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

14 August 2018

Cerame-Unie seeks an intern in climate and energy policy


6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs with a focus on climate and energy policy. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 27 August 2018.
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4 December 2018 - 5 December 2018

European Ceramic Days 2018


The European Ceramic Days, the preeminent policy event for Europe’s ceramic manufacturers, will take place from Tuesday 4 December until Wednesday 5 December.
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Emissions Trading Scheme
16 July 2018

Joint press release on EU ETS post-2020

Press release

Recent EU level negotiations concerning the application of the Emissions Trading System after 2020 jeopardise the activity and competitiveness of upstream industries such as mining, carbon and graphite, and refractories.
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Sustainable buildings
13 July 2018

European Water Label - Press Release

Press release

The European Bathroom Forum is pleased to announce closer progress towards 80% brand coverage for the European Water Label initiative.
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29 June 2018

Cerame-Unie seeks an intern in trade policy


6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs with a focus on trade policy. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 15 July 2018.
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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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