Concrete and construction – an engine for growth
Construction drives economic growth, innovation & jobs. It is the largest single economic activity and the greatest industrial employer in Europe with some 20 million jobs. The concrete industry as a whole employs some 550,000 people in the EU and generates approximately €65,000 added value per employed capita per annum. There are approximately 4,000 people directly employed in the Irish concrete industry.
Aggregates and concrete is a local business, employing local people. Money and investment in aggregates, concrete and the concrete industry is pumped back into the local economy.
In addition, the three key components that go into making concrete – aggregates, cement, and water – are also sourced locally. In Ireland ready-mixed concrete is transported approximately 20km to 30km from the production site. Therefore the sector is vitally important for the strengthening of local economies and delivering a stable, continuous source of jobs and economic activity – local Irish products for the local Irish market.