Sales grew by 9% in Q1 2021 (+7% compared to 2019). Italian sales were up 19%, exports 7.3%. Business leaders are concerned about sharp rises in the costs of energy, finished product packaging and sea freight to the USA.
The sanitaryware, tableware and refractory sectors experienced a sharp decline in both production volumes and turnover in 2020. The brick and roof tile sector proved more resilient.
In 2020 total ceramic tile sales in the USA were down 3.5% to 263.6 million sq.m. While domestically produced tile continued to grow, imports were the most damaged, decreasing by 5.3% to 183 million sq.m
After years of decline, the use of clay brick as an exterior wall material for single-family homes is seeing a comeback in the United States and is gaining popularity amongst both builders and homebuyers.
Construction spending grew by 4,7% in 2020. Total new home starts tot up 1.38 million homes (+7%), the highest annual level since 2006
According to the latest Euroconstruct forecast, the construction volume in Europe is estimated to have slumped by 7.8% in 2020, but should grow by 4.1% this year, as well as by 3.4% and 2.4% in 2022 and 2023.
2020 closes for the Italian tile industry with sales down 3.9% to 391 million sqm. Exports held up, scoring -2%. Production collapses.
Preliminary estimates point to 2020 sales of between -1% and +2% of the 2019 figure thanks to exports to the USA, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Turnover totalled €1,256 million (down 5.3% on 2019), of which 70.5% was generated by exports (-5.9%). The Spanish market recovered more quickly, closing 2020 at -3.7%.
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Acimac Research Dept. / MECS updates the yearly analysis of the world ceramic sanitaryware imports/exports flows. In 2019 sanitaryware exports continued to rise with 4.6% growth on 2018, but with a different trend in the various geographical areas of production.
In the first nine months of 2020 US tile consumption dropped 11.6%, US production lost just 1.5% while imports fell by 15,8%