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Market for building chemistry is facing far-reaching changes

The market for chemistry in building and construction is currently more than ever facing changes. In addition to the well-known issues such as the increased demand for high-performance building materials (e.g. high-performance insulating materials) or the increased demands on ecology and recycling, which influence product development and sales, the sector is facing far-reaching changes in competition. The sale of BASF's building chemistry division or the acquisition of Parex by Sika are just two examples.

At the same time, the importance of building chemistry has increased significantly in recent years and affects almost all product areas and building types equally through its use in insulating materials, concrete construction, mortar products, sealants and adhesives.

In order to take a closer look at current developments in the field of building chemicals, B+L has updated its Europe-wide forecasts and is currently conducting specific investigations in the segments waterproofing / sealants / adhesives, mortar products and concrete construction / cement industry.

 

You can find more information on the ongoing studies at https://www.bl2020.com/UK/shop/chemistry

 

Czech Republic: Decline in dwelling permits continues in Q1 2019

After dwelling permits declined by -3,8 % in 2018, the negative development continues in the Czech Republic: In January 2019 the dwelling permits were slightly above 2.150 unit. This is a decline of -3,8 % compared to January 2018. For 2019, B+L expects dwelling permits to decrease by -2,3 % compared to 2018.

Germany: Dwelling Permits increasd by 0,9 % in 2018

In December 2018, 28.830 dwellings were permitted in Germany. Compared to the year before (December 2017), the number of dwellings has decreased by -4,3%. As for the year 2018 in total, building permits in residential building increased by 0,9 % compared to the previous year. Thereby, multi-family housing developed much better than single-family housing. While building permits were negativ in the first and in the fourth quarter of 2018 (compared to the same period in 2017), growth in 2018 was driven by an increase in permits between April and September.

USA: Dwelling Permits Lowest in 10 Months

In December 2018 the dwelling permits were exactly 95.400 units in USA. This is 19,3% over the annual average and the lowest since February 2018. If we put these numbers next to those from the last 10 years, the highest value was 134.800 units, back in June 2015 and the lowest value was 36.280 units, in January 2011. Compared to the year before, we have a slight increase of the value (+0,6%) and compared to November, the value has decreased by -5,5%. Based on this data, the B+L forecast for the current year leads to a yearly growth rate of 3,1%.

USA: Dwelling permits on the Rise Since December

In January 2019 the dwelling permits were almost 97.000 units in the USA. Looking back over the last 10 years, the highest value was 134.800 units in June 2015, while the lowest value was 36.280 units in January 2011. Compared to the year before, we have an increase of the value by 0,2% and compared to December, the value has increased by 1,6%. Based on this data, the B+L forecast for the current year leads to a yearly growth rate of 1,5%.

Croatia: Dwelling Permits up 7,5% Since November

In December 2018 the dwelling permits were slightly above 1.000 units in Croatia. In we put those numbers next to the ones from the last 10 years, the highest value can be found in December 2008 (5.119 units), while the lowest value goes back to July 2014 (412 units). Compared to the year before, the value has decreased by -20,8% and compared to November, we have an increase of the value by 7,5%. Based on this data, the B+L forecast for the current year leads to a yearly growth rate of 3,6%.

Croatia: Non-residential Building Permits Reach a 9-month High

In December 2018 the non-residential building permits were slightly above 128.000 m² in Croatia. This is 15,4% over the annual average and the highest since March 2018. In comparison to the last 10 years, the highest value was 565.184 m², back in December 2008 and the lowest value was 22.866 m², and can be found in August 2013. Compared to the year before, the value has decreased by -12,6% and compared to November, we have an increase of the value by 87,4%. Based on this data, the B+L forecast for the current year leads to a yearly decline of -16,9%.

Hungary: Non-residential Building Permits lowest in 13 Months

In December 2018 the non-residential building permits were slightly above 269.000 m² in Hungary. This is -6,5% under the annual average and the lowest since November 2017. In comparison to the last 10 years the highest value was 717.590 m² in August 2017 and the lowest value was 110.457 m² in January 2011. Compared to the year before, the value has decreased by -18,3% and compared to November, we have a decrease of the value by -28,4%. Based on this data, the B+L forecast for the this year currently leads to a yearly decline rate of -6,6%.

Canada: Dwelling permits Lowest Since February 2016

In December 2018 the dwelling permits were slightly above 12.900 units in Canada. This is -28,9% under the annual average and the lowest since February 2016. If we put this number next to those from the last 10 years, we can find the highest value at 50.309 units, in May 2018 and the lowest value at 6.323 units, back in January 2009. Compared to last year's corresponding numbers, the value has decreased by -19,4% and compared to November, the value has decreased by -41,6%. Based on this data the B+L forecast for the current year leads to a yearly growth rate of 4,5%.

Czech Republic: Dwelling Permits down -11,5% Compared to November

In December 2018 the dwelling permits were slightly above 2.140 units in the Czech Republic. This is -25,9% under the annual average and the lowest since February 2018. If we put these numbers next to those from the last 10 years, the highest value was 4.686 units, and dates back to May 2008, while the lowest value was 1.659 units, back in January 2015. In comparison to the year before the value decreased by -4,4% and compared to the last period the value decreased by -11,5%. Based on this data, the B+L forecast for the current year leads to a yearly decline rate of -4,3%.

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