UK: The Mineral Products Association (MPA) recorded a 1.2% quarter-on-quarter decline in the UK’s total concrete sales volumes in the second quarter of 2021. Volumes rose compared to 2020 levels, but remained lower than those in the second quarter of 2019. Mortar sales volumes recorded a 21% quarter-on-quarter rise, the sharpest since 2012. The association says that this signals the start of new housebuilding activity, as well as a ‘renewed pipeline of works’ in other sectors. It said that it expects demand for core construction materials to remain high for the remainder of 2021, into 2022, with the current construction outlook expected to drive double-digit growth in mineral products sales for the full year of 2021. The MPA anticipates the strongest contribution to come from infrastructure.
Director of Economic Affairs Aurelie Delannoy said “The surge in pent-up demand for materials in recent months, plus declining availability of haulage drivers as well as increasing costs, are causing concerns over future supply capacity, although every effort is being made to mitigate these. Despite challenging circumstances, companies supplying mineral products have on the whole continued to meet the demands, delivering record volumes along the way.”