Candia Brand History

Immagine pubblicitaria in riferimento all’evento: “Mercato della piastrella ceramica” Bologna 5/13 ottobre 1974, tratta dal volume: Piastrelle italiane di ceramica. Elementi di cronologia 1900-2012, modifiche, correzioni aggiunte dell’ultimo momento, conservato presso la biblioteca del MIC di Faenza

Candia was born near the industrial center of Finale Emilia (Modena) and was founded in 1973 by Giorgio Mussini. The company specialized in the production of glazed tiles for floors and walls. These products were made using the double-firing processing cycle, which involved a Poppi tunnel oven, allowing for the production of 2000 square meters per day. Candia was a company oriented toward research and the development of sophisticated decorative effects.

During the 1960s, Candia introduced a department dedicated to the creation of flat screens to become autonomous in terms of design and aesthetic research. It was in the Seventies when Candia decided to specialize in glazing activities using biscuit supports supplied by companies like Universal or IRIS Ceramica (Semigres). They also introduced lines dedicated to decoration and completed the production cycle with the second firing and final selection.

In 1989, the Candia Ceramica Group presented collections such as Chef, Splato, Unisystem, Caldegocce, Musicanova, and Folklore. During the late eighties, with the collaboration of Original Designers&R5, the company regained its position in Italy and various foreign countries, including Japan, where it entered into a collaboration with the Inax group.

In 2004, production ceased, and the factory was sold to the Mo.MA company. The “Candia” brand was maintained and sold to Pastorelli SpA.

In 2012 it was bought by ABM Group.


Our products are derived from a thorough quality control which are entrusted all over the world. For us, quality means innovation and for that reason we make substantial investments every year, assigning a significant portion of it to research.

Working side-by-side with laboratory on research of materials, finishes, and decorations, we introduce to a new concept of eco friendly tiles for healthier living space, a set of series with the use of recycled raw materials and the products produced are themselves recyclable and biocompatible.

The innovation large format tiles can be employed to modulate space with a groundbreaking vision. For this reason, we launch large format tiles. These tiles are suit for all Green Building Projects as they are produced under strict environment control.


The production technology allows us to open new horizons of design, the use of these plates large modular, allowing the creation of a new living environment that enhances the natural materials used. The rediscovery of nature and its essence, water and clay, transformed with the extrusion process made raw, custom plates give the technical and aesthetic characteristics. Forms, unknown with traditional production systems, impart a particular personality to the Habitat project and each project takes on an atmosphere of pure pleasure. The flexibility of the extruded porcelain, makes it possible all the laying patterns as it level themselves to the screed to their own weight so that the surface obtained is perfectly planar and easy to lay.

The uniqueness of structures made raw, make it different each slab and molded in the image of nature and its essence such as wood and stone. This stage represents and combines the unique personality and genuine typical products of nature. The technology meetsnature and respects its environmental impact because the raw materials used are recycled and the material produced is itself recyclable, and biocompatible.

Products for the construction in accordance with the healthy living:

• low CO2 emissions in the production process for the use of 50% of raw materials pure state, not atomized, which can halve the pollution generated.

• high use of natural substances that have a beneficial impact on health and increases the energy efficiency of buildings.