2014: a mixed year for Spanish tiles
The Spanish ceramic tile industry continued its recovery in 2014, albeit at a slower pace than in 2013 when it marked up the best growth performance of the last 6 years.
Production is estimated at around 425 million sq.m, up 1% on 2013 volumes, while total turnover rose to 2,895 million euros, an increase of 100 million euros (+3.5%).
Two figures are particularly interesting.
The first concerns exports, which make up 80% of the industry's total turnover. In 2014 the value of Spanish exports grew by 3.6% (compared to 8% in 2013) to reach 2,320 million euros, for the first time returning to and surpassing the pre-crisis level of 2007 (2,295 million euros).
The second key figure concerns the domestic market, which returned to positive territory for the first time after 6 years of steady contraction with domestic sales of 575 million euros, 3.2% up on 2013.
"In spite of the positive figures, the situation remains difficult," said Isidro Zarzoso, chairman of the Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers' association Ascer.
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