The Building Bulletin Newsletters are a monthly roundup of all the latest news in the building materials sector. Free to subscribers of International Cement Review

The Building Bulletin: April 2017 issue

Breedon "transformed" by Hope acquisition, Wolseley sees strong US market but exits the Nordics. In Australia building approvals are up 8.3 per cent. Renca launches new geopolymer cement for 3D printing.

The Building Bulletin: March 2017 issue

Martin Marietta is off to a good start to 2017 while Saint Gobain improves its pretax profit. CRH sales jump 15 per cent in 2016. Wolsely announces Swiss merger. In the UK civil engineering replaces housebuilding at the main growth driver but in the US public construction spending falls five per cent in January.

The Building Bulletin: February 2017 issue

Eagle Materials reports record 30QF17 earnings while strong Australian, US and Korean markets help drive up 2H16 profits at Boral. Japanese housing start growth hits a four-month low and Cambodia construction spend is up 156 per cent in 2016. In the UK, marine aggregate demand rose 12.9 per cent in 2015.

The Building Bulletin: January 2017 issue

Sika reports broad-based sales expansion in 2016 while the UK construction products industry reports its 15th consecutive quarter of growth. Growth is also the order of the day in the US and Ireland's construction sectors. Tasmania's introduction of new building rules sees Australian building approvals drop. Knauf acquires Mexican Plaka business.

The Building Bulletin: December 2016 issue

Breedon continues growth and acquisition path while Boral is to extend its US reach through Headwaters. The Irish construction sector is set for 20 per cent growth in 2016 while the euro area sees construction output drop in September. The global gypsum board market is forcast to hit US$54.12bn by 2022.

The Building Bulletin: November 2016 issue

Vulcan attributes lower 3Q16 sales volumes to weather while in the UK reduced construction activity has seen lower sales of mienral products. However, Saint-Gobain takes a positive look going forward while Cemex celebrates strong underlying results in 3Q16. Lagan Cement bolsters its transport operations.

The Building Bulletin: October 2016 issue

October's Building Bulletin reports on nervous housing starts in UK, USA, Canada and Japan as well as the expectation that the global aggregates demand will reach nearly 63Bnt by the end of 2024. Caterpillar announces US$1bn Africa expansion plan.

The Building Bulletin: September 2016 issue

CRH sees strong growth through cash management while 1H16 brings mixed results for Russia's LSR Group. The gypsum market has been valued at US$3.8bn in 2016 while in the EU the construction sector expanded by one per cent in 1Q16. Meanwhile, India commits over US$1bn to new road projects.

The Building Bulletin: August 2016 issue

Sika’s bold investment strategy results in record 1H16 sales, as the company opens new factories across southeast Asia. Martin Marietta reports record 2Q16 results while Saint-Gobain sees 1H16 turnover decline and Tarmac expands in the UK.

The Building Bulletin: July 2016 issue

HeidelbergCement becomes aggregates leader while LafargeHolcim and CDC launch 14Trees initiative. Myanmar construction forecast to reac US$13.5bn by 2020. June sees UK construction index record weakest performance in seven years and the MPA responds to the results of the Brexit vote. In the US gypsum sales are up but the Hungarian construction sector is set to slow.

The Building Bulletin: June 2016 issue

Canada launches inquiry into gypsum anti-dumping, Boral combines Building Products and Construction Materials & Cement divisions to form Boral Australia and Wolseley records positive growth in 3Q16. Meanwhile, UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment begin to stabilise after a fall.

The Building Bulletin: May 2016 issue

Vulcan Materials benefits from sustained demand, Chinese steel production is expected to decline while USG records best quarter in nearly a decade. Summit Materials continues its acquisition trend and Wienerberger aims for 9.5 per cent growth in 2016.

The Building Bulletin: April 2016 issue

Wolseley delivers a ‘resilient’ trading performance, report values global construction output at US$10trn by 2020, and Sika sets new sales record.

The Building Bulletin: March 2016 issue

Wienerberger reports record revenues for 2015, MPA lodges concern over dwindling aggregates reserves and CRH calls 2015 "a year of significant growth".

The Building Bulletin: February 2016 issue

Eagle Materials third quarter revenue growth driven by record cement volumes and higher prices, USG Corp finishes 2015 on a strong note and the UK lime industry goes green.

The Building Bulletin: January 2016 issue

Our new-look Building Bulletin provides commentary on an expected rebound for UK construction activity in 2016, CRH updates on investments and acquisitions over the past year and Breedon scoops its largest-ever contract.

The Building Bulletin: December 2015 issue

US economic recovery drives CRH’s growth in the first nine months of the year, Baltic construction growth climbs into double-digits, and Saint-Gobain announces new appointments worldwide.

The Building Bulletin: November 2015 issue

Eagle Materials reports “exceptional” second quarter, Breedon Aggregates announces plans to acquire Hope Construction Materials, Summit sees steadily rising demand and Euro construction output slips.

The Building Bulletin: October 2015 issue

Wolseley reports "another year of good progress", demand for gypsum falls in the US and St-Gobain's focus shifts to Europe and Brazil.

The Building Bulletin: September 2015 issue

CRH says its on track for another year of growth, Australia and UK see construction growth, Fletcher and HeidelbergCement make divestments while Summit strengthens its construction materials base.