Business Is Booming For Ceramics
The manufacturing of ceramic products is another area to have benefitted from the construction boom in the Middle East, and includes a wide range of tiles, flagstones, bricks, and other structural elements. In 2012 alone, the Gulf region with India and Pakistan collectively imported over 11 million tonnes of these goods, worth around US$5.5 billion.
SOHAR’s competitive energy and land costs create an attractive environment for developing manufacturing, as does the fact that raw materials like clay and kaolin are readily available in Oman. The mining output of these materials is roughly 300,000 tonnes per year, and it is likely that there is room for these volumes to grow as unexploited deposits are researched and utilised.