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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Press release3 November 2008Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Competitiveness of glass and ceramics industries

The European Commission has just published two studies on the competitiveness of two industry sectors carried out in 2008 by independent consultants.

Production of glass of different types (container, flat, fibres, tableware, and special glass) reached 37 million tonnes in 2007, growth having remained fairly flat since 2000. What increases in total output have been seen have resulted from the expansion of the EU. Much of the production remains located in the EU 15 which existed up to 1 May 2004, with 68% of total production in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the UK.

In 2006, production of ceramics of various types (wall & floor tiles, bricks & roof tiles, sanitary ware, tableware, technical ceramics, refractory products, and clay pipes) was worth 28 billion EUR . Growth in output has been very modest overall in recent years. The two biggest sectors, wall & floor tiles and bricks & roof tiles, accounted for 60% of all output.