This is Review on China Ceramics, Ken Huo speaking.We bring you the weekly updates on China ceramic industry.
1.全国投资项目办理结果公示网的不完全统计，2018年截止到目前，全国新增214个陶瓷投资项目通过审批, 其中批建陶瓷生产线66条。 投资项目数量最多的为福建产区，共有67个，广东产区则有15个，山东产区6个。
Production capacity. According to the data from National Investment Project Handling Results Publicity Network, as of today, 214 new projects for ceramic investment were approved, of which are 66 ceramic production lines. In light of quantity, Fujian is ranked number 1 with its 67 projects, followed by Guangdong with 15 and Shandong with 6 .
Rustic tile. Rustic tile is the product category that has the biggest number of production lines at 625, a 25% increase compared with 2014, or 127 more lines. Noticeably, the overall production capacity of tiles in China has gone down by 2.4% during the comparable period.
Ken’s comments. Despite all hiccups, rustic tile has its own charm of rich designs and colors, and the sales channels are well-established. All in all, its prospect is still rosy. When differentiation is the key to success, this product group gives a lot of elbow room for many players.以625条生产线跃居品类第一位，相比2014年增加127条生产线，增幅达25%。而在此期间，中国瓷砖总产能减少2.4%。
New Chairman. Foshan Ceramic Industry Association has the new chairman. Early September, Mr. Liang Tongcan, the president of Hongyu Group was elected as the Chairman, Dr. Yin Hong, the industry expert as the General Secretary, and Mr. He Xinming, President of Dongpeng Group as the Honorable Chairman.In his inauguration speech, the new Chairman Mr. Liang called on unity to make “Foshan Ceramic” a more reputable namecard.
Ken’s comments. Unity is the key note. And the local industry peers have cheered for the new election result.
Exhibition again. Early September saw the opening of the 18 th China (Zibo) International Ceramics Expo. The companies from various production zones such as Zibo, Linyi areas in Shandong, and Shanxi, Henan, Fujian showcased the big panels, mid-sized panels, functional tiles, wall tiles, and background walls to attract visitors from different provinces and overseas markets such as Russia and Thailand.
Ken’s comments. Each production area tend to organize its own regional product show. Local clients may find it interesting. How about the overseas clients?
Keda Clean Energy in India delivered its first refurbished polishing lines in Gujarat State. The company provides overall aftersales services for the complete production lines and other maintenance to save their second round investment costs.
Ken’s comments. Smart move. Two reasons, the ability to provide local technical service is the long term competitive edge for any equipment provider. Second, saving the costs have at least two dimensions, upfront investment, and overall costs incurred during the life cycle of equipment. If you take care of client’s costs, your clients will take care of your business.