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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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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Structural steel market showing tentative signs of improvement in 2013
          • Figure 1: UK market for structural steel, 2009-13
          • Figure 2: Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel by End Use Application, 2013
        • UK structural steel market expected to increase by 21% in volume terms between 2014 and 2018
          • Figure 3: Forecast UK Market for Structural Steel
        • Market factors
          • Industrial construction activity subdued during recent years
            • Commercial construction sector showing signs of recovery in 2013, with output up 5%
              • Public spending cuts reduce public non-residential construction output
                • Private housing construction activity up 12% in 2013
                  • Electricity infrastructure sector drives civil engineering construction growth in 2013
                    • Companies
                      • What we think
                      • Introduction

                          • Definitions
                            • Methodology
                              • Abbreviations
                                • Market positioning
                                • UK Economy

                                  • Overview
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Interest Rates
                                        • Manufacturing
                                          • Business investment
                                            • House prices
                                              • Consumer spending
                                                • Imports
                                                  • Exports
                                                  • Market Factors

                                                    • Key points
                                                      • Construction activity overview
                                                        • Figure 4: Analysis of construction output in Great Britain, by type, 200913
                                                      • Civil engineering construction activity overview
                                                        • Figure 5: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                    • Market Size and Trends

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • Market size
                                                          • Figure 6: The UK Market for Structural Steel, 2009-13
                                                        • Market segmentation
                                                          • Market segmentation, by value
                                                            • Figure 7: Value Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel, by Type, 2009-13
                                                            • Figure 8: Value Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel by Type, 2013
                                                          • Market segmentation, by Volume
                                                            • Figure 9: Analysis of Major Utilisation of Structural Steel in the UK, 200913
                                                            • Figure 10: Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel, by End Use Application, 2009-13
                                                            • Figure 11: Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel by End Use Application, 2009-13
                                                          • Industrial construction
                                                            • Figure 12: UK Market for Structural Steel in Industrial Building Construction, 2009-13
                                                          • Private industrial construction
                                                            • Figure 13: Analysis of private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 200913
                                                            • Figure 14: Analysis of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2009-13
                                                          • Commercial construction
                                                            • Figure 15: UK Market for Structural Steel in Commercial Building Construction, 2009-13
                                                          • Private commercial construction
                                                            • Figure 16: Analysis of the composition of the private commercial construction market in Great Britain, 2013
                                                            • Figure 17: Analysis of private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 200913
                                                            • Figure 18: Analysis of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by type, 200913
                                                          • Office construction
                                                            • Figure 19: UK Market for Structural Steel in Office Construction, 2009-13
                                                          • Residential construction
                                                            • Figure 20: UK Market for Structural Steel in Residential Construction, 2009-13
                                                          • Other non-residential construction
                                                            • Figure 21: UK Market for Structural Steel in Other Non-residential Construction, 2009-13
                                                          • Publically funded con-residential construction
                                                              • Figure 22: Contractors appointed to the PSBP batches of schools, March 2014
                                                            • “Other” sector
                                                              • Figure 23: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                              • Figure 24: Public Sector Non-Residential Construction Output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                              • Figure 25: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                            • Agricultural construction
                                                              • Figure 26: UK Market for Structural Steel in Agricultural Construction, 2009-13
                                                            • Bridges
                                                              • Figure 27: UK Market for Structural Steel in Bridge Construction, 2009-13
                                                            • Other infrastructure
                                                              • Figure 28: UK Market for Structural Steel in Infrastructure Projects Outside of the Bridge Market, 2009-13
                                                            • Market trends
                                                              • Market share of structural steel in multi-storey non-residential sector at almost 70%
                                                                • Structural steel benefits from trend towards off-site manufacturing in construction sector
                                                                  • Structural steel has high sustainability credentials
                                                                    • Trend in steel prices
                                                                      • Figure 29: Average UK Steel Price Index, 2009-13
                                                                      • Figure 30: Average UK Steel Price Index, 2009-13
                                                                    • Impact of recession on UK industry
                                                                      • Mandatory CE marking of construction products
                                                                        • Seasonality of sales
                                                                          • Figure 31: Seasonality of private industrial construction output, 200913
                                                                          • Figure 32: Seasonality of private commercial construction output, 200913
                                                                          • Figure 33: Seasonality of public non-residential construction output, 2009-13
                                                                          • Figure 34: Seasonality of civil engineering, 2009-13
                                                                        • Regional sales
                                                                          • Figure 35: Regional private industrial construction output, 2009-13
                                                                          • Figure 36: Regional private commercial construction output, 2009-13
                                                                          • Figure 37: Regional public non-residential construction output, 2009-13
                                                                          • Figure 38: Analysis of civil engineering output, by region, 2009-13
                                                                      • Supply Sources

