UK-based Breedon Group says that it is seeking a ‘beachhead’ acquisition from which to build its own building materials business in the Eastern US. CEO Rob Wood said that the top 10 US building materials companies control 40% of the market there, compared to 75% of the UK market being controlled by five leading companies. The Times newspaper has reported that Breedon Group is due to join the UK’s FTSE 250 share index in September 2023. The producer noted the slow progress of proposed reforms to UK building standards, which it says would enable it to reduce its non-fuel CO2 emissions by 25%. It also said that the government may fail to co-adopt EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) measures, leaving the UK market more open for third-party exporters of cement and other heavy materials.
Wood said “The North American market has big growth opportunities, backed by the certainty of infrastructure investment.”