China ceramic industry has a long history, and the producing areas are widely distributed all over the country. Up to now, many major producing areas have taken shape, including Foshan of Guangdong, Jingdezhen of Jiangxi, Zibo of Shandong, Jiajiang of Sichuan, and Fujian, etc. In recent years, China ceramic industry developed rapidly and now has taken 2/3 plus of world total output of ceramic products. The output of daily ceramics, building ceramics, and sanitary ceramics has ranked to the first place in the world, and the export of ceramic products is rising year by year as well. In 2005, China's ceramic output reached 95 million tons, and the ceramic export achieved USD 4 billion, both of which ranked world first. Besides, the national output of ceramics also amounted to 16.3 billion pieces, sharing 2/3 of the world's total, and the ceramic export volume achieved 11.7 billion pieces as well, but the average value of each piece only remained as low as between USD 0.21 to USD 0.25. In the first half of 2006, the output of building ceramics grew rapidly and the output of the major producing areas also achieved a dynamic increase. During this period, the national output of ceramic tiles achieved 1.67 billion sq. meters, up by 28.8% over the same period of 2005 and the accumulated sales/output ratio was 94.6%, up by 0.7% year-on-year. Shandong, Guangdong, Fujian and Sichuan still maintained rapid growth. The accumulated output of the four provinces achieved 1.47 billion sq. meters, up by 30.8% year-on-year. The growth rate of Fujian and Sichuan were 50% plus and 40% more respectively in the first half of 2006.
Export Value of Ceramic Products in China, Jan-Aug 2006
Presently, the domestic development trend of China ceramic industry is that the requirements for the variety, grade and quality are increasingly higher on the basis of sufficient quantity. In the future, the trend will evolve to be the variety requirement from nowadays single piece to a set of pieces with sizes and colors matched, and the grades becoming diversified so as to meet the demands of consumers from all walks of life. Along with the continuous improvement of living standards, the contradiction between supply and demand in the market will focus on variety, specification, quality and grade instead of quantity over quite a long time. Along with the development of the construction industry, the demands of wall and floor tile, glazed tile, and sanitary ceramics will become strong and, inevitably form a new industrial growth point.
The advanced ceramic material industry has become capable of infinite potentials, no matter in military use or civil use. Moreover, the trend will remain upgrading, especially in electronic ceramics and military structure ceramic materials.
In the forthcoming 10 to 15 years, the sales of daily ceramics of China will maintain a steady growth and building ceramic and sanitary ceramic will see a considerable market as well. As the research and application for hi-tech ceramics in China are still at the beginning phase, the related market prospect is promising and bright.