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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 - 2008", where we would like to inform the public about the main economic indices of the glass and ceramic industry of the Czech Republic in 2008, and also about trends in its development in the period from 2003 till 2008. In the Annual report you will find information how can the use of some glass and ceramic products significantly contribute to the reduction of energy consumption and related CO

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emissions volume in the following industrial branches. So they can contribute to the target of the European Union to reduce energy consumption by 20 % up to 2020. The Report has also a chapter dealing with the activities of the Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic.



The glass and ceramic industry is a significantly export oriented branch. With its active balance of foreign trade in amount of 26.19 bill. CZK in 2008 it significantly strengthened the balance of foreign trade of the whole processing industry in the Czech Republic. For keeping this position a permanent activity and innovation policy in production and trade is necessary. The development in individual branches shows that products with the high added value won recognition more and more significantly.



All groups of the glass and ceramic industry had to face up with impacts of economic crisis in 2008 and they will have to face up in 2009 too. The glass and ceramic industry is very endangered by this economic development, not only because of its export orientation, but also because of its dependence on a number of following industrial branches utilizing its products. Companies of the glass and ceramic industry have to search ways how to orientate to the production with a high added value, how to strengthen the innovation in the production and in the management and commercial strategies.



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



Ing. Petr Mazzolini
The President

Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic

President

      Petr Mazzolini



Vice presidents

      Radislav Feix, Ludvík Jan Rys, Jaroslav Seifrt



Board

      Vlastimil Argman (till 13. 5. 2008), Petr Beránek, Zdeněk Bicek (till 13. 5. 2008), Miloslav Hambálek (from 25. 9. 2008),


      Lubomír Hnilička (from 13. 5. 2008), Svatopluk Kudláč (from 13. 5. 2008), Pavel Kusý, Luis Sergio Castro Landa (till 31. 7. 2008),


      Marcello Montisci (till 13. 5. 2008), Jan Štefl (from 13. 5. 2008), Pavel Wurzel



Supervisory Board

      Jaroslav Přerost, Vlastimil Bažant, Stanislav Kasa


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