According to a study by Business Communications Company, Inc., the total worldwide market for kiln furniture is expected to grow from $186 million in 2002 to $211 million in 2007. The U.S. share in the world market is expected to increase from 22.7% to 24.1% as the U.S. market grows at an average annual growth rate of 3.8% through 2007. The kiln furniture market depends largely on the general economy and is subject to variations with economic movement.