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New Zealand’s construction industry to continue to expand

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According to Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre (CIC), New Zealand’s construction industry will continue to expand in real terms over the forecast period (2016 – 2020), with investment in infrastructure construction and housing projects to drive growth.

In real terms, the industry’s output value rose at a CAGR of 6.60% during the review period (2011–2015). Timetric’s CIC forecasts the growth to slow down to 6.07% over the next five years, to increase from US$32.8 billion in 2015 to US$44.0 billion in 2020. It will be driven by government and private sector investments to modernise the country’s transport infrastructure and renewable energy sector. Population growth is also expected to create fresh demand for residential construction.

Residential construction is predicted to remain the largest market in the industry, to account for 36.1% of the industry’s total value in 2020. An expanding middle-class population and rising disposable income will be supporting it. Various affordable housing projects will also aid the market to grow over the forecast period. Timetric consequently expects the market output to record a CAGR of 7.52% in nominal terms, to value US$15.2 billion in 2020.

The second largest market in the construction industry during the review period was infrastructure construction, which accounted for 22.7% of its total value in 2015. The market will maintain its position over the forecast period, driven by government plans to develop the country’s infrastructure through public-private partnerships. A rise in international arrivals has led to government plans to expand airport capacities by 2020, thereby driving growth in the infrastructure construction market. The market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 9.61% in nominal terms, to value US$10.3 billion in 2020.

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