New home starts increased for the eighth year in a row, achieving 1.20 million units, the highest yearly level in a decade.
The Russian ceramic tile production grew to 164 million sq.m in 2017, as well as tile imports, which are estimated at about 42 million sq.m.
Russia’s construction output fell by 1.4% in 2017, while a more significant decrease was registered in the new housing construction sector with the number of new houses dropping by 4.8%.
As announced at the 84th Euroconstruct Conference in Munich on 24 November 2017, construction volume in the Euroconstruct area is expected to grow by 3.5% in 2017.
The Spanish tile production has grown by 8% in 2017 to 530 million sq.m. Total sales have reached 3,520 million euros (+7%).
Housing is one of the sectors to receive funding along with educational and healthcare buildings.
The country is seeing a growing number of sustainable projects and applications for LEED certification.
Acimac Research Dept. updates the yearly analysis of the world ceramic sanitaryware import/export flows. In 2016 they fell to 2.8 million tonnes (-1.4%), mainly due to the contraction of Chinese exports (-7.4%).
A major factor is the rapid development of the middle classes which already make up half of the country’s population.
According to the preliminary figures published by the Acimac Research Department, the sector’s turnover has risen by 9% to 2.2 million euros. The Industry 4.0 Plan tax incentives are driving investments in Italy (+21.5%).
Oman has launched its national development plan with total investments of US $106 billion.
According to the report published at the 83rd Euroconstruct Conference held in Amsterdam in June this year, the European construction industry is forecast to increase by 2.9% in 2017 and by 2.4% in 2018.