Fine china: Intensifying import competition will continue to constrain industry growth

IBISWorld’s Ceramics Manufacturing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • This industry has historically suffered from declining sales because of rising import penetration
  • As import penetration continues to rise, industry operators have turned to exports to find relief
  • Companies prefer to manufacture their products abroad where labor and production are less expensive

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Historically, the Ceramics Manufacturing industry has suffered from declining sales as a result of rising import penetration, which placed downward pressure on prices. However, during the previous five-year period, industry revenue turned around. Revenue rose over the past five years because of rising per capita disposable income and increased activity in the residential and nonresident construction markets. These increases spurred demand for kitchenware, plumbing fixtures and other ceramic products. Additionally, strong demand for advanced ceramics helped bolster exports and contribute to increasing industry revenue. Over the next five years, imports as a percentage of domestic demand are expected to increase while exports as a percentage of revenue are estimated to decline...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The Southeast

    The greatest concentration of establishments is in the Southeast, which has 22.6% of all manufacturing facilities. Within this region, North Carolina houses 6.5% of all establishments, which falls in line with its higher population relative to other states in the region. North Carolina and most of the other states in the Southeast lie along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, which provides convenient and quick port access for importing and exporting ceramic products. It also provides easy access to Mexico, which is the second largest importer of US produced ceramics. As a region, the Southeast also contains the highest percentage of the US population—about a quarter—which provides manufacturers with the biggest labor supply.


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    Additional Insights for the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry are

  • Marketing of differentiated products
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favor of market conditions
  • Ability to control stock on hand
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    Industry Products

    What is the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry comprises establishments that primarily manufacture advanced ceramic materials and components, pottery and plumbing fixtures made of clay or other ceramic materials. This industry does not include companies that primarily make ceramic tiles or refractories, which are included in the Clay Brick and Product Manufacturing industry (32712).

    Industry Products
    Plumbing fixtures and accessories (bathroom and kitchen)
    Porcelain kitchenware, earthenware and pottery products
    Advanced ceramics
    Other pottery
    Industry Activities
    Advanced ceramic components
    Advanced ceramic materials research and development
    Ceramic pottery product
    Porcelain plumbing and bathroom fixture

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Price of semiconductor and electronic components
  • Consumer spending
  • Value of residential construction
  • Industrial production index
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Import competition intensifying
  • Exports provide little relief
  • Cost-cutting efforts gaining traction
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic competition
  • Research and development
  • Table: Ceramics Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ceramics Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Home Builders
  • Transmission Line Construction
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Electronic Part & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Hardware Stores
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Plumbers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clay Brick & Product Manufacturing
  • Dye & Pigment Manufacturing
  • Long-Distance Freight Trucking
  • Sand & Gravel Mining
  • Stone Mining
  • Utilities

  • Products & Services
  • Advanced ceramics
  • Plumbing fixtures and accessories (bathroom and kitchen)
  • Porcelain kitchenware, earthenware and pottery products
  • Other pottery
  • Chart: Ceramics Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Residential and nonresidential construction
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from electrical equipment manufacturing
  • Substitutes

  • Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Domestic high-tech devices and transportation equipment manufacturin
  • Residential and nonresidential construction and remodeling
  • Households, food service and hospitality
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent and utilities
  • Marketing and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ceramics Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition

    Internal competition

    External competition

    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    CoorsTekKohler Co.
  • Table: CoorsTek - financial performance
  • Table: Kohler Co. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Ceramics Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Trade Weighted Index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Advanced Ceramics
  • A high performance ceramic with unique properties used in specialized applications where normal ceramics, plastics or metals fail to perform adequately
  • Bone China
  • A type of porcelain that includes calcified bone ash. Bone china is generally considered the finest type of porcelain due to its increased translucence and strength.
  • Capacitor
  • A dielectric electrical component that is used to store electrical energy. All modern electronics and high-tech devices contain capacitors.
  • Ceramic
  • Any inorganic, non-metallic material made from the chemical combination of a metal and a non-metal. Along with plastics and metals, ceramics form the third major class of materials.
  • Earthenware
  • A common ceramic material used extensively for pottery, tableware and decorative objects. Earthenware is the earliest type of ceramic produced by humans.
  • Insulator
  • A material that impedes the free flow of electricity. Insulators are used to separate electrical currents within electrical equipment. Some ceramic are naturally excellent insulators.
  • Porcelain
  • A white, impermeable and durable ceramic material made by heating clay and other raw materials in a kiln at very high temperatures -- also known as vitreous china.
  • Semiconductor
  • A material that shares characteristics of both insulators and conductors and is a key component in all electrical equipment.
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