The Spica production facility in Civita Castellana was recently acquired from Imerys. The new company, renamed New Spica, aims to expand its activities from sanitaryware into the tableware, artistic ceramics and clay roof tile segments.
The acquisition of Civita Castellana-based ceramic sanitaryware body producer Spica was completed on 3 May. The company was sold by Imerys Ceramics Italy to its agent and longstanding partner Gemica and to Kmk Granit, a Czech company specialising in the extraction and processing of minerals including feldspar for the ceramic industry.
Renamed New Spica, the company is now headed by Gemica’s CEO Ermanno Gagliardi, who aims to expand the business into the tableware, clay roof tile, ornamentalware and ceramic stove sectors, segments where Gemica has forty years’ experience as a supplier of glazes, raw materials, bodies and auxiliaries.
The company will continue to cooperate with Imerys in the future. To guarantee the same level of product quality for its longstanding customers in the Italian sanitaryware district, the French multinational will not only continue to supply New Spica with its complete portfolio of sanitaryware raw materials (kaolin, ball clay, chamotte, wollastonite, pegmatite and kiln refractories), but will also manage its storage facility.