Statistics and markets

Italian brick and tile production continues to fall

13/11/2019

2018 marked the 11th consecutive year of contraction for the Italian brick and tile industry, bringing the total decline since 2007 to 78%.

Production fell by 5.8% with respect to 2017 to 4.53 million tons (-5.6%), with 3.9% of the reduction attributable to the closure of a further 10 plants.

A significant degree of reorganisation took place with the aim of reducing overcapacity (10 million tons). The level of plant usage is estimated at 43% with an average of 155 days of production per year.

In contrast to the downturn that affected almost all types of products, (facing bricks -20.0%; normal bricks and blocks -13.3%; roof tiles -7.5%; floor blocks -6.4%; hollow bricks and hollow tiles -3.0%; lightened paste blocks -2.6%), bases saw 12.5% growth.

Read the complete article published on Brick World Review 2/2019

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