The German ceramic industry accounted for the second largest share in Europe ceramic industry in terms of production value in 2013 and has the most advanced and highly developed ceramic products sucha as sanitaryware, roof tiles, withe substantial consumer spending on residential in the historical years.

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.