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.
“Khurja row continues
Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to take action against ceramic industries allegedly operating without consent and not adhering to mandatory pollution norms in state’s ceramic heart, Khurja.
“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All five Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan...
Asian Ceramics (www.asianceramics.com) looks at tableware production costs within ASEAN, and focuses on Indonesia.
In an industry where product prices are stagnant or declining in real terms, production cost profiles are substantial, and consumer markets are rapidly changing, the challenge is far greater. Under the layers of glaze, coloring, and decorative work is a product still largely the result of manual labor; labor that is increasingly become expensive in some of the Asian countries.