The World tile market is estimated at 13.270 million square metres (Sq.M) in 2017 (+2,3%).
In Asia, demand reached 8.980 million Sq.M (+1.6%), equivalent to 67.7% of global
Europe, consumption grew 5,8% in the European Union countries
(from 965 to 1,020 million Sq.M) while in non-EU Europe + 7,2% (from 527 to 565 million Sq.M).
Central and South
America dropped by 1,7% to 1.160 million Sq.M while rose by 4% in North
America to 570 million Sq.M.
The African continent has seen very significant
growth reaching an output of 920 million Sq.M (+7,2%).
The fall of world exports in 2017 was attributable to the sharp
fall in Chinese exports (a drop of 117 million Sq.M), only partly
offset by growth in the other 5 large exporter countries, namely Spain, Italy,
India, Iran and Turkey.