Europe Building & Construction Sheets Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact and Forecasts (2022-2027)

Europe buildings and construction sheets market is segmented by material (bitumen, rubber, metal and polymer), by end user (residential, commercial and industrial) and by country (United Kingdom, Germany, France and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts for Europe Building & Construction Sheets Market in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

Europe buildings and construction sheets market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of approximately 4% during forecast period (2022-2027).

In comparison to the global economy, the Europe region took a worse damage in 2020 due to COVID-19 and will recover more slowly in 2022. In Europe region, real GDP is predicted to recover pre-crisis levels by mid-2022. In comparison to the first projections following the commencement of the pandemic, this represents a favourable change in the outlook. It is vital to stress, however, that restoring economic activity to pre-crisis levels will result in gradual recovery for the Europe economy.

The resuscitation of the region's construction industry, as well as the increased use of construction sheets over traditional materials, are projected to boost the market's growth in the short term. The European Central Bank's ultra-low interest rates, a growing urban population, and high immigration over the last five years have all aided the construction boom. The number of pending residential building permits has risen to above 400,000, indicating the sector's expansion.

Scope of the Report

Building & construction sheets are used for the designing of buildings which fulfil spatial, environmental and visual requirements. This report provides analysis of market insights, dynamics, technological innovations, new trends and the impact of COVID-19. Report also covers segmentation by application, function, end users and country.

Europe buildings and construction sheets market is segmented by material (bitumen, rubber, metal and polymer), by end user (residential, commercial and industrial) and by country (United Kingdom, Germany, France and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts for Europe Building & Construction Sheets Market in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

By Material
By End User
By Country
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Rise in Construction Equipment Sales

Construction was the most important end-user industry for sheets in 2021, accounting for almost 75% of the market. Sheets are utilised in flooring, walls & ceiling, windows, doors, roofing, building envelop, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing applications in the building sector because of their light weight, ease of installation, and energy-saving properties. Fences and walls are also used in both residential and commercial construction projects.

Construction equipment sales in Europe rose steadily until 2019, when they peaked. However, the business saw a significant fall in 2020 and 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic. By 2025, it is expected that sales in this industry would not rebound to their pre-COVID-19 levels. 2021 saw consistent trends across the equipment sub-sectors with all product segments recording growth in sales of between 22% and 30%. Concrete machinery saw the strongest growth, slightly above the levels seen in the other sectors. The figures surely include a statistical 'base effect' of yearly comparison, with the enormous drop of the first pandemic lockdown in 2020. However, after weathering the Covid crisis, underlying demand within the industry has remained strong and is on track to close the gap with record sales levels of 2017.

From a regional perspective, the markets that were hit hardest in 2020 – particularly the UK and Spain – saw the best performances in 2021. Southern Europe and CEE markets saw above-average growth in sales, and even the mature markets in Northern Europe saw similar levels of recovery. None of the markets saw a fall in sales in 2021, and the only market that experienced single-digit growth was the high-volume German market. The fact that it has still not reached saturation levels can be considered a positive outcome. Turkey continued its recovery from the catastrophic levels of decline seen in 2018/19 and saw the highest levels of growth across the market regions.

Providing an outlook for European construction equipment market in 2022, according to European construction equipment association CECE, the business climate index for the industry recorded its highest ever value in the July 2021 survey and maintained extremely high levels throughout the rest of the year. In the first two months of 2022, there was another small improvement both for the current business situation and future sales expectations. European manufacturers hope that supply-side bottlenecks will create less concerns for the rest of the year. CECE says the demand-side clearly remains strong, as all equipment sub-sectors were expecting business to improve in the months leading up to the summer of 2022.


Increasing Demand for sheets in the Residential Construction Industry

With a total of around 43 million dwelling units in 2020, Germany has the greatest housing stock among European countries. France, Spain, and the United Kingdom were also at the top of the list. This is unsurprising, given that the top four countries have some of Europe's largest populations. In different countries, the supply of new dwellings varies substantially. Poland and France had the most number of house completions in 2020, but Romania had the highest number of construction starts, leaving Poland and France in second and third place, respectively.

