Dear friends,

The Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic submits the

"Annual Report - Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic - 2005",

where we would like to inform the public about the main economic indices of the glass and ceramic industry of the Czech Republic in 2005, and also about trends in its development in the period from 2000 till 2005.

Even in 2005 the glass and ceramic industry defended its position of a significantly export oriented branch with a significant and permanent contribution to active balance of foreign trade of the processing industry in amount of 31.082 bill. CZK.

In comparison with 2004 the glass and ceramic industry as the whole stagnated in 2005. The revenues and the productivity of labour stayed almost on the level of 2004 and the export increased by 3.7 %.

The development in individual groups of the glass and ceramic industry shows necessary orientation to the products with the high added value, to the production innovation and also to manager and trade strategy.

I believe, that you will find interesting and usable information in our Annual Report.

Jan Lorenc
The President


Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic

President Jan LORENC
Vice presidents Radislav FEIX, Jaroslav PŘEROST, Ludvík Jan RYS
Board Petr Beránek, Olga Hofmannová, Martin Halakuc, Ota Horák, Pavel Kusý, Jiří Novák, Jaroslav Seifrt
Supervisory Board Radim Nešpor, Jiří Kozubík, Radim Roška