In 2017, residential construction has been the main driver of growth.
Pladur® participates in the first Chair of Connected Industry pioneer in Europe.
Last December, Pladur® brought together the media of the construction, architecture and design sector at the Hotel Iberostar las Letras. The speakers Enrique Ramírez, General Director, Patricio Abando, Commercial Director, Gerald Gietzen, Marketing Manager and Rosa Ferrín, Communications Manager, were able to take stock of results and provide for next year.
Enrique Ramírez opened the conference with an encouraging message, a positive balance of 2017 and many projects in sight, including the new EPS factory (expanded polystyrene) already in operation at Gelsa and which will open its line of plates before the summer 2018; a digital transformation thanks to our collaboration in the Chair of the Connected Industry of ICAI and a true innovative effort in products, specifically in the new energy efficiency brand Pladur Enairgy®.
The sector in figures
Patricio Abando, in turn, analyzed the most relevant market figures in the sector. He assured that residential construction has been the main engine of growth this year, although not uniform throughout Spain. In addition, he pointed out that the new non-residential work has been scarce, except in the islands where there has been an expected hotel development, although a recovery is expected for the next three years that will begin in 2018. "This year some 85,000 homes have been built and we hope to reach 150,000 in three years. "
In addition, he concluded by explaining the risks we face in this period: political instability, expensive housing and lack of skilled labor.