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.
Marcheluzzo Impianti is continuing its positive growth in Russia and neighbouring countries.
During 2015, Ceric is due to commission 5 new brick plants in Algeria with a total capacity of 780,000 tons of clay bricks a year.
Fernando Cuogo, managing director of the company, told us about the 2.5 million euro investment, unique in the heavy clay sector in Italy, which demonstrates the parent company's commitment to strengthening its presence in Italy.
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.
The company has received a number of major orders from leading international plant manufacturers for equipment to be supplied to brick manufacturers in Algeria and Kurdistan.
From 14 to 17 April, Sacmi's Heavy Clay division took part in Mosbuild 2015 in Moscow, where it presented its range of integrated turnkey plant.