ACIMAC research Dept/MECS anticipates to Ceramic World Review the key figures of the 9th edition of the annual report “World production and consumption of ceramic tiles”.
Revenues in the second quarter of 2021 totalled 417 million euros, 11.5% higher than in the first quarter of the year. The excessive increase in costs is a cause for concern.
Construction volume in the Euroconstruct area will grow by 3.8% in 2021, following a slump of 5.1% in 2020.
The Italian ceramic and brick machinery industry reported a 54% increase in turnover in the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2020 and a 12.8% increase over the same period in 2019.
The first 4 months of 2021 marked a strong recovery in Brazilian tile exports, which grew by 45% in value and by 48% in volume compared to January-April 2020.
Chairman Joaquín Font de Mora believes that the competitiveness of the Spanish ceramic glaze and colour industry may be impacted by rising costs. Progress on projects aimed at decarbonising the sector
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.