Russian construction output fell by 7% year-on-year in 2015. Ceramic tile production went against this trend, growing by 2.2%.
According to the report of the 80th Euroconstruct conference, total construction output in 19 member states set a positive trend, with growth of 1.6% compared with the previous year.
In 2015 U.S. ceramic tile consumption grew by 10% on 2014 to reach 2.74 billion sq.ft. (254.6 million sq.m), bringing consumption back to its highest level since 2006. Imports growth was +9,8%.
The grave security situation in Libya is hindering the launch of projects and investment strategies, which are essential in a country that needs to build or rebuild much of its building stock and infrastructure in virtually every sector.
Algeria is enjoying a period of relative stability. According to World Bank estimates, real GDP grew by 3% in 2014 compared to 2.8% in 2013, while further 3.3% growth is expected this year followed by 3.5% per year in 2016-2017.
In spite of a relatively peaceful period of transition following the Arab Spring, Tunisia's economic growth has slowed considerably. Compared to an average annual GDP growth of 5% in the pre-revolution period, 2014 closed with a (nonetheless quite respectable) +2.7%.
In 2014 the country saw a recovery in private consumption (+4.9% in the third quarter of 2014) and in public spending (+8.8%), as well as fresh growth in exports (+15%), while GDP marked up 6.8% growth in the third quarter compared to the 2.1% average for 2013.
According to an ITA (Italian Trade Agency) report published in November, the Moroccan construction industry has generated a turnover of more than 500 million euros and an added value of 3.2 billion euros over the last five years, corresponding to average annual growth of 5%. Following a small contraction in 2013, the industry closed 2014 with positive figures.
The economies of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) are estimated to grow 2,5% in 2015, following the 1.2% increase of 2014.
While 2015 is expected to remain in negative territory (-0.8%), due to the continued effects of political uncertainty and lack of investment, 2016 should mark a return to positive growth (+2.4).
The President of the European tile and brick manufacturers' federation told us how is the sector confronting the crisis and what opportunities are there for the future.
Bolstered by the improving construction and housing markets, the U.S. economy and ceramic tile industry continued to expand in 2013