UK Ceramic Tiles Market Report 2023
Economic growth is expected to be restrained over the next two years. This will likely hold back the recovery in key end-use sectors, including housebuilding and RMI activity. Claudia…

UK Ceramic Tiles Market Report 2023

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Stay ahead of the curve and future-proof your business with Mintel’s UK Ceramic Tiles Market Report 2023. Our full report is packed with consumer-led market intelligence, the latest ceramic tiles market research, trends and consumer behaviours affecting your business. Get a 360° view of the ceramic tiles UK market including market size, share and forecasted growth to help you align your business strategy with the needs of your audience.

Below, we’ve handpicked the key insights analysed in the full report and summarised the core topics.

Topics Analysed in this Report

  • The impact of the cost of living and high inflation environment on the ceramic tiles market UK.
  • How the all-important import sources are changing and why the ceramic tiles market is so confined.
  • Trends in the key sectors of construction activity, including housebuilding and RMI activity
  • How the growing importance of sustainability is driving innovation in the ceramic tiles market.

Ceramic Tiles Market UK

The ongoing cost of living crisis and a drop in house prices are impacting house moving and RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) total activity, resulting in reduced volume demand for ceramic tiles.

In the residential RMI sector, spending on large ticket projects which often involve external finance, remains under added pressure from higher interest rates.

  • Ceramic tiles market size: Mintel forecasts that the ceramic market size will reach £403 million in 2027.

Ceramic Tiles Market Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Demand for more sustainable products

Consumers, designers and specifiers are increasingly demanding more sustainable products. With the manufacturing process of ceramic tiles highly energy-intensive, a key focus is the reduction of carbon emissions in the production process.

  • Ceramic tiles market UK trends: Johnson Tikes aims to increase recycled material content in its ceramic tiles to 25%.

Digital printing revolution

Another key focus in manufacturing of ceramic tiles innovation is on printing images, including high-definition images. Digital printing tools can help tile manufacturers bring new products and design options to the market faster to remain competitive.

  • Ceramic tiles market statistics: 61% of consumers are interested in automated diagnostic in-vehicle technologies.

Purchase our UK Ceramic Tiles Market Report to receive a five-year forecast, consumer behaviour analysis, and recommendations for market opportunities. Readers of this report may also be interested in our UK House Building Market Report 2023, or our range of B2B Market Research.

Brands Featured in the Full Report

Johnson Tiles, Topps Tiles, Tile Giant, Al Murad Tiles, Porcelanosa, Solus Ceramics, Tile Mountain.

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Expert Insights from a B2B Analyst

This report, written by Claudia Preedy, a leading research analyst, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight the ceramic tiles market trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Economic growth is expected to be restrained over the next two years. This will likely hold back the recovery in key end-use sectors, including housebuilding and RMI activity.

Claudia Preedy

Claudia Preedy
Senior B2B Analyst

Table of Contents


    • Opportunities for the ceramic tiles market
    • Rising demand for more sustainable products
    • Digital printing revolution
    • Growing role of eCommerce
    • Market dynamics and outlook
    • The five-year outlook for ceramic tiles
    • Market size and forecast
    • Graph 1: market size and forecast for ceramic tiles, 2017-27
    • Adverse macroeconomic factors suppress demand
    • Market pressures expected to continue in the near-term
    • UK production accounts for just 12% of UK supply
    • Import sources – official statistics
    • Graph 2: ceramic tile import sources, by country, 2022
    • UK manufacturing
    • Residential RMI market accounts for over half of ceramic tiles demand
    • Consumers responsible for around 40% of retail sales of ceramic tiles
    • Housing transactions fall in 2022-23
    • Graph 3: residential property transactions, 2017-23
    • New housebuilding activity
    • Graph 4: new housebuilding activity, 2017-23
    • New housing prospects

