Morbi (Hindi: मोरबी) is the tiles production hub of India. It is a district place located inMorbi Tiles zone the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Morbi is home for >800 tile factories and this number is increasing. On average 20 new factories come up every year. As a result, production capacity expansion was massive during this decade.

8-A National Highway from Wankaner to Morbi is flanked by tiles factories. After 2012 new areas covered such as Halvad road and Jetpar road. The polygonal region between – Jetpar, Morbi, Wankaner, and Matel – make the world’s 2nd largest tile cluster. This area we know as the Morbi tile industry zone.

Vitrified tiles, Wall tiles, floor tiles, and porcelain slabs – are the main types of Morbi tiles.

What makes Morbi Tiles the next big thing in the global tile market?

Home to more than 800 tiles factories spread in an area of 40 km x 7 km

Cumulative industrial investment of more than ₹ 20000 Crore.

Manufactures more than 80% of total ceramic production in India.

Total installed capacity of 4 million Square Meter tiles per day.

Gives direct and indirect employment to over 600,000 people across India.

World’s 2nd largest tiles production zone (1st in Guangdong Province in China)

Why India’s tile industry mushroomed around Morbi?

Governments support by installing industrial gas line in the city in 2008

Tiles were the right product due to the slowdown in roof tiles and brick industry.

Access to cheap labor on a contract basis. No need to employ a skilled workforce on a permanent basis.

Easy access to raw materials and constant power supply from GEB.

Major seaports (Mundra and Kandla) are nearby ‎. The logistics becomes cheaper.

Local industrialists have a tendency to recover fast from economic issues.

During 2019 Morbi exported tiles to 176 countries. It is an outsourcing zone as well. Domestic brands like Kajaria, HR Johnson, AGL, Somani outsource from Morbi. Global brands include Daltile, Portobello, Emser, RAK, etc.

GSPC has fuelled the growth by installing the PNG gas line in the region. This has ensured continuous supply and stable temperature inside the kiln. Gas is a key cost factor in tile production.

Mundra and Kandla ports are within 180 km from Morbi. This helps Morbi tiles exporters to offer cheap prices. Over the next 10 years, the region can generate many jobs.

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