HISPALYT, the Spanish Association of Brick and Clay Tile Manufacturers, held its yearly general assembly on 15 April in Madrid.
One of the most revealing pieces of data circling through the sector and commented on at the meeting was that a total of 45,152 homes were completed in Spain in 2015. This number is 4% lower than that of 2014, but contrasts even more sharply with that of 2007: 641,817.
After nine years of a deep and continuous crisis in the construction sector in Spain, there seems to be a consensus that it has bottomed out. The number of completed homes is expected to increase by 4.2% in 2016 and it is estimated that the stock of new homes has decreased from 700,000 to 500,000 between 2010 and 2015.
In 2007, Spain had a total of 430 ceramics plants. There are now approximately 200, which operate intermittently. Things may be looking up for these survivors, however, taking into account recent information that points toward a sharp increase in the number of construction permits in the first trimester of 2016 (http://www.expansion.com/economia/2016/04/28/5721d413ca474113568b4623.html). The following article, which gives a complete overview of the sector, also makes reference to this situation: