The association was founded in 1960
and reorganized in July 1967, then the service covers all the ceramic
industry in Taiwan, Kinmen, and Matsu. The expansion of the association
has been accompanied by great improvement of the quantity and quality
of some ceramics in Taiwan.
The ceramic industries in Taiwan have a long history.
The earliest kilns in Taiwan were discovered in Nantou, a town
in the middle of Taiwan, for more than two hundred years. These
early kilns were rather primitive making only basic and simple
pottery products, and then spread all over the island.
During the period of Japanese governance, 1895-1945,
lots of Japan ceramic crafts and products were introduced to
Taiwan. The effect encouraged and forced the local manufacture
to make progress. After the World War II, the Taiwanese ceramic
industries have developed rapidly and well under the continuous
efforts of the public and private sectors.
The product lines had been expanded to sanitary
and industrial ceramics as well as decorative ware. During the
1970's, the industry started to be supplied with natural gas
as kiln fuel and equipped with shuttle, tunnel, and roller kilns.
These brought the Taiwan ceramic industries into a new era. In
1980's, for example, the tiles are expanded from earthenware
to stoneware / porcelainware, and the total production reached
600,000 square meters per day.
From then on, the Taiwanese ceramic industries
have been prosperous for years in quality, mass production and
design. Our products are compatible to those of any countries.
The ever record of kilns in Taiwan were 250 in 1990s', and the
ceramic firms were 1,200. Now some of the local firms expand
or move their equipment or investment to Southeast Asia or China
due to high labor and land costs in Taiwan.
So that the ceramic industry in Taiwan turns
to produce a kind of high quality and well-designed products,
even fine ceramics and precision ceramics. The association
classifies the local industries into six categories, namely
daily housewares, building ware, sanitary ware, decorative
ware, industrial/precision ceramics, and raw material and equipments.