A strong commercial building market is boosting sales of
flat glass, while advanced glass is benefiting from increased demand in
electronics and telecommunications. Meanwhile, the container glass industry continues
to face challenges.
Despite the housing slowdown in the U.S., the trend to make bathrooms
larger and more luxurious is benefiting the ceramic tile and sanitaryware
markets. However, dinnerware and pottery manufacturers continue to face pricing
pressures and steep competition from low-cost producers.
Logan Clay Products Co. in Logan, Ohio, has always been in the waste business-wastewater, that is. For more than 100 years, the company has produced the high-quality clay sewer pipe specified by municipalities from New York to Chicago to the Carolinas.
Often, companies need additional material processing capacity immediately to satisfy market demand. In other cases, companies can't yet justify purchasing new equipment but need to be able to mill materials to fill a specific market niche. Toll processing is increasingly providing the ideal solution.