2014\ Sustainability report
2014\ Sustainability report
1\ Sustainability strategy Mosa

Three pillars,

a cohesive 

sustainability strategy

Sustainable design. Responsible production. Healthy people. These are the three pillars that underpin Mosa's approach to sustainability. The Cradle to Cradle concept is our guiding principle – a positive and comprehensive approach that inspires innovation.
» learn more about Cradle to Cradle

1.1\ Mosa sets the bar high

The Cradle to Cradle criteria are much stricter than the prevailing environmental legislation. But Mosa never shies away from a challenge. We not only develop special recipes for our tiles but are also committed to recycling. The material cycle in our factories forms a nearly closed loop.
» find out how we design sustainably

1.2\ From green electricity to waste water

The production of ceramic tiles requires high kiln temperatures and a fair amount of water. When it comes to energy and water Mosa strives for savings and smart solutions. For example, we use 100% green electricity and treat our wastewater on site.
» read more about responsible production

1.3\ An eye for people

Mosa places great importance on health and safety. Not only that of employees but also of local residents and people who come into contact with our tiles.
» more about the human side of sustainability
CASE\ Tweewaters



from catch-all concept


holistic approach

An ambitious master plan transformed a desolate area in Leuven into a dynamic city quarter. The European demonstration project is so special that the apartments are highly sought after, while Belgians always pride themselves on building themselves. A Mosa tile provided cohesion and tranquillity
» continue to the Tweewaters case
Practical sustainability




1\ raw materials
In addition to regular raw materials, Mosa also uses secondary raw materials. In this way, we give the waste produced in the glass and stone industry a second life.
raw materials
85% of our raw materials are locally available which means that they do not need to be transported over long distances. This decreases carbon emissions by between 25% and 40%.
Reduced CO₂
The residual water that remains following mass production is reused later in the process, after which it evaporates. 
The sustainable energy used by Mosa during the production process is generated by hydroelectric power stations. The total percentage of renewable energy used by Mosa is more than 31%. 
31% renewable
2\ mass production
The water that remains following this step of the production process goes to our in-house water treatment plant The sludge from the plant is recycled to create new tiles.
The residual water that remains following mass production is reused later in the process, after which it evaporates. 
The pigments used by Mosa do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, or any other harmful substances.
100% sustainable electricity generated by hydroelectric power stations is used during the production process.
By closing the water cycle, the total volume of water that needs to be pumped up is reduced by more than 60%.
60% less
3\ pressing
It is our goal to avoid production waste as far as possible. However, whenever this does occur, we recycle the tiles into new raw materials.
production waste
Production waste is, of course, kept to an absolute minimum. However, tiles that do not meet our high quality standards are reused in the production process.
production waste
By reusing the residual heat released by this step of the production process, Mosa achieves an energy saving of approximately 5%.
residual heat
Production waste is, of course, kept to an absolute minimum. However, tiles that do not meet our high quality standards are reused in the production process.
production waste
By reusing the residual heat released by this step of the production process, Mosa achieves an energy saving of approximately 5%.
residual heat
4\ sinteringbiscuit firing, 5\ rectifyingglazing
sinteringbiscuit firing

glaze firing
Production waste is, of course, kept to an absolute minimum. However, tiles that do not meet our high quality standards are reused in the production process.
production waste
The pigments used by Mosa do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, or any other harmful substances.
By reusing the residual heat released by this step of the production process, Mosa achieves an energy saving of approximately 5%.
residual heat
The residual water that remains following mass production is reused later in the process, after which it evaporates during the drying and firing processes. 
The water that remains following this step of the production process goes to our in-house water treatment plant The sludge from the plant is recycled to create new tiles.
The glazing waste that Mosa produces is reused as a raw material for the cement industry.
glazing waste
6\ final inspection
final inspection
Mosa tiles can be recycled as they are made from natural raw materials. However, tiles that do not make it through our strict final inspections are pulverized and reused in the production process.
final inspection
Mosa tiles are packaged in 100% recycled cardboard.
Mosa has lower CO₂ emissions as its most important markets are located only a short transport distance from the factory in Maastricht.
Less CO₂
CASE\ Park 20 | 20

Sustainable and


viable construction?

It really 

is possible.

Take Park 20|20, an unusual industrial estate. The buildings there are healthy and smart. Flexibly built with reusable materials. We are proud to be part of this project, which serves as an example for the rest of the world.
» continue to the Park 20|20 case
2\ Designing sustainable tiles

Cradle to 



daring and vision

At Mosa we push the boundaries of ceramic technology every day. Yet we never lose sight of quality and top design. And our success is proven! Indeed, we are the only tile company in the world with a Cradle to Cradle certificate. Simply put, this makes Mosa tiles special.