    • Market size
    • Residential market after COVID-19 disruption
    • Very different RMI features in 2022 and 2023
    • Commercial market slower to recover after pandemic
    • Market growth led by price increases in 2022
    • Market forecast
    • Market pressures expected to continue
    • Volume demand impacted in 2023, but recovery on the horizon
    • Market segmentation
    • Local production
    • Imports dominate the market…
    • …with significant growth reported in 2022
    • Graph 5: imports of ceramic tiles, 2017-2022
    • Spain leads imports to the UK
    • Exports and re-exports fluctuate over the last six years
    • Graph 6: exports and re-exports of ceramic tiles, 2017-22
    • Industry data paints a very different trend
    • Graph 7: UK imports of ceramic tiles, industry estimates, 2018-22
    • Macro-economic factors
    • The UK has avoided recession, but economic output has stagnated since the cost of living crisis
    • Graph 8: GDP, 2021-2023
    • Inflation is still the key factor affecting consumers' finances
    • Graph 9: CPI inflation rate, 2021-23
    • Interest rates will rise in importance over the remainder of 2023 and into 2024
    • Interest rates also impact the property market
    • Consumer sentiment: The recovery is continuing…
    • Graph 10: The financial wellbeing index, 2016-23
    • …and people feel more confident about their financial prospects
    • Graph 11: The financial confidence index, 2016-23
    • Recent/planned consumer spending
    • Graph 12: recent and planned spending activity, 2023
    • Market drivers
    • Overview
    • Complex drivers behind the residential RMI market
    • Number of UK households
    • Graph 13: number of households, 1991-2022
    • Household projections
    • Graph 14: government predictions of number of households, 2025-39
    • Housing stock analysis
    • Housing RMI
    • Graph 15: housing RMI activity, 2017-23
    • House price inflation falls post pandemic
    • Graph 16: annual house price changes, 2019-23
    • Housing transactions
    • Recent housing transaction activity
    • Home ownership
    • Bathroom replacement activity and second amenity ownership trends
    • Impact on kitchen replacements
    • DIY activity
    • DIY sales fluctuating
    • Graph 17: DIY specialist retailer sales, 2018-28
    • Major commercial markets
    • New housebuilding
    • Graph 18: new housebuilding activity, 2017-23
    • New housing prospects
    • Commercial new construction
    • Graph 19: new commercial construction, 2017-23
    • Commercial construction prospects
    • Major commercial new construction sectors
    • Graph 20: new construciton activity in retail and entertainment, 2017-2023
    • Private non-residential RMI
    • Activity levels
    • Graph 21: private non-residential RMI activity, 2017-23
    • Public non-residential RMI activity
    • Activity levels
    • Graph 22: Public non-residential RMI activity, 2017-23

    • Industry structure
    • UK manufacturing
    • UK production accounts for just 12% of UK supply
    • Size of UK ceramic tiles manufacturing industry
    • Graph 23: development of the ceramic tile industry, 2018-22
    • Vast majority of UK ceramic tiles manufacturing businesses are SMEs
    • Graph 24: structure of the ceramic tile manufacturing sector, 2022
    • Distribution of ceramic tiles is varied
    • Evolving distribution channels…
    • …growth of tile retailers
    • Distribution channels used by the contract market
    • Very fragmented tilers and fixers sector
    • Graph 25: Structure of the UK floor and wall covering fixing trade, by size of company, 2021
    • Competitive strategies
    • Topps Tiles' market approach
    • Topps Tiles strategy
    • Al Murad emphasising digital channels
    • Tile Giant also using digital channels
    • Tile Mountain focussing on being multifaceted
    • Launch activity and innovation
    • Sustainability takes central role in innovation
    • Digital printing revolution
    • Company Profiles
    • Johnson Tiles
    • Strategy
    • Financial information
    • Graph 26: turnover of Johnson Tiles, 2017-23
    • Al Murad Tiles
    • Buoyant turnover recorded in 2021
    • Porcelanosa
    • Company maintains profitability in challenging times
    • Solus Ceramics
    • Demand strengthening after pandemic
    • Tile Giant
    • Tile Giant performance before Coverings acquisition
    • Activity under Coverings
    • Financial performance of The Mosaic Tile Company
    • Tile Mountain
    • Company records five consecutive years of turnover growth
    • Topps Tiles
    • Topps Tiles bounces back from COVID slump in 2020
    • Topps Tiles trading update FY2023
    • Graph 27: Topps Tiles turnover, 2017-2023
    • Store profile
    • Graph 28: store portfolio of Topps Tiles, by type, 2023
    • Geographic distribution
    • Graph 29: Topps Tiles store profile, by region, 2022
    • Topps Tiles' market target

    • Report scope and definitions
    • Market definition
    • Market definition (cont.)
    • Abbreviations and terms
    • Methodology
    • B2B report methodology

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