The history of the Emilian ceramics industry has its roots at the beginning of the 20th century.

At the time no one could imagine how much the world would change and, in particular, how much life would be revolutionised in this part of Emilia which represents the cornerstone and heart of the current ceramics district.

Most of this revolution took place during the second half of the century, which led to the abandonment of an economic model largely based on agriculture and the adoption of an economic model mainly based on industry.

Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, there were already five ceramics companies equipped with technologically advanced machinery around Sassuolo. By the end of the War, the history of the Italian and Emilian ceramics industry began to unfold due to the necessary reconstruction, being driven by the building sector, by the availability of raw materials and by the inclination towards entrepreneurial initiative.
The sector continued to grow until the ’70s when it accounted for a 40% share of the world’s ceramic tiles.

The Sassuolo ceramics district is located between the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and its heart is found between Sassuolo and Fiorano, gradually extending towards municipalities around Modena such as Castelvetro, Formigine, Maranello and Fiorano Modenese, as well as municipalities of Reggio Emilia, including Scandiano and Casalgrande.

The Sassuolo Ceramics District has a high concentration of ceramics businesses, but also satellite activities revolving around the world of tiles.

The heart of the mechanic ceramic production is concentrated in this region, along with all activities that serve the ceramics industry, from logistics to planning, from design to decoration.

The Sassuolo Ceramics District has been successful, on the one hand, thanks to the strong network of relationships between companies in the same production chain and, on the other hand, thanks to the competitive system among these same companies, thereby maintaining a high level of quality.

Following a long period of crisis caused by the recession and international competition, the district is now once again one of the main production centres in the world for ceramic tiles, capable of producing 80% of domestic output, with over 80 companies and 15,000 employees in ceramics production alone.

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