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German construction industry remains on course - US sales market scores with strong demand - Long-term expectations remain subdued
Weak start to the year 2019 - China and USA remain the most important sales markets - Slight increase in sales expected for 2019

Positive annual balance despite weak Decemberr
The December business was rather unpleasant for the manufacturers of building valves. Domestic business was down 4 per cent on the same period last year and foreign business also recorded a slight drop of 1 per cent.
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Strong international business in December
Domestic and foreign business drifted apart considerably at the end of 2019. While sales of industrial valves abroad increased by 23 percent, domestic business shrank by 12 percent.
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Construction industry

While the European construction industry was still able to achieve growth of 2.3 percent in 2019, growth is expected to flatten out to 1 percent in the period 2020 to 2022. The new construction sector, which has expanded strongly over the past five years, will lose momentum in favor of the renovation market.
The western neighbouring countries of Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, continue to offer good sales potential for the German sanitary and heating fittings industry in the coming years.

Building construction 2019 - positive prognosis
Building construction in Germany will continue to grow in the coming years, albeit at a slower pace due to the aggravation of known challenges in the industry such as capacity bottlenecks and mobilisation of building land.
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Construction industry with growth opportunities in individual countries
Global growth in the construction sector will weaken somewhat over the next few years. Nevertheless, as the current gtai country reports show, individual markets offer perspectives.
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Chemical industry growth weakens worldwide
Weakening automotive industry causes sales losses / Some countries continue to offer attractive prospects
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Contradictory trends in the global energy market
The current World Energy Outlook highlights the currently very different trends and contradictions in the global energy market.
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Over the next few years, Turkmenistan plans to spend around 10 billion US dollars on projects to expand the chemical, gas and petrochemical sectors.
The Czech chemical industry is increasing its exports and is benefiting domestically from growing private consumption and the good development of some industrial sectors. The investment climate in the chemical industry remains good.
Oman plans to expand the capacity of its seawater desalination plants by one million cubic metres/day over the next four years. Projects worth US$1.2 billion about to be awarded
After a slow start, Poland's social housing programme will now gain new momentum. 20,000 social housing units are to be built. The housing market as a whole is still on the upswing.
In the near future, Hilton, InterContinental and Marriott plan to open around 1,100 new hotels in China. When furnishing their hotels, the hotel companies often rely on imported goods.
The Swiss chemical industry is cautiously optimistic about the future in 2019. Brexit, trade disputes and the strong Swiss franc hit the export-oriented industry.
The Israeli food industry has considerable growth potential. To make the most of it, manufacturers will have to modernise their production in the near future.
The start of construction of flats is growing strongly. Sustainable and age-appropriate housing offers opportunities for German companies.
The construction sector in Romania is experiencing significant growth for the first time in years. EU funding for infrastructure development should provide a further boost to growth in the coming years.
German machine-builders in China should now be looking into the introduction of the SCS.
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