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

12 June 2019 - 14 June 2019

PRE Congress 2019


The PRE Congress 2019 is scheduled on 12-14 June 2019 in Trieste, Italy.
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6 June 2019 - 7 June 2019

Annual Assembly VDFFI


The Annual Assembly of the German Refractory Industry Association is scheduled on 6-7 June 2019 and will convene in Baden Baden, Germany.
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Emissions Trading Scheme
8 May 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Carbon Leakage List

Press release

Today, the European Commission published the Carbon Leakage List for Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading System. All ceramic sectors are officially recognised as exposed to the risk of carbon leakage until 2030
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Trade defence
26 April 2019

Report on EU Trade Defence 2018


On 26 April, the European Commission’s DG TRADE organised a Civil Society Dialogue on Trade Defence Instruments (TDI), during which it presented the Report on EU Trade Defence for the year 2018.
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1 April 2019

Food Contact Materials: Public Consultation


On 11 February 2019, the European Commission opened a public consultation to assess the current EU legislative framework for food contact materials.
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Cerame-Unie Manifesto 2019-24


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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