THE MARKET for concrete repair specialists eroded by £30 million last year, according to the latest industry survey.
The Concrete Repair Association report shows the contract sales value for the sector fell by 15 per cent during 2003 on the previous year's figures.
In 2002 the value of the market stood at around £230 million but a squeeze last year saw that fall to £200 million, says the CRA survey.
But it also revealed that some members were bullish over the volume of work anticipated in 2004. Over 40 per cent expected the number of concrete repair contracts to increase alongside a rise in the value of the work.
The survey also revealed that product manufacturer members' sales of flowable repair mortars rose, but this was at the expense of hand-applied and sprayed mortars and anticarbonation coatings.