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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing

Overview: the U.S. Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing Industry

This report provides answers to key questions about the industry:
What is the total market size (industry revenue)?

This report shows the total market size for the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry, comprised of total revenues of both public and private companies over the last five years (2013-2018), current year estimates, and outlook to 2022.

What is the industry outlook?

The industry Outlook and Forecasts show how the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry is heading over the next five years (2019-2022). Market forecasts account for historical growth, cyclical changes, and general economic outlook.

Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?

The Market Analysis section shows the five-year growth trends for Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing, year-by-year from 2013-2018.

Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?

Forecasts for 2019-2022 for the industry show the future growth and market opportunity for Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing companies.

"When competing with other advanced technical ceramic products and powders, we believe the principal competitive factors are manufacturing capacity and the ability to deliver products, price, product performance, material specifications, application engineering capabilities, customer support and reputation..."
What is the average company size in the industry?

The average number of employees and average revenue for a typical Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing company is charted over time for the last five years to the present.

How many companies are in the industry?

Track how many companies compete in the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry, and how the number of companies has changed over the past five years.

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing market size 2018
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Statistics 2013        2014        2015        2016        2017        2018*
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing market forecast 2018-2024

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2018* 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 5%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6%
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6%
Production Occupations 55%
Supervisors of Production Workers 5%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5%
Other Production Occupations 42%
Crushing, Grinding, Polishing, Mixing, and Blending Workers 6%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 8%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 8%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 6%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 6%
Miscellaneous Production Workers 13%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11%
Material Moving Workers 9%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing Competitor Landscape & Key Companies [PREMIUM]

The most influential companies in the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry and adjacent industries either have large market share or are developing new business models and methods that could disrupt the status quo. We look at leading and emerging companies in the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry and adjacent sectors:

Market Leaders:
Direct Competitors

Companies with the largest market share, focused in this industry
Market leaders:
Diversified Competitors

Largest companies that have diversified operations in this and other industries
Direct Competitors

Innovative, Emerging, and Disruptive Companies that may influence the future direction of the industry.
Diversified Competitors

Innovators and Disruptors in adjacent industries that may also affect the Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing industry.

Innovation News

  • Baughman Tile trademarks "POLY SMOOTHLINE" - Flexible plastic pipes for plumbing purposes - 11/17/2018
  • Sioux City Brick & Tile trademarks "SIOUX CITY BRICK" - Bricks - 11/07/2018
  • Unifrax I patents Insulation Barrier For Electrochemical Battery And Electrochemical Battery Including Same - 10/25/2018
  • Unifrax I patents Housing Material For Pouch-type Battery And Pouch-type Battery Including Same - 10/25/2018
  • Magneco/Metrel patents Refractory Kiln Car Resistant To High Temperature Shock And Creep - 09/20/2018
  • Two Stone trademarks "THE ANGRY BUTCHER QUALITY MEATS & CHEESES" - Meats; Cheeses; Seafood; Jams; Jellies - 08/31/2018
  • Fireclay Tile raises $1 million in funding. - 08/30/2017
  • Fireclay Tile raises $2 million in funding. - 11/21/2013
  • Fireclay Tile raises $3 million in funding. - 05/29/2013

  • Executive Briefings

    As the demand for ceramic proppant (including proppant produced by us) continued to be negatively impacted by the severe decline in the oil and natural gas industry in 2017, the number of domestic and international competitors in the marketplace continued to decrease, and many of our competitors have shut down plants and/or reduced production. One of our worldwide proppant competitors is Saint-Gobain 2   Proppants (“Saint-Gobain”). Saint-Gobain is a division of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, a large French glass and materials company. Saint-Gobain manufactures a variety of ceramic proppants that it markets in competition with some of our products. Mineracao Curimbaba (“Curimbaba”), based in Brazil, also manufactures and markets ceramic proppant in competition with some of our products. France (“Imerys”), has ceramic proppant manufacturing facilities in Andersonville and Wrens, Georgia and also competes with some of our products. Although we have limited information about FORES, we believe that FORES manufactures intermediate-density and low-density ceramic proppant lines and markets its products both inside and outside of Russia. Most of these companies produce intermediate-density and low-density ceramic proppants that are marketed both inside and outside of China. Historically, competition for CARBOHSP and CARBOPROP principally includes ceramic proppant manufactured by Saint-Gobain, Curimbaba, as well as various manufacturers located in China. Our CARBOLITE, CARBOECONOPROP and CARBOHYDROPROP products compete primarily with ceramic proppant produced by Saint-Gobain, Curimbaba and Imerys and with sand-based proppant for use in the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells. At this time, there is not in our view a comparable competitor’s product to our KRYPTOSPHERE product line, which is the subject of patent protection. Silica Company, Fairmount Minerals Limited, Inc. We believe that some of the significant factors that influence a customer’s decision to purchase our ceramic proppant are (i) reservoir and geological characteristics, (ii) price/performance ratio, (iii) on-time delivery performance, (iv) technical support, (v) proppant availability and (vi) the financial status of E Carbo Ceramics

    Government Contracts

    In 2018, the federal government spent a total of $1,059,434 on Clay Product & Refractory Manufacturing. It has awarded 282 contracts to 59 companies, with an average value of $17,957 per company.   

    Most Recent Contracts Date Total Award Amount
    777 W Cherokee Dr
    Tulsa, OK
    Jun 06, 2018$41,979
    782 Pickard Ave
    Antioch, IL
    Jun 05, 2018$18,604
    1800 F St Nw
    Washington, DC
    Jun 04, 2018$6,137
    805 E Grand St
    Elizabeth, NJ
    May 24, 2018$3,975
    9300 73rd Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN
    May 22, 2018$4,242
    3 Northwest Dr
    Plainville, CT
    May 15, 2018$11,590