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KERAKOLL triumphs at Euro 2012 in Poland

8 june 2012

The Group was a supplier of latest generation eco-friendly systems for Warsaw national stadium which saw Italy play Germany in the Euro 2012 semifinal, and for the PGE arena in Gdańsk, where the Italian squad kicked off its Euro 2012 adventure against Spain on 10 June.

Kerakoll also worked on the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, the Wrocław Główny main train station, the A4 motorway (one of the main routes between Poland and Ukraine), and many hotels.

More than 600,000 kg of low environmental impact products have been used.

Kerakoll – the world number one in the production of eco-friendly building materials that are kind on the environment and healthier to live with – was a technical supplier to the European Football Championships in Poland, supplying materials and know-how for the Warsaw national stadium which hosted the Euro 2012 opening game between Poland and Greece on 8 June and saw Italy win the semifinal against Germany, and for the PGE arena in Gdańsk where Italy kicked off its Euro 2012 adventure against Spain on 10 June.

More than 600,000 kg of Kerakoll products were used in total. In particular, this included professional, eco-friendly materials for the ecological laying of ceramic floors, to waterproof the stands, to rebuild and protect concrete structures as well as coloured mineral paints used to decorate reinforced concrete.
The 50,000-seater Warsaw national stadium, located in the Praga Poludnie district of the city, east of the Vistula on the site of the former 10th Anniversary Stadium which was used as a bazaar from 1989, resembles a waving flag of Poland with its red and white facade. It was designed by the German-Polish consortium JSK Architects, who were also behind the Wroclaw Municipal Stadium.The roof structure measures 240x270m and is formed of a series of steel plates which join together to form a giant steeple 30m above the centre circle.

Kerakoll eco-friendly products also used in the PGE arena in Gdańsk. Located in the Letnica district of Gdańsk in the centre of a triangle formed by the old town, the famous shipyards and the airport, the arena was built for the 2012 European football championships and has a capacity of 40,000. The new curved exterior (45,000m2) comprises 18,000 plates designed to resemble amber, which has long been extracted along the Baltic coast and is a common feature in Polish craft production. The arena, which was completed in 2011 after two and half years in construction,  is also the emblematic structure of the "The Young City" project which aims to regenerate the former shipyard area in Gdańsk. The multi-function venue also hosts a hotel and an ice-skating rink.

Kerakoll was involved in the building of the Ostróda Stadium 150km from Gdańsk in one of Poland's much-loved tourist spots renowned for its lakes, forests and unspoilt nature. No official games were held here but it was used as a training ground for teams competing in Euro 2012.

In addition to working on infrastructures and football stadiums, Kerakoll was also selected as technical supplier to upgrade several hospitality venues to make them ready for the 2012 European Football Championships:

  • Rzeszów-Jasionka Airpor;
  • Wrocław Główny main train station, Kerabuild Presto;
  • A4 motorway, one of the main routes between Poland and Ukraine;
  • WARSZAWA hotel;
  • Willa Port Resort Hotel in Ostróda;
  • Blu Diament Hotel in Nowa Wieś-Jasionka.

The group’s selection as technical supplier to the Euro 2012 Football Championships adds force to the Group's aptitude for high-profile international projects that champion the very best of made in Italy quality, the eco-sustainability of the materials used not to mention elaborate architectural designs.

In actual fact, the Kerakoll Group has played a major part in high profile sports events on more than one occasion, thanks to the specific expertise built up working on famous sports installations: for example, the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town and Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane for the 2010 South Africa Football World Cup; the Beijing National Stadium, the main site of the 2008 Olympic Games; Milan's San Siro Stadium for the 2006/2007 league championship; the Allianz Arena in Munich for the 2006 Football World Cup; and renovation of Florence's Artemio Franchi Municipal Stadium and Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Kerakoll is the world leader in products and services for GreenBuilding and Historical Restoration, with 21 different product ranges, over 1,700 eco-friendly items, and a production output of 950,000 tons/year in order to design, build, and live in harmony with the environment and in healthy spaces.  Kerakoll generated revenues of € 340 million in 2011 (40% of which came from foreign sales) with 12 operating companies and 10 manufacturing plants.

Kerakoll was founded in 1968 in Sassuolo, in the heart of the worldwide ceramic industry, on the entrepreneurial initiative of Romano Sghedoni. The Group is managed by Gian Luca Sghedoni – the founder’s son and national winner of the Ernst&Young ‘2008 Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. He is supported by an executive team which unites technical experience and know-how with an innovative and highly managerial approach.

Sassuolo (MO), 8 june 2012