22 June. Giuseppe Bucci leaves his tableware and majolica factory to his workers.
The firt Manufacturing Cooperative in Italy.
A truly unique industrial history, as it has succeded in deftly uniting past and present by both preserving its traditions and welcoming a continuos inflow of konwledge and new research. A reality that was born in 1874 animated, from the beginning, by passion.
A great desire for progress: economic, productive and human.
During the early decades of the 20th century, its local organisation model, based around the central core of the factory and its workers, helped kick stasrt a genuine process of industrialisation. Thus, in 1913 the company began to devote itself completely to the production of floor and wall tiles, creating that ideal combination of aesthetics and technology.
Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola is today an industrial and dynamic complex also stimulates company know-how by ensuring that technical, management and production expertise interact constantly to supply a diverse product portfolio every year that meets the requirements of the global market rapidly and strategically.
The Cooperative Movement, past and present.
On the 22nd of June 1874, Giuseppe Bucci handed over the majolica and tableware factory that had been in his family since the mid 1700s to his workers, ad an expression of his desire to contribute to “the progress of the industry and imporve the financial conditions of its workers”. This belief, openly declared by the cooperative’s founding father in various statues and in the Pact of Brotherhood signed by the original members, has always been the company’s style: to promote and safeguard labour as a fundamental asset of the individual and society, and as the primary requirement for transforming not only the company, but mankind itself.
Cooperativa Ceramica d'Imola is therefore an inseparable combination of ethics and economics.
Tha factors connected to labour, human resources, capital and technology are a single, undivided asset in which every one is invited to take part, according to the cooperative logic of coalescence and collectivity.
More than 149 years of beauty, creativity and excellent quality. A priceless heritage accumulated over the years of this unique journey, with maximum respect for workplaces and the people who labour in them every day, animated by a passion and desire for progress.
Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola is legally established as a working company to manufacture Majolica and tableware. A long love story for ceramics, industry, talent and innovation begins.
The ceramics factory is founded. Tile production, destined to become the company’s primary production, is launched.
Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola purchases and converts a former nineteenth century glass factory into a new production plant that is now the home of the Company Museum and Artistic Workshop.
The King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III, visits Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola, which demonstrates the nationwide reputation the company has acquired.
The factory is heavily bombed during the Second World War.
With the 1950s, a period of growing development began for Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola. The company’s industrial activity triples compared to the pre-war period.
The G. Bucci museum and historical – artistic archive is founded.
Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola reaches the top of the sector, thus becoming a point of reference in innovative and quality ceramics.
The export level stands at 70% of the total turnover, becoming a global player in the sector.
We tile the future. Over 149 years of history, full of innovation, studded with the influence of the great masters of art and the aesthetic and technological demands..