The ceramic industry has been one of the expanding manufacturing sectors of Bangladesh. The sector caters to 85% of the local demand as the country experiences steady economic growth and urbanization and progressing towards being the third largest export sector in the next five years.


The ceramic industry started its journey in 1958 and currently consists of around 65 producers of traditional ceramics such as tableware, tiles, sanitaryware, insulator, heavy clay etc. The total domestic market consumption for ceramic products amounted to USD 660 million in FY2017-18 and local production meets the demand of 96% of tableware, 77% of tiles and 89% of sanitary ware. Over the last decade, the Bangladeshi ceramic industry has witnessed a multi-dimensional growth in both domestic (20% average annual growth) and export markets (26% during the last three years), and approximately 200% growth in production capacity in the last 5 years. The sector directly employs around 48,000 people and is estimated to indirectly employ over 500,000 people.

Bangladeshi ceramics products are exported to more than 50 countries including the UK, the USA, Italy, Spain, Norway, France, Netherlands, Australia and more. According to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), ceramics export earnings amounted to nearly USD 70 million in FY2018-19, an increase from USD 52 million in FY2017-18, becoming the seventh largest export item from Bangladesh and is forecasted to become the third largest in the next five years. US-China trade tension and rising European demand have been the major catalyst for export growth. Global market for ceramic products is expected to be worth USD 408 billion by 2025 and the country’s ceramic manufacturers are positioned to capture a slice of this expanding world market.

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Bangladesh Ceramics products are exported to more than 50 countries.

65% value addition in ceramic product manufacturing.

The country caters to 96% of tableware, 77% of tiles and 89% of sanitary ware demand through local production

Million USD in domestic consumption of ceramic products in 2017-18
Average annual growth rate of the domestic market
Average annual growth rate of export market
Million USD in accumulated investment in the ceramic sector

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