companies for supplying recycled aggregates for building and construction requirements in France. For instance, in December 2016, Bouygues Construction partnered with Lafarge France to turn wastes from construction and demolition into ready-to-use concrete to be used in the renovation of two heritage buildings in Paris, France. Moreover, by using the company’s aggneo solutions, Bouygues Construction were able to reduce renovation costs, wastes, and emissions in this project.
Figure 3. France Construction Aggregates Market, Revenue Share (%), By Application, in 2020
On the basis of application, the concrete segment dominated the France construction aggregates market in 2020, accounting for around 68.3% of market share, in terms of revenue, followed by road base & coverings, owing to its favorable material properties, which offer unique cohesion and stability to buildings.
France Construction Aggregates Market - Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
The COVID-19 had a negative impact on the France construction aggregates market. Stringent lockdown imposed across entire Europe, especially France was one of the major driving factor for this impact. Although it has been lifted thereafter, the construction activities across this region have not gained full momentum. Moreover, delays in the crude-supply across roadways and waterways on account of the closure of many international borders have substantially increased the number of inventories. Thus, additional costs incurred for the storage of construction aggregates have also hampered the market growth. Also, delays in the cargo shipments from the refineries to the desired locations, and travel restrictions have also affected the supply chain of construction aggregates to some extent.
Key players operating in the France construction aggregates market include Cementir Holding N.V., Lafarge Holcim Ltd., Heidelberg Cement Group, CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V., CRH Plc., Vicat SA, VINCI Group, and Groupe SABOULARD.
Few Recent Developments
In October 2019, Vicat SA opened its new aggregate sales outlet in Colomiers (France). The outlet will sell a wide range of aggregate products. The new outlet will help Vicat to strengthen its position in Southern France.
Construction aggregates include products such as crushed stones, gravel, and sand, which are largely used in the construction industry. Increasing investments in the France construction sector is driving the France construction aggregates market growth. Moreover, in 2016, European Investment Bank (EIB) also invested US$ 3.55 billion in the France construction projects such as Grand Paris Express. As per the same source, under the Construction Revival Plan, US$ 77.75 million has been dedicated to the Building Digital Transition Plan. Therefore, increasing investments in the France construction sector is driving the France construction aggregates market growth.
Significant investments by the French government and key players in the France construction industry are expected to drive the construction aggregates' market growth during the forecast period. For instance, according to the report published by European Commission in June 2018 on ‘European Construction Sector Observatory’, in September 2017, the government of France proposed its investment plan for the next five years, which indicated that US$ 63.42 billion was planned investment by the government, of which US$ 22.21 billion was planned to be dedicated for the France construction sector. Therefore, increasing investments in the France construction sector is driving the France construction aggregates market growth.
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“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective.