BDA responds to figures showing an increase in brick deliveries

Published:  07 July, 2016

The Brick Development Association (BDA), the body that represents the clay brick and paver industries in the United Kingdom, has responded to recent comment about the state of the construction industry.

The growth in the brick deliveries over the last month follows the extensive work manufacturers have undertaken over the last year.

Figures released on 6 July from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and Department for Business Innovation and Skills show that brick deliveries in May increased by 3.1% on the same month the previous year. Additionally, the month-on-month change shows a 0.6% increase in May 2016, following a 1.5% increase in April 2016 on the same basis.

Andrew Eagles, chief executive officer of the BDA, said: "There is currently some uncertainty at central government. All major parties though support a drive to significantly increase home building numbers. Osborne's move away from austerity and the likely interest rate drop are likely to improve the construction environment. It is important to look at statistics. There has been a significant increase in brick production over the last 12 months and this is confirmed by the latest ONS statistics.

"It is heartening to see how quickly and how dramatically the sector has risen to meet demand and, in particular, contribute to the much needed rise in housebuilding."

This recognition only adds to the current emphasis on the need for housing. Housing minister Brandon Lewis has promised to build 1m homes by 2020, to bridge the gap in recent years between houses built and houses required, which should lead to further growth within the brick industry.

"The increase of brick deliveries throughout May is a positive contribution to the revitalisation of the housebuilding sector," Mr Eagles added. "When the volume of new housebuilding starts to grow closer to the 200,000 a year target the brick industry will satisfy demand."

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