2.1\ Outstanding environmental performance

Time is a major factor in calculating a product's sustainability performance. Yet fortune has favoured us in this regard, because Mosa tiles are very long lasting.
» curious what time has to do with sustainability

2.2\ Carefully chosen raw materials

Pure raw materials from the local region form the basis of our products. Pure, safe, and with a low environmental impact. ISO-certified suppliers naturally have a foot in the door at Mosa.
» learn more about our sustainable procurement practices

2.3\ Creating sustainable buildings

In addition to tiles Mosa also develops ceramic construction solutions. For example, a Cradle to Cradle façade system. But what does this say about our ambition?
» find out more about functional integration

2.4\ Sharing = multiplying

At Mosa we share our knowledge of sustainability with the world, yet we are also eager to learn from others. We do this in various ways: from seminars to training and from factory tours to our staff magazine.
» Learn how we share knowledge
3\ Responsible production




continuous innovation

Whether it's energy or water, Mosa is continuously testing new ideas to reduce consumption. We also strive to reduce air emissions and aspire to take recycling to a higher level. In short, we are committed to working towards an even more sustainable production process, day in, day out.

3.1\ Our energy ambition

Mosa works according to the Trias Energetica concept. This is a three-stage approach for achieving the most sustainable use of energy possible. Our medium- to long-term ambition is to achieve 10% energy savings and obtain 50% of the energy from renewable sources.
» discover the Trias Energetica approach

3.2\ From clay to tile

Mosa purchases the best natural raw materials available. But how do you turn it into design tiles? The answer is not so simple. Especially not when you consider that the process for making a floor tile is quite different from that for a wall tile.
» continue reading about production processes

3.3\ From high to low

The certified sustainable energy that Mosa consumes is generated by hydroelectric power plants. The high temperatures required for the firing process make it an energy-intensive undertaking. Yet this is offset by the long life of the tiles.
» check out the 2014 energy consumption

3.4\ Something is hanging in the air

Combustion emissions. Process emissions. Particulates. Mosa strives to keep air emissions to an absolute minimum. And does so with success! Over the past eight years Mosa has reduced CO₂ emissions by 48% and particulate emissions by 91%.
» read more about emissions

3.5\ Doing more with less

Water is essential in our production process. A comprehensive water action plan will ultimately result in complete reuse in a closed loop system. And while we're not there yet, we're well on our way. We have already achieved a closed loop for the process water in the wall tile factory. The water that still ends up in the sewers is first cleaned up with our own wastewater treatment systems.
» more interesting water facts

3.6\ Reuse is the new new

Infinite reuse of raw materials is one of the spearheads of the Cradle to Cradle method. Therefore Mosa recycles material from production rejects and tile cutting waste. Our tiles contain at least 21% pre-consumer recycled content. We are currently still working on a plan that will also enable us to recycle used tiles.
» get to know our recycling policy
CASE\ A new lease of life for tile scrap

Cutting waste: 

what waste?


raw material!

Every little bit helps. This is also true when it comes to sustainability. We have therefore asked a group of tilers to collect cutting waste from Mosa tiles for reuse. We call it the ‘take back’ project. Plastering and finishing company Elting was among the first to jump on the bandwagon. They are helping Mosa make waste useful again.
» learn how we're making waste useful again
4\ Good employment practices

The secret to


employment practices

Mosa is the largest industrial employer in Maastricht. This entails lots of responsibilities. We offer people a fine job in a healthy and safe working environment, with opportunities for personal development.

4.1\ Local-for-local approach

The way Mosa treats its personnel is yielding results, both commercially and socially. So it's not surprising that the average term of employment is relatively high. In total, 600 people work at Mosa, 80% of whom are from the region of Zuid-Limburg.
» read more about our HR policy

4.2\ Space for personal growth

We not only provide our employees the opportunity to develop and gain new knowledge and skills, we also offer positions to students enrolled in various educational programmes to give them the opportunity to gain practical experience.
» explore the in-company training opportunities

4.3\ Safe working conditions, low absence

Mosa understands the importance of good working conditions. We have our own policy statement on quality, employment, and the environment and a programme for improving occupational safety and working conditions. The safety regulations are part of the collective labour agreement, and we run an internal awareness campaign: ‘Mosa. Safe.’
» read more about workplace safety
5\ Mosa company profile

What makes


who we are?

Mosa is a Dutch company, but has since conquered the international market. The company is characterized by three core values, which are intertwined in the daily work. This resulted in a number of impressive achievements in 2014.

5.1\ Dutch design with international touch

Mosa is an independent company that makes distinctive tile concepts for professionals in the building sector. The production takes place in the Netherlands, as it has for more than 130 years. From there the tiles find their way to 50 countries on four continents.
» view our company profile

5.2\ Guiding core values

At Mosa we employ three core values that guide our company: sustainability, design, and functionality. These are authentic and intrinsic, and therefore fundamentally anchored.
» read more about our core values

5.3\ Foothold in 50 countries

The Netherlands and north-western Europe are Mosa's major markets. However, Mosa is well represented in more than 50 countries, both through our own offices and agents and distributors.
» discover our international character

5.4\ Proven sustainability

Sustainability is a key element in all Mosa policies. We could shout it from the rooftops, but the many sustainability certifications we have earned speak for themselves.
» see our certificates

5.5\ 2014, the year of...

