Marazzi to expand factory in Finale Emilia
In agreement with parent company Mohawk Industries, world-leading ceramic tile manufacturer Marazzi has commenced a major expansion and investment programme to enlarge its production premises in the Province of Modena. After suffering damage in the May 2012 earthquake, the facility was rebuilt to the strictest seismic safety standards and has undergone continuous development work.
This latest undertaking concerns the construction of industrial buildings and the installation of two new complete lines for the manufacture of high-quality glazed porcelain, increasing the facility's capacity from 3.5 million square metres to over 6 million square metres per annum.
The most groundbreaking technologies will be made available to create an advanced and innovative facility, ensuring the highest levels of environmental efficiency and worker safety. Production capacity will be doubled while maintaining the same emission levels. The new plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 without the need to halt production entirely.
'We have a very good understanding with our parent group Mohawk,' commented CEO Mauro Vandini, 'and are pursuing a clear strategy: to focus on the recognised excellence of Italian ceramic tiles and to do so by investing in innovation and the eco-sustainability of production technologies, expertise and safety of human resources and the extremely high quality expected of Italian products. I believe that continuing to invest in our earthquake-struck facility in spite of the continued uncertainties in the market reflects our Group's determination to restart from the local area and to build on the excellent quality for which the Marazzi brand name is renowned worldwide.'