• Heatrae Sadia comment: Q2 2017

    Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia is BMBI’s Expert for Water Heating Trading during Quarter 2 continued the trend set in the first period of 2017, with overall sales out through merchants falling back by 10% when compared to the same period in 2016. Overall this leaves the sector trailing last year by 7.5% for… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Natural Paving Products comment: Q2 2017

    Malcolm Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products is BMBI’s Expert for Natural Stone Landscaping Products, Vitrified Paving & Artificial Grass Brexit is still having a big effect on imports. Indian natural stone is at a higher cost in the market than we have seen for some time. Sterling is trying to recover… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Ibstock comment: Q2 2017

    Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock, is BMBI’s Expert for Bricks Builders Merchants continue to replenish brick stock levels after a year of de-stocking, particularly during the first half of 2016, and merchants’ sales remain strong. At the same time, housebuilders continue to increase their build programmes in response to the ongoing demand created by low… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Encon Insulation comment: Q2 2017

    Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation is BMBI’s Expert for Insulation Products – Distribution The year started positively for insulation but various factors have set the market back in the last quarter. Ongoing product shortages, especially in PIR insulation, have affected lead times and consistency in supply. However, the uncertainty caused by the General… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Knauf Insulation comment: Q2 2017

    John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation is BMBI’s Expert for Mineral Wool Insulation The markets for glass and rock mineral wool remain robust following strong sales in the six months to June. We ourselves have seen between 5-7% growth in Q2 compared with the same period last year, despite some uncertainty across the construction sector…. Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Keystone Lintels comment: Q2 2017

    Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels is BMBI’s Expert for Steel Lintels The steel lintels market for Q2 2017 continued to grow at a similar rate to Q1. Year-on-year, Q2 grew approximately 6-7%, and was up 3% on Q1. The daily figures have been fairly constant over the quarter. One interesting trend that stands out… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • IKO PLC comment: Q2 2017

    Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO Plc is BMBI’s Expert for Roofing Products Although construction was up overall in the last quarter, roofing was flat at best in much of the market. Housebuilding is still showing growth but slowing and commercial projects continue to be affected by delays. Raw material price rises – partly due… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Hanson Cement comment: Q2 2017

    Andrew Simpson, National Commercial Director Hanson Cement is BMBI’s Expert for Cement & Aggregates The Mineral Products Association reported weak sales volumes in Q2 2017 compared to Q1 with aggregates down 5.1%, and ready-mixed concrete (RMC) down 5.3%, confirming a general slowdown in construction activity. Sales of RMC have declined for three consecutive quarters in… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Alumasc WMS comment: Q2 2017

    Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) is BMBI’s Expert for Civils, Metal Rainwater & Drainage Taking material cost inflation into account, the market for metal rainwater, civil and drainage markets was a few percentage points up in value in Quarter 2, but volume was flat. The surprising results of the election shook… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Timbmet comment: Q2 2017

    Nigel Cox, Managing Director Timbmet is BMBI’s Expert for Timber & Panel Products Our view in Quarter 1 was that the market for Timber and Panel Products looked promising and that we should be optimistic for the year. In reality the second quarter has been more challenging than expected. The run up to the election… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Keylite Roof Windows comment: Q2 2017

    John Duffin, Managing Director Keylite Roof Windows is BMBI’s Expert for Roof Windows With so many political and economic factors completely up in the air at present it is fair to say ‘change’ has become the new normal. In this respect it’s a good time for merchants and manufacturers to be actively engaged with customers… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Crystal Direct comment: Q2 2017

    Steve Halford, Group Managing Director Crystal Direct is BMBI’s Expert for PVC-U Windows & Doors Quarter-on-quarter enquiries are down for the first time in three years but this could be due to more builders’ merchants pricing online. Compared with Quarter 2 2016, the market for bespoke PVC-U windows and doors remains ahead. Sales are up… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 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.