Shipments of prefabricated housing are expected to increase more than 2 percent annually to 570,000 units through 2005, reported another study by the Freedonia Group. The value of prefabricated housing shipments will rise to $20.9 billion through the same period, it concluded.
U.S. gypsum and prefabricated housing shipments predicted to grow
Demand for gypsum products is expected to advance 1.8 percent per year through 2005 to 45.1 million metric tons, according to a study conducted by the Freedonia Group. At the same time, the study continued, product value will fall slightly to $3.8 billion, in part the result of a retreat in gypsum board prices from their elevated 2000 levels. A projected decline in housing starts in the United States will trigger a deceleration of growth in North American demand for gypsum board, the study said.
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