Quality and Environment

Quality to Marazzi means product quality, process quality and environmental sustainability, concerns that have enabled the company to certify its systems and products because to marazzi loving ceramic tile has always meant respecting the environment, in the sense of both the human and natural landscape.

Marazzi has thus become an advocate of ecosustainable manufacturing, contributing to making ceramic tile production a closed cycle. During the entire production process, from the extraction of the raw materials to the final application of the tiles, Marazzi has developed a system for collecting and utilizing rejects and waste materials, including the water used in the manufacturing process, the raw materials contained in it and the heat generated in certain phases.

The high ecological level of the entire manufacturing process makes it possible to limit the consumption of natural resources and reduce environmental impact thanks to the total rehabilitation, in terms of both land morphology and vegetation, of its quarries in compliance with environmental regulations, the controlled management of wastes, optimization of energy consumption and recycling of industrial water.

The health and safety of the people working in the plants is also, of course, an absolute priority: Marazzi carries out constant tests to ascertain levels of safety, hygiene and health in the workplace, making appropriate technical and organizational changes where deemed necessary, allowing its employees to participate in an ongoing program of training, information and updating in order to ensure compliance with the established safety standards.

In 1994, Marazzi was one of the first companies in the sector to receive ISO 9001 Quality Certification which covers the entire process: from product design and development, to production processes, final products, and services, all at the highest technical level.

By way of demonstrating its ongoing commitment to environmental issues, Marazzi decided some years ago to voluntarily register under EMAS Regulation, the first in Italy (1998) in the ceramics sector to receive the related certification, now incorporated with that of the ISO 14001 standard, which sets the requirements for implementing, developing, and keeping a corporate environmental management system.

For a number of its product lines, Marazzi has obtained the EU Ecolabel ecology trademark and the product

certification from the international body Certiquality, thanks to products made with at least 40% recycled

material. The products also comply with the requirements for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the certification of the U.S. Green Building Council, the most important American certificate in the field of energy and environment.

The EU eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary management tool which allows companies to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. This tool should be viewed within the context of other equally innovative regulations for product certification, such as Ecolabel, obtained by Marazzi in 2004. EMAS and Ecolabel are both voluntary tools set up in 1992 within the framework of the European Union’s Fifth Environmental Action Programme.
The European Union environmental quality mark awarded to products which meet and comply with environmental standards, such as the rational use of energy resources and natural resources, as well as reduction in emissions and improved waste management.

This is a certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council* at the end of the ’90s which establishes parameters for sustainable building. LEED standards indicate the minimum requirements for achieving eco-compatible buildings which will be sustainable and self-sufficient in terms of energy. Developed in the United States, LEED certification has now spread to 40 nations worldwide with over 1,500 certified projects and 12,000 in the process of obtaining certification.

*non-profit organization established in 1993 with a technical and advisory role, committed to raising awareness of and promoting green building.

Certiquality UNI
Products manufactured by the Company have the right to display the UNI mark of conformity, a guaranty of ceramic tile quality. Products bearing this mark are certified to be in compliance with specific technical regulations and standards set forth by the UNI. The mark guaranties conformity with UNI EN regulations established by the technical board of the CEN (European Standards Commission) and elaborated by the UNI (National Association for Industrial Uniformity and member of CEN) which sanctions the qualitative standards requested and the testing methods. In countries where they have been ratified, the UNI EN regulations replace existing national standards, promoting international uniformity of standards and the free circulation within the European Union of only those products which conform to certain standards of quality. The right to use the Mark entails periodic inspection of plant operations and product quality, including the overall organization, checking the manufacturing process and quality tests used to ensure long-term conformity. The National Association for Industrial Uniformity works in conjunction with the major marks of quality found in other European countries.
Marchio Keymark
Keymark was established in response to an initiative of the CEN (European Committee for Standardization), which deemed it necessary to institute a common European mark. Keymark is a product mark based on a third party certification system, which certifies that the product complies with the applicable European standards. The mark is issued subject to a certification procedure that entails:
- product compliance testing;
- evaluation of the production monitoring documentation system;
- verification of the manufacturing site.
As this is a European mark, tests are conducted in accordance with applicable European EN standards. The advantages of Keymark are clear: products bearing this mark are unequivocally guaranteed from a quality standpoint throughout Europe, without the need for costly and lengthy repeated tests and inspections. In light of a unified European market, it is of vital importance that product certification be established based on references that are:
- certain: with documents that are researched, compiled
and approved by experts on a European level;
- unequivocal: no longer referring to the laws of a single state
but a body of laws recognised throughout Europe.
NF Standards

Mark of the finished product’s conformity to NF Standards, combining the product’s technical characteristics with its intended use. The four letters indicate:
U: resistance to traffic wear;
P: mechanical resistance to the movement of fixed and moving objects
E: behaviour in the presence of water;
C: resistance to common chemical agents

CE Marking
Marazzi Group S.p.A has fulfilled all CE Marking requirements for its products. Relevant commercial documentation is available for distributors, professionals and users on the website www.marazzi.gr
CCC Certification
CCC certification, introduced in 2002, is applicable to all products imported into and manufactured in china for sale on the Chinese market. The information specified by CCC certification generally concerns health and safety and, regarding ceramic tiles in particular, specifically refers only to tiles in porcelain stoneware with absorption equal to or lower than 0.5%. The certification is issued by bodies specially accredited by the Chinese authorities, which are all based in China.