The Brick Development Association, representing brick manufacturers in the UK, has responded assertively to what it sees as an “out of date and and unhelpful” report from the Centre for Economics & Business Research for the National Association of Estate Agents released recently.
“The brick industry would like to make it completely clear that brick production has risen significantly over the last two years.” Andrew Eagles, CEO of the BDA, commented about the CEBR report: “This is a lazy analysis. The BDA represents 99% of the brick manufacturers in the UK. We can report with absolute authority that there is no shortage.
“There has been a significant increase in brick production over the last 15 months and this is confirmed by the ONS statistics. The Construction Products Association, Builders Merchants Federation and major house builders also confirm that they have not seen any issues with brick supply in the last year.
“The report for the NAEA citing a brick shortage is based on data from April 2015. This is 15 months out of date. It is misleading and damaging for the brick and construction industry. I find it astonishing that the CEBR felt it useful to release a report that was so out of date. Where there are concerns we are happy to discuss these with organisations so the real issues can be uncovered.”
Andrew Eagles continues: “The challenges the brick industry faced in 2014 when there was a dramatic increase in housebuilding are now behind us and the industry is confident it can meet the growing demand for its products in housing and other construction projects.”
Indeed, in the second quarter of 2016, deliveries have been 10.4% higher than in the first quarter. The deliveries in June are also 7.4% higher than the figure predicted in May. These changes are significant and point to the increased demand for bricks in the housing market, and other sectors.
Notably, these results correlate with recent positive news in the housebuilding industry. 41,222 new homes were built in the UK in Q2, which is a 1% increase on the same period in 2015. Most importantly, this is also the highest number of houses built since Q4 of 2007.
The kilns are fired up across the UK and the BDA looks forward to making their contribution to addressing the chronic housing shortage that has built up over recent decades. The re-openings and development of new brick plants are already incredibly positive signs in the revitalisation of the housebuilding sector.
We should take positively from the news that new-build housing has risen, and should continue to rise over the next year as more focus is directed towards the current housing situation.