Statistics and markets

Ceramic World Review updates the rankings of the world’s top 25 ceramic groups in 2016


The growth in ceramic tile production in Europe, India and the NAFTA region in the year 2016 is reflected in the figures for the world’s top 25 ceramic tile groups (as for production volumes), which Ceramic World Review has updated as of 31/12/2016.

In 2016 the top 25 groups manufactured a total of approximately 1,750 million sq.m (13% of world production) and more than half of them reported growth in output volumes. Standouts include the results of Mohawk Industries in the USA, Lamosa and Vitromex in Mexico, Pamesa and STN in Spain, Kajaria in India and Arwana Citramulia in Indonesia.

The American giant Mohawk Industries, Inc. leads once again the 2016 rankings of the world top 25 groups, with an estimated output between 230 and 250 million sq.m. The US multinational is well ahead of all its competitors, especially in terms of revenues. As of 31/12/2016, it reported sales of US $3.174 billion in the tile segment alone, equivalent to 35% of the group’s total revenues. 

The Thai group SCG is in second place in terms of output volumes (201 million sq.m), but well behind in sales revenues (751 million euros).

The Mexican group Lamosa has further strengthened its position as the third largest world group and the leader in Latin America following the acquisition of the Argentinian group San Lorenzo on 3 October 2016. Valued at around US $230 million, the operation included the two brands San Lorenzo and Cordillera and 7 manufacturing facilities (3 in Argentina, 3 in Colombia and 1 in Peru), enabling Lamosa to increase its total production capacity by around 40% to 180 million sq.m/year.

A total of twelve companies occupy the production range between 50 and 100 million sq.m. Of these, the Spanish company Pamesa saw a particularly strong performance in 2016, increasing its output to 69.5 million sq.m (+15%) and tile segment revenues to 367 million euros (+17.6%).

The Indonesian group Arwana Citramulia also marked up double-digit growth with the start-up of its fifth production facility in early 2016, reaching a capacity of 57.7 million sq.m and an output of 50 million sq.m (up 17% on 2015). 

  • Read the complete article published on Ceramic World Review no. 123/2017