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PRECAST CONCRETE PRECAST PRODUCTS: Hollow core roof slabs: These are lightweight and spanning long spans – standard width 1200 mm and depths ranging from 150-300 mm – and can be used for any kind of construction where speed and efficiency is the key requirement. These subtract from the need for shuttering works at site. Beams: These are suitable for usage in commercial and residential real estate, marine jetties, and pedestrian bridges. Beams cover a wide spectrum with multitude of applications like spine, edge and for balconies. Retaining Walls: Precast concrete retaining walls are walls that span vertically between supports, such as the basement floor and ground floors in buildings, or walls spanning horizontally between columns. These are used to prevent the ingress of water and to retain materials like soil Boundary Walls: A wide variety of wall panels are used in residential and commercial estate including educational institutions and office buildings, are easy to maintain and sometimes constitute an architectural requirements. Façade Panels: These panels can be heat and sound insulative and are available in various sizes and shapes. COnCRETE TREnDS A new Timetric report on the global concrete and cement market offers a glimpse of the key trends and opportunities through 2018 Asia-Pacific was the largest regional concrete and cement market, accounting for 61.1per cent of the global share. Europe and North America were the second- and third-largest regional markets, with respective shares of 18.9 per cent and 11.1 per cent. Growing economies in the Asia-Pacific– particularly China, India, Japan and Indonesia – are expected to support the expansion of the concrete and cement markets, and increase their market shares as the rapid development of the infrastructure, industrial, residential and commercial sectors increases demand for building materials. The shares of the European and North American markets are expected to be 17.6per cent and 10.0 per cent respectively in 2018, down from 18.9 per cent and 11.1per cent in 2013, while the Asia-Pacific is forecast to increase its share to 64.1 per cent over the same period. Key Highlights The Asia-Pacific prefabricated buildings market recorded a review-period CAGR of 15.94 per cent, outperforming all other regional markets. China contributed the most in the region, holding the largest share of 45.0 per cent, followed by India, Japan, and Indonesia, which constituted respective shares of 5.0 per cent, 3.2 per cent and 2.4per cent. The European concrete and cement market covers the markets of 26 European countries. Russia held the largest share of the market, with 3.7 per cent, followed by France, Germany, Italy and Turkey, with shares of 2.5 per cent, 2.2 per cent, 1.9 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively. The remaining countries captured shares ranging from 0.02 per cent to 1.2 per cent, demonstrating the diverse market dynamics within the European region. The US was the key market in the North American concrete and cement market, as it accounted for an 84.4 per cent share of the market in the same year. The construction industry's demand for concrete and cement, however, declined as a result of the recession, causing the total North American concrete and cement market to record a CAGR of 3.54 per cent during the review period. The market is expected to post a CAGR of 4.06 per cent over the forecast period. In Latin American concrete and cement market, Brazil accounted for the largest share (58.9 per cent), followed by Mexico, Argentina and Colombia with respective shares of 21.4 per cent, 10.7 per cent and 9.0 per cent. The Latin American market registered a CAGR of 6.04 per cent during the review period, and is expected to record a CAGR of 4.30 per cent over the forecast period. Brazil is anticipated to be a key source of the demand for concrete and cement in Latin America over the forecast period. The Middle East is the smallest regional market for concrete and cement. The UAE was the largest market in this region, accounting for a 48.5 per cent share, followed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, with shares of 46.4 per cent, 4.5 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. The Middle East recorded a CAGR of 1.86 per cent during the review period, and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.85 per cent during the forecast period. u NOVEMBER 2014|construction opportunities 39
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