                                                                        • Key points
                                                                          • Production
                                                                            • Figure 39: UK Production of Structural Steel, 2009-13
                                                                          • Segmentation
                                                                            • Figure 40: Segmentation of the UK Production of Structural Steel, by type, 2009-13
                                                                            • Figure 41: Segmentation of the UK Production of Structural Steel by Type, 2013
                                                                          • Imports
                                                                            • Overview
                                                                              • Figure 42: UK Imports of Structural Steel, 2009-13
                                                                              • Figure 43: UK Imports of Structural Steel, 2009-13
                                                                            • Import segmentation
                                                                              • Import segmentation, by value
                                                                                • Figure 44: Value Segmentation of UK Imports of Structural Steel, by Type, 2009-13
                                                                              • Import segmentation, by volume
                                                                                • Figure 45: Volume Segmentation of UK Imports of Structural Steel, by Type, 2009-13
                                                                              • Exports
                                                                                • Overview
                                                                                  • Figure 46: UK Exports of Structural Steel, 2009-13
                                                                                • Export segmentation
                                                                                  • Export segmentation, by value
                                                                                    • Figure 47: Value Segmentation of the UK Exports of Structural Steel, by Type, 2009-13
                                                                                  • Export segmentation, by volume
                                                                                    • Figure 48: Volume Segmentation of the UK Exports of Structural Steel, by Type, 2009-13
                                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                    • Industry development
                                                                                      • Figure 49: Analysis of the Cold Forming or Folding Industry, 2009-2013
                                                                                      • Figure 50: Analysis of the Manufacturing or Metal Structures and Parts of Metal Structures Industry, 2009-2013
                                                                                    • Structure by employment
                                                                                      • Figure 51: Analysis of the Employment Structure of the Cold Forming or Folding Industry, 2012-2013
                                                                                      • Figure 52: Analysis of the Employment Structure of the Manufacture of Metal Structures and Parts of Metal Structures Industry, 2012-2013
                                                                                    • Structure by turnover
                                                                                      • Figure 53: Analysis of the Financial Structure Cold Forming or Folding Industry, 2012 and 2013
                                                                                      • Figure 54: Analysis of the Financial Structure of the Metal Structures and Parts of Structures Industry, 2012-2013
                                                                                  • Company Profiles

                                                                                    • BHC

                                                                                        • Figure 55: Financial Analysis of BHC, 2010-14
                                                                                    • Billington Structures

                                                                                          • Figure 56: Financial Analysis of Billington Structures, 2009-13
                                                                                      • Bourne Construction Engineering

                                                                                            • Figure 57: Financial Analysis of Bourne Construction Engineering, 2009-13
                                                                                        • Caunton Engineering

                                                                                              • Figure 58: Financial Analysis of Caunton Engineering, 2010-14
                                                                                          • Cleveland Bridge UK

                                                                                              • Figure 59: Financial Analysis of Cleveland Bridge UK, 2008-2012
                                                                                          • Conder Allsade

                                                                                              • Figure 60: Financial Analysis of Conder Allslade, 2009-2012
                                                                                          • Fabricom Oil, Gas and Power

                                                                                              • Figure 61: Financial Analysis of Fabricom Oil, Gas and Power, 2008-12
                                                                                          • John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel)

                                                                                              • Figure 62: Financial Analysis of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel), 2009-13
                                                                                          • Mabey Bridge

                                                                                                • Figure 63: Financial Analysis of Mabey Bridge, 2010-13
                                                                                            • Rom Group

                                                                                                • Figure 64: Financial Analysis of Rom Group, 2009-13
                                                                                            • Severfield

                                                                                                  • Figure 65: Financial Analysis of Severfield, 2010-14
                                                                                              • Severfield (UK)

                                                                                                    • Figure 66: Financial Analysis of Severfield (UK), 2009-13
                                                                                                • Severfield (Design & Build)

                                                                                                      • Figure 67: Financial Analysis of Severfield (Design & Build), 2008-2013
                                                                                                  • William Hare Group

                                                                                                      • Figure 68: Financial Analysis of William Hare Group, 2009-13
                                                                                                  • Forecast

                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                      • Market size
                                                                                                        • Construction output forecast
                                                                                                            • Figure 69: Forecast construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                          • Industrial construction activity
                                                                                                            • Figure 70: Forecast private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                            • Figure 71: Forecast private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                            • Figure 72: Forecast of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2014-18
                                                                                                            • Figure 73: Forecast private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                            • Figure 74: Forecast of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by sector, 201418
                                                                                                            • Figure 75: Forecast public non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                            • Figure 76: Forecast of public non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                                                            • Figure 77: Forecast civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                                                          • The National Infrastructure Plan
                                                                                                            • Increased private sector investment in infrastructure
                                                                                                              • Market outlook
                                                                                                                  • Figure 78: Renewable electricity generation capacity awaiting/under construction, as of April 2014
                                                                                                                  • Figure 79: Forecast UK Market for Structural Steel, 2014-18
                                                                                                                • Market segmentation
                                                                                                                  • Figure 80: Forecast Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel, by Application, 2014-18
                                                                                                                  • Figure 81: Forecast Segmentation of the UK Market for Structural Steel, by Application, 2014-18
                                                                                                                • Production
                                                                                                                  • Figure 82: Forecast UK Production of Structural Steel, 2014-18
                                                                                                                • Imports
                                                                                                                  • Figure 83: Forecast UK Imports of Structural Steel, 2014-18
                                                                                                              • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                                                                                  • Trade magazines

                                                                                                                  Companies Covered

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