Background

Despite some weakening in the aggregates market in 2017, almost 185 million tonnes of primary aggregates, including both land-won and marine-dredged material, were produced in Great Britain in the year. With the market relatively flat, improvement in demand will not filter through until towards the very end of the decade but will strengthen into the early part of the next. BDS publishes a number of reports on the aggregate industry that are not available from any other source. Many of these have been published since the company was formed in 1989. Further information is available at the links to the right:

Quarry outputs

By company and location, showing production shares on a local, regional and national basis

Quarry reserves

As for outputs, but including estimated reserves in tonnes and years, with recent planning history. This was most recently updated in May 2017

Planned mineral developments

A monthly report monitors planning applications and consents for new and extension to existing mineral sites

Aggregates market survey

A new industry survey was published in Summer 2018

Other reports

These cover packed products and recycled aggregates

Client surveys

Client surveys completed over the last six months have included:

Justifying the planning need at a proposed new aggregates site

Assessing the market, competitors and prices at an aggregates site

Trends in aggregates volumes with a forecast

Identification of possible acquisition targets

British Aggregates Association Mineral Products Association