Ceramic Tiles Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Ceramic Tiles Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Raw Material (Alumina, Zircon Sand, Silica, Kaolin, Others), By Product, By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2012 - 2022

  • Published Date: Mar, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-201-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2012 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 154

Industry Insights

The global ceramic tiles market size was estimated at USD 69.64 billion in 2014. The industry is expected to witness growth on account of the growing construction activities in BRICS nations and the Middle East countries, due to increased government spending on domestic infrastructure growth. Rising disposable incomes and urbanization in emerging markets is also expected to play an important role in increasing construction spending for new residential houses, which is expected to promote ceramic tiles use over the forecast period.

Ceramic tiles are fundamentally a combination of clays, which have been shaped and fired at high temperatures. The growing rate of construction across the globe is slated to be one of the key driving factors for the product demand growth during the forecast period. The products find applications mainly in suburban, offices, malls, restaurants, and resorts.

U.S. ceramic tiles market

Stringent environment regulations have led to increase in R&D activities and development of eco-friendly products, which are expected to increase penetration of players over the forecast years. In addition, initiatives taken by governments in various countries to promote product penetration is expected to open new avenues over the forecast period. The demand for durability in building structures is expected to promote demand for rubber, glass and quarry tiles, thus posing a challenge for the industry over the forecast period.

The U.S. industry was estimated at USD 344.4 million in 2013 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2015 to 2022. The product demand in various applications including in residential replacement, new residential construction, and commercial construction has increased over the years and is expected to increase in key emerging industry segments, such as China and India. Wall and floor tiles are among the major product types that are used in various applications. Application growth in refractories and disk brakes may restrict the raw material availability for production, thereby adversely impacting the industry growth over the forecast period.

Ceramic tiles are manufactured through thermal treatment of 2,000-2,500 degrees, in which various fuels are required and thus result in increasing carbon emissions. Regulatory policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions is expected to adversely affect industry growth. Application growth of the products in refractories and disk brakes is expected to restrict raw material availability for production, which is expected to negatively impact industry growth over the forecast period. Rising demand for substitutes such as glass and rubber products is expected to restrict industry growth in the near future.

Popularity of quarry products on account of high durability than ceramic counterparts may negatively impact the market. The UK government’s initiative to promote domestic industry is expected to open new avenues for industry participants over the forecast period. Growing domestic demand for the product in Nigeria, coupled with availability of raw material, is expected to offer new opportunities.

Ceramic tiles manufacturing process has highly evolved over the past years. Requirement of high quality materials with excellent efficiency levels have led to development of new firing and pressing technologies. Manufacturers have been trying to develop technologies for simple, flexible, and low cost production of the product. Environmental pollution and waste disposal has always been a major concern for ceramic tile manufacturers. They are now focusing on reduction of CO2 emissions and water consumption through improved processing options during product manufacturing.

Raw material insights

Kaolin is expected to be the fastest growing segment, growing at a CAGR of 11.7% from 2015 to 2022. Kaolin finds its application in rubber industry as filling agents, to improve the mechanical strength and abrasion resistance. These properties of kaolin are expected to propel the market demand over the forecast period. The application of kaolin mixed with silica and feldspar is a rising segment, used to manufacture white ware, refractories, and porcelain, owing to high fusion temperature and white burning characteristics.

Silica was the largest raw material segment,accounting for 46.8% of global revenue share in 2014. Rapid growth in industrialization owing to cheap labour and manufacturing costs in the region is expected to drive the marker demand for silica in next seven years. Rising construction activities as a result of rising urbanization and shift in lifestyles pattern is expected to propel the demand for the product over the forecast period.

Product insights

Floor tiles is expected to be the largest growing product, growing at a CAGR of 12.2% from 2015 to 2022. These products are available in variety of forms including ceramic or porcelain tiles, floating wood tile, stone, quarry, and paver. Porcelain products are durable, strong, and stain resistant. These are cheap and easy to maintain. Floating wood products are made up of synthetic material whose appearance is like wood and is laminated. These flooring products are suitable for use in application, which requires quick and easy installation and eliminates the use of adhesives.

Wall tiles accounted for 34.4% share of the overall market in 2014. The products find application primarily in bathrooms and kitchens. Various types of these products are manufactured by the manufacturers, including cork, metallic, mirror, mosaics, and brick & stone tiles. Rising construction activities, coupled with increasing spending capacity of consumers in regions including Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Europe, is expected to propel the product demand over the forecast period.

Application insights

Residential replacement was the largest application segment, accounting for 43.6% of global revenue share in 2014. Ceramic tiles are being widely used in residential replacements owing to growing renovation activities, due to aging of old buildings and commercial spaces. Growing demand for durable materials, coupled with emergence of ceramic tiles as the hardwood replacement and other flooring replacement options, is expected to drive the product demand over the forecast period.

Growing health awareness and rising concerns regarding personal hygiene is also expected to propel the product demand over the forecast period. Various benefits including reduction in household allergens, owing to product properties such as chemical inertness and moisture resistance, is expected to propel the product demand over the forecast period.

Commercial segment was the second-largest application segment, accounting for 36.8% of global revenue share in 2014. The product is expected to witness a significant surge in demand in commercial applications, owing to growing demand in commercial spaces, including shopping malls, airports, and government offices.

Rising use in commercial spaces including stone, metallic, and mosaic, owing to improve aesthetic look is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period. Continued spending by regional government, most notably in regions such as Asia Pacific, to improve infrastructure is expected to propel the industry growth over the forecast period.

Global ceramic tiles market

Regional insights

Asia Pacific was the largest market in terms of revenue in 2014, and is expected to continue this dominance over the forecast period. The regional segment was estimated at USD 46.45 billion in 2014 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.9% from 2015 to 2022. The trend is expected to continue during the forecast period due to increasing construction activities in countries such as China, Brazil, and India. Owing to this, key ceramics companies are shifting their production centers to Asia Pacific.

Europe was the second-largest market segment in 2014 in terms of revenue and is expected to grow at a rate of 2.7% over the forecast period. Apart from decoration, these products are now being used for hygiene maintenance in residential and commercial buildings. These are increasingly being used for providing durability and aesthetics to building structures. High focus is being provided on improving thermal and acoustic properties of the products and reduction of weight. These factors are expected to augment product demand in Europe over the forecast period.

Ceramic Tiles Market Share Insights

The key players in the industry include Crossville Inc., RAK Ceramics, Kajaria Ceramics, Saloni Ceramica, and China Ceramics Co., Ltd. The companies are focusing on partnerships, new product developments, and acquisitions to reinforce their positions in the industry, and strengthening their competencies.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2012 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2022

Market representation                          

Volume in Million Square Meters, Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2015 to 2022

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia

Report coverage        

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2012 to 2022. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the ceramic tiles market report on the basis of raw material, product, application, and region:

  • Raw Material Outlook (Volume, Million Sq. Mtrs.; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • Alumina

    • Zircon sand

    • Silica

    • Kaolin

    • Others

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Million Sq. Mtrs.; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • Wall Tiles

    • Floor Tiles

    • Other Tiles

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Sq. Mtrs.; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • Residential Replacement

    • New residential

    • Commercial

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Sq. Mtrs.; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • North America

      • U.S.
    • Europe

      • Germany
      • UK
    • Asia Pacific

      • China
      • India
    • South & Central America

      • Brazil
    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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