• Construction and infrastructure, drivers of Indian growth

    Jun 01, 2017
    This year the Indian economy has once again maintained growth levels above 7% and investments in infrastructure remain the main growth driver. The Indian government is expected to allocate 3-4% of the country’s GDP to infrastructure investments to ensure annual economic growth of between 7% and 8%.
  • Trends in world building

    May 25, 2017
    In 2016 global construction investments reached a value of around 8 trillion euros. Read the interesting analysis by Francesco Doria, head of Mapei Research Department.
  • North Africa Construction: Algeria

    May 04, 2017
    In January the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed its growth forecasts for Algeria for the two-year period 2016- 2017 and predicted a fresh acceleration in 2021. The country’s GDP grew by 3.6% in 2016 and further 2.9% growth is forecast in 2017 (+3.4% in 2021).
  • North Africa Construction: Egypt

    May 04, 2017
    Egypt closed fiscal 2015/2016 with GDP growth of between 3.6% and 4.0% in real terms. In the 30 months between April 2014 and October 2016, the Egyptian government made real estate investments valued at 43 billion Egyptian pounds (2.5 billion euros), compared to the 30 billion pounds invested in the last 20 years.
  • North Africa Construction: Tunisia

    May 04, 2017
    The Tunisian economy is expected to grow by 2.4% in 2017 (+1.6% in 2016) and to see steady improvement over following years to reach an annual growth rate of 4.5% by 2020. In particular, a number of large projects are under way in the construction sector, most notably the Tunis Financial Harbour, on which work began in late November 2016. 
  • North Africa Construction: Morocco

    May 04, 2017
    The Moroccan construction industry is expected to grow between 2016 and 2020, driven mainly by investments in infrastructure, energy and new residential housing projects.
  • North Africa Construction: Libya

    May 04, 2017
    A number of new projects to be carried out in Tobruk, Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and Sebha, has been approved to start the reconstruction of the Country.
  • USA: 2016 Ceramic Tile Market Update

    Mar 27, 2017
    Strengthened by steady growth in the housing and construction markets, the U.S. economy continued to expand in 2016, helping lift the U.S. ceramic tile market to a seventh straight year of growth.
  • The Russian building market

    Mar 15, 2017
    The downturn in the building sector continued also in 2016, affecting negatively production (-5.5%) and consumption (-10%) of ceramic tiles.
  • Construction in Iran: the new landscape

    Jan 13, 2017
    One of the sectors that is set to drive Iran's economy is construction, which closed at $154 billion at the end of 2016 and is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 6.1% over the next four years to reach $196 billion in 2020.
  • Construction in Europe: outlook to 2018

    Nov 02, 2016
    According to the report published at the end of the 81st Euroconstruct Conference held in Dublin on June this year, construction output in 2016 is expected to improve by 2.6% and will continue to grow with the same pace in the period 2016-2018.
  • The European construction market

    Mar 16, 2016
    According to the report of the 80th Euroconstruct conference, total construction output in 19 member states set a positive trend, with growth of 1.6% compared with the previous year.
  • 2015 U.S. Ceramic Tile Industry Update

    Mar 14, 2016
    In 2015 U.S. ceramic tile consumption grew by 10% on 2014 to reach 2.74 billion sq.ft. (254.6 million sq.m), bringing consumption back to its highest level since 2006. Imports growth was +9,8%.