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

Sustainable buildings
13 March 2019

Unified Water Label - Press Release

Press release

FECS welcomes today’s launch of the Unified Water Label at the ISH 2019 fair in Frankfurt. The Unified Water Label is a voluntary and flexible scheme to measure the water consumption of bathroom products.
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Industrial policy
7 March 2019

Industry4Europe - Joint Call to Heads of State & Government


Together with 136 European industry associations, Cerame-Unie has signed the Industry4Europe Joint Call to all Heads of State & Government on industrial policy.
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21 February 2019

Vacancy (Feb 2019): Paid internship in European Public Affairs (trade & competitiveness)


6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs with a focus on trade policy and competitiveness. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 27 February 2019.
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International Trade Negotiations
1 February 2019

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement enters into force


On 1 February 2019, the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement, the Economic Partnership Agreement, officially entered into force. European ceramics will benefit from zero tariffs from day one.
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29 January 2019

European Commission's 2018 study on energy prices and costs in Europe published


The European Commission has published the third report on energy prices and costs in Europe for 2018.
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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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