- Written by David Hayes, special correspondent
Japan's gypsum board industry has faced challenging market conditions during the past two years with the global economic crisis slowing investment in the domestic property market and causing a downturn in demand for construction materials including plasterboard. Global Gypsum Magazine's special correspondent has been to visit Yoshino in Tokyo, and brings back this exclusive report on trends in Japan's gypsum industry.
Demand for gypsum board is expected to grow as Japan's economy recovers and investment in residential and commercial property begins to rise again. For the country's plasterboard manufacturers, the task ahead is to ensure high production efficiency in their production plants and to continue marketing efforts to increase the proportion of gypsum board used in property construction.
"The gypsum board market peaked here at 605.2 million square metres in 2006 but since the recent recession the market has declined," commented Yoshino Gypsum Co Ltd technical department manager, Kazuyuki Umehara, "Japan's economic situation is down now and there is little demand for construction projects. There are only a few new buildings. Housing project starts during the past four years have been declining. Japan's ageing society is a problem but mainly it is due to the economic conditions."