"Always in your hands"
Founded in 1874, CERAMICA COLLET SA manufactures ceramic clay bodies for industry, pottery and artistic ceramics, and natural clay for crafts, fine arts and education.
The products of the "Ceramic" range are manufactured under the corporate brand SIO-2® and consist of a wide range of ceramic bodies for low fire, high fire, special bodies and porcelain.
The "Arts & Crafts" range includes brands PLUS, COLORPLUS, SIO-2 ARGILA and FLUMO, corresponding to clays with different properties (self-hardening, colored, liquid, etc.) and other craft products: mosaic, paints and complementary items for modelling.
Our target is to innovate, developing products made with natural clay which, in many applications, satisfy the high requirements of our customers. Our Quality System, certified according to ISO 9001:2015, is the setting for continuous improvement. Social Responsibility and respect and care for the Environment are two fundamental points in the philosophy of our firm.
The activity of CERAMICA COLLET started in 1874, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), and consisted in the manufacture of tiles and other special structural ceramic products until 1979. In the 80’s, because of the structural ceramic products crisis, the activity turned into producing ready-made ceramic bodies, so introducing in the market a quality raw material for pottery that allowed potters to concentrate their activity to produce finished ceramics.
In 1979, the main production activity moved from L'Hospitalet de Llobregat to the new facilities sited in Esparreguera (Barcelona). There started a new phase of productive development that located CERAMICA COLLET and its brand SIO-2 as leader in the manufacture of red ceramic bodies for pottery in Spain. In addition, the development of a new program of clays for Arts & Crafts began. First item was the clay SIO-2 in small vacuum packs of 2kg.
In 1984, the advance in research and development allowed launching to the market the popular air-drying natural clay SIO-2 PLUS, which started to be promoted in foreign fairs. It meant the beginning of the exporting activity of the Company.
In 1992, new shareholders joined the Company, involving a new stage of investment in new facilities and human resources with the aim of reinforcing both the leadership position in Spain and the exporting activity, which was mainly focused on the European countries.
In 2000, the ISO 9001 certificate for the Quality System was obtained.
In 2002, a change in the Managing of the Company was made, with the aim of adapting the commercial strategies and the human and material assets to the new trends and exigencies of the market.
In 2003, the head office moved from its original place in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat to Esparreguera. Therefore all the Departments of the Company were united in the same place, which supposed a significant improvement of internal communication.
In 2006, a new production line (LA6) for special recipes and short productions as well as a new production line (LA5) for special shapes and small formats were set up. Both facilities allowed expanding the company’s portfolio, such as the new coloured air-drying clay SIO-2 COLORPLUS and also a second brand named VIRA HOBBY.
In 2007, a new range of clays for cosmetics was launched to the market under the brand DERMOARGILA.
In 2008, the process for setting up the pallets in the red clay production line (LA1) was automated by a robot.
In 2009, CERAMICA COLLET takes part in the distribution to invigorate and to popularize the artistic ceramic market, acquiring the company ANGELA COLLS and opening a new store in Esparreguera (Barcelona). In 2010, ANGELA COLLS opens a new store in el Raval de Barcelona and, in order to improve logistics service, moved the warehouse and offices from Vulpellac (Girona) to Esparreguera (Barcelona).
In 2011, the company invest in the improvement of solid and liquid dosage in the line LA2, dedicated to the production of special and grogged products.
In 2012, the control of the milling process M1 is automated and a new palletizing robot is installed.
In 2013, a new claw for the robot, capable of palletize any kind of format and packaging, is developed. The outside of the factory is paved and new gardens are built. A new ventilation system inside the factory which guarantees the total intake of dust is installed.
In 2014, a new digital cutter machine for industrial packing, that involves an increase in productivity during the changeover and the total reliability of the weight of the manufactured units, is installed.
In 2015, the STUDIO SIO-2 is inaugurated. Beside the laboratory, it is a new space for sharing knowledge in artistic ceramics.
In 2016, the company COLLET CLAYS Corp., affiliated to Ceramica Collet SA, is created for the import and distribution of SIO-2 Ceramic Bodies in the United States. The administrative office is located in Miami (Florida) and the logistics warehouse near the port of Savannah (Georgia).
In 2019, a strong investment in the factory is made to increase the versatility and production capacity in order to satisfy the sales growth. In addition, a new ERP system is implemented for the best planning of the company's resources.