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UK Ceramic Tiles market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Ceramic Tiles market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Market segmentation and definitions

The ceramic tile market can readily be segmented into:/p>

  • glazed
  • unglazed

There are two separate applications of glazed tiles

  • wall tiles
  • floor tiles

The unglazed ceramic tile market can include:

  • unglazed ceramic floor tiles, which tend to be suited to commercial and industrial applications, although they are also commonly found in laundries and utility rooms.
  • unglazed quarry tiles, which are naturally stain and slip resistant. Due to their durable nature, quarry tiles are often found in commercial settings, notably new offices and retail establishments. Nonetheless, as the tiles are relatively inexpensive they are becoming more popular in the residential sector. Unglazed quarry tiles are available in various sizes and are appropriate for interior walls and floors, exterior walls and floors, and fireplace facings and hearths.
  • unglazed mosaic tiles, which can be installed individually or pre-mounted on mesh or paper sheets. Mosaic tiles can be used in both wall and floor applications. Mosaic floor tiles are often less than 5 cm2.
  • unglazed porcelain tiles (stoneware), which tend to be stronger and denser than ceramic tiles. Unglazed porcelain tiles can be used in both wall and floor applications, and due to their slip resistant nature, can also be found in swimming pools and leisure changing rooms.

Company Profiles

Mintel's B2B reports provide company profiles and analysis on the major players of the market:

  • British Ceramic Tile (BCT)
  • Capitol Tile Supplies
  • Johnson Tiles
  • Pilkington’s/Cersanit Capital Group
  • Topps Tiles

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Use of ceramic tiles in the UK remains atypical to the rest of Europe, and is largely restricted to kitchens and bathrooms. Demand has been boosted by the en-suite trend, which originated from the new build market but has extended to the refurbishment market, but there has also been competition from substitute materials such as splash boards Terry Leggett
Senior B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • Overall growth
              • Figure 1: The total ceramic tile market, 2012-17
            • Market segmentation
              • Figure 2: Segmentation of glazed and unglazed tiles, by volume, 2017
            • Distribution
              • Figure 3: Distribution of ceramic tiles, 2017
            • Complex set of market drivers
              • Market trends
                • Market prospects
                  • Figure 4: Forecast segmentation of ceramic tiles, 2018-22
                • Companies and brands
                  • Manufacturing
                    • Distribution
                      • What we think
                      • Issues and Insights

                        • Specialist retailer opportunities
                          • The facts
                            • The implications
                              • The digital opportunity
                                • The facts
                                  • The implications
                                    • Flooring growing faster than walls
                                      • The facts
                                        • The implications
                                        • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                          • The UK – An atypical market
                                            • Shift in demand
                                              • Brexit impact
                                              • Market Size

                                                • Growth slows in 2017
                                                  • Figure 5: The total ceramic tile market
                                              • Market Segmentation

                                                • Primary types
                                                  • Figure 6: Segmentation of glazed and unglazed tiles, by volume, 2017
                                                  • Figure 7: Segmentation of glazed and unglazed tiles, by value, 2017
                                                • Glazed tiles
                                                  • Figure 8: Glazed tile market, 2012-17
                                                • Unglazed tiles
                                                    • Figure 9: Unglazed tile market, 2012-17
                                                • Market Forecast

                                                    • The major influences
                                                      • Tile usage
                                                        • New housing construction – A growth area
                                                          • Figure 10: Forecast private housing output, 2018-22
                                                          • Figure 11: Forecast public housing output, 2018-22
                                                        • Housing repair, maintenance and improvement
                                                          • Figure 12: Forecast repair & maintenance in private housing, 2018-22
                                                          • Figure 13: Forecast repair & maintenance in public housing, 2012-22
                                                        • Other macro influences
                                                          • Market prospects, 2018-22
                                                            • Figure 14: Forecast market for ceramic tiles, 2018-22
                                                          • Market segmentation, 2018-22
                                                            • Figure 15: Forecast segmentation of ceramic tiles, 2018-22
                                                        • The Impact of the Economy

                                                          • Brexit impact
                                                            • Figure 16: Euro/pound exchange rates, May 2016-April 2018
                                                          • Interest rates
                                                            • House price inflation
                                                              • Figure 17: House price changes, 2006-18
                                                          • Market Trends

                                                            • The fundamentals
                                                              • Mixed and industrial look
                                                                • Inside out
                                                                  • Wood effects
                                                                    • Contrasting open plan and dark kitchens
                                                                      • Bold patterns and rugging
                                                                      • Market Drivers

                                                                        • Home ownership
                                                                          • Figure 18: UK home ownership trends, 2006-17
                                                                        • Housing transactions
                                                                          • Figure 19: Residential property transactions, by country, 2013-17
                                                                        • New private housing construction
                                                                          • Figure 20: Private housing construction activity, 2013-17
                                                                          • Figure 21: Private housing construction output in Great Britain, 2013-17
                                                                          • Figure 22: Private sector housing completions, 1978-2017
                                                                        • New public housing construction
                                                                          • Figure 23: New public housing construction output, 2013-17
                                                                          • Figure 24: Public sector housing completions, 1978-2017
                                                                        • Private sector housing repair & maintenance
                                                                          • Figure 25: Repair, maintenance and improvement output in the private housing sector, 2013-17
                                                                        • Public sector housing repair & maintenance
                                                                          • Figure 26: Repair, maintenance and improvement output in the public housing sector, 2013-17
                                                                        • DIY activity
                                                                          • Figure 27: DIY retail sales, 2012-17
                                                                        • Positive fashion trends
                                                                          • Figure 28: Kitchen furniture sales, 2012-17
                                                                          • Figure 29: Bathroom product sales, 2013-17
                                                                        • Substitute products
                                                                        • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                                          • Manufacturing
                                                                            • Distribution
                                                                            • Industry Structure

                                                                              • A confined manufacturing industry
                                                                                • Figure 30: Changes in the ceramic tile industry structure, 2013-17
                                                                              • A changing distribution sector
                                                                                  • Figure 31: Distribution of ceramic tiles, 2017
                                                                                • A fragmented fixing industry
                                                                                  • Figure 32: Composition of the floor and wall covering fixing trade, by size of company, 2017 (number of businesses)
                                                                              • Competitive Strategies

                                                                                • Manufacturing combined with trading
                                                                                  • Johnson Tiles and British Ceramic Tiles use imports to support local production
                                                                                    • Retail sourcing
                                                                                      • Imports widely available
                                                                                        • Specialist growth/DIY consolidation
                                                                                          • Topps Tiles expansion plans
                                                                                            • Digital activity
                                                                                              • Walls and Floors an Internet Retailing Top 500 company
                                                                                              • Company Profiles

                                                                                                • The manufacturing sector
                                                                                                  • The distribution sector
                                                                                                  • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                      • Abbreviations
                                                                                                        • Methodology
                                                                                                        • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                          • Trade associations
                                                                                                            • The Tile Association
                                                                                                              • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                • Bathroom Journal
                                                                                                                  • Bathroom & Kitchen Update
                                                                                                                    • The Designer
                                                                                                                      • Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Review
                                                                                                                        • Local Government News
                                                                                                                          • Tile & Stone Journal
                                                                                                                            • Tile UK
                                                                                                                              • Trade events
                                                                                                                                • BBC Good Homes Live
                                                                                                                                  • Interiors Birmingham
                                                                                                                                    • EXPOTILE
                                                                                                                                      • INTERBUILD
                                                                                                                                        • KBB