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Transportation of ceramics in the Modena district: characteristics and criticalities

In the province of Modena, in particular in the area of ​​Sassuolo, Formigine and Fiorano, there is the most important area for the production of ceramic floor and wall tiles, both created for the national and for the international market.

Italian ceramics are renowned throughout the world, and this is why export is a primary activity for the ceramic district.

In fact, 300 companies in the Modena area (together with those of some municipalities in the province of Reggio Emilia) employ over 20,000 people and represent 80% of the national production of tiles, with a turnover of over 4 billion euros (source: ExpoMO).

Logistics and transportation for the ceramic sector

The transport of tiles, marble, building materials and ceramic products, in general, requires special attention.

The ceramic material is in fact more fragile and delicate than other materials and the companies that deal with this type of transport must offer ideal packaging to protect it – like large pallets or pallets – and ship it around the world, always following strict European standards.

Logistics and transport of raw materials and finished products, for a sector that handles over 20 million tons each year in Italy, is therefore a central element. Especially since the raw materials come massively from Ukraine, Turkey, Germany and France, while the finished product is exported to over 180 countries around the world (source: Confindustria Ceramica).

A survey conducted by Confindustria Ceramica showed that the Dinazzano rail yard, as an intermodal platform, and the Port of Ravenna (which handled more than 4.4 million tons for the district) today have great importance for the ceramic transport flows.

Furthermore, the outbound flows confirm the importance of Verona Quadrante Europa, especially for the product destined for central and northern Europe.

Regarding outbound flows, the survey shows also that railway is used in the 24% of cases (also with intermodal mode), confirming the use of the ever-increasing railway routes.

In this context, the critical element is related to infrastructures and this is why improvements are planned for the district’s road and railway infrastructures, in order to satisfy the particular mobility needs of goods and people in the area.

Recently, for example, there has been the confirmation for the Campogalliano-Sassuolo highway link road, which should more quickly connect the ceramic district and Modena to the highway.

Furlog and the transport of ceramic material

The ceramic sector is among Furlog’s major specializations: our headquarters in Modena, are located not by chance next to this important ceramic district in Italy.

The knowledge of the territory and the experience in this field are fundamental elements to offer to our customers a careful and punctual service.

Want to know more about our transport services for the ceramic industry? Contact us, we would like to answer your questions.