Nine sectors, one voice

Cerame-Unie unites nine sectors of the European ceramic industry from tableware and tiles to bricks and refractories.


The European ceramic industry covers a wide array of applications, ranging from construction and consumer goods to industrial applications and high-tech innovations.

Facts & Figures

Did you know that the average lifespan of a brick house is 150 years? Or that up to 30% of production costs are related to energy? Get to know the ceramic industry better by discovering some facts and figures.

Latest Updates

4 December 2018

Cerame-Unie Manifesto 2019-24


Supporting 600,000 jobs to produce a vast array of unrivalled products, and a production value of €31bn, our Manifesto calls policymakers to action to support this indispensable industry.
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Climate Change
28 November 2018

Energy-intensive industry joint press release on EU industrial strategy and climate change

Press release

Energy-intensive industries call for an ambitious and comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy to enable industry’s contribution to the EU long-term GHG goals.
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International Trade Negotiations
13 November 2018

EU Free Trade Agreements – State of play November 2018


Cerame-Unie participated in a number of meetings and working groups on EU Trade Policy. The most recent updates involve Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Mercosur, Australia and New Zealand.
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9 November 2018

JOB VACANCY: Construction & Sustainability Manager


Construction & Sustainability Manager working on sustainable construction, circular economy, energy efficiency of buildings and more. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 30 November 2018.
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26 October 2018

CMD 2 agreement goes to trilogue


On 26 October 2018, the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the Commission's second proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace.
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Annual Report 2015


Ceramic Industry Manifesto 2014-2019
Published on the occasion of the European elections in 2014, the Manifesto highlights the ceramic industry's 10 key policy recommendations for the 7th legislative term.
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The many faces of ceramics
Applications of ceramics range from construction and housing and consumer goods to high-tech and innovation and industrial applications.
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News & Publications
Stay up-to-date on all of Cerame-Unie's activities by browsing through news articles, press releases, position papers and other publications.
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Research & Innovation
Research and innovation is essential to keep European industry at the forefront globally. Breakthrough technologies can deliver resource and energy efficiency, contributing to the European targets and objectives set in these areas.
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Trade & Internal Market
With around one third of production related to exports outside the EU and a positive trade balance close to €5 billion, the European ceramic industry is an export champion.
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Climate & Energy
The EU ETS covers over 1,200 ceramic installations, i.e. 10% of the total number of installations, but only 1% of emissions. The ceramic industry is energy-intensive, with energy accounting for up to 30% of total production costs.
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