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Market-Watch on World Building Materials October 18, 2007Posted by wenbi in : Building , 1 comment so far
ttnet.net - [2006/01/24]
Surveyed by HIRI/Global Insight, the US home improvement products tend to continue robust growth through 2008. The total market size will reach $313.5 billion with a composite annual growth rate of 3.3% over the 2005-2008 period, slightly better than the pace of overall economic growth.
This price adjustment recently certainly will have a ripple effect on the building trade of builders and home building materials due to international economic booming and Mainland China demands increasing. It makes the first time of price mark-up for international building materials in recent years. In addition to above the factor uplifting this building materials price, the materials hoarding and cornering are in some large industries, and the raising of China production and consumption which encourage the volumes of steel import, these reasons widen the pressures to rise up the international price of building materials.
According to the data, the timber price has been risen 20% to 40% dramatically. And the steel price is also risen 50% to 53% approx. Sources expressed that this sudden and unprecedented rise in steel prices impact the relatives industries, besides the building materials also cost up. For examples, the materials cost US $ 7,900 in last year, but they cost US $ 12,300 in this year after the price adjustment, the building materials cost 1/3 of entire selling price.
The experts of the housing and economy says: building materials price is like a war which will last for a long period of time, the sustained building materials price mark-up will shift the impact to the consumers, and rise the selling price of new house.
The total value of the remodeling building materials market was estimated at US$7.9 billion, which was about 15.3% of the total value of building products for the new housing market. Recently, the country’s home remodeling market has been growing steadily as the new home market in Japan is expected to decline. The most promising products include vinyl windows, wood flooring, wood panels, windows, doors, shingles, iron and steel bathtubs, central heating and cooling, kitchen and bathroom faucets, furniture including wooden kitchen cabinets and lighting. The Japan home remodeling market is forecasted to grow at an average growth rate of 5% as housing starts probably decrease below 1 million units.
The typical homeowners who remodel their homes, built about 20 years ago, are people aged from 40 to 60. They do house remodeling because of making their home more comfortable, replacing old equipment, bathroom repairs or making floor plan design changes. The remodeling budgets range from 1 million yen to 15 million yen depending upon the scale of remodeling, but about 35% of people plan to spend 2 million to 5 million yen. Nearly 80% people will use savings while about 15% of people plan to borrow money from banks.
The UK building materials market is currently dominated by top-10 titan suppliers such as Castle Cement Ltd., Ibstock Brick Ltd., Marley Ltd., Redland Roofing Systems Ltd. and Saint-Gobain of France. These years, local government is encouraging more partnering in the construction industry, and a quality mark scheme has been introduced. According the survey, the UK construction industry was forecast to grow by 12.1% between 2001 and 2005.
In woodcare sector, the market size approximates $200 million. Main sectors within the woodcare market are varnishes, woodstains, wood preservers and wood fillers. Varnish accounts for roughly 29 percent, woodstains 25 percent and preservers 25 percent. Wallcoverings are traditionally one of the most popular forms of home decor in the U.K., with a high percentage of householders prepared to tackle the job of putting them up. Wall tiles account for about 80 percent of the domestic market, but floor tiles have increased in popularity in the last few years. Owing to its coldness feature, wall tiles are relatively low popularity in the U.K., in contrast to warmer countries such as Italy. The glazed ceramic tile market is estimated at $370 million at retail selling prices. Imports have long accounted for a large part of the U.K. tile market, and currently represent about 72 percent by value. The main suppliers are of French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian origin.
ttnet.net - [2006/01/23]
Security sector has been boomed for years, dancing with increasing public concern on security issue. Industrial players are brainstorming to develop brand-new and more innovative security systems for buildings. Popular is integrated concept, namely the hybrid of mechanical security technology, electronic access control, video monitoring, fire alarms and intruder detector systems.
However, the mechanical locksets, safes and vaults are still widely used in new buildings or for remolding purpose. In PRACTICAL WORLD Cologne, we were convinced that electronic security systems function more as a complement than a replacement for mechanics. New mechanical locking technology aims at improved burglary prevention. For instance, the solution comes in innovative reversible key systems with security features, compliant with the rule of “one key for all doors” and keys that provide enhanced protection against moisture and temperature fluctuations, making them suitable for use in cold-storage facilities or dockyards. Lock cylinders are made more resistant by building appropriate locking tools into the cylinders. With regard to safeguarding escape routes, self-locking locks with built-in panic function are one of major focal points. The safes of user-friendly interfaces become mingled with interior designs, which are setting a trend away from mechanics towards mechatronics or electronics.
The biometric identification technology, basically fingerprint identification and facial and iris recognition emerges to be used on security systems, highly promising and potential in near future. Non-contact electronic control systems in use of transponder technology ensure the optimized comfort and humanist way of recognition. Biometric components now comprise only 1% of all components used in admission control systems, however, it is expected to increase to as much as 10% in a few years. The biometric-based security system will be spurred by the rising identification demands in banks, large IT companies, where high security is required and international airports against ubiquitous terrorist activities.
The designs of mechanical security systems focus not only on the pure functional aspect, but also on aesthetic properties. Although brass is still a significant material for locks, used to beautify the appearance of overall systems, stainless steel grows more popular to render a sense of clean-look and contemporary. Special surface treatments grant diversified attractive variants. There is a comeback of classic designs, especially on bronze locks. Exquisite designs can be frequently seen on door handles and furniture fittings.