Demand for aggregates projected to rise in 2022

Demand for construction materials is expected to rise in 2022.
Demand for construction materials is expected to rise in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Afrimat)

Global demand for aggregates is expected to improve in 2022 as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and adapts to new ways of doing business post lockdowns.

Statistics released by the Global Aggregates Information Network (GAIN), of which South Africa’s surface mining industry association, ASPASA, is a member, show that most countries recorded steep production losses in 2020 with a slow recovery in 2021.

Steadily rising production figures internationally also indicate a strong possibility of higher production rates this year, with an estimated global figure of 46-billion tonnes (t) expected, which will be driven mainly by China (24 014-million tonnes) and India (2 200-million tonnes).

Locally, ASPASA figures show that total aggregates output plunged by approximately 10-million tonnes in 2020 from 60-million tonnes in 2019 to 50-million. While there was a slight recovery in 2021, ASPASA predicts a rise in output in 2022 to 55-million tonnes. With significant road projects on the cards and a rebound in construction activity in general, the figures could even surpass the projected output.

ASPASA director, Nico Pienaar, says global trends usually have a direct bearing on the local market and that a rise in production across all GAIN member countries is a sure sign of recovery in 2022. “We need to maintain a positive outlook going forward and data like this serves to strengthen our resolve,” says Pienaar.

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