Readymix concrete production was over 1 million m³ again in the June quarter, after the customary March quarter dip.
Statistics NZ’s production graph shows readymix fell just short of 1 million m³ in the June 2007 quarter, at the start of the global financial crisis, hit a low point in the first quarter of 2009 and stayed there for the next 3 years.
Production rose steadily until it passed 1 million m³ in the December 2015 quarter, then dived sharply in the March 2016 quarter. It fell again in the March 2017 quarter, but less dramatically.
Production in the June 2017 quarter was 1.03 million cubic metres, down 2 percent from the June 2016 quarter (when it was at a record 1.05 million cubic metres).
“Ready-mix concrete production has been running above 1 million cubic metres per quarter for over a year, except in March quarters,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said. “This June quarter, enough concrete was produced to build almost 69 Sky Towers.”
The Auckland region accounted for over one-third of the total – 377,000m³ of the total 1.03 million m³ in the June quarter. Both the national & Auckland production totals fell 2% below the June 2016 level.
In Canterbury, the 176,000m³ of readymix was down 17% from the June 2016 level.
Production nationally was 4.07 million m³ in the June 2017 quarter, up from a low of 2.64 million m³ in the December 2011 year.
Attribution: Statistics NZ release.