Summary of our market study

The French ceramics market is estimated at between €2 and €2.5 billion.

China, with $22.37 billion in exports, is the leading producer and consumer of ceramic tiles, with 8.5 billion square meters consumed; European consumption is much lower, at 1.03 billion square meters.

Demand on the French ceramics market

The French ceramics market covers a wide range of products, from traditional decorative objects to cutting-edge technical ceramics.

Market demand is geared towards ceramic tiles and slabs, which account for more than half the market's value. Products for domestic or ornamental use and ceramic sanitaryware account for around 18% and 13% of market value respectively. These three segments form the core of the French market.

France has a significant trade deficit, importing 53% of its consumption of ceramic tiles and slabs, but performs well in exports of technical ceramics for industrial applications.

The market is influenced by the performance of the real estate sector, with a clear link between housing starts and consumption of ceramic tableware. Household consumption of tableware is declining. The automotive and metallurgy sectors play a key role as consumers of technical ceramics.

Technical ceramics have unique characteristics for the manufacture of insulating components. Strong growth in the automotive sector and fluctuations in metallurgy underline the close link between industrial health and demand for advanced ceramics.

French regulations, notably REACH, and European directives such as 1935/2004, shape the market, guaranteeing the safety of materials, particularly for products in contact with foodstuffs.

Key players in the French ceramics market

  • Winckelmans is a traditional player in the manufacture of decorative ceramic tiles

  • Desvres decorative and domestic ceramics.

  • Safran is one of France's most active manufacturers of technical ceramics.

  • Saint Gobain is a world-renowned leader in the ceramics market.

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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and scope of the study

The ceramics market encompasses a wide range of different products, from decorative items and tableware to sanitary equipment and many types of technical ceramics.

All of these product types are included in this study, and the scope of the data is detailed by section according to the integrated NAF or CPF codes.

The global ceramics market is dominated by China, responsible for nearly 50% of global exports in 2018. France is also highly dependent on foreign trade in ceramic products, as it imports a large portion of these products to meet demand.

Nevertheless, France has a few industrial flagships present in the very specific sector of technical ceramics, as well as a larger number of establishments specializing in ornamental ceramic items.

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  • National production of ceramic products (all codes)
  • Exports and imports of ceramics (all products)
  • Distribution of export value by product type
  • Distribution of import value by product type
  • Foreign trade in ceramic tiles (2331)
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Anduze Gard: the Madeleine pottery renews its kilns to boost output - 05/09/2023
  • Company location: Lézan, south of Alès
  • New equipment increases vase production capacity by 25%
  • Current production: 60 vases per day, plans to increase to 75 vases per day
  • 40% of the company's business is exported
  • Poterie de la Madeleine employs 50 people Company sales in 2022: 6 million euros.
Safran offers $1.8 billion for Collins flight orders - 22/07/2023
  • Safran proposes to acquire Collins Aerospace's flight controls business for an enterprise value of $1.8 billion.
  • The acquisition covers 8 manufacturing sites, 7 of which are in Europe (mainly the UK, France and Italy) and 1 in Asia, employing 3,700 people.
  • By 2024, these plants are expected to generate sales of around $1.5 billion
  • The customers of this Collins branch are 63% commercial aviation, 25% military aircraft and 12% helicopters.
  • Collins is committed to generating a quarter of sales from its orders over the next few years.
  • Safran forecasts a 50% increase in engine deliveries by 2023.
  • Safran promises sales of 23 billion euros in 2023 (versus 19 billion euros in 2022)
Safran negotiates its biggest acquisition in five years with Raytheon - 08/06/2023
  • Safran Group in talks to acquire a branch of Raytheon Technologies Corp
  • Potential acquisition of certain flight control and actuation activities (ATA 27)
  • Acquisition value could be around $1 billion
  • Raytheon had sales of $67.1 billion in 2020
  • Safran had sales of 19 billion euros
Safran forecasts a 50% increase in engine deliveries by 2023. - 20/02/2023
  • Last year, Safran invested heavily in the space sector, with the acquisition of Orolia , Cilas and Syrlinks
  • three companies that will enable Safran to rapidly reach half a billion euros in sales in space equipment
Preconstruction boosted Cerâmicas Aleluia's accounts by $19 million - 25/05/2021

Inflated value of accounts: 19 million euros

Prebuild group debt to Novo Banco: 300 million euros

Export pre-financing with BES: 200 million euros

Amount exported: 40 million euros

These key figures can be used in a market study of the Novo Banco business, the Prebuild Group and Cerâmicas Aleluia.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Cermix (Desvres Cerabati)
Safran Groupe
Aleluia Cerâmicas France
Le Monde du Carrelage
Poterie de la Madeleine Anduze
Pyromeral Systems

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