Industry Optimistic About Growth in 2014

The construction industry is more optimistic about revenue growth in 2013/14 than in 2012, according to new research by Timetric. Increased investments in IT infrastructure, public and private-sector construction projects, and growing demand for sustainable construction are likely to be key growth drivers.

Growing optimism among a number of surveyed executives in the global construction industry suggests that 2014 will be a better year for construction than 2012. According to a new forecast report from Timetric, the optimism is supported by a growing number of projects in the pipeline worldwide. Within the global construction industry, 53% of survey respondents are ‘more optimistic’ about revenue growth expectations over the next 12 months as compared to the previous 12 months. 24% of the respondents are ‘less optimistic’, while 22% expect ‘no change’ in revenue growth.

Executives from the global construction industry also expect to see increased levels of consolidation, with 50% of the respondents anticipating an increase in mergers and acquisition activity in 2014. Slow recovery in the global economy and weak market conditions, a growing desire for large construction companies to increase their global presence, and increased pressure of rising costs on small and medium-sized construction companies are considered the key drivers for mergers and acquisitions.

The forecast report identifies India, Brazil, the UAE, China and Saudi Arabia as promising emerging markets for 2014. India particularly has been identified as a key emerging market in the global construction industry. The US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and the UK were also identified as primary growth markets.

Timetric’s report: ‘The Global Construction Industry 2013–2014: Market Trends, Buyer Spend and Procurement Strategies in the Global Construction Industry’ was published on the 14th May 2013. The research source in this report is based on the surveyed opinions and expectations of senior industry professionals. Timetric conducted an extensive online survey in March–April 2013, which was taken by 126 senior global industry executives worldwide; the respondents include C-level executives, directors, and managers. It analyses the global construction industry’s outlook, and explores how business opportunities and demands are expected to change in 2013–2014.