Tile manufacturers seek cheaper gases

By Accommodation Times News Service

Ceramic tiles and sanitary were manufacture will approach the Ministries of Commerce and Petroleum and Natural Gas seeking a ban on exports of critical raw material such as quartz. They also want natural gas to a cheaper price. Stating that the industry was feeling the heat of slowdown, the Indian Council of Ceramic Tiles and Sanitary said, high production and input costs are eating into our margins. Energy account for nearly 40% of input costs for the ceramic tiles industry and it has made manufacturing in India very expensive compared to neighboring nations.

Raw materials like feldspar and quartz are exported. The Indian tile and sanitary ware market was the third largest after China and Brazil. ICCTAS also asked the government to include ceramic tiles industry in priority sector list under Natural Gas Utilization Policy and Allocation of Natural Gas.

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