The 147 leading companies in the Italian ceramic tile manufacturing sector generated a turnover of more than Euro 5.4 billion in 2016 (up 5.9% on 2015), not far short of the Euro 5.5 billion posted in 2008.
Investment by Italian ceramic tile manufacturers is also continuing at high levels. In 2016 it totalled Euro 400.4 million marking double-figure growth (+14%) for the third consecutive year (+22.7% in 2015 and +27% in 2014).
According to Vittorio Borelli, Chairman of Confindustria Ceramica, the goal is to "maintain the world leadership position in a positive, if increasingly competitive, scenario. This year we are sure to see a further acceleration in investments thanks to the government’s tax incentives, which companies are fully exploiting with the aim of moving towards a Ceramic Factory 4.0 model.”
The figures published by Confindustria Ceramica revealed growth in Italian tile production to 416 million sq. metres (+5.4%). In volume terms, total sales reached 414.5 million sq. metres (+4.5%). Exports still accounted for the lion’s share of tile manufacturers’ revenues and grew in volume by 4.8% to 331.7 million sq. metres. This generated a turnover of Euro 4.6 billion, representing 85% of total sales. There was also a significant increase in average selling price.
The best export performances were in the USA, the UK, Germany and France, where the market is showing encouraging signs of recovery.
A more detailed analysis of the various geographical areas confirms the strong performance in Western Europe, with export sales of 167 million sq. metres. Central and Eastern Europe is also recovering after the double-digit downturn of 2015, reaching 31 million sq. metres, despite the severe difficulties in the Russian market.
Good results were also secured in the NAFTA region with sales of 49 million sq. metres. Sales likewise rose in the Far East (up 4.8%), the Balkans (up 5.3%), the Gulf region (up 3.2%) and North Africa and the Middle East (up 2%). By contrast, Latin America has seen a sharp fall over the last three years (down 21.1%).
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