Drywall, plaster sales to rise worldwide
Global sales of drywall are expected to grow 8.6% annually through 2016, a massive improvement over the 2006-2011 pace, according to a report issued by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. Following severe decreases in sales during 2008-2001, drywall demand is expected to rebound sharply in North America and Western Europe. The East European market will also improve.
While advances in the Africa/Mideast region, Asia/Pacific region, and Central and South America are projected to decelerate slightly through 2016, each of these regions is still expected to record impressive growth, according to the forecasts contained in “World Drywall & Building Plaster.”
Nearly 70% of additional drywall demand generated between 2011 and 2016 will be attributable to China and the U.S., Freedonia forecasted. Sales of drywall and plaster products in the U.S. are projected to grow over 12% per year during this period. After declining sharply between 2006 and 2011, the amount of new residential floor space in the country is expected to increase at a double-digit pace. Rapid nonresidential building construction spending gains are also expected to stimulate growth in the U.S. market. In China, demand for drywall is forecast to grow nearly 12% per year through 2016.
Increasing demand for urban housing will drive residential building construction spending and related drywall sales between 2011 and 2016 in numerous industrializing countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Thailand, and Turkey. Going forward, local construction firms will increase their use of modern building materials (such as drywall) at the expense of other products (such as building plaster).
The drywall market in Western Europe is forecast to expand 3.6% per year, a considerable improvement over the 2006-2011 pace. Spain is expected to register the fastest growth during this period, as new residential construction activity begins to recover, even though inflation-adjusted spending in 2016 will be well below the 2006 level. Among the other major markets that are expected to perform well are Italy, France, and the UK. Drywall demand in Western Europe will rise primarily because of increases in new residential construction from a depressed 2011 level.
It chops trees and mounts on ATVs
Vergennes, Vt.-based DR Power Equipment unveiled the DR TreeChopper, a new ATV-mounted tree-cutting tool designed to deal with the growing problem of invasive trees.
The DR TreeChopper is a professional solution to invasive trees that fits within a homeowner’s budget. Made of durable, professional-grade steel, the TreeChopper mounts securely to the front of most ATVs and cuts trees up to 4 ins. thick in seconds. Unlike skid-steer mounted tree shears, the TreeChopper requires no external power source or stopping and waiting for hydraulic jaws to open and close around the tree. The TreeChopper can cut hundreds of trees per hour.
Invasive trees are a major concern for farmers, ranchers and land management organizations across the country. It’s estimated that in the Midwest alone, more than 500,000 acres of pasture are lost to forest encroachment each year. And some tree species such as juniper and spruce often spread over natural firebreak areas (meadows, pastures) and can fuel dangerous wildfires.
AHMA members polled on Russia, stimulus
An American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) survey found mixed feelings on international trade and economic policy.
The August AHMA Confidence Index survey asked the following questions of AHMA members:
“Russia has recently been accepted as a member of the World Trade Organization. Do you feel this will help U.S. manufacturers export more products to Russia?” and “Reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere say the Federal Reserve is considering new actions to boost the economy. Do you think more economic stimulus is needed?”
To the first question, on trade with Russia, 22% responded “Yes,” 44% responded “Not Sure,” and 33% responded “No.”
On the need for more economic stimulus, 31% responded “Yes,” 12% responded “Not Sure,” and 58% responded “No.”