Ceramica Dolomite was founded in 1965 by three managers in the sector. They received financial support from two families of entrepreneurs, and benefitted from state aid following the tragic landslide in Vajont. In their first year, they made some 27,000 products, from kitchen sinks to shower trays and washbasins, and employed 100 people.
In 1969, the company began manufacturing bathroom suites. High quality products and a customer-oriented service, plus an increased workforce (500 employees) meant the company grew quickly in Italy and began expanding overseas.
Ceramica Dolomite launched the first semi-recessed washbasin, which would change the way the bathroom space is organized. Collaborations began with famous designers such as Marco Zanuso, Luigi Molinis and, later, Renzo Piano. The workforce surpassed the 1,000 mark.
In the 1990s, the company acquired Ceramiche Senesi and Tenax, which led to significant market growth. Annual production exceeded one million parts at the Borgo Valbelluna site, with the introduction of an innovative new roller kiln for washbasins. In 1995, Ceramica Dolomite was the first Italian company in the sector to obtain ISO 9001 certification for the quality of its products.
In 1999, Ceramica Dolomite became part of the US multinational American Standard Companies. In parallel, the technology used on site continued to develop: highly automated systems meant skilled workers could focus on manually perfecting the finishes, instead of carrying out the more strenuous, laborious tasks.
Sustainability and a balanced ecosystem have always been an important part of Ceramica Dolomite’s business, which focuses on reducing waste and recycling manufacturing waste products. In 2013, a high-efficiency cogeneration plant was installed. The steam emitted by the kilns generates the energy needed for manufacturing, while also powering street lighting in Borgo Valbelluna.
In 2022, the site and brand were taken over by a group of four partners - an example of the North-eastern Italy’s enterprising spirit at its best - together with Invitalia. The aim was to relaunch the business, bringing the company’s skills back into focus, to turn Ceramica Dolomite into a key player in Italian sanitary ware ceramics once more. The new logo represents a desire to take 50 years of history, with all of its challenges and successes, into the future.
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