As announced during Cevisama 2017 by the newly elected Chairman of Ascer, Vicente Nomdedeu Lluesma, the Spanish ceramic tile industry closed the year 2017 with positive results, confirming the trend from 2016.
According to Ascer (The Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers), in 2017 the national ceramic tile production increased by 8% hitting 530 million sq. metres while the total value of sales grew by 7% to Euro 3,520 million euros, with the average price also up by 1.3%. The value of exports increased by 5 to 6% to Euro 2,700 million.
Vicente Nomdedeu Lluesma confirmed the “good shape” of the European Union, although Germany and the United Kingdom are “wobbly”. At a more global level, Ascer has detected that there are two major currents pulling the figures in opposite directions. On the one hand Algeria, the whole of North Africa and some Middle Eastern countries are performing poorly; on the other, the USA (+25.5% on 2016) and the recovery of Eastern Europe are driving positive performance.
As to the domestic market, there has been positive growth since the second quarter of last year, although by the end of the exercise the rate of growth was no longer in double digits.
“At year’s end, we will have recorded an overall rise of between 9 and 10% of domestic sales to Euro 820 million, thanks to the particularly strong start,” claimed Lluesma.
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