Ceramic consumption rises in Q3

Anderson, SC—U.S. ceramic tile consumption grew 15.3% in volume so far in the third quarter of 2021, compared to the same time frame in 2020, according to the Ceramic Tile Market Update released by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

Overview of US tile consumption:

The following table shows US tile shipments, imports, exports, and total consumption in thousands of square feet.

Year US shipments (incl. exports) Input export Total use* % change in consumption vs. last year
1st quarter 2021 225.283 532.542 9.772 748,054 17.8**
2020 902.290 1,966.443 31.009 2,837,724 -3.5
2019 895,332 2.077.038 31,782 2,940,588 -5.4
2018 940,300 2,196,935 29,746 3.107,489 1.5
2017 990.972 2.099,307 28,492 3,061,787 5.7

input:

The US imported 1.68 billion square feet of ceramic tile 3Q 2021 YTD, up 21.5% from 3Q 2020 YTD.

Imports represented 71.6% of US tile consumption by volume through 3Q 2021, up from 69.4% in 2020.

Spain remained the largest exporter to the US by volume through 3Q 2021 with a 21.9% share of US imports, followed by Italy (17.6% of imports) and Mexico (16.7%).

The five countries from which the most tiles were imported through 3Q 2021, by volume were:

Country sq. foot 3Q 2021 YTD sq. foot 3Q 2020 YTD % Change
Spain 367.682.855 285,501,669 28.8%
Italy 295.079.537 237,523,788 24.2%
Mexico 279.766.808 242.830.375 15.2%
Turkey 215,043,663 181,269,569 18.6%
Brazil 169.791.118 167.240.028 1.5%
All countries 1,677,938,612 1,381,193,877 21.5%
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In dollar value (CIF + duties), Italy remained the largest exporter to the US (3Q 2021 YTD), accounting for 32.1% of US imports, followed by Spain (25.0%) and Mexico (10.2%).

The five countries from which the most tiles were imported 3Q 2021 YTD, based on the total value in US dollars (CIF + excise tax) were:

Country sq. foot 3Q 2021 YTD sq. foot 3Q 2020 YTD % Change
Italy 594,976,419 457.640.278 30.0%
Spain 463,180,221 326,988,147 41.7
Mexico 188,484.861 161.266.282 16.9%
Turkey 160,860,267 136.020.557 18.3%
India 125,312,563 82.006.418 52.8%
All countries 1,885,774,914 1,415,438,656 31.1%

The average values ​​of tiles (including CIF + excise duty) from the five countries from which the most tiles were imported by volume 3Q 2021 YTD were:

Country sq. foot 3Q 2021 YTD $ Fall 3Q 2021 YTD Val/Sq. foot 3Q 2021 YTD Val/Sq. foot 3Q 2020 YTD
Spain 367.682.855 463,180,221 $1.26 $1.15
Italy 295.079.537 594,976,419 $2.02 $1.93
Mexico 279,043,663 160,860,267 $0.75 $0.75
Brazil 169.791.118 117.102.821 $0.69 $0.65
Turkey 215, 043,663 160,860,267 $0.75 $0.75
All countries 1,677,938.612 1,855,774,914 $1.11 $1.02

US shipments:

US shipments (minus exports) 3Q 2021 YTD were 665.2 million square feet, up 2.2% from 3Q 2020 YTD.

In dollar terms, US plant sales in Q3 2021 YTD were $1,026,598,210, up 5.6% from Q3 2020 YTD.

The dollar value/square foot of US shipments (minus exports) 3Q 2021 YTD was $1.54, up $1.49 (3Q 2020 YTD).

US exports:

US ceramic tile exports in the third quarter of 2021 YTD were 28.0 million square feet, up 19.2% from the third quarter of 2020 YTD.

The largest recipients of US exports by volume were Canada (71.3%) and Mexico (14.6%).

Highlights housing market:

New house starts:

New homes were launched in November 2021 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,679,000 units, an increase of 11.8% from the previous month and an increase of 8.3% from November 2020

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Sell ​​new single-family home

New single-family sales in October 2021 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 745,000 units, up 0.4% from September 2021 but down 23.1% from October 2020.

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