With all eyes on Narendera Modi Government’s maiden Budget, the ceramic industry is also pinning its hope on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to announce measures to take India at number one position in tile production.

“India ranks among the top 3 nations in the world in terms of tile production. The Indian Ceramic Tile industry is estimated to be of Rs. 23,000 crore of which 40 per cent is organised while 60 per cent is still the unorganised sector. The industry provides employment to more than 5 lakh people in India directly as well as indirectly,” says Kamlesh Patel Chairman and Managing Director, Asian Granito India Ltd.
He further adds that organised players are growing by 15-16 per cent in spite of the slowdown for a month while the industry grew by 13 per cent last year. However freight, supply and price of power & gas are the key cost-related issues that have a huge impact on the industry.

Looking forward to some positive stimulus from the finance minister in this direction, Patel says, “Our expectations from the forthcoming budget are lowering excise duty, rebate on exports, reduction in overall raw materials & gas prices. Moreover, the government should also consider imposing sizeable anti-dumping duty on imports from China.”

He further adds, “Increasing financial costs have been eating away the profits of ceramic players and hence hurting the industry. Despite an increased demand in the domestic market, the production of tiles has suffered steep fall owing to very large volumes of dumping from China. This has adversely affected the profit margins of Indian ceramic manufacturers there by pushing a number of smaller units to eventual closure.”