The residential sector has seen the biggest rise in investment volumes of any real estate asset class in Europe over the last investment cycle, accounting for 22% of investment activity in 2020, up from a mere 8% in 2009. Its defensive qualities led investors to increase spending in the sector during 2020, to some 18% above the five-year average. In terms of fresh capital, there is over EURO 60 billion in funds being raised with a focus on the sector – matching the amount invested in 2020 – as investors consider a range of asset types and routes to market, including the build-to-rent, build-to-sell, private rented, co-living, senior and student housing residential niches.

While the raft of new capital looking to invest in the residential sector points to greater diversity, this comes on the back of more consolidation of assets under management among the biggest residential landlords in Europe. Companies like Blackstone, AXA REIM, Union Investment, Greystar and Roundhill Capital have been busy building their portfolios. Swedish investor Heimstaden has been actively growing its presence across Europe over the last few years, and now sits firmly in second place at the top of the ‘net investor’ charts with a reported EURO 13.8 billion of assets under management. The recently proposed merger of Vonovia and Deutsche Wohnen will create a EURO 20 billion+ asset-rich investor that will be one of the most powerful players in Berlin’s property market, Germany’s biggest listed residential landlord and Europe’s largest private residential landlord.


Competitive Landscape

European buildings and construction sheets market is highly fragmented with large players catering to the international market and local players to the regional demand. Also, the availability of many product suppliers across the regions is likely to restrain the entry of new players in the industry. The major players in the market mostly offer a wide range of construction products as opposed to manufacturing only a single type of product. As a result, these companies mostly compete based on pricing and product portfolio.

Some of the key players in the European market include Saint Gobain, Lyondellbasell, James Hardie Industries plc, Paul Bauder GmbH and Euramax International.

Recent Development

October 2021: Saint-Gobain has completed its acquisition of RABONI Normandie, a multi-specialist distributor of construction materials on the dynamic residential renovation and energy efficiency market in France. This acquisition therefore allows Saint-Gobain to strengthen its positions on the distribution market in France and enhance its offer to best meet the growing needs of tradespeople and their customers.

September 2021: Saint-Gobain has completed its acquisition of the French company Panofrance, a specialist distributor of timber and panels for the construction and furnishing industries. This acquisition will allow Saint-Gobain to increase the density of its geographical footprint on the fast-growing market of timber-based building systems providing lightweight and rapid implementation solutions.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Technological Innovations in Building and Construction Sheets

    3. 4.3 Industry value chain/supply chain analysis

    4. 4.4 Impact of government regulations and initiatives in Building and Construction Sheets Industry

    5. 4.5 Impact of COVID-19 on the market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Material

      1. 6.1.1 Bitumen

      2. 6.1.2 Rubber

      3. 6.1.3 Metal

      4. 6.1.4 Polymer

    2. 6.2 By End User

      1. 6.2.1 Residential

      2. 6.2.2 Commercial

      3. 6.2.3 Industrial

    3. 6.3 By Country

      1. 6.3.1 United Kingdom

      2. 6.3.2 Germany

      3. 6.3.3 France

      4. 6.3.4 Rest of Europe


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Saint Gobain

      2. 7.2.2 Lyondellbasell

      3. 7.2.3 James Hardie Industries plc

      4. 7.2.4 Paul Bauder GmbH

      5. 7.2.5 Euramax International

      6. 7.2.6 Celotex Limited

      7. 7.2.7 Rauch Spanplattenwerk GmbH

      8. 7.2.8 Rizolin LLC

      9. 7.2.9 Icopal ApS

      10. 7.2.10 CBG Composites GmbH*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

  10. 10. DISCLAIMER

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Building & Construction Sheets Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Europe Building & Construction Sheets Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Saint Gobain, Lyondellbasell, James Hardie Industries plc, Paul Bauder GmbH, Euramax International are the major companies operating in Europe Building & Construction Sheets Market.

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