Industrial ceramics production in Znojmo stretches back to 1878 – it was the first mechanical factory of its kind on the continent. Initially mainly high-quality dishes and majolica were manufactured in large quantities, then after 1920 production focused on ceramic washbasins, bathtubs and sinks.
In 1995 the Swiss Keramik Holding AG Laufen took over the Keramické závody Znojmo (Ceramic Works Znojmo) and integrated it into Jihočeská keramika v Bechyni (South Ceramics in Bechyně) which LAUFEN had already acquired in 1991. In 1999 the two manufacturers merged to become Laufen CZ with headquarters in Prague, the same year that Laufen became part of the Spanish ROCA Group. Since then, Laufen CZ has been active in the Czech and Slovakian market with the LAUFEN, ROCA and JIKA brands as well as in many other markets in central and eastern Europe. Today, the state-of-the-art factory in Znojmo produces superior bathroom ceramics, the quality of which is certified to international ISO 9001 standard.