Quartz is the most plentiful and one of the hardest minerals on Earth, therefore it's "hardly" unexpected that manufacturers recognised its enormous potential as a surface material more than 50 years ago. Quartz countertops have gained in popularity since then as homeowners learned what the early quartz pioneers already knew: when the natural mineral quartz is improved by man's inventiveness, quartz worktops can compete with other natural stone counters in every aspect.
Engineered quartz (not to be confused with Quartzite, another popular natural stone for countertops) is a man-made product comprised primarily of natural ingredients. It's made up of durable and nonporous slabs made up of 90 to 94 percent powdered quartz and 6 to 10 percent resins and colours.
Quartz's innate resistance to abrasion, scratches, dents, and even acids, even in its produced form, eliminates the need for sealants. And produced quartz has a low environmental impact: quartz is a plentiful material, and the completed product is nontoxic and nonallergenic, as well as lasting a lifetime, eliminating the need for replacement.
Quartz countertops immediately gained popularity in Italy, and they have remained popular in European kitchens for decades. The tendency took slower to gain on in the United States, which could be explained in a number of ways: Trends and fashions from other countries can take a long time to reach the United States, or, more likely, American homeowners were content with their current options at the time (laminate was the most popular surface in the 1960s and 1970s) and were hesitant to embrace a material that looked so similar to widely available natural stone options like granite, marble, and limestone. (Quartz countertops may be made to look just like any of these three natural stones.)
• Quartz is one of the most durable materials known to man. Quartz countertops are more durable and adaptable than granite. This makes working with them during the fabrication and installation process much easier.
• Quartz is exceptionally durable due to its natural strength. However, don't confuse "durable" with "indestructible"—there is no such thing as an indestructible substance.
• Quartz surfacing is non-porous and doesn't need to be sealed. A non-porous substance is advantageous because it eliminates the risk of bacteria and other germs developing in nooks and crannies. In the end, quartz is quite simple to clean and maintain.
• Because quartz countertops are stain-resistant, a glass of wine spilled on them may be cleaned with a damp towel (not that you'll be spilling any wine, right?).
• The colours of quartz are consistent. You may expect to see what you see in the showroom or on a sample in your house.
Piezoelectric quartz crystal structures are employed as oscillators in electrical equipment like quartz clocks and radios. Lightning strikes in sand produce an amorphous (glass) SiO2 called Lechatelierite, which differs from impure window glass.
Quartz is extremely resistant to weathering, both mechanically and chemically. Ordinary quartz is the most stable type of silicon dioxide at surface temperatures and pressures. Because of its toughness, it is the most common mineral on mountaintops and the main component of beach, river, and desert sand.
India manufactures 2.5 percent of the world's quartz slabs and has acquired global acceptance for the slabs it produces. The industry (organised sector) employs 16 organised and approximately 200 SSI units, resulting in an output of 391 million square metres in 2010-11, up 15% from 2009-10. In the first half of 2011-12, the industry recorded a roughly 17% rise in production over the same time the previous year.
Over the next few decades, India is on the verge of massive urbanisation. India's urban population is predicted to reach around 81 crore by 2050, with more than one crore people moving to cities.
Housing in India varies greatly and reflects the socioeconomic diversity of the country's inhabitants. The housing sector in the country has grown dramatically in the previous decade, owing to demographic changes, increased income, an increase in the proportion of nuclear families, and urbanisation.
Quartz surfacing, particularly for countertops, has been increasingly popular during the last decade. Quartz surfacing products are an alternative to natural stone or other surfacing materials for customers looking for a long-lasting and consistent aesthetic. Quartz surfacing manufacturers are expanding their offerings as a result of its growing popularity, providing solutions for both customers and the design community.
The global kitchen countertop quartz market is expected to reach US$ 135.47 billion by the end of 2025, up from US$ 92.93 billion in 2017, with a 4.9 percent annual growth rate from 2018 to 2025.
In the year 2026, the residential category is expected to be worth roughly US$ 40,900 Mn. This translates to a 4.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 through 2026. By the end of 2026, the residential category is predicted to lose market share. By the year 2017, the residential segment was predicted to account for more than a quarter of the revenue share of the end use industries category.
Industry Major Market Players
· AGC Inc.
· Baba Quartz
· Fletcher Building
· Jiangsu Pacific Quartz Co. Ltd
· NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
· The Quartz Corporation