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%.
Roca, Kohler, Geberit and Toto lead the rankings of the world ceramic sanitaryware manufacturers by volumes of production in 2019. See who is next.
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%
The industry has finally seen a return to positive territory in Q3 2020 with turnover up 0.6% on the same period in 2019. In September sales saw strong 8.8% growth.
Mohawk Industries, SCG and Lamosa lead once again the rankings. Victoria PLC is the new entry among the big names. For most of the big groups the outlook for 2020 is not overly pessimistic, with declines below -10% and even some players anticipating growth.
Acimac Research Dept. / MECS anticipates to Ceramic World Review the key figures of the 8th edition of the annual report “World production and consumption of ceramic tiles”