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Current trends for the European Aggregates Sector


Each year, UEPG gathers and collates best available aggregates production data from all over Europe. The data for 2016 for 39 countries is presented on page 12, together with the sub-totals for the EU28 plus EFTA countries as well as for the EU28 countries only. While UEPG data quality improves year-on-year, it is still based for some smaller countries on best estimates; overall it is believed to be the most authoritative data available for the aggregates industry.

In 2016, the production of aggregates in the EU28 plus EFTA countries was 2.73 billion tonnes (bnt).  This indicates an increase of 2.6% in 2016 compared to 2015, continuing the very modest growth trend since the post-crisis trough of 2013.

In 2016 the number of EU+EFTA companies rose slightly to 15,500. The number of extraction sites in EU+EFTA in 2016 decreased slightly to 26,400. These figures indicate an average of only 1.7 sites per company, illustrating the predominance of SMEs in the industry. The total EU+EFTA numbers employed (calculated as employees plus contractors) in 2016 was just over 220,000.