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Using Nanotechnology in the Production of Pottery


An innovative project where nanotechnology is used in the production of high quality pottery. This has resulted in an increase in productivity and the promotion of the products followed up through online marketing.



The company operates in the field of pottery since 2006 when it received funding for setting-up under the Leader+ programme. At the same time, the company is a member of the Potters Network of the Municipality of Heraklion, also funded and established under Leader+ with the aim to implement a common approach in the promotion of local pottery products. Since its establishment the company has obtained a large number of customers and has established itself in the local market for its professionalism and quality. This growing demand for its products has given rise to the need to expand.


The objective of the project is to expand the business of pottery production through the use of modern technology in order to be more efficient by reducing costs and respond to the needs of an increasing client base.

Main activities

The investment consists of innovative equipment covering the manufacturing and baking stages and the stage of immersion of pottery in a submersible platform for water proofing. Nanotechnology is used in this last stage giving rise to high quality water proof pottery. The process works as follows: after baking, the pottery is placed on a platform which is then submerged completely into a mixture of water and water-proofing substances for about 8 hours and then left to dry for another 24 hours.

Results & Benefits

The expansion of the business will bring financial benefits as well as improvements in the production process and consequently in the reputation and image of the enterprise. The new equipment is innovative for the production process as it incorporates nanotechnology which increases exponentially the productive capacity, simplifies production processes and achieves time savings in the construction of pottery, hence contributing to enhanced productivity.

Lessons learnt

Innovative investments need to be followed by innovative promotion. The creation of a webpage and electronic shopping has contributed greatly to the promotion of the pottery produced with nanotechnology equipment. The key message for successful marketing is “high quality local products incorporating high edge technology and using local inputs” (sand or clay from the local area and local suppliers).

Project location and other information

Thrapsano, Municipality of Minoas, Heraklion.



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

116 361

EAFRD contribution (€)

46 545

National contribution (€)

11 636

Private contribution (€)

58 181

Contact name

Costantinos Houlakis


+30 28910 41296

Languages for contact

English, Greek

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

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


Information technology, Innovation, Machinery, Entrepreneurship

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