Construction firms

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...

EU Funding for Energy Renovation of Buildings 2021-2027

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...

ceramica italiana EPD

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,...