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This study analyzes global ceiling tile demand by product and market. Demand is presented in US dollars.
Historical data are provided for 2010, 2015, and 2020, and forecasts are presented for 2025 and 2030.
Demand for ceiling tiles, also known as ceiling panels, is segmented into the following product types:
mineral fiber, including mineral wool and fiberglass
wood, vinyl-faced gypsum, and other materials, including vinyl and polystyrene
The major ceiling markets analyzed are:
residential buildings, which include:
multifamily structures (e.g., apartments)
nonresidential buildings, including:
offices, retail and wholesale, and lodging buildings
institutional buildings such as schools, healthcare facilities, and religious institutions
industrial buildings, predominately factories
other commercial buildings such as civic centers and recreational facilities
Demand by Region
Global demand for ceiling tiles is expected to rise 4.4% per year to $5.3 billion in 2025:
The Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions will grow at the fastest rates, driven by new nonresidential construction activity and increasing demand for higher value ceiling products in commercial settings.
Western Europe will remain the largest outlet for ceiling tiles in value terms through 2025, as the region is an intensive user of high-end ceiling tiles and has a vast nonresidential remodeling market. Going forward, rebounds in nonresidential construction will boost demand.
In area terms, North America – and more specifically the US – is the largest market for ceiling tiles. Mineral fiber types are highly popular and widely available, as the region is home to the four leading global ceiling tile suppliers.
Although value demand for ceiling tiles is relatively low due to widespread use of low-end tiles imported from China, Russia is the world’s second largest mineral fiber ceiling tile market in area terms, behind only the US, as there is a strong preference for ceiling tiles over drywall in nonresidential settings.
Demand by Market
Ceiling tiles are most often used in the nonresidential market, which accounted for 92% of global ceiling tile value demand in 2020. Tiles are versatile and more affordable than some other ceiling products, which make them amenable for use in buildings such as offices, schools, and hospitals. Through 2025, the nonresidential market is expected to record the vast majority of demand gains, driven by:
the increasing renovation of nonresidential buildings
strong advances in office, retail, and education building construction
interest in higher rated/graded ceiling tiles because of their acoustic and aesthetic quantities
However, nonresidential market growth will be restrained by the continued popularity of open plenum ceilings, especially in new nonresidential industrial buildings in developing areas where construction cost is a major consideration and building codes are less strict.
While the residential market accounts for a small share of demand due to the dominance of drywall as a ceiling material in residential buildings, demand will rise going forward, boosted by:
increasing residential renovation activity
advances in new housing construction increasing interest among consumers in the use of ceiling products in place of drywall or building plaster
Through 2025, average prices for ceiling tiles worldwide are projected to advance 1.5% per year, due in part to increasing demand for higher value products.
Ceiling tile price gains will be boosted by a shift toward products with higher performance ratings, such as fiberglass tiles, that command a higher average price than standard tiles made from mineral wool.
Recycling & Recycled Content
Sustainability has become a key focus of manufacturing companies around the world and materials recycling and the use of recycled content continue to be popular ways for companies to meet sustainability targets.
Companies that offer recycling programs pick up used tiles from jobsites – after contractors have removed and stacked the tiles – and transport the tiles to company tile factories. Recycling ceiling tiles may offer time, cost, and labor savings for projects. Stacking whole tiles, instead of crushing them, limits jobsite dust and the associated cleanup time and removing them allows other professionals such as electricians earlier access to the area above the ceiling tiles. Sending tiles for recycling also reduces landfill fees for their disposal.
Ceiling tiles can increase energy efficiency by reflecting light, which allows these systems to reduce lighting and heating costs:
Ceilings with light reflectance reduce the number of fixtures needed to adequately light a space by taking advantage of natural light and by reflecting light from artificial sources.
These systems can also slightly reduce cooling costs, as they reflect some heat and can store heat absorbed during the day for distribution during the cooler hours of the evening and night.
Indoor Air Quality
The main indoor air quality concerns for ceiling products are mold, mildew, VOC emissions, and formaldehyde. These issues are of particular concern because not only do they affect individual comfort and productivity, but they can negatively impact the health of building occupants. While sound control is discussed separately in this study, many ceiling manufacturers – as well as ceiling building codes and regulations, such as LEED guidelines – consider acoustics a portion of indoor air quality.
Demand by Product Type
Global demand for ceiling tile is forecast to rise 4.4% annually to $5.3 billion in 2025, driven by:
increasing residential building remodeling activity, which will often lead to the replacement of low-end ceiling tiles
the construction of new institutional, office, and retail buildings, as these structures frequently use a large amount of ceiling tile
rising adoption rates with a minor shift away from drywall and plaster in developing countries
Market value will be boosted by a shift in the product mix toward tiles with high-value acoustic and aesthetic properties.
Ceiling tiles are available in a variety of material types:
mineral fiber blends (mineral wool and fiberglass)
higher-end materials (metal and wood)
lower-cost materials (gypsum, plastic, and polystyrene)
Through 2025, global demand for ceiling tiles is forecast to increase 4.4% annually to $5.3 billion. Going forward, market advances will be driven by:
global design trends favoring enhanced acoustics and aesthetics in nonresidential buildings, resulting in a shift away from drywall and building plaster to ceiling tiles
rapid advances in new nonresidential building construction in China, India, and Indonesia, as these countries are starting to shift away from drywall ceiling coverings to ceiling tiles
rising nonresidential renovation activity in the US and Western Europe, particularly in office and institutional buildings
rising use of decorative wood and metal ceiling tiles in residential renovation projects – on ceilings as well as on walls and other surfaces – in North America and Western Europe
rising nonresidential construction activity in South Korea, as the country is increasingly using ceiling tiles in both new and renovation applications
However, the market will continue to be restrained by the popularity of drywall and building plaster in residential applications in most regions, as well as in many nonresidential applications in developing countries.
US & Russia Continue To Dominate Global Mineral Fiber Tile Market
Mineral fiber tiles are the most widely used ceiling product in the world, and the US and Russia are by far the most intensive users of these products. In both countries, there remains a strong preference for mineral fiber ceiling tiles over drywall, which is the dominant ceiling covering throughout the world. However, the quality of tiles installed varies significantly between the two countries:
More than half of the installed stock of mineral fiber ceiling tiles in Russia are low-end tiles, mainly imported from China.
In the US, a significant stock of high-end, high noise reduction coefficient (NRC) mineral fiber tiles exists and continues to expand in tandem with rising office and institutional renovation. As building owners improve office space to attract new tenants, older ceiling tiles will be replaced by more aesthetically pleasing products.
These two countries are projected to remain the market leaders in volume terms for mineral fiber tiles going forward, although South Korea is projected to reach demand levels in volume terms similar to those in Russia in 2025. However, South Korea will far surpass the Russian market in value terms due to the use of much higher quality tiles.
Dominance of Nonresidential Market Exacerbates 2020 Pandemic-Related Declines
The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the nonresidential ceiling tile market, especially in the US, since the majority of ceiling tiles are installed in nonresidential buildings. Social distancing and lockdown measures affected both where and how workers around the world went about their jobs; it also changed supply and demand patterns, causing uncertainty in the financial situation of many business owners. Though price increases and expanding renovation activity in the US prevented further losses, the ceiling tile market is expected to rebound strongly, especially in the Asia/Pacific region and Europe, as construction activity is expected to grow at a healthy rate, particularly in new applications in the Asia/Pacific region.