TZMI 2014: Chinese ceramics industry will continue to consolidate owing to market pressures

By Kasia Patel
Published: Thursday, 13 November 2014

Though production in the industry has grown, Chinese ceramics producers have been shutting down and consolidating due to environmental pressures, overcapacity and increasing costs. As the industry consumes around 250m tpa raw materials such as grade kaolin, ball clays, fluorspar, feldspar, wollastonite, zircon and gypsum, this will no doubt have a negative impact on raw material suppliers.

The Chinese ceramics industry saw a small production increase in the first half of 2014 but sales remained weak as the industry continues to face a variety of market pressures, delegates at the TZMI Congress 2014 heard yesterday in Shanghai, China.

Eileen Hao, senior consultant at EH Consultancy, told conference...

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