France Prefabricated Buildings Industry Study - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

France Prefabricated Buildings Industry is segmented by Material Type (Concrete, Glass, Metal, Timber and Other Material Types) and Application (Residential, Commercial, and Other Applications (Infrastructure and Industrial))

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.8 %

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Market Overview

The Prefabricated Building Market in France is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 5.8% during the forecast period. The anticipated significant growth in the French modular construction market is expected to boost the growth of the prefabricated buildings industry in the country.

The revenue generated by the prefabricated buildings industry has seen a constant spur during the review period. In 2016, the revenue generated has amounted to USD 5.8 billion whereas, in 2019, the revenue generated was USD 6.8 billion.

In the next few years, the growth of the prefab housing market in the country is expected to outpace the growth of the overall housing market. The penetration of prefabricated construction techniques is lower in France when compared to other European countries such as Germany and Sweden. In 2019, a new social housing development was completed in the commune of Nogent-le-Rotrou in northern France which is constructed from prefabricated timber wall components with straw insulation.

In the French prefabricated construction industry, the products made of concrete and wood have significant market shares. Precast concrete structures are observed to be significant in France when compared to other nations. The country was a pioneer in the development of heavy prefabrication systems. In addition to the Camus system, a large number of internationally successful heavy prefabrication systems were developed in France which include Coignet, Barets, Cauvet, Estiot, Tracoba, Balency (Balency et Schuhl), and Porte des Lilas.

Scope of the Report

The France Prefabricated Buildings Market covers the growing trends and projects in prefab building markets, like commercial construction, residential construction, industrial construction. The report also covers the industry along the type of material used, like concrete, timber, glass, metal, and other types. Along with the scope of the report also it analyses the key players and the competitive landscape in the France Prefabricated Buildings Market. The impact of COVID’19 has also been incorporated and considered during the study.

Material Type
Other Material Types
Other Applications ( Industrial, Institutional, and Infrastructure)

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Key Market Trends

Slowdown in the Construction Industry to affect the Prefab Market

In the overall construction industry, the French residential construction sector is witnessing slowdown with declines in new housing permits. The slowdown can be attributed to a weaker economic environment and lower household purchasing power (impacted by rising real estate and energy prices, and an increase in the CSG social charge tax). 

Public expenditure on new housing decreased in 2018. The scope of beneficiaries to tax exemptions (for both first-time buyers and investors) has been significantly reduced and investment in social housing has declined. The production in non-housing construction is expected to witness some growth driven by office buildings, mainly in the Paris area. However, the demand from the retail segment of commercial construction is expected to decline as a result of e-commerce. 

The value of prefabricated buildings imported whether completed, assembled, or not, into France has seen an inclining trend till 2018 from 2016 during the study period driven by national initiatives. In 2016, the value is amounted to around USD 277 million and has grown multifold to a value of USD 325 million in the year 2018, a growth of 17.3%.

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Timber/ Wood Holds Largest Share in the Prefab Buildings Market

Timber holds the largest share in the market driven by the increase in the off-site construction activity. Timber is a widely used material in the France prefab market. Spurred by concerns over climate change and the negative impacts of concrete manufacturing, architects and developers in France are increasingly turning to wood for their office towers and apartment complexes. 

Wood construction has been propelled forward by the growing availability of cross-laminated timber (CLT). These enormous prefabricated panels made from several layers of wood glued perpendicular to one another and measuring up to 20 inches in thickness are strong enough to hold up bigger buildings and arrive on site ready to be assembled like Jenga pieces. 

The city of Bordeaux in southwestern France has pledged to build 270,000 square feet of wooden spaces per year for the next 15 years. One of the projects leading the way is the Hypérion tower, an 18-story residential building with CLT floors and walls. It aims to be one of the tallest timber structures in the world when completed in 2020. The precast concrete products face competition from products made from other materials. For instance, in the rail sleepers’ market, which is a key end-user of precast concrete, the precast concrete rail sleepers compete to a certain degree with rail sleepers made of wood, steel and plastic. 

In France, wooden rail sleepers currently account for 15% of the total rail sleepers in terms of volume (mainly due to the fact that, by law, 250,000 rail sleepers per year must be made of wood due to an agreement with the timber industry), while precast concrete occupies 100% of the remaining market for rail sleepers. In France, timber construction is witnessing a significant growth. 

Traditionally, it accounted for lesser than all apartment buildings, and has been used mainly for buildings up to four storeys high. Now, there are an increasing number of projects underway for buildings with between 7 and 16 storeys that use timber either for the shell of the building or its structure.

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Competitive Landscape

The report covers the major players operating in the France Prefabricated Buildings Industry. The market is highly competitive with none of the players occupying the major share. The market is expected to grow during the forecast period due to the increase in the prefab construction building investments and up-coming major projects in the country and other few factors are driving the market. Some of the major players in the modular construction include Marc, cougnaud construction, Bodard construction. Prefabricated building systems and construction hold high potential to improve the efficiency and performance of the France construction industry in a more sustainable sense.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Insights on Supply Chain/Value Chain Analysis of the Prefabricated Buildings Industry

    4. 4.4 Brief on Different Structures Used in the Prefabricated Buildings Industry

    5. 4.5 Cost Structure Analysis of the Prefabricated Buildings Industry

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID 19


    1. 5.1 Drivers

    2. 5.2 Restraints

    3. 5.3 Opportunitites

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers / Buyers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 Material Type

      1. 6.1.1 Concrete

      2. 6.1.2 Glass

      3. 6.1.3 Metal

      4. 6.1.4 Timber

      5. 6.1.5 Other Material Types

    2. 6.2 Application

      1. 6.2.1 Residential

      2. 6.2.2 Commercial

      3. 6.2.3 Other Applications ( Industrial, Institutional, and Infrastructure)


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 ENTREPRISE MARC SA

      2. 7.2.2 TRIANGLE ENERGIE


      4. 7.2.4 MtechBuild

      5. 7.2.5 ALGECO FRANCE

      6. 7.2.6 Delta Mod

      7. 7.2.7 Martin Calais

      8. 7.2.8 Bodard

      9. 7.2.9 Cougnaud Construction

      10. 7.2.10 MACORETZ

      11. 7.2.11 BERTHOLD SA

      12. 7.2.12 LEGOUPIL INDUSTRIE *

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 Marcroeconomic Indicators (GDP breakdown by sector, Contribution of construction to economy, etc.)

    2. 9.2 Key Production , Consumption,Exports & import statistics of construction Materials

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Frequently Asked Questions

The France Prefabricated Buildings Industry market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The France Prefabricated Buildings Industry is growing at a CAGR of 5.8% over the next 5 years.

ENTREPRISE MARC SA, TRIANGLE ENERGIE, Cougnaud Construction, Delta Mod, BONHOMME BATIMENTS INDUSTRIELS are the major companies operating in France Prefabricated Buildings Industry.

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