2017 world ceramic tile consumption grew to 13,552 million sq.m
(+2.2% on 2016).
in Asia rose 0.9% to 9,438 million sq.m due to the combined effect of
manufacturing fall in China and Indonesia and growth in India, Vietnam and
Iran. Europe registered a more substantial growth, producing a total of 1,977
(+4.4% in the EU-28 and +7.3% in non-EU Europe), while in the American
continent, total production remained essentially stable (1,436 million sq.m).
The African continent has seen very significant growth over the last 2-3 years,
reaching an output of 696 million sq.m in 2017. In addition to Egypt, Nigeria,
South Africa and the Maghreb countries, a further 7 Sub-Saharan countries
(Ghana, Tanzania, Angola, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya) have now joined
the ranks of African tile producers as a result of Chinese investments in the
continent, albeit with fairly low output volumes of between 10 and 30 million sq.m.
fall of world exports in 2017 was attributable to the sharp fall in Chinese
exports (a drop of 117 million sq.m). As for macro-regions, Asia registered
a 4.6% fall, while Europe marked up export growth: European Union (+1.2%),
non-EU European countries (+12.2%).