Clay products are referred to as structural materials which are fabricated by molding, drying & burning clay mass. Clay products are mainly used for making bricks such as building a brick, terra-cotta facing the tile, paving brick, drainage pipe, and roofing tile. Clay bricks encompass pleasing outer shell, strength & durability whereas clay tiles are used for light-weight partition walls or floors possess high resistance and strength to fire. In addition, Clay pipes are used in drains, sewers, and conduits on account of their durability, lightness, strength, and cheapness. Moreover, refractories are materials which provide linings for high-temperature furnaces & other processing units. Refractories are used in furnaces, incinerators, kilns, and reactors.
According to the study, “Clay Product And Refractory Manufacturing Global Market Report 2019” the key companies operating in the global clay product and refractory manufacturing market are Dal-Tile, RHI AG, Interceramic, Imerys, Krosaki Harima Corp., Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Kohler, Vesuvius, TOTO, Taller Creaciones Tradicionales Inc., Shinagawa Refractories, Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd., Coorstek Inc., Metalized Ceramics and Braze Solutions Inc., Chosun Refractories Co. Ltd, LSP Industrial Ceramics Inc., Bray Inc., MRF Bricks, Summit Brick Company, IFGL Refractories Ltd., Tile Council of America Inc., Zircoa Inc., Homer Laughlin China Company, Semiconductor Enclosures Inc., Apollo Brick, Magnezit Group, Morgan Advanced Materials, Giarratana Sarah K, Tateho Ozark Technical Ceramics Inc., Acme Brick Company, Minerals Technologies Inc., Allied Mineral Products Inc., Pacific Ceramics Inc., Resco Products Inc., Florida Tile Inc., Materion Ceramics Inc., Refratechnik, Harbisonwalker Internationa, Kyocera. The key companies are competing effectively by developing new products with innovative features.
Based on type, global clay product and manufacturing market is segmented into clay building material & refractories and pottery ceramics & plumbing fixture. Based on product type, market is segmented into ceramic, clay, pottery and others. Based on raw materials, the market is segmented into quartz, chamatte, sand, sawdust, slag, and pulverized coal. Based on the process, the market is segmented into grinding, cutting, mixing, shaping, and honing. Based on physical properties, the market is segmented into plasticity, texture, tensile strength, shrinkage, fusibility, porosity and color after burning. Based on the chemical composition of refractories, the market is segmented into basic refractory, neutral refractory and acidic refractory. Based on fusion temperature, the market is segmented into normal refractory (1580-1780ºC), high refractory (1780-2000ºC) and super refractory (>2000ºC). Based on equipment and tools, market is segmented into crushers, wire cutters, grinders, high-pressure cylinders, dryers, rollers, and burners. Based on application, market is segmented into construction, cosmetics, steel making, and food industry.
The clay product and refractory manufacturing market is driven by rising in demand in emerging markets for metal & nonmetallic mineral products, followed by an increase in demand from the glass industry, rise in disposable income and growth in urbanization. However, stringent government & environmental agencies and an increase in environmental awareness may impact the market.
Nowadays, hollow clay bricks are replacing solid bricks due to their durability, eco-friendly and cost-effective properties. The bricks are manufactured with waste materials or natural substitutes and formed by placing moist clay in a mold. Based on geography, the Asian-Pacific region holds the major share in clay product and refractory manufacturing market, followed by Western Europe owing to local availability of raw materials, such as alumni and magnetite in the region. It is expected that the future of this market will be bright due to the increase in production of non-ferrous materials over the forecast period.
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