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World Ceramic Tile Production

The 3rd edition of the study “World Production and Consumption of Ceramic Tiles” produced by the Italian Acimac Research Department anticipates the key figures of worldwide tile production.

The study provides detailed analysis of the ten­year trends up to 2014 in industry, market, per capita consumption and export flows in large geographic regions and in the 76 largest tile producer, consumer, exporter and importer countries. In 2014 world tile production and consumption continued to expand, although more slowly than in previous years. World tile production reached 12 409 Mm2, 3,6 % up on the 11 973 Mm2 of 2013. Growth was reported in almost all areas of the planet and in 8 of the 10 leading producer countries.

World tile consumption reached 12 095 Mm2 (up 4,2 % on the 11 604 Mm2 of 2013).

The slowdown in import and export growth was even more evident. World exports increased by just 32 Mm2, +1,05 % from 2655 Mm2 to 2683 Mm2, a much slower rate of growth than the average annual growth rate of 9,4 % in the period 2009–2013. The biggest increase in both percentage and absolute terms was in the European Union (EU), which exported 819 Mm2 (up 3,9 % on 2013) thanks to the continued recovery of Spain (339 Mm2, up 6,6 %) and Italy (314 Mm2, +3,6 %). The EU’s share of total exports rose to 30,5 %. Main responsible for the slower growth were the exports falls in non­-EU Europe (–3,2 %), North America (–2,9 %) and Africa (–16,7 %), and, above all (due to the biggest export volumes), the first real slowdown in Asian exports, which remained virtually stable at 1488 Mm2 (+0,6 %), 55,4 % of the world total. This was mainly due to China’s exports, which experienced the first real downturn, drop­ ping to 1110 Mm2 (down 3,3 % on 2013).

(Source: Ceramic World Review)

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