Ceramic Tile Market - Italy's Exports of Ceramic Tiles Increased by 6% to $4.6B in 2014

Clay Building Materials July 26, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

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Italy took the second spot in the global ceramic tiles, flags and paving trade. In 2014, Italy exported 5.3 million tonnes of ceramic tiles, flags and paving totaling 4.6 billion USD, 6% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner was France, where it supplied 18.6% of its total ceramic tiles, flags and paving exports in value terms, accounting for 73.9% of France's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, Italy was a net exporter on the ceramic tile market. In this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. However, in physical terms, the difference was less pronounced.

China and Spain were among the other main global suppliers of ceramic tiles, flags and paving in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were China (+20.2% per year) and India (+35.0% per year). By virtue of this, both countries were able to significantly strengthen their positions in the global export structure.

In 2014, Italy's top 5 trading partners were France, Germany, the U.S., the Russian Federation and Belgium, with a combined 51.7% share of Italy's ceramic tiles, flags and paving exports. The share of Germany increased (+2.7 percentage points), while the share of the U.S. illustrated negative dynamics (-3.4 percentage points).

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Source: World: Ceramic Tiles, Flags And Paving - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020