We continue our analysis by comparing 2020-2021 and 2019-2021. In August, in general, the data is a bit weaker due to the closure of major companies for holidays. However, we can see that the numbers are still up compared to 2019 at the same period. The difference is of course more pronounced if we analyze only the data for 2020 and 2021.
1.- World exports – January to August 2021.
On the one hand, exports in general from January to August of this year amounted to 345,620 tons, +18.57% compared to 2020; a year that we still consider an unreliable figure given the exceptional circumstances at this time. On the other hand, if we compare 2019 and 2021, the increase is reduced and reaches +8.13%.
Being a month when most factories close for staff rest, August ends with very positive results (32,997 Tn), similar to those of January 2021; more logical figures if we consider that the high demand makes the produced slate go directly to the market without allowing storage in the original workshops.
2.- Analysis by country.
If we analyze the statistics by country, the upward trend is constant. We continue to focus on comparisons between 2019 and 2021, so we see that these figures stabilize at an average of 7% – 8% in the main countries, with the exception of Belgium where the increase is higher.
France: the main importer in the sector, with a total of 146,404 tons accumulated since January 2021, almost the sum of the exports of the UK and Germany all together.
United Kingdom: with a current increase of 36.55% (104,501 Tn.) compared to 2020 and 2021.
Germany: we can see a staggered increase throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021. As we have commented on other occasions, the Covid-19 pandemic has not influenced exports as in the other countries mentioned above.
Belgium: the figures presented show a significant increase, interrupted by the pandemic but recovering and even exceeding the figures for 2019.
In summary, the month of August is marked by the rest of the staff but also by the increase in exports.
Source: Clúster de la pizarra de Galicia – October 2021