Italian Tile Manufacturers recovering after earthquakes

July 2, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
This past May, there were two strong earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy that left several dead and thousands homeless. Ceramica Sant’Agostino, an Italian ceramic tile manufacturer, was among those who had suffered a terrible loss. Two of the company’s workers, Nicholas Cavicchi and Leonardo Ansaloni, died in the Sant’Agostino factory when the building collapsed. In addition, the company’s automated warehouse and monocottura production facility were left damaged.

Ceramica Sant’Agostino is a third-generation business, which was set up in 1964 in the Province of Ferrara in the Emilia-Romagna region (about 22 miles north of Bologna). It has been 800 years since an earthquake of this magnitude has affected the region.

Shortly after the earthquake, Sant’Agostino received a visit from the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, who promised to help small-scale businesses in the region, especially factories and farms. The government has approved temporary tax relief to owners of property damaged from the earthquake, and $64 million in emergency funds have been made available for use by the national Civil Protection Agency to provide quake assistance.

In the weeks following the earthquakes, the Italian ceramic tile industry has begun to show significant signs of recovery. Fortunately, most of the factories were located far from the impacted area and are continuing to conduct business as usual with their clients worldwide.

A few of the ceramic tile manufacturers located between Camposanto and Finale Emilia, including Marazzi, Atlas Concorde, ABK, Panaria Group and Moma, temporarily suspended production after the second earthquake but were able to avoid major damage. Meanwhile, Ceramica Sant’Agostino has successfully delivered its most recent orders and remains hopeful to return to its former production rate as soon as possible.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

The Stone Fashion Show at Marmomacc in Verona

As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

Stone World Magazine

Stone World September 2014 cover

2014 September

In this issue of Stone World, we have a Report from Europe, which includes a series of articles about the quarries and stone processing operations that SW editor Jennifer Adams visited as part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Fall 2014 cover

2014 Fall

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we take a look at the latest developments in TPT, with a feature article and you can read more comments from Waldrep on this subject as well as other industry professionals.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Are you aware of the new stone standard – ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Stone Guide

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

The directory for Stone, Equipment and Supplies - the single information resource readers turn to.

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+