While carpet and hardwood are suffering a decrease of their market share, the US floor covering market experiences the strong advance of LVT.
US tile consumption grew just 1.2% in 2018 to about 288 million sq.m. Domestic sales of US tile dropped to 84 million sq.m, while imports rose to 205 million sq.m (+5%), mainly from China, Spain and Brazil.
New home starts in the U.S. achieved 1.26 million units in 2018, but 2019 will be flat after nine consecutive years of growth.
With this operation, the Austrian group has broadened its market footprint in the important US market and in Canada
Joseph Lundgren Consulting analyses the signs of a possible deceleration of growth of the housing market.
The US division of the Chinese group Marco Polo is investing in advanced automation for new porcelain tile products and sizes.
The US ceramic tile demand reached 283 million sq.m in 2017, the highest value since 2006, boosting both the domestic production and imports.
New home starts increased for the eighth year in a row, achieving 1.20 million units, the highest yearly level in a decade.
One year since starting up in the US, GMM USA is planning to double its warehouse capacity.
As of 2018, Villeroy & Boch will cease collaborating with TOTO and shift to direct distribution in North America. The group is planning to invest US $20 million in its Mexican factory.
The range of glazing technologies has been expanded through collaboration with Errevi Elettric, Tecnocer Italia and Automec Services.
New Inter Ser USA branch sees outstanding performance while sales in Mexico grow by 20%.