The new era of China’s ceramic and sanitary ware industry is facing a series of huge changes. From the industry, products, production areas to brands, categories, quality, any dimension is quietly fissile, and ultimately profoundly affect the future direction of the industry and the fate of countless ceramic sanitary ware people. This year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up. In the course of nearly 40 years of development, China’s Jiantao sanitary ware industry has begun to introduce the first automatic wall tile production line in Italy, which has opened the prelude to the development of China’s ceramics. In the 40 years of the past, the industry has turned upside down. However, looking back, the industry has also gone through a period of “detours.” However, to this day, automation and intelligence have long been an important starting point for the transformation and upgrading of China’s ceramic industry. It is not only the storage device, kiln control, glazing, brick, grading, packing, warehousing, etc. Machine replacements are being drastically improved. In the past, the operators in the workshop were densely packed, but now there are only a few people in one line. From abandoning automation equipment to replacing people from machines to machines, China’s ceramics industry has gone through a lot of “detours.”
Today, intelligence and automation have become the development of China’s ceramic industry. Important direction.
For a long time, the industry was filled with prejudice that the longer the kiln, from the original more than 100 meters, to the later 200 meters, 300 meters, 400 meters, 500 meters It doesn’t seem to be the longest, only longer. With the lengthening and widening of the kiln, the single-line capacity is also rising. In the past, the single kiln produced thousands of square meters per day, and now it is as high as tens of thousands of square meters. However, with the upgrading of the consumer market and the awakening of brand awareness, manufacturers have found that the kiln is not as long as possible, but based on the product structure, comprehensive consideration of its quality control, efficiency, cost, energy consumption and other factors. Therefore, in recent years, some brand enterprises have transformed and built new kiln furnaces, although they are much longer than the old ones, but they no longer blindly pursue the maximization of production capacity, but pursue the most reasonable matching of kiln length and product structure.
Although the longer the better the kiln has faded, there are still many Chinese ceramics companies in pursuit of large capacity.
In the processing and manufacturing of ceramic raw materials, most of the Italian and western production enterprises use centralized milling to achieve standardization of raw material preparation. But domestic companies are basically making their own powder. No matter which ceramic factory, raw material yard, ball mill workshop and spray drying tower production site, the production environment and pollution are relatively serious. This is also one of the direct reasons why ceramics factories have left the public with high pollution and high energy consumption impressions for many years. In recent years, the call for centralized milling and upstream materialization by upstream companies is getting higher and higher. In June 2017, the country’s first ceramic raw material centralized milling project was launched in Deqing, and China’s ceramics industry developed rapidly after decades. In the preparation of raw materials, we began to approach the Yi and West modes again.
In June 2017, the country’s first ceramic raw material centralized milling project landed in Deqing, but China’s ceramics industry still has a long way to go.
The ceramics industry is undoubtedly a high-energy-consuming industry with an annual output of 10 billion square meters and an annual consumption of 120 million tons of standard coal. At one time, domestic companies looked at the Italian and Western companies to burn natural gas only to envy, domestic enterprises from heavy oil, diesel to coal gas. As of today, most of the country’s production areas have begun to force access to natural gas, and the energy-consuming structure of the ceramics industry has undergone tremendous changes. Once, many experts and scholars have called on Chinese companies not to repeat the “first development, post-governance” of developed countries. In the past, we should “develop and manage”. However, after all, we have not been able to escape this fate, or we have gone through the old road of “development first, then governance”. In recent years, green development and environmental protection have not been talked about, but about the survival of enterprises, and many local governments and enterprises have paid a heavy price for this.
The problem caused by energy consumption is also one of the detours in China’s ceramic industry.
From the perspective of product structure, polished tiles used to be the most Chinese-inspired product, and also a product with the most independent intellectual property rights. At peak times, polished tiles accounted for more than More than 40%, China has become a truly polished brick kingdom, which has affected the global ceramic industry. However, Italian and Western companies have not been motivated for many years. Although they also have some unglazed bricks, most companies still insist on intensive cultivation in the field of glazed tiles. The time shift is easy, and after creating countless brilliance, the polished tiles are gradually falling from the peak. Nowadays, glazed tiles have come back and become popular. As a former market darling, polished tiles have long since fallen into low-end products.
In recent years, China’s ceramic industry product innovation has accelerated.
The breakthrough in product specifications, for ceramics, will never be tired. In the early years, Italian and Western companies mainly focused on small-scale products, while Chinese companies continued to expand specifications, 800, 1000, and 1200 (mm). At the beginning of the century, Dongpeng and Xinzhongyuan successively launched the “Chinese Brick King” and the “World Brick King” with a specification of 1000×2000mm, which became the largest polished tile at that time. Due to the immature technology, companies have no choice after launching conceptual products. Until 2017, Mona Lisa built the first 900×1800×5.5mm ceramic sheet production line in China, and pushed the specifications and thickness of Chinese ceramic tiles (board) to a new height. In recent years, Italian companies have vigorously promoted large-scale ceramic sheets and slabs, and the specifications have been continuously broken. Domestic enterprises have also stepped into this field, and the specifications of ceramic tiles have become larger. There are still many “detours” for inventory. Some have been through, and some still still go on the corner. It should be emphasized that for these “detours”, there is no right or wrong, which is an inevitable choice in a specific market environment.. Looking back at the development road of China’s ceramics industry, we can’t break away from the reality that China is a superpower. It is precisely because of this that large-scale production, large consumption, large exports, and low-cost development models have emerged.
The new era, new demands, and the development of the ceramics industry will continue to be fissile, iterative and upgraded on this basis. I hope that through such an inventory, let us look deeper into history and look further into the future.
(provided by Shenyang Building Materials Network) <
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