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Sri Lanka:Macksons to expand capacity

Sri Lanka based Macksons Tiles Pvt Limited is set to expand its installed capacity in the first half of 2016. Based at Bandargama, Macksons Tiles is a relatively new entrant in the growing Sri Lankan ceramic industry..

Uzbekistan: Xu Zhan to set up tile plant

The Chinese company Xu Zhan Investment will commission an enterprise for the production of ceramic tiles in Uzbekistan worth $24.3 million in the first half of 2016, association of leather and footwear enterprises of Uzbekistan, which is the project participant, told Trend.

Swachh Bharat: A Progress Report

Our official media partner, Asian Ceramics (www.asianceramics.com) looks at how India’s ambitious sanitaryware construction and installation programme is succeeding after being heralded with much fanfare just nine months ago.

Niro: burning brightly in the East

Asian Ceramics talks to Bong Kuan Shin, Managing Director of Niro Ceramic Group, about the company’s plans for the future, and view of the current ASEAN situation.

Guangdong and Guangxi lead new tile lines

Some 83 new tile producing lines were added to the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi during the course of 2014, new information available to Asian Ceramics has revealed.


Asian Ceramics (www.asianceramics.com) looks at tableware production costs within ASEAN, and focuses on Indonesia.

The ceramic tableware industry is a highly competitive consumer sub- segmentof the ceramic industry, which, like the rest of industry is facing the pressure of continually rising costs. Cracks in the fine glaze of the industry in the western economies have provided Asian countries an opportunity to dominate the market. While, some of the countries in the continent have been dominating others due to their low cost production, others are playing a catch up.


“Lean thinking” for sanitaryware

In what is Sacmi Whiteware’s thirtieth year, managing director of Lenovys and author of The Toyota Way, Luciano Attolico, presents his report “Increasing competitiveness through elimination of time wastage”: clear confirmation of the soundness of Sacmi’s adherence to lean thinking principles, applied since 2008. This interview is reproduced by kind permission of our media partner, Asian Ceramics (www.asianceramics.com)


Bonded-labour concerns continue to mount

According to “The Economist”, Many of India’s “modern slaves” labour in appalling conditions in brick kilns or breaking stones in quarries. Typically they are recruited by agents offering real jobs and then trapped by accepting an advance on earnings, which turns out to be a loan at exorbitant interest that no worker can ever hope to repay. The boss then suggests that the worker bring in his wife and children, and soon the entire family...


Viglacera sees listing as key to expansion

Vietnam’s state-owned building material firm Viglacera Corporation is planning to list during the third quarter of this year, later than expected by a couple of months. Viglacera chairman Luyen Cong Minh said the company will be listing on the Hanoi Stock Exchange, adding that the listing procedures are about to be completed. In February 2014, investors bought nearly 19.5 million shares during the company’s initial public offer (IPO), accou...


Sanitaryware market on the rise as Nepal modernises

The sanitary ware market of Nepal is witnessing considerable growth, thanks to a rise in the construction of residential and commercial buildings, especially in city areas. Traders say the market has reached Rs 8 billion, although the official import figures are low. In the last fiscal year, Nepal imported sanitary ware worth Rs 2.77 billion from India, according to the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB). As of the first half this fiscal year, the imports...


Heavy work: brick industry progress in Central Asia

This extracted article is re-produced with the kind permission of Asian Ceramics magazine www.asianceramics.com. For the full story, simply contact the team via enquiries@asianceramics.com

All five Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan...