Construction expenditures in China are expected to rise 8.5 percent per annum in real terms through 2017. Ongoing urbanization and industrialization, rising income levels, further population and household growth, and the government’s continuing efforts to expand and upgrade physical infrastructure in the country will support healthy growth in construction spending. However, growth will moderate notably from the 16 percent annual gains during the 2007-2012 period, when gross fixed capital formation was boosted by the government’s stimulus program to counter the global financial crisis in 2009. This program ended in 2011, and increases in construction spending along with fixed investment will see a significant slowdown. These and other trends are presented in Construction Outlook in China, a new study from the Beijing office of The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

Construction expenditures in China are nearly equally split among residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, and nonbuilding structures. Each of these segments accounted for around one-third of the total construction market in 2012. Nonbuilding construction will see the fastest growth, advancing 9.2 percent annually in real terms through 2017. Increases will benefit from state-led efforts to expand and upgrade the country’s transportation infrastructure. Utilities construction will also contribute to nonbuilding construction spending gains, particularly in fast growing urban areas, as the government continues to expand and improve access to such infrastructure as water supply, sewage treatment, rubbish disposal, and gas distribution. Further efforts to increase the country’s power generation capacity and improve electricity transmission networks will also drive spending on nonbuilding construction in China through the forecast period.

Inflation-adjusted nonresidential building construction expenditures are forecast to rise 8.4 percent per year through 2017. Growth will be led by strong gains in industrial building construction. The manufacturing sector in China will continue to expand quickly, benefiting from robust increases in consumer spending for manufactured goods, accommodative government policies, and foreign direct investment. Spending on residential buildings is projected to grow at an annual pace of 8.0 percent in real terms through 2017. Market gains will be primarily driven by continuing population migration from rural to urban areas and supported by rising personal income levels.

                                                                                                                                               

CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES IN CHINA

(billion 2011 yuan)

 

% Annual Growth

Item     

2007

2012

2017

2007-

2012

2012-

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Expenditures

6356

13330

20050

16.0

8.5

Residential Building

2176

4450

6530

15.4

8.0

Nonresidential Building

2256

4680

6990

15.7

8.4

Nonbuilding

1924

4200

6530

16.9

9.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © 2013 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.

Construction Outlook in China (published 07/2013, 235 pages) is available for $5300 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH  44143-2326.  For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Information may also be obtained through www.freedoniagroup.com.

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