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  • BMBI shortlisted for new award!

     The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has been shortlisted for yet another award, this time for the ‘Best Practice Awards 2017’ organised by the Trade Association Forum (TAF). Only a few months after being shortlisted by the national Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) ‘Marketing Excellence Awards’, BMBI is a finalist… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 14th June 2017

  • Ibstock comment: Q1 2017

    Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock, is BMBI’s Expert for Bricks. Demand for bricks has intensified significantly with GB manufactured product Q1 sales volumes 20% ahead of Q1 2016. This continues a trend which started in August 2016 following a subdued July after the Brexit vote. In the eight months to the end of March 2017,… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Encon Insulation comment: Q1 2017

    Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation is BMBI’s Expert for Insulation Products – Distribution. The first three months started well for insulation with year on year growth through the merchants’ channel. The principal risk is price inflation, which was triggered by a sharp fall in sterling following the Brexit vote last year. The challenge… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Knauf Insulation comment: Q1 2017

    John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation is BMBI’s Expert for Mineral Wool Insulation. The first quarter of 2017 has certainly been interesting. A Parliamentary vote on Brexit followed by formal notification of our intention to leave the EU, with the submission of Article 50 notice to the Commission. Then, to cap a tumultuous political month,… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Heatrae Sadia comment: Q1 2017

    Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia is BMBI’s Expert for Water Heating. Quarter 1 sales in the hot water sector were mixed. Domestic unvented cylinders slipped 10% on the same period last year, hit by slower private housing starts and the growth of combi boilers in small to medium size houses. Stronger sales of combis… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Keystone Lintels comment: Q1 2017

    Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels is BMBI’s Expert for Steel Lintels. Already we’re well through the year, and have another election to look forward to. It’s becoming an annual event! Let’s hope, after 8th June, we can put some of the uncertainty behind us and our industry can move on. Steel lintel volumes increased… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • IKO PLC comment: Q1 2017

    Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO Plc is BMBI’s Expert for Roofing Products. The lack of the UK’s usual winter storms in the first quarter of 2017 means there’s been a lot less demand for roofing felt in the domestic market, with the result that this sector is significantly down year-on-year. The latest CPA figures… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Hanson Cement comment: Q1 2017

    Andrew Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement is BMBI’s Expert for Cement & Aggregates. Demand for cement and aggregates strengthened in the first quarter of 2017, mainly driven by increased activity in infrastructure projects. The CPA reports that overall construction activity is masking a varied performance in individual construction sectors. This explains the mixed feelings… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Alumasc WMS comment: Q1 2017

    Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) is BMBI’s Expert for Civils, Metal Rainwater & Drainage. It’s been a slow start to the first quarter for both rainwater and drainage markets, particularly in January and February. March was much stronger with a surge in smaller projects and a later Easter. However with a general… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Timbmet comment: Q1 2017

    Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet is BMBI’s Expert for Timber & Panel Products. The market for Timber and Panel Products looks promising for 2017, and we remain optimistic. This is despite the uncertainty created by a snap national election and extended Brexit negotiations. We’re getting used to uncertainty. There will be variations by sector, but… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Keylite Roof Windows comment: Q1 2017

    John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows is BMBI’s Expert for Roof Windows. After a relatively quiet start, Q1 finished stronger, maintaining the 8-11% growth in Q4 2016. Although very positive for roof windows, growth appears to have been uneven regionally. Avid statistics watchers may be bewildered by the apparently conflicting reports that appear weekly… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

  • Crystal Direct comment: Q1 2017

    Steve Halford, Group Managing Director Crystal Direct is BMBI’s Expert for PVC-U Windows & Doors. First quarter sales of PVC-U windows and doors continued to grow rapidly. Merchants have seen the potential and are changing the way they sell. Independent merchants were well up, around 60% on the same period in 2016. National builders’ merchants… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 26th May 2017

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Launched in 2015, the monthly Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report is the only reliable measure of repair, maintenance & improvement (RMI) activity in the UK. Filling an important gap, it can be widely used in construction, and by economists, Government, national media, commentators and influencers outside the industry.

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