World production and consumption of ceramic tiles decreased 3.6% in 2018

November 2019

In 2018 world ceramic tile production decreased to 13,099 million sq. metres (-3.6% on 2017); tile consumption also dropped by 3.6% to 12.8 billion sq. metres. World import-export flows remained stationary at 2,749 million sq. metres; mainly due to the sharp fall in Chinese exports.

These figures come from the seventh edition of “World production and consumption of ceramic tiles” produced by Acimac.  Released this month, it has 260 pages of graphs, tables and commentary, and provides detailed analysis of the ten-year trends up to 2018 in industry, markets, per capita consumption, and export flows in large geographic regions and in the 76 largest tile producer, consumer, exporter and importer countries.

The drop in world ceramic tile production and consumption is the first contraction in 20 years of reporting by CWR.

Production in Asia dropped to 8,980 million sq. metres (down 5.2% on 2017), with a sharp fall in production volumes in China, only partly offset by growth in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Iran. Production remained unchanged both in the European Union (1,366 million sq. metres) and in non-EU Europe (618 million sq. metres), while the American continent fell slightly from 1,436 to 1,412 million sq. metres.  Africa has been seeing significant growth for 4 to 5 years, with total output in 2018 estimated at around 718 million sq. metres; up 3.2%; driven by Egypt, and Nigeria; with double-digit growth in Algeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya.  

Chinese production fell 11%, while Indian production rose 6% to 1.145 billion sq. metres.

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