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Fastest growing solution for outdoor living benefits from the crisis

Bioclimatic pergolas have been steadily growing in the last 3 years and they reached a new high in 2020 with around 40.000 elements sold in the main seven European markets. “As families were forced to spend more time at home because of travel restrictions demand for outdoor living increased and bioclimatic pergolas grew even more than in 2019” explains  Dr. Armandi, the author of the study. In the next three years, the market will continue to grow at an average yearly rate of ca. 10% and will add more than 10.000 new units. Extra demand will in part covered by new players, but especially in the premium segment brand recognition will help established leaders top defend their position.

German market will recover the lost ground

Growth is manifesting in all countries as the product is relatively new whereas growth is a little bit lower in more mature markets, like France and Benelux. In aggregate, for all 7 countries under consideration, revenues have reached 280 million euros in 2020. The French market counts for more than one third of all bioclimatic pergolas sold in 2020, followed by Italy and Benelux. As a late-comer, the German market is expected to overperform in the next three years and will reach 11,1% market shares in 2023.

More players, lower prices, but still premium pergolas will keep growing

Average price have declined on average by -0,1% in 2020. Interconnection predicts a more moderate growth of average prices in the next 3 years as more players are entering into the market and as pergolas in the economy segment will take shares away from the medium segment. However, premium, high-quality solutions which now counts for 38% of the market will keep growing strongly especially in Benelux and the rising German market.

Pergolas with ZIP-Screens as side protection gaining popularity

Stand-alone pergolas constitute slightly more than 55% of the whole market, while those with a side protection element are expanding strongly, Among the different types of side protection, Zip-Screens are the most popular: two out of three bioclimatic pergolas are sold with at least one ZIP-Screens and this proportion is even higher in the premium segment . The three main competitors in Europe are Brustor, Pratic and Renson .

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Prefabricated House Market Grows Despite Crisis

Contrary to expectations, the crisis caused by the pandemic in 2020 had no negative impact on the prefabricated house market in Germany. A total of 23,006 housing units were built in Germany last year using industrial prefabricated construction methods, 4.9% more than in the year before. Forecasts for the next few years are also looking positive, as shown in a new study by Interconnection Consulting.

The growing importance of moving from the city to the countryside is having a positive effect on the development of the prefabricated house market. The prefabricated house segment is growing more dynamically than the general new construction of detached and semi-detached houses. The prefabricated house rate, which has been growing steadily for years, rose from 20.8% to 21.5% last year. “The Corona crisis did not hinder market development in 2020,” says Daniel Kollar. Above all, the significantly higher market security, the prices already fixed at the beginning of the project, the fixed deadline and the minimised risk of delays ensure large growth rates in the prefabricated construction sector. The east of the republic shows the strongest growth dynamics.

Turnkey Will Soon Overtake Floor Covering Solutions

Although most houses are still sold as floor covered buildings (market share 39.1%), there is a clear trend towards turnkey projects. As early as 2022, turnkey houses will represent the largest market segment, the Interconnection study predicts. In the long term, the segment of shell-finished houses will grow the least, although there are still manufacturers who cater exclusively to this segment, such as Massa or ProHaus. In terms of construction type, timber frame construction continues to gain in importance. This is explained by the increasing focus on the sustainability factor. “Sustainable building is becoming more and more important for builders and wood supports this trend as a renewable raw material” says Kollar.

Room For Competition

The German prefabricated house market is growing so strongly that competition is not so much between individual manufacturers, but rather with other construction methods. Deutsche Fertighaus Holding as a group of Okal, Massa and Allkauf continues to dominate the market and was able to further increase its market share in terms of volume in 2020 with stable growth. Overall, the market concentration of the top ten companies last year was 42.4%, a little below last year’s figure.

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