Construction has been showing very positive numbers, especially driven in this last stage by public works. Even at the end of last August from the Argentine Chamber of Construction, Iván Szczech explained that they were already trdescending on prepandemic levels, with the horizon set to show the best record in the industry.
Leveraged on this growth comes the jump in hollow brick sales. “Consumption of hollow brick, basically oriented to houses, has starred in a 51.6% growth during the first eight months of the year, which shows the impulse of our sector towards the whole of the construction and, with it, its contribution to the economic and social dynamics of the country ”, indicated the Industrial Chamber of Red Ceramics (CICER) that groups together the main hollow brick manufacturers.
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“Hopefully this recovery process is consolidated, and that is why we are attentive to make our contribution in the analysis that allows to have public policies that stimulate the construction of houses, both in the private sphere and in state plans, in addition to promoting tax incentives, and developing lines of mortgage loans at appropriate rates so that more families can access a decent and lasting home “, they remarked from the entity.
The chamber is made up of 15 national capital companies that produce energy efficient industrial bricks, sector that has a participation of 90% in the construction of houses. “In recent years we have invested more than 100 million dollars, by providing innovation, development and technology to generate formal and direct employment for 3,000 people in 5 provinces of the country,” they highlighted.
And as an example of this investment path, they referred to the DM20 thermo-efficient brick, which has achieved a new standard by being recommended by the National Housing Secretariat and complying with the most demanding legislation on energy matters in the country, such as Law 13.059 of the Buenos Aires province.
The entity emphasized that “These new hollow bricks generate envelopes that save up to 40% in the gas rate and electricity for a home, by reducing consumption in heating and air conditioning, preserving other recognized qualities such as its useful life of more than 100 years, resistance, with practically zero maintenance ”.
The pandemic and construction
Beyond the strong shake that the pandemic implied, from the Chamber they highlighted the efforts to sustain the jobs in the worst stage and how they managed to overcome thanks to the momentum of construction.
“Without a doubt, the effects of the pandemic were also experienced in our sector, but with great effort we maintained employability and we accompany the value chain, despite the rise in costs that we have suffered in sensitive areas such as energy, so we trust that sustained growth can be articulated for all actors, with a long-term vision ”, Remarked CICER.
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In another vein, the entity stressed that “the brick industry in Argentina has been evolving hand in hand with science and technology, generating good practices for caring for the environment according to the highest international standards.”
According to the latest synthetic indicator of construction activity (ISAC) prepared by INDEC, there was an increase in the consumption of hollow bricks of 51.6% in the period between January and August of this year, compared to the same period of 2020, which which indicates one of the recoveries slightly higher than the average of all the items surveyed in the sector, which was 48.1%.
What is CICER and who makes it up?
The Chamber brings together the most important ceramic hollow brick producing companies in Argentina. Together they have an installed capacity of approximately 500 thousand tons of bricks / month. Due to the dynamics of the activity, in addition to direct employment, some 30,000 indirect jobs are generated, with a strong economic and social implication, both at the level of SMEs and personal ventures throughout the country.
The companies associated with CICER have their production plants located in the provinces of Buenos Aires (Pilar, La Plata, Campana, Quilmes, Fátima, Isidro Casanova, Spegazzini, Olavarría, Mar del Plata), Santa Fe, Mendoza, Córdoba, Río Negro and Jump
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