The Ceramic Product Manufacturing industry is steadily shrinking due to substitution by lower cost alternatives (such as glass, PVC and concrete products) and the penetration of low-cost imports. Industry sales have halved since the mid-2000s, shedding over 1,660 jobs as about 270 plants ceased operations over the period.
Industry revenue is projected to total $510.0 million in 2013-14, up by 2.0% on the previous year due to the cyclical upswing in new housing construction and the subsequent increased demand for ceramic bathroom, tiles and other industry products. This current upswing reverses the steady downward trend in the industry's performance since the mid-2000s.
Companies in the industry manufacture a range of ceramic products mainly for building or industrial applications. This includes shaping and kiln firing clay-based, non-metallic minerals to produce ceramic sanitary ware products; ceramic tiles and pipes; refractory products; clay, porcelain and vitreous china.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.