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Construction chemicals market in Poland to decline

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The construction chemicals market is expected to decrease by around 6 % in 2013 after marginal increases in 2011 and 2012.

The use of construction chemicals in Poland: ready-mixed products and solutions made on site (%), 2012. Source: PMR Ltd.

The use of construction chemicals in Poland: ready-mixed products and solutions made on site (%), 2012. Source: PMR Ltd.

A weaker growth outlook will be driven by the declining residential construction segment, which accounts for three-quarters of the construction chemicals market in Poland, according to research company PMR’s latest report entitled "Construction chemicals market in Poland 2013 − Development forecasts for 2013-2015”. PMR’s researchers expect that the floor area of housing projects completed will steadily fall from 15.4 million m² in 2012 to around 13.5 million m² in 2014-2015.

A weaker outlook for the construction chemicals industry is also confirmed by the second round of the survey of 300 small- and medium-sized renovation and construction companies. Assessments of the current situation and expectations for 2013 in terms of financial standing, backlogs of orders and employment levels reveal a less optimistic outlook than in the year before.

Use of pre-mixed solutions will remain roughly flat

The outlook presented by PMR’s researchers is based on the assumption that practices followed by construction companies regarding the use of bagged mortar will not change and the proportion of companies using pre-mixed solutions will remain roughly flat. However, if producers of construction chemicals intensify promotional efforts, the proportion of ready-mix mortars might increase and prop up the market’s growth. Still, a more likely scenario is that the proportion of pre-mixed mortars falls as a result of the market’s downward pressure to cut general contracting costs, which was already evident for selected groups of products.

The highest proportion of construction chemicals mixed on site is reported for floor screeds and masonry mortars (each around 40 %). Another category which recorded a high proportion of products made on site is plaster – around one-third of the plaster used in construction is mixed from components on site. The proportion of pre-mixed solutions is the highest for thermal-insulation systems and tile adhesives (around 90 % for each category.)

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