Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Ceramic Tiles Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2012 - 2018" report to their offering.
Ceramic is non-metallic, inorganic, and typically crystalline in nature, and is chemically composed of nitride or oxide or carbide materials. Sometimes, partially crystalline elements such as silicon, glass, and carbon are also considered as ceramics. Different ceramics are manufactured through specific processes, of which the common process is to heat it to a certain temperature and subsequently cool to a certain temperature. Naturally, ceramics are strong, brittle and hard in compression, but are weak in tension and shearing. These properties make ceramics resistant to harsh environments comprising high temperatures, and caustic or acidic materials.
The demand for ceramic tiles has been driven by the growing construction and infrastructure industry, mainly in developing nations. The construction industry is the biggest end-use industry of ceramic tiles as they are used in a myriad of ways for various purposes. Within the construction industry, the construction of residential buildings is the main application of ceramic tiles as this alone acquires more than half of the total market share of ceramic tiles. A shift towards replacing paints, metal slabs, marble floors, and other home decorative products with ceramic tiles is acting as a major factor propelling the growth of the market. However, volatility in raw material prices and regulatory issues to address growing environmental concerns are acting as major factors contributing towards the increasing production costs of ceramic tiles. These factors are further inhibiting market growth. Major raw materials utilized in the production of ceramic tiles are energy sources and ceramic obtained from sand and clay. Consequently, the world is shifting towards producing ceramic tiles through energy efficient production processes and by using renewable sources of energy.
Ceramic tiles are primarily used as floor tiles in residential replacement applications, which accounted for approximately 54% of the total ceramic tiles consumed in 2011. Floor tiles accounted for approximately 52% of the total ceramic tile products consumed in 2011. In the residential replacement industry, ceramic tiles are used for many purposes such as designing, floor and wall fittings, protection from rain and moisture, and other environmental hazards. Residential replacement, besides having maximum market share, is also expected to be the fastest growing application segment of ceramic tiles at a CAGR of 8.6% from 2012 to 2018. Similarly, the floor tiles product category within the ceramic tiles market boasts the maximum share and has the fastest growth at a CAGR of 8.6% from 2012 to 2018.
Floor tiles were followed by wall tiles, and other tiles that include countertop, façade, and so on, respectively. Wall tiles alone accounted for approximately 40% of the total ceramic tiles market in 2011.
Key Topics Covered:
2 Executive Summary
3 Ceramic Tiles - Industry Analysis
4 Ceramic Tiles Market - Product Segment Analysis
5 Ceramic Tiles Market - Application Analysis
6 Ceramic Tiles Market - Regional Analysis
7 Company Profiles
- Atlas Concorde
- China Ceramics Co, Ltd
- Crossville Inc
- Florida Tile
- Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti
- Kajaria Ceramics
- Mohawk Industries
- Porcelanosa Grupo
- RAK Ceramics
- Saloni Ceramica
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