Despite a slowdown in the Indian construction sector,
ceramics production in the country is growing every year on the
back of new entrants and capacity additions by existing
producers, delegates at India Ceramics Fair 2017 heard.
"Demand for zircon products from the ceramics industry
has been on a continuous rise, as a result of rapidly growing
manufacturing capacity in the sector," Atit Vora, director of
the Opaque Group of Companies, a zircon supplier, told
IM on the sidelines of the exhibition.
"A few years back, Indian ceramics producers were not very
quality conscious. These days, they have started demanding
high-quality raw materials," he added.
The pull of the ceramics sector was demonstrated by the
international exhibitors at the event. As well as local
companies, global suppliers such as Imerys, Sibelco, Esan
Eczacibasi Industrial Raw Materials Co. and Kaolin AD exhibited
their raw materials capabilities for the ceramic
|India is well placed to cope with rising
demand for its ceramic
minerals such as kaolin, feldspar and ball
Major Indian raw materials suppliers to the ceramics
industry, such as 20 Microns, Ashapura Minchem, Borochemie
India, H&R Johnson and VV Minerals, also attended the show
Leading Indian garnet and ilmenite producer VV Minerals is
one company which has seen growth in demand for its
"Our company and industry have seen a huge growth in demand
for raw materials from the ceramics industry in the past few
years," M Ramesh, a marketing executive in the zircon division
at the firm, told IM.
"Gujarat, in particular, has emerged as a top destination
for raw materials producers and processors. The Indian ceramic
tile industry has grown by more than 10% in each of the past
five years. We expect the industry to perform at the same level
for many years to come," Ramesh added.
|Ceramics India welcomed international
and local ceramics producers
and over 7,000 delegates
Vinay Daga, marketing director at Rajasthan-based Jaichand
Lal Daga (JLD) Minerals - a kaolin, bentonite, silica sand,
feldspar and ball clay producer - agreed that the future is
looking up for the Indian ceramics industry.
"With the passage of time and focus on exports, demand of
quality raw materials has seen a surge from ceramics producers
in the country," he said.
"These days, Indian producers are not reluctant to spend
extra money on raw materials, whereas a few years back quality
of raw materials was hardly any concern to a number of these
producers," Daga added.
Located in the state of Rajasthan, JLD’s ball
clay mines are in the Bikaner and Nagaur districts. The company
claims to have mined and supplied about 1,000m tonnes of clay
of different varieties to the cement, ceramic tiles and allied