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The Market Status &Development Trend of China's Construction Stone Industry

With the rapid development of national infrastructure and real estate, and the rapid rise of national income, stone has become a building material that many large builders and private owners are chasing. The demand for stone has promoted the great leap forward of the stone industry. After nearly 30 years of Development, the current my country's stone industry has gradually stabilized.

The Market Status &Development Trend of Chinas Construction Stone Industry(图1)


Global consumption of construction stone exceeded 2.5 billion tons

According to Global Info Research data, the global consumption of construction stone materials showed an overall growth trend from 2014 to 2019, with an average annual compound growth rate of 3.94%. In 2019, the global consumption of construction stone was 2.510 billion tons.


The global architectural stone market is dominated by the Asia-Pacific region

In terms of regional competition, according to Global Info Research, the global architectural stone market is dominated by the Asia-Pacific region, accounting for approximately 61% of global architectural stone consumption. North America is the second largest market in the region, accounting for 15% of global consumption.


High Market Saturation in China's Construction Stone Industry

According to the data released by the Stone Association, the output of marble slabs has been declining year by year in recent years. In 2019, the output of marble slabs from enterprises above designated size was 256 million square meters, down 3.0% year-on-year; the output of granite slabs was 480 million square meters, year-on-year A decrease of 0.8%. In the first quarter of 2020, the output was 60.89 million square meters, a decrease of 79.0% from the same period in 2019, and the rate of decline was 74.1 percentage points larger than that of the same period last year. The output of granite slabs was 65.81 million square meters, a decrease of 29.0% compared with the same period in 2019, and the decline was 19.7 percentage points larger than the same period in 2019. It is worth mentioning that the market saturation of my country's stone industry is relatively high, and most of the products are low-end products, which basically meet market demand, and some even have oversupply.

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China's Construction Stone Market Demand is Cooling Down

The demand of the stone market is closely related to the development of the real estate industry and is directly proportional to the development of the real estate industry. In the past two years, the development of the real estate industry has been affected by macro-control. Compared with the previous years, the completed area of 1 billion has declined slightly. The market size of the stone industry has also shrunk. Coupled with the impact of the epidemic, the market size of China's construction stone industry is expected to be 2020 Further reduction, from 650 million square meters in 2019 to 560 million square meters in 2020.


The import volume of stone has declined. The top ten import source countries account for more than 85% of the total import volume.


According to data released by the China Stone Materials Association, in 2010, my country’s stone imports exceeded 10 million tons for the first time, and there was a leap-forward growth with a growth rate of 51.7%; from 2010 to 2014, the output of stone increased year by year, and the output in 2015/2016 was the first The volume of about 3 million tons was reduced, and the import volume in 2017-2019 was maintained at more than 14 million tons, but it was in a downward trend. In 2019, my country imported 14.09 million tons of stone, a year-on-year decrease of 3.49%.


From the perspective of import source countries, India and Turkey are still the top two sources of imported stone in 2019. Portugal has entered the top three for the first time. Stones imported from the top 10 sources accounted for 86.7% of my country's total stone imports, and the top 20 The place of origin accounts for 93.8% of the total imported stone material in my country. Among the top 10 import sources, stone imports from Portugal, Vietnam, and Pakistan have bucked the trend and increased by 53.7%, 72.3%, and 14.7%, respectively.


The fluctuating changes in stone export volume account for the largest proportion of German exports

According to data released by the China Stone Materials Association, my country's stone export scale shrank in 2009 to a level of about 21 million tons, and then the export volume began to fluctuate and increase. In 2017, the export volume reached the maximum of 34.33 million tons in recent years. In 2019, due to changes in the statistical caliber, my country exported 9.69 million tons of stone (excluding 25,174,900), a year-on-year decrease of 9.7%; granite slabs and products accounted for 79.2% of the export share.


From the perspective of export destinations, in 2019, South Korea, Germany and the United States are the three major destinations for my country's stone exports, of which exports to Germany accounted for the highest proportion, reaching 26.4%, and Germany and the United States accounted for 6.6% and 6.4% respectively. In 2019, China’s exports to South Korea and Germany fell by 9.8% and 10.5% year-on-year, respectively. Affected by the US’s dual anti-trade measures on China’s artificial quartz stone and Sino-US trade frictions, China’s stone exports to the United States fell sharply year-on-year, with a drop of 38.8%. .


New Infrastructure Boosts the Scale Expansion of the Construction Stone Industry

As a typical mineral resource, stone is divided into marble, granite, sandstone and other categories. There are thousands of colors and varieties. Because of its scarcity, environmental protection, pure naturalness, and high quality, it has always been a large-scale public construction all over the world. Special materials for engineering, mid-to-high-end construction and home decoration . Compared with other building materials, it has less pollution and radiation and is more acceptable to consumers. At the same time, emerging products such as composite stone panels and artificial stones have also been widely recognized by the market in recent years.


In terms of revenue, the market size of China's standard stone industry has increased from CNY 813.2 billion in 2014 to CNY 1271.6 billion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of 9.4%. Affected by the epidemic factors, the market size of China's building stone industry is expected to drop by CNY 1.149 billion in 2020. Looking ahead, China's urbanization process will continue to accelerate and driven by it, coupled with the vigorous construction of a large number of infrastructure and construction projects in different regions of China, it is expected The demand for standard stone materials will further increase in the next few years, and the industry market scale will exceed CNY 1.5 trillion by 2025.

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