Although Italy and Spain are by far the two biggest producers in the EU, significant production also exists in Poland, Portugal, Germany, France, Bulgaria, the UK, Romania, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary.


France and the United Kingdom arethe most amenable European markets but large amounts of Spanish product are often purchased in Italy, Germany, Portugal and Russia.


The largest import markets in the European Union are France and Germany. Both countries are dependent on foreign manufacturers for their ceramic tile with local companies accounting for less than one quarter of the product sold in either nation. French tastes are generally confined to the Mediterranean with more than 85 per cent of their imports originating in Italy or the Iberian Peninsula.