Through continuous technological, scientific and innovative advances, the ceramics industry is making an immense impact on our everyday lives.
While this impact is perhaps more obviously seen in familiar products around our homes, there are other products, particularly on the industrial side, which today are also made from ceramics because of the special properties which the material possess.
Throughout, the industry prides itself upon its responsible approach to the environment and social impact of its activities.
Companies invest each year in such areas as site landscaping, energy efficient factories, emissions reduction and the recycling of heat and waste and much more.
In addition the industry is passionate about resource efficiency which is the use of the Earth’s limited resources in a sustainable manner. It means producing more value with fewer inputs, and consuming in a more intelligent fashion.
The European Ceramic Tile Industry has traditionally been recognised as the world leader in its field with regards to design, innovation and sustainability.
In the production phase, the sector focuses on recycling and energy efficiency through, for example co generation (the production of electricity using waste heat).
One of the major characteristics of ceramic tiles is that they are chemically and physically inert, which in use leads to improved health and hygiene through ease of cleaning and, more importantly, no release of dangerous substances to indoor air.
Ceramic tiles applications include floor and wall covering and external cladding. Other applications such as ventilated facades and insulating tiles also contribute to the energy efficiency of buildings.
Ceramic tiles are highly resistant to mechanical friction and thermal shocks. Their durability makes them one of the most resource efficient construction materials.
REF: Tiles, a resource efficient material. (an abstract from http://www.cerameunie.eu/en/publications/brochures)