And the Survey Says…
Thanks to continued construction growth, industry survey results from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) indicate a repeat of last year’s double-digit growth. New home construction, acceleration in sales of existing homes, a rebound in public section construction spending, and an increase in commercial construction all contributed to strong growth last year for U.S. and Canadian segmental concrete pavement. Survey respondents, including 29 companies representing 141 paver-producing machines, report shipments across all segmental concrete pavement categories up 15.4% in the U.S. and 8.9% in Canada compared to 2014 figures.
The Industry Survey encompasses interlocking concrete pavers, permeable interlocking concrete pavers, concrete grid paving units, paving slabs, and related concrete paving products. In the principal category of concrete pavers as defined by ASTM and CSA, U.S. production increased 15.2% year-over-year from 517 million to 595 million square feet, while Canadian output grew 10.6% from 85 million to 94 million square feet. At just over 78% of all sales, the residential market continues to drive segmental concrete pavement. Commercial sales, including municipal and industrial projects, claimed almost 22% of the total 2015 market.
Robust year-over-year sales activity, notes ICPI Chairman and Oldcastle APG Northeast President Matt Lynch, “demonstrates continued demand for segmental concrete pavement systems with versatile design options, low maintenance and environmental benefits. The construction industry is experiencing an economic recovery that supports the expansion of our market share in residential and commercial applications.”
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