Statistics NZ’s quarterly calculation of ready-mixed concrete production shows a small slowdown nationally over the last 12 months and a bigger slowdown in Auckland.
The concrete statistics are an indicator of construction activity.
There’s been a switch from concrete to steel framing for some major construction, including the Commercial Bay downtown project being undertaken by Precinct Properties NZ Ltd, but readymix’s main role is in domestic & smaller commercial construction.
Statistics NZ produces metropolitan area & regional statistics for concrete use in Auckland, and the metropolitan area shows a bigger decline.
For the 4 quarters to March 2018 compared to the previous 12 months, readymix production nationally fell 0.32% to 4070m³ (4084m³). For the Auckland region, production was down 4.8% to 1428m³ (1488m³) and, for the metropolitan area, it was down 6.3% to 990m³ (1057m³).
Comparing just the 2 March quarters, the falls were 4.99% nationally to 913m³ (961m³), 8.35% for the region to 318m³ (347m³), and 7.4% for the metropolitan area to 225m³ (243m³).
Auckland’s share of national readymix production also fell for the year, to 35.1% (36.4%) for the region and to 24.3% (25.9%) for the metropolitan area.
National production rose in the June & September quarters last year, but Auckland regional & metropolitan production fell in all 4 quarters compared to a year earlier.
Attribution: Statistics NZ.