In 2019, U.S. ceramic tile consumption declined for the first time in a decade to 273.2 million sq.m. (-5,4% on 2018). This affected both the domestic production (83 million sq,m, -4.8%) and imports (193 million sq.m, -5.5%), with China dropping by 36.4%.
The Spanish ceramic tile industry recorded a 4% growth in turnover in 2019 to 3,740 million euros, thanks to the strong performances both on the domestic market (+8) and on the exports markets (+3%). Production fell to 503 million sq.m (-5%)
In 2019, production and sales remained stagnant at 409 million sq.m. Non-European markets saw the biggest falls, while the domestic market made a slight recovery.
Production and exports will continue to grow. The new challenge comes from the introduction of 42.9% antidumping duties on Indian tiles in the Gulf States.
From 2015 to 2018, Turkish ceramic tile exports have grown steadily to 100 million sqm, representing 30% of national production.
With the adoption of countervailing and antidumping duties on Chinese tile imports in the US, the race is on for both US tile manufacturers and all the other supplying countries to win a slice of the 64.3 million sq.m of Chinese products.
Acimac Research Dept. anticipates to Ceramic World Review the key figures of the 7th edition of the annual report “World production and consumption of ceramic tiles”.
Despite the difficulties, the Iranian ceramic tile industry is pursuing new development plans to upgrade the production mix.
Mohawk Industries (USA), SCG (Thailand) and Lamosa (Mexico) lead once again the rankings. Total 2018 tile production of the 25 largest world groups amounted to around 1.80 billion sq.m, 13,7% of world tile production.
The magazine Tile Italia has published the rankings of the largest Italian ceramic tile manufacturers updated to 31/12/2018.
Tile production dropped to 415 million sq.m (-1.6%), while the sector’s turnover fell by 3% to 5.4 billion euros. Investments in technology remained very high at more than 500 million euros.
US ceramic tile companies filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose antidumping duties on Chinese imports.