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.