2014 was a year of exciting new happenings, with regard to sustainability and in many other areas. We don't like to blow our own horn, but this year Mosa received three prizes, took a new step in the U.S. market, and upgraded the wall tile factory with energy-saving kilns.
» browse the highlights
Mosa's history


a company

with a rich 



Mosa was founded by Louis Regout

Louis was the son of Petrus Regout, founding father of the current Maastricht ceramic industry. Louis came from a family with strong entrepreneurial spirit.



Opening of floor tile factory

On 30 December 1957 the Mosa floor tile factory in Limmel was officially opened.

1972 – 1995

Mosa changed hands

When the last in the Regout line bowed out, Mosa became part of the Thyssen Bornemisa Group. In 1975 Mosa was sold to DSM. Ten years later the company was bought by English company Redland, which sold Mosa to holding company France Alfa in 1991. This made Mosa part of the Italian Fin Riwal Group.


100th anniversary

Mosa celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The predicate ‘Royal,’ granted by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, was festively bestowed by the Queen's Commissioner of Limburg.




Divestiture of Mosa Porselein NV

The porcelain factory was calved off from the tile companies and continued under its own name and identity. Those activities were discontinued in 2004.


ISO 9001 standard

Mosa was first certified in accordance with the international standard for quality management systems. ISO 9001 provides a strategy for Mosa to fulfil its customers' quality requirements, remain fully compliant with all applicable laws and regulations governing the product, and ensure the organization continues to meet its own high standards.


Independence of Royal Mosa BV

After 25 years, Mosa once again became independent after it was purchased by a consortium of three Dutch private equity firms.


New growth strategy

Investment firm Egeria became majority shareholder. Mosa's independence and the successful growth strategy with a focus on design, innovation, and flexibility were maintained.



Opening XXL-Factory

The floor tile factory was greatly expanded with a complete production line for tiles in XXL format.



Start of sustainability strategy

In 2007 the very first Cradle to Cradle conference was held in Maastricht, with Michael Braungart and William McDonough among the speakers. Mosa was inspired by the event and implemented a sustainability strategy.


ISO 14001 standard

This year the environmental management was also arranged in accordance with international standard ISO 14001. Mosa first received the corresponding certificate a year later.


Royal Mosa's 125th anniversary

Mosa had been in business for 125 years and still operated from Maastricht, where it all began.



Cradle to Cradle certificates for tiles

Mosa became the world's first ceramic tile factory to receive Cradle to Cradle certification. The entire collection of unglazed floor tiles was granted the basic certificate, and the collection of glossy wall tiles was even awarded the silver certificate.


Founding of Mosa Facades and Mosa Systems

Mosa Facades and Mosa Systems were added to the Mosa group. At Mosa Facades the focus is naturally on façade systems, while Mosa Systems specializes in floor systems with a ceramic finish.



Cradle to Cradle Silver

After a three-year process virtually the full Mosa product range was now Cradle to Cradle Silver certified.



Mosa Cradle to Cradle company

Mosa signed the organizational charter, which is a commitment to further implement Cradle to Cradle within the company's products and processes. As such, Mosa earned the right to call itself a Cradle to Cradle Charter Organization.



Opening Mosa Flagship Store Amsterdam (NL)

Mosa set up an Architectural Centre specially for architects and clients. The inspiring space serves as a showcase for the entire tile collection for walls, floors, and façades. The latest innovations and the newest products are presented here.


Opening Mosa Flagship Store Frankfurt (D)

The Mosa Flagship Store in Frankfurt am Main is the twelfth Mosa showroom to be opened in Germany. Here, architects and designers are welcome to come seeking inspiration or to get answers to technical questions.


Cradle to Cradle façade system

Mosa Facades received the Cradle to Cradle Silver certificate for a completely ventilated façade system made with Mosa façade tiles, perfectly in keeping with the contemporary and future standard for sustainable building.



Opening Mosa warehouse Beek (NL)

The new distribution centre features an innovative logistics system capable of processing even small orders efficiently. The warehouse is 24,000 m2 and has room for 30,000 pallets.



Opening Mosa Flagship Store London (UK)

Mosa opened the doors of the flagship store in Clerkenwell during the London Design Festival. This district is the beating heart of the design world in London.


Cradle to Cradle Innovator of the Year Award

Mosa was named Innovator of the Year by the American Cradle to Cradle® Products Innovation Institute. Mosa was presented the prestigious Innovation Award during the Innovation Celebration in New York.


Opening Mosa Flagship Store Maastricht (NL)

Design enthusiasts, handymen, home buyers/renovators, and all other interested parties are welcome to familiarize themselves with the Mosa tile collections in one of the old factory buildings in Maastricht.


    2014\ Figures


    of the collection is


    to Cradle certified








    » Company passport Mosa
6\ Future vision

We look


and look ahead

As CEO of Royal Mosa, Remon Veraart's gaze is focused on the future. Naturally without losing sight of the company's rich history. Sustainability will play an increasingly important role in the coming years.
» read about Remon Veraart's vision for the future