In 2008 the Belgian brick and tile industry produced 2.294 mill. m3 bricks and thus decreased by 6.6 % the production compared to 2007.
Backing bricks (= common bricks)
The production of backing bricks amounts to 1.284 mill. m3 which corresponds to 56 % of the total production. Perforated bricks used for constructing interior walls and partitions represent with 1.277 mill. m3 the largest part of the total production.
Solid bricks are almost no longer used, the amount of production of these amounts very low.
In 2008 1.010 mill. m3 facing bricks were produced – 44 % of the total production.
The facing bricks are subdivided into two categories: extruded bricks and handmade bricks.
In the year 2008 178 000 m3 extruded bricks were produced.
Handmade bricks produced amounted to 832 000 m3. The success of facing bricks can be explained by the large selection in regard to formats, surface finishes and colours.
Export – Import
Exports amounted in 2008 to 498 000 m3, i.e. 21.7% of the total production. The export figures are based on a questionnaire among the Association members. Imports decreased in comparison with the previous year, they reached 95 000 m3. The imports thus correspond to 19% of the export figures.