Brick in the wall: As housing starts scale back, demand for industry products will suffer

Clay bricks and tiles are principally used in the housing market for construction and renovation, while refractory products, which have high thermal resistance, are used to line kilns and furnaces. Therefore, the primary sources of demand for industry products are construction and industrial manufacturing markets, particularly steel manufacturers. Over the five years to 2018, the Clay Brick and Product Manufacturing industry in Canada experienced mixed results. The industry is small and fragmented. This has compounded the challenge of import penetration for the industry. Foreign manufacturers, operating cost-competitively and with large economies of scale, have been able to undercut domestic operators. Over the next five years, difficulties will continue to damage industry more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Domestic housing starts are forecast to fall in response to rising interest rates and high household debt levels
  • Imports come mainly from the United States, Italy and China
  • Operators will likely consolidate their operations to remain profitable
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Eastern provincesThe industry's establishments are concentrated in the eastern provinces, which retain the majority of the Canadian population. Ontario is home to an estimated 61.4% of industry establishments, while Quebec is home to 12.9% of industry establishments. Due to population density, these provinces are home to some of the industry's most important markets, including the construction and primary metal production sectors. In addition, Ontario is close to the Detroit area, an important industrial hub in the United States and a key destination for industry exports.Western provincesThe Western provinces follow suit, with British Columbia housing 11.4% of industry establishments, and Alberta housing 7.1% of all establishments. Bri...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry are

  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Establishment of export markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Industrial capacity utilization in the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry manufactures clay building material including bricks, mortars and ceramic tiles. Operators also manufacture refractories, which are structures that retain their shape and chemical identity when subjected to high temperatures; refractories are ideal for use in kilns and furnaces. Major buyers of industry products include building markets, steel manufacturers and companies in the mineral refining sector.

    Industry Products
  • Refractories
  • Brick and structural clay tile
  • Ceramic floor and wall tile
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing refractory products
  • Manufacturing clay bricks
  • Manufacturing ceramic tiles
  • Manufacturing other structural clay products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Industrial capacity utilization
  • World price of steel
  • Canadian effective exchange rate index

  • Current Performance
  • Stagnating demand and increased external competition
  • Import penetration
  • Small and fragmented industry
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Major markets
  • International trade
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Utilities In Canada
  • Construction In Canada
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Paint Manufacturing in Canada
  • Sand & Gravel Mining in Canada
  • Stone Mining in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Refractories
  • Ceramic floor and wall tile
  • Brick and structural clay tile
  • Other
  • Chart: Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Construction
  • Primary and secondary metal manufacturing
  • Exports to the United States
  • Other
  • Energy
  • Exports to other countries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Clay bricks
  • Ceramic floor and wall tiles
  • Refractory products

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Brampton Brick, Meridian Brick, Vesuvius PLC,
  • Table: Brampton Brick - financial performance
  • Table: Meridian Brick - financial performance
  • Table: Vesuvius PLC - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A fine earth sediment, typically yellow or red in color, that can be molded when wet and baked to make bricks, pottery and ceramics.
  • Crucible
  • A refractory vessel (typically made of graphite or ceramic) used for melting and calcining materials at high temperatures.
  • Refractory
  • A heat resistant material used to build products that handle molten metals; used for lining furnaces and kilns.
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