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

International Trade Negotiations
22 September 2020

Informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers and designated Commissioner for Trade, Vice-President Mr Valdis Dombrovskis.


On Monday 21 September 2020, Berlin hosted the first informal summit between the EU Trade Ministers and the designated European Commissioner for Trade Mr Valdis Dombrovskis.
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21 September 2020

Press Release | Cerame-Unie Position | Review of ETS State Aid Guidelines

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release stating the position of Cerame-Unie and the European Ceramic Industry torwards the review of the ETS State Aid Guidelines.
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Trade defence
21 September 2020

Cerame-Unie subscribes to AEGIS Europe’s Press Release on WTO reform

Press release

Please consult here the AEGIS Europe’s Press Release on WTO reform.
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26 October 2020

SAVE THE DATE | CU WEBINAR | “Refractories fostering Energy Intensive Industries’ competitiveness through Circular Economy”| 26 October 2020| 10h00-11h30 | ZOOM


It is our pleasure to invite you to join the Webinar "Refractories fostering Energy Intensive Industries’ competitiveness through Circular Economy", which will take place on Monday 26 October from 10:00 to 11:30, on ZOOM.
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EU funding programmes
14 September 2020



Please consult here the updated 2020 CU Inventory on R&I Projects in the Ceramic Industry .
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Cerame-Unie Brochure on Circular Economy and Sustainability | Best Practices from the Ceramic Industry


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 1200 ceramic installations: 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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