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No Shortage Of Bricks Say The Brick Development Association


The Brick Development Association (BDA), the body that represents the clay brick and paver industries in the UK and Ireland, has repeatedly rejected claims that a threat to the economic recovery in the construction sector is due to a shortage of bricks.

Simon Hay, Chief Executive Officer for the BDA, commented: “You only have to look at the statistics and forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA) to prove that these claims are completely unfounded. Housing starts in Great Britain during 2013 are estimated to have increased by 24% and forecast to increase further in 2014 by 16% and 10% in 2015. Clearly house builders have been able to acquire sufficient brick supplies to signi­fic­antly increase house building. Construction output is expected to rise by 3.4% in 2014 and by a further 5.2% in 2015, so there is no anticipation of supply problems causing problems in growth.

The CPA has also reported that the largest constraint to industry recovery continues to be public sector construc­tion. Public non – housing output fell 27.2% between 2010 and 2012 with recovery not anticipated until 2015 when the impacts of capital investment growth begin to feed through.

Simon continued: “The success of the government’s Help To Buy scheme and the growing pace of the economic recovery has meant that the construction industry has faced an upswing in demand. However, there is absolutely no suggestion that brick manuf­ac­turers are unable to cope with the increased demand.” 

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