Aggregate and cement sales reflect continued building slump

Sales of cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete fell including significantly year-on-year in the three months to September, according to the Mineral Products Association.
The association’s latest figures show the sales volume of aggregate and cement was down by 20% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2008. Ready mixed concrete fell 26% and asphalt 17%.

However, this was better than the figures for the previous quarter, which found ready mixed concrete down 37% on the previous year.

Simon van der Byl, director of public policy at the MPA, said: “There are huge amounts of spare resources available in the construction industry and supply chain and parts of our infrastructure with outstanding backlogs of work, such as highway maintenance – now is precisely the time to get on with this type of work.”

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