Sales of concrete pavers and slabs increased to a projected 721.4 million square feet in the U.S. and Canada during 2016, according to a new study released by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). This represents a 4.3% jump from a projected 689.8 million sf. in 2015.
The 2016 estimated total was the highest sales since 2006 (800 million sf) prior to the recession. The 2016 estimate equates to a per capita use of two square feet in the U.S. and Canada. The 2016 total also was 35.5% higher than 2010 when the industry reported the low point for sales at 472 million sf.
The study, 2017 ICPI Industry Sales Profile, surveyed 25 manufacturers representing 24% of the producing companies in the U.S. and Canada. These companies own approximately 54% of the paver producing machines in the two countries.
Sales of all pavers in the U.S. climbed 5.5% during 2016, while Canadian sales declined slightly by 1.3%. In all, 77.7% of sales were to the residential market.
The study noted that continued low interest rates and energy costs, a slight increase in new home construction, modest growth in infrastructure investments by the public sector, and increases in commercial construction all contributed to the growth of the U.S. segmental concrete pavement industry. Canada presented a mix of growth or slight contraction depending on the region, thus impacting paver sales, according to the report.
Companies participating in last year’s survey reported a 15.4% increase in the U.S. and 8.9% growth in Canada during 2015.
“Overall, the segmental concrete pavement industry in the U.S. and Canada is strong,” said Matt Lynch, ICPI Board Chair. “A favorable economic climate continues supporting paver sales in the U.S. Despite the slight decrease in Canada during 2016, Canadian paver sales are still up more than 7% since 2014. We also are seeing a positive impact on companies that supply materials, equipment and services to the concrete paver industry, including manufacturers of paver producing machines.”
In the U.S., concrete paver sales (as defined by ASTM) expanded 4.5%, while sales of units designed for permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) applications increased 20.2%. This represents a combined increase of 5.7% from an estimated 595.5 million sf. in 2015 to approximately 629.4 million sf. for 2016.
In Canada, sales decreased 1.5% for concrete pavers and 9.1% for units designed for permeable applications during 2016. The combined decrease was 2.4%, from a projected 94.3 million sf. in 2015 to approximately 92 million sf. in 2016. Only paving slabs (5.0%) and concrete grid pavers (1.1%) increased in Canada during 2016.
In all, 62.6% of PICP was used in commercial and municipal projects, while 37.4% was sold in the residential market. The market share of residential PICP sales increased 6.0% during 2016.
Paving slab sales grew a combined 9.6% in the U.S. and Canada, with the U.S. sales leading the way at 13.0%. In all, 25.9% of paving slabs was sold to commercial, municipal and industrial applications, up slightly in 2016.
“While PICP remains a hot concrete paver product in the U.S., paving slabs continue to grow significantly in both the U.S. and Canada,” said Lynch. “ICPI is working diligently to help establish product standards and installation/maintenance best practices for PICP and slabs.”
Concrete grid pavements, a niche product used for permeable applications, represents 0.5% of the total segmental concrete pavement production in the U.S. and Canada. These slab-like units saw modest growth of 0.9% among survey respondents.
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