Nigeria imports ceramic products worth $900 million annually. Ceramic tiles imports account for over $500 million of the import, and are projected to reach $2.1 billion by 2025.
A Professor of Ceramics Engineering, Patrick Oaik-hinan, gave the figure on the sideline of the launch of Oaikhinan Ceramics Foundation in Lagos, to improve ceramic penetration and skills upscale in the country.
He lamented that despite her growth potential for ceramics, Nigeria’s ceramics import bill remained huge, attributing this to erosion of the vibrancy of ceramics manufacturing in the country.
He recalled that this was witnessed in the 1950s and 1980s when five international ceramic manufacturing companies located in different parts of the country went moribund.
He listed the companies to include Richware Ceramics, Modern Ceramics, Nigergrob Ceramics, Ceramic Manufacturer, and Quality Ceramics.
Oaikhinan said the shift of focus by successive administrations to crude oil production sounded the death knell on the ceramic industries.
Nine ceramic companies in Nigeria
He said: “Currently, there are nine operating ceramic companies in Nigeria, eight for tiles and one for sanitary ware, and they operate under various capacities.
“Ceramics (ROYAL) is the oldest major manufacturer of ceramic tiles and is closely followed by PNT.
Local production capacity
“The average production capacity is 40,000-45,000 square meter per day for the eight manufacturing companies combined.
Chinese invests in 6, Indian 1
“I thank the Chinese for 100 per cent investment in six out of the eight ceramic tile companies, and the Indian with investment support for the remaining two tiles companies.”
Source: The Nation