The quandary within our market continues.  Building material manufactures have witnessed margins being further squeezed, with the added uncertainty around where the construction market is heading.  Raw materials, fuel and energy costs are raising above inflation, with little sign of easing.

It is therefore buoying to read the latest Construction Product Associations set of reports about quarter one performance for this fiscal year.  

65% of heavyside firms have reported in increase in their order books in Q1, with 38% of lightside manufacturers seeing higher sales than this time last year.  If you require further motivation, some 68% of heavyside manufacturers expect a further raise in Q2 (47% lightside).

Come on building materials lets unite and takeover!