A market survey of the Chinese ceramic tile and sanitary-ware industry has been published by the Italian Trade Commission ICE and Acimac, conducted by Beijing Topview Consulting & Trading of Peking.

Entitled "Ceramic Production in the People's Republic of China," the survey is an update of one conducted in 1999, made necessary due to the rapid development of industrial and production structures in China.

In 2002, Chinese ceramic production went up 13.3 percent over 2001, with almost half of the increase generated by the tile industry. The Chinese market is extremely fragmented, with hundreds of small companies accounting for 54 percent of all tile production.