Vale Filippo Marazzi
Filippo Marazzi, the Chairman of MarazziGroup, sadly passed away on 28 November 2012. He was 63 years old. One of the ceramic industry's best known figures, he succeeded in transforming the company founded by his grandfather in 1935 into the world's largest tile multinational with production facilities in Italy, the US, Russia, France and Spain. The group now has more than 6000 employees and an annual production of over 100 million square metres.
Mr Marazzi was born in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna in 1949, and assumed control of the family business at the age of 29 following the sudden death of his father Pietro in a road accident.
In the early 1980s he launched the Group's internationalisation process with the building of manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States.
The news of his death spread rapidly through the Sassuolo ceramic district and the rest of the ceramic world and was greeted with sadness and sympathy by the industry's business leaders. "The sudden death of Filippo Marazzi has been deeply felt by the entire Italian ceramic industry, where his company represents a source of inspiration in terms of its history and the international dimensions it has reached under his passionate leadership," said Confindustria Ceramica's Chairman Franco Manfredini.