About the 2002 Market Overview
This issue contains market information and forecasts for several industry segments, including advanced ceramics, dinnerware, tile, sanitaryware, refractories, glass and brick/structural clay. Following each market overview is the list of Giants for that industry segment—manufacturing companies whose net 2001 revenues were greater than $1 million. For companies whose fiscal year ends in the early part of the calendar year (March or April), we used their fiscal 2002 sales figures (where available) to provide a more accurate, current picture of each industry segment.
Since many companies combine their glass and ceramic sales with other segments and divisions, a ranking by sales figures would be misleading. Instead, the Giants are listed in alphabetical order. Sales figures are provided where they could be obtained, but be sure to read the explanatory notes to determine whether a company is a major or minor player in the ceramic industry.
Full listings, including contact information and company descriptions, are provided for the top 20 manufacturers in each category. To determine which manufacturers belonged in the top 20, we used a company’s sales figures in ceramic/glass products. In some cases, while a company’s total 2001 sales might have merited a listing in the top 20, their ceramic/glass sales relegated them to a lower position on the list. Where a breakout of ceramic- or glass-only sales was not available, the editors used their own discretion based on other industry information. Full listings for all companies in the 2002 Giants will be available on our website (www.ceramicindustry.com) by the end of September.
Ceramic Industry’s staff used a variety of resources to compile our Giants listings. Manufacturers listed in last year’s Giants were contacted to request updated information. Additionally we posted the “Giants listing form” on our website to allow manufacturers of finished ceramic/glass products to submit their company information for inclusion in the 2002 Giants listings. We appreciate those companies that took the time to respond.
Many ceramic manufacturers, however, did not submit their information, and for those companies, we did our best to compile the information from other sources (see “Sources” below). We started with the list compiled last year and in previous years, and searched every resource we could find for information about those companies. We also extensively cross-referenced other companies we came across along the way.
As a result, this year’s Giants contains even more company listings than ever before—but we continue to need your help. If your company has revenues of over $1 million in one of the Giants segments but is not listed, please contact us. We will be updating our online Giants throughout the year and would be happy to add your company to the list. You can fill out the Giants form on our website, or you can e-mail your information to email@example.com. If you would like to have a Giants form sent to you, please contact the editor at (248) 366-2503. Additionally, please be sure to inform us when your 2002 (or FY2003) sales figures become available so that we can accurately update your listing for next year’s Giants.
As always, we appreciate your feedback. Don’t forget to check our website periodically to find the updated listings!
Sources:[A] Annual Report
[N] Company news releases
[S] Company response to CI survey (printed form and/or fax/e-mail/phone request)
[W] Company website
[WIS] Wright Investors’ Service
+ = Sales figure converted with 12/31/01 rates using using OANDA’s FXConverter. (Use of a single date is designed to minimize the effect of currency fluctuations on the sales figures.)
The 2002 Giants listings will be online by the end of September. Please check back periodically to find the updated listings!