According to the 24th National Statistical Survey conducted by Acimac, the industry reported the highest turnover in its history in 2015 at 1,982 million euros. This included growth in both exports (+9.1%) and the domestic market (+4.3%).
2016 may see further consolidation of the growth reported in 2015, with domestic sales returning to positive territory (+2.7%) and exports showing a further increase (+3.6%). Domestic output is also expected to grow by 3.8%.
The three sectors have a total of 6,000 employees and reported a combined turnover of 721.5 million euros.
Also up were production (+3.4%), exports (+5.1%) and investments (+22.7%). The domestic market remained stable.
Italian companies saw growth in average profitability in 2014. The international companies analysed showed good financial ratios.
An initial fall of 1.1% in 2014 was followed by a further 1.7 percentage point decline in exported volumes last year to a total of 1.065 billion sq.m.
Russian construction output fell by 7% year-on-year in 2015. Ceramic tile production went against this trend, growing by 2.2%.
According to the report of the 80th Euroconstruct conference, total construction output in 19 member states set a positive trend, with growth of 1.6% compared with the previous year.
In 2015 U.S. ceramic tile consumption grew by 10% on 2014 to reach 2.74 billion sq.ft. (254.6 million sq.m), bringing consumption back to its highest level since 2006. Imports growth was +9,8%.
Spanish tile industry closed 2015 with a turnover growth of +6%. +10% the growth of domestic market and +5% for exports.
After a sharp and sudden decline of the sector in 2014, preliminary figures for 2015 show a further decline in output volumes and domestic consumption. A recovery in exports is likely.
The Spanish tile industry maintained its recovery through 2014 and the first half of 2015, again driven by exports.