Structural Steel (Industrial Report) - UK - September 2014
“The UK market for structural steel was severely affected by the economic downturn, with the market contracting substantially between 2008 and 2012. Activity started to slowly improve in 2013 and demand strengthened in 2014 as construction activity returned to stronger growth. Over the next five years, demand is anticipated to be driven by the industrial and commercial build sectors and by infrastructure projects in the transport and energy sectors. Although the market is expected to continue to return to more sustained growth, tight profit margins and intense competition remain of concern in the industry”
– Claudia Preedy - Industrial Analyst
This report will explore the following key questions with regard to the UK structural steel market:
- How has the structural steel market performed over the last five years?
- What are the growth prospects for the market in the next five years?
- How have companies involved in the market faired during the downturn that followed 2008?
- What are the growth prospects for the key end-use sectors of structural steel?
This report covers the UK market for structural steel used in non-residential building and infrastructure applications.
The definitions used in this report for the construction sector are from the ONS. In the context of structural steel used in construction applications, comprising both publicly and privately financed projects, a further breakdown is provided by construction sector.
The sectors include the following:
Public sector non-residential: which is defined as comprising a number of activities:
Coal mining: all new coal mine construction such as sinking shafts, tunnelling etc.
Schools: state schools or colleges, including technical colleges and institutes of agriculture.
Universities: including halls of residence and research establishments.
Health: comprising hospitals, medical schools, clinics, welfare centres and adult training facilities.
Offices: comprising local and central government offices, including town halls, and offices for all public bodies except the armed forces and police headquarters.
Factories: comprising all publicly owned factories, shipyards, warehouses and skill centres.
Garages: comprising buildings for storage, repair and maintenance of road vehicles, transport workshops, bus depots, road goods transport depots and car parks.
Shops: comprising municipal shopping developments for which the contract has been let by the local authority.
Oil: comprising oil installations.
Agriculture, entertainment, communications: comprising buildings and work on publicly financed horticultural establishments, fen and agricultural drainage, and veterinary clinics. Theatres, restaurants, public swimming baths, caravan sites at holiday resorts, works and buildings at sports grounds, stadiums, racecourses etc. Post Offices, BBC and IBA installations.
Miscellaneous: comprising all work not clearly covered by other previously identified headings such as fire stations, police stations, prisons, reformatories, remand homes, civil defence work, UK Atomic Energy Authority work, council depots, museums, and libraries.
Private Industrial: comprising factories, warehouses, wholesale depots, and all other work and building for the purpose of industrial production or processing, oil refineries, concrete fixed leg oil production platforms (but excluding rigs), and private steel works.
Private Commercial: comprising a number of separate sectors:
Offices: including all office buildings and banks.
Shops: comprising all buildings for retail distribution, such as shops, department stores, retail markets, and showrooms.
Entertainment: comprising theatres, concert halls, cinemas, hotels, public houses, restaurants, cafés, holiday camps, swimming pools, works and buildings at sports grounds, stadiums and other places of sport or recreation, and youth hostels.
Garages: comprising repair garages, petrol filling stations, bus depots, goods transport depots and any other works or buildings for the storage, repair and maintenance of road vehicles, and car parks.
Schools and Colleges: comprising schools and colleges in the private sector, financed wholly from private funds.
Agriculture: comprising all buildings and work on farms and horticultural establishments.
Health: comprising all private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.
Miscellaneous: comprising all work not clearly covered by other headings, such as exhibitions, caravan sites, churches and church halls.
Structural steel applications in the infrastructure sector include bridges and applications in other civil engineering sectors, such as applications in the water, sewerage, electricity, gas, telecommunications and harbours sector.
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