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World Production and Consumption of Ceramic Tiles up by 10 %

All indicators have risen by between 9 % and 10 %, confirming the increases registered last year.

World tile production reached for the first time 10 512 Mm2, 10,1 % up on the 9546 Mm2 of 2010. Asia produced 7179 Mm2 (12,9 % more than in 2010), bringing its share of world production to 68,3 %. All the top producer countries in the Asian continent increased their national production. The biggest increases were in China (+600 Mm2), Iran (+75 Mm2) and India (+67 Mm2). With the exception of Africa (11,2 % down on 2010), all the other areas of ceramic production experienced growth, albeit with smaller increases. The 27-nation European Union recorded a 4,4 % increase to a total production of 1178 Mm2, while Central South America saw 10 % growth on 2010. Growth was also reported in North America (+4,2 %) and non-EU Europe (+7 %), driven by the strong results in Turkey. World consumption of ceramic tiles saw a similar trend in both volumes and geographical distribution. In 2011 consumption rose by 10,2 % to 10 370 Mm2. The breakdown in consumption by geographical area was very similar to that of production. Asia once again showed the highest growth in demand, up 13,3 % to a total of 6844 Mm2. Consumption growth in Central and South America (up 10,8 % to 1118 Mm2) and non-EU Europe (+10,7 %) was also above the world average. Consumption growth was more moderate in North America (+2,4 %) and Africa (+1,6 %), but demand fell in the European Union (down 2,1 % to a total of 929 Mm2) as the increases in France and Germany (respectively 8 and 13 Mm2) failed to make up for the contractions in Spain (–16 Mm2) and Italy (–12 Mm2). Import/export flows increased by 8,7 % with respect to 2010, up from 1960 Mm2 to 2130 Mm2. With the sole exception of Africa, which saw a 40 % decrease to 28 Mm2, all the other areas recorded positive growth. Increases were reported in Asia, up from 94 Mm2 to 1070 Mm2 (+14,2 %) accounting for half of all world exports, the European Union with 711 Mm2 (+4,6 %) following a recovery in Italy and Spain, non-EU Europe (+10,2 % to 138 Mm2, Central and South America (+10,9 % to 114 Mm2) and North America (+10,3 % to 67 Mm2) (Source: Ceramic World Review).

 


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