Commercial real estate resumes growth in Europe
Investments totalled €40 billion in 2022, including almost € 1 billion in Italy. Prices are also rising, with purchase prices and rents up by 1% in 2022 and a further rise of more than 4% expected in 2023
The sustainability benefits of rail transport
The Italian ceramic industry is focusing on rail logistics. 24% of raw materials and finished products are transported to and from the Sassuolo ceramic district by rail. This is more...
Europe’s plan for improving the energy performance of buildings
Building renovation in Europe is one of the topics under discussion in Brussels with the aim of establishing an EU directive. Italian ceramic tiles, ceramic sanitaryware and structural clay products can play an important role in achieving sustainability
House prices expected to fall
The housing market has recorded excellent results in 2022, but the risk of a price bubble is just around the corner. Oxford Economics is predicting a 25% fall in prices over the next three years
The advantages of energy cogeneration
Today, Italian ceramic companies are able to self-produce a significant portion of the energy needed for their industrial processes. This helps to save raw materials and protect the environment. The...
New Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) of Italian ceramic surfaces
The sector-level EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) that has accompanied the production of Italian ceramic tiles on the markets since 2015 has been updated.
The Italian ceramic tile industry and logistics: the key to success
The Italian ceramic tile industry is one of the country’s leading sectors with annual sales of more than 450 million square metres of tiles worldwide. The secret to the industry’s...
Mater Ceramica project, mapping Italian ceramic production
The Mater Ceramica project was launched in 2017 with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. The aim of the initiative is to document Italy’s artisanal, artistic and...
FONCER, the Supplementary Pension Fund for the Italian ceramic industry
The FONCER supplementary pension fund is one of the first examples of corporate welfare promoted by a business association in cooperation with the trade unions.
Corporate welfare in the ceramic tile industry
The Italian ceramic tile industry has the necessary tools to improve the well-being and quality of life of its workers. This is confirmed by a survey conducted by Focus Lab,...