The British ceramic industry has been going through a period of growth for the last 15 years.
December 1, 2016
Ceramics have been a traditional staple to the British identity for a long time, particularly in the north of England in the Yorkshire area. From Viking “settlers” through the era of Josiah Wedgwood—a ceramic manufacturer in the 1700s renowned for his skill with chemistry—to the modern-day bespoke industry, ceramics have been used both as tools and artwork throughout British society. After a decline in business since the heyday of ceramics in Britain 150 years ago, the British ceramic industry has been going through a period of growth for the last 15 years.
The United Kingdom is steeped in the tradition of ceramic manufacturing. For centuries, some of the finest whitewares products in the world have been (and continue to be) produced there, and the industry has diversified as advanced technologies bring technical ceramics to an ever-growing range of today’s modern applications.
The ceramic industry in the UK has posted a declining trend in the past six years (2008-2013), mainly due to the increased level of globalization and intensive competition from counterparts in developing countries, according to “The UK Ceramic Industry Outlook to 2018–Expanding Export Market for Bricks and Roof Tiles and Tableware to Facilitate Market Growth,” a recent report by Ken Research.
Despite 2012 declines in both volume and value, export prices increased over 7%.
October 1, 2013
China’s refractory materials production in 2012 fell 4.43% over the previous year to 28.1891 million tons, reportedly due to a slowdown in growth rates for downstream sectors like iron and steel, building materials, and glass, as well as the reduced demand for refractories in infrastructure construction.