According to the preliminary figures published by the Acimac Statistics Department, the industry’s turnover has risen by 10.5% to reach € 1.89 bill. It would be the second best result in the industry’s history following the € 1.937 bill. posted in 2007. This excellent result has been achieved through growth in both the international and Italian markets. At around € 1.5 bill. (up 9% year on year), exports continue to make up the largest share of the sector’s turnover (almost 79%). This result is particularly significant considering the overall state of the world economy and the social unrest and economic slowdown affecting many geographical areas.
The sector also registered an excellent performance in the Italian market with total domestic sales of € 400 mill., 16.6% up on 2013 (21.2% of total turnover). This was largely a result of the tax concessions. “Sabatini Bis” law has encouraged brick, tile and sanitaryware companies to resume investments in manufacturing. An important contribution was also made by Tecnargilla in 2014.
“The forecasts for the coming year are cautious”, said Acimac’s Chairman, Fabio Tarozzi and continued: “Based on the latest information, we are expecting current levels of business to be maintained.”