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Katarina Gajdova has been working for Interconnection Consulting since 2017. She specializes in international business strategies, international marketing, as well as the development tendencies of the specific international goods markets. She is responsible for the preparation of studies and market forecasting models within the construction industry. She studied International Trade Management and International Business.

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Containers Becoming Even More Popular as Makeshift Quarters

The market for container and modular building systems in five European countries (Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Poland) rose 5.0% (in value) in 2017, reaching a total market volume of nearly EUR 2.1 billion. According to a new study by Interconnection Consulting, the sector can expect significant growth in the coming years as well.

Containers are in. Even the Austrian parliament will now be meeting in container systems for the next three years while the country’s time-honored parliament building undergoes renovation. The complex, measuring roughly 10,000 square meters of floor space, will hold approximately 450 employees. And after it is dismantled, the innovative modular construction system is expected to be employed elsewhere as schools, kindergartens, and single-family homes. Interconnection projects an average annual growth rate of 3.6% to 2020 for container systems in the five countries studied. Sales volume is thereby expected to increase to 5.7 million square meters. Container systems will increase their annual sales by 3.4% through the 2020 planning horizon. Modular building systems are expected to increase their sales by as much as 4.2% annually, though sinking prices will cause sales volume to rise more (+4.9% annually) than revenue. For rented room systems, the projected annual sales gains is 4.7%.

Office Containers A Sure Sale

Container systems reached a sales volume of 1.24 million square meters in 2017. Office containers constituted the largest client segment in both in sales volume (36.7%) and sales revenue (36.8%). Office containers can be used for office complexes, start-up offices, administration buildings, lounges, cafeterias, branch offices, building add-ons, advertising containers, construction site offices, in-factory offices, etc. Storage and material containers are the second-largest client segment, with a market share of 25.5%. Modular systems, which can employ partitioning walls etc., reached a sales volume of 0.73 million square meters. The largest client segment in this area is residential concepts, with a share of 29.2%. Rented room systems grew last year to a volume of 3.22 million square meters. In this area as well, office space is the clear market leader with a share of 38.0%.

Rentals Trendy

The share of rentals in terms of volume was 68%. The market for container rentals grew 5.0% last year. “From an economic standpoint, buying makes sense if you’re going to use a system for roughly 18 months or more,” explains Katarina Gajdova, author of the study. Rental periods vary greatly at individual companies, ranging from just a few weeks to several years.

Poland the King of Growth

Poland witnessed the largest increase in the overall sector, with a gain in sales of 9.0%. The weakest development of the countries studied was in Italy, with a minimal increase in revenue of 0.4%. The strongest product group across all five countries was office containers. Interconnection expects this product group to see strongest growth in Austria (+4.2%) and Germany (+5.2%). In Poland, sanitation containers (+6.2%) are showing the strongest growth potential. In Italy, storage containers will see the largest growth (+1.6%), while in the Netherlands residential containers will (+4.1%).

Great Variation in Market Concentration

In 2016, market concentration by volume of the top 10 companies across all the markets studied was very low, at just 36.7%. In terms of the individual markets, Austria had the highest market concentration rate (83.7%), followed by Poland (82.8%). In Germany, market concentration was 44.8%, and in both Italy and the Netherlands the figure was 38.2%. Several important companies include Containex, Portakabin, StarCabin, und Touax.

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