Ceramic tiles have traditionally been used as flooring, walls and exterior decorative elements.

But in recent years we have come to the redefinition of the concept of ceramic tile and it have been incorporated new fields of application of high added value for ceramics.

Thanks to this we can talk about the appearance of:
> New applications in architecture, for example to create ventilated facades or ceilings.
> The creation of furniture with ceramic tile pieces that take the form of tables, countertops, backsplashes, showers…
> The use of tiles as urban furniture, providing ceramic solutions in open spaces.
> Its use for purely artistic purposes such as sculpture.

There are some elements that have contributed to this exploration such as:

> Investment in innovation.
> The technology, which allows the material to be adapted to new uses and to imitate other materials such as wood, stone or marble.
> Reducing the weight of the tiles and low thickness.
>The appearance of large-size ceramic tiles.
> The ceramic sector is one of the few sectors that has technology, research centers and universities.
> The fairs, institutions and competitions of new ceramic uses such as the Onda Ceramic Urban Furniture Contest, Ceramicartworld Urban Art or the ‘Som Ceràmica’ award for innovation in the world of tiles,

This search for new opportunities has led the Spanish ceramic sector, which concentrates more than 90% of its production in the province of Castellón, to be one of those that invests the most in I + D + i, either from the companies in the sector themselves, as through institutions such as the Technological Institute of Ceramics (ITC) or the aforementioned ASCER.