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Investing for the Future of the Centro Region's Ceramics Industry


Investments were made towards improving facilities for the ceramics industry in the Portuguese villages of Vacariça and Mealhada. The project increased regional sustainability and strengthened the regional ceramics industry supply chain.


The Centro region in Portugal is rich in raw materials and the ceramic industry traditionally plays a pivotal role. In correspondence with the natural conditions, there is a also a significant number of companies operating in this sector.


The objective of the project was to create conditions for increasing production and quality of ceramic products, in particular facilities for maintenance of the related machinery.

Main activities

The main activities consisted in creation of working space, modernisation and purchase of new equipment, as well as improving management and application of IT tools for business purposes. Furthermore, attention was paid to improving management practices and linkages within the regional economy by creating direct connections (customer-supplier) between the companies in the region.

Results & Benefits

Investment in new equipment and technologies improved the regional ceramics sector's productivity. Development of the links between the entities involved enhanced regional-level industry cohesion. The project has also allowed for a growing independence of the sector from external products or service suppliers. Now all products related to processing ceramics can be delivered within the region. Additionally, the project resulted in the creation of two new jobs.

Lessons learnt

It is important to focus a project on the real needs of beneficiaries and to establish proximity to the target group.

Project location and other information

The project was implemented in the villages of Vacariça and Mealhada in the Aveiro district in the Centro region in Portugal.



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

297 426

EAFRD contribution (€)

178 455

Contact name



+35 231419550

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type


Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Rural economic diversification
• 312. Support for business creation and development


Information technology, Infrastructure, Joint management, Enterprise , Entrepreneurship

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