Tea Taruste, Äripäev

The turnover of the producers of building materials increased by 7% in nine months in comparison with the past year. Enno Rebane, the Head of the Estonian Association of Building Material Producers, said that a surprise was served by the producers of concrete elements who have turned their production into a good export article.

“This year has been relatively similar to the last one. There has been a slight shift towards improvement but, as a whole, this is the result of the rise in export,” said Rebane. The domestic market is still in a negative situation despite the very poor indicators of last year that was used as a reference.

In nine months, the sales turnover of the companies belonging to the Estonian Association of Building Material Producers has increased by 7%, i.e. to EEK 3,978 million, in comparison with the same period last year.

Fresh concrete, paving stones, thermal insulation, wall and roof materials have been sold approximately in the same amount as last year. According to Rebane, the sale of crushed stone and sand are in the worst state.

“The obligation to use crushed igneous rock instead of crushed limestone for road construction in many places imposed by the Road Administration has an increasing effect. This obligation is imposed despite the fact that the use of crushed igneous rock has become unreasonable and road structures that have been taken apart show the good state of the old crushed stone base (for example in the road sections between Loo and Maardu as well as between Liiapeksi and Loobu). Unfortunately, it seems that nobody in the government cares about jobs in the slate industry or the taxes for mining and workforce that the state receives – in the case of imported materials these are all received by foreign states,” said Rebane.

A great surprise has been served by some producers of concrete elements who have once again benefited from export. “The material that is common in the domestic market has become a good export article. Export has been helpful in the case of concrete elements. Unfortunately, there are several companies in the concrete sector that are in a very bad situation,” said Rebane.

The rise in turnover is characteristic of the sale of building foams, plastic tubes and wooden windows.

During nine months in 2010, building materials were exported in the volume of EEK 1,899 million, which is approximately EEK 400 million more than during the same period in 2009. OÜ Krimelte, a producer of building foams, has the biggest export turnover.

Besides OÜ Krimelte, more than three quarters of the sales volume of building materials is exported by AS Tartu Maja Betoontooted and producers of opening fillings AS Saku Metall, AS Metus-Est and AS Fenestra; more than half of the turnover has been exported by the producer of limestone products AS Nordkalk, the producer of wall materials AS Aeroc, the producer of plastic tubes OÜ Haka Plast, the producer of roof products OÜ Monier, the producer of concrete additives OÜ Remei Baltica, and the producers of opening fillings AS Viking Window, AS Saajos and OÜ T-Tammer.

Turnovers of companies in 9 months in 2010 (in millions of kroons)
1. Krimelte OÜ 761
2. AS Saint-Gobain Ehitustooted   231
3. AS Pipelife Eesti 222
4. AS E-Betoonelement 218
5. AS Rudus 193
6. AS Nordkalk 167
7. AS Saku Metall 157
8. AS Tartu Maja Betoontooted 117
9. AS Silikaat 101
10. AS Viking Window 100
11. AS Metus-Est 97