Construction expenditures in China are expected to rise 9.4 percent per year through 2015. Gains will be bolstered by a growing domestic economy, ongoing urbanization and industrialization, rebounding foreign investment funding, continuing efforts to expand and upgrade physical infrastructure, and rising income levels. 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 research firm.

The nonbuilding construction sector will advance 10.1 percent annually through 2015. Government spending initiatives are the predominant drivers of nonbuilding construction activity. Growth will benefit from state-led efforts to expand and upgrade the country’s transportation infrastructure such as highways, railways and subway systems, and airports.  Utilities construction will also contribute to nonbuilding construction spending gains, as the government continues to increase the country’s power generation capacity and improve electricity transmission networks, as well as expand and improve municipal water supply coverage and gas distribution.

Spending on residential buildings is projected to grow at an annual pace of 9.7 percent through 2015. Gains will be primarily supported by rising personal income levels and ongoing population migration from rural to urban areas. Government efforts to improve living conditions for low-income earners -- including the construction of affordable and low-rent houses in urban areas and subsidies for alterations of dilapidated farmhouses in rural areas -- will also bolster residential building construction spending.  

Nonresidential building construction expenditures are forecast to rise 8.3 percent per year through 2015. Growth will be driven by strong increases in construction spending on commercial and office applications, spurred by a growing services sector as well as rising personal income levels. However, a moderation in growth in the manufacturing sector will restrain gains, and nonresidential building construction spending will increase more slowly than both the nonbuilding and residential building segments.

The three major construction segments -- residential buildings, nonresidential buildings and nonbuilding structures -- each accounted for approximately one-third of total spending in 2010.

Construction Outlook in China (published 07/2011, 237 pages) is available for $5,400 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH  44143-2326. For further details